Architects can now choose an authentic safety laminated dichroic glass from a wide variety of textures. Optichroic® glass is available in an assortment of surface combinations, including clear, etched, and etched patterns. It can be produced in sheets as large as 54 by 120 inches, without the long lead-times normally associated with specialty products.
Developed in the late fifties by NASA to protect against the potentially harmful effects of direct sunlight and cosmic radiation, dichroic glass, with its striking visual qualities, has been used in a variety of scientific and industrial applications. Its name is a derivation of the Greek word dikhroos, or two colors, which describes how light reflecting off the glass surface changes in color as the angle of vision changes.
Optichroic® glass is created through specialized interlayer technologies. As the viewer’s angle to the glass changes, so does its color, giving Optichroic® its refined iridescent characteristics.
Optichroic® glass offers an attractive aesthetic with the added durability of a scratch-resistant, easy to maintain glass. It has been rigorously tested by independent labs to ensure the Optichroic® dichroic effect is long-lasting and stable.