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Optichroic® Dichroic Glass


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 the first glass of its type suitable for architectural applications.
It 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.

Please contact your local Bendheim representative to request samples.

 Click here to download the Optichroic® PDF specifications sheet...

Special thanks to Poulin + Morris Inc. for providing the Optichroic® installation photos at the University of Michigan Steven M. Ross School of Business in this article.


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