Augmented Reality in Mentor

July 11, 2017

The Road to Augmented & Virtual Reality Development Runs Through Mentor, Ohio   Mentor, Ohio, July 6, 2017:  North American Coating Laboratories is carving a nice name for themselves with many of the large players in the exploding augmented and virtual reality space. NACL’s unique ability to coat polymer based optics with high performance optical coatings quickly and precisely has set them apart from other industry sources. Due to the rapid prototyping nature of the augmented and virtual reality industry, being able to perform on short notice and consistently deliver quality is a huge advantage that NACL offers its clients…

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Exploring Beamsplitters

March 25, 2021

By Dan Fiore, Vice President What is a beamsplitter coating? Beamsplitter coatings can be deposited in a variety of different ways and perform in an array of different substrate scenarios. Beamsplitters can be applied to cubes, prisms, plates, hexagons, and pentagons. They can be polarizing, non -polarizing, or both, they can also come in narrowband or broadband varieties. If that isn’t enough to confuse you, these coatings can be comprised of dielectrics or metals, and can be designed to have an escape index of air, optical cement, or even optically contacted (a bonding process without epoxy). This blog will help…

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Exploring Infrared Optics

February 16, 2021

Infrared vision is the ability for optical systems to detect heat signatures or waves of light emitted via infrared radiation. Thermal vision and thermal imaging are also commonly used terms in this situation since infrared waves emitted from a body are directly related to the body’s temperature: warmer objects emit more energy in the infrared spectrum than bodies with a lower temperature, hence their heat signature is more viewable. The human body, as well as many moving or static objects, are typically warmer than the surrounding environment. Since warmer objects produce more infrared energy than colder ones, it is easier…

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Critical Cleaning

January 25, 2021

Critically Cleaning Optical Elements Prior to Coating Dan Fiore, Vice President As we begin a new year, many people have resolved to clean up their homes and “de-clutter” so they are organized to start the year on a good foot. In the optical coating world, we also take our cues from famous organizing consultant, author, and Netflix TV show host Marie Kondo because nothing sparks less joy for our customers than a dirty optic! Once we receive optical lenses, we perform a critical inspection and then will make a few decisions as to how to proceed with preparing optics for…

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Blue Light Glasses

December 7, 2020

Can they really help with CVS? By Dan Fiore, Vice President During the pandemic we are all spending a lot more time staring at screens throughout the course of our workdays and even when we stop work. This has left many people with dry and irritated eyes which increases eye strain and overall levels of fatigue. The source of many of these eye strain issues may be digital screens which emit blue light. Various studies have concluded that blue light from displays can have negative consequences on your eyes and  can also negatively impact your sleep schedule as it  can…

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