Multi-Industry Optics Applications

SDC Technologies, Inc. (SDC) offers optically clear thermal and UV-cure hard coatings with premium abrasion and chemical resistance for optics.  A variety of optical coating solution applications for air, ground, sea and space are available for an array of industries such as security cameras, augmented and virtual reality goggles, HUD display panels, domes  for self-driving cars to architectural indoor LED lighting. SDC Optics Applications Video.


  • Acrylic (PMMA) – very hard, good mechanical stability, clarity and excellent transmission properties
  • Cyclic Olefin Copolymer (COC) – trade name APEL, with 1.54 index and 56 Abbe value. CrystalCoat on APEL
  • Cyclic Olefin Copolymer (COP) – low birefringence optical polymer
  • Polycarbonate (PC) – high impact resistance, performs well over a wide range of temperature

CrystalCoat on APEL™

CrystalCoat on APEL for optics applications overview.


  • Aerospace avionics: communication, navigation and display multi-systems
  • Aircraft precision optical assemblies and optronics solutions (digital vision systems, wearable displays, surveillance sensors)
  • Architectural indoor LED lighting, solar concentrators and panels
  • Augmented reality (AR) glasses, and virtual reality (VR) googles for gaming and simulation training
  • Automotive lighting: interior, head /tail, backup cameras, sensors
  • Camera Lens: back-up and side driving mirror, security, domes for self-driving cars
  • Commercial scanner/print-head, barcode reader, semiconductor inspection equipment
  • Heads-up Display (HUD) transparent panels for GPS
  • Medical diagnostic imaging devices, endoscopes, head mounted optics, plastic optical lens for microscopes
  • Military & Defense Helmet Mounted Display System (HMDS), night vision and guidance systems


  • Abrasion, chemical and scratch resistant
  • Good adhesion to plastic substrates
  • Compatible with mirror and anti-reflective (A/R) coating
  • Suitable for dip, flow, spin or spray application
  • Thermal or UV cure, primer and primerless (primer-free) coating options
  • Transparent, exceptional optical clarity
  • Weatherability

Benefits – Value Proposition

  • Easy to clean and maintain, resistance to oil, dirt and corrosion
  • Energy conservation, protection from ultraviolet rays results in lower temperature variances required for heating and cooling
  • May be cleaned with common household ammonia-free glass cleaners
  • Optically clear for safer navigation visibility, will not haze or discolor with exposure to sunlight
  • Highly durable, resistant to scratches, mars, and chemical attack
  • Versatile, compatible with A/R, mirror treatments
  • Exceptional product quality and stability, reducing the need for frequent tank change-outs, streamlining and maximizing yields
  • Outdoor durability, premium UV protection and weatherability

Contact a Customer Care Specialist to discuss a formulation that is best suited for your requirements.

APEL™ Cyclo Olefin Copolymer (COC) is a trademark of Mitsui Chemicals America, Inc.