Presented by: Dan Fiore, North American Coating Laboratories (NACL)
Optical coatings can be confusing and difficult to fully understand for even the most well-established optical fabricators, lens designers, and photonics industry professionals. The field of optical coatings itself continues to evolve from a capability standpoint, as well as from a terminology standpoint, on an almost daily basis.
In this Coatings 101-style overview, Fiore advises end users on how to clearly describe and specify their needs to coating solutions providers to avoid any confusion or costly delays. Applications addressed in this talk include augmented reality, defense, touch and head-mounted displays, polymer optics, infrared optics, and diamond-like carbon (DLC).
Fiore discusses the industry's most commonly specified coatings, as well as coating terminology, explanations of common coating specifications, and the testing data customers should request when placing orders. Fiore also provides insight into which specifications drive cost versus which make the most sense in real-world production scenarios.
About the presenter
Dan Fiore is vice president of North American Coating Laboratories (NACL). He manages sales and marketing and the overall customer experience for all of NACL's industrial optical and infrared coating customers. In his 14 years in the optics field, he has presented and written 10 technical white papers and case studies. Fiore provides technical insight on NACL's monthly podcast, "Through the Lens," and hosts NACL's monthly YouTube video series, "Coffee with Your Coater."