October 28, 2020 News

Optical Sensors that Can Function Under High Pressure: Surviving a Tight Squeeze

One of the first Earth science facts that most people learn is how a diamond forms when carbon is placed under high pressure. While they may have learned the lesson from a superhero squeezing a ...
September 10, 2020 News

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall…..Optical Coatings

It all started in the 1800’s. (Optical coatings have been around for a while.) Scientists of that century developed chemical processes for depositing silver on either the front or back surface of a piece of ...
June 17, 2020 News


What are Optical Homogenizers, and What Applications do they Serve? Homogenizers, also known as ‘light pipes’, are examples of optical waveguides that are designed to combine and integrate a number of sources – and power levels ...
June 07, 2020 News

A Love Letter to the Laser: Happy 60th Birthday!!!

Laser: a tool that emits an intense beam of light energy that's created by a stimulated emission of photons from excited atoms and molecules. My Dearest Laser, On May 16, 1960, you started life as a low-powered ...
May 25, 2020 News

How to Install a Giant Mirror Over a Fault Line – Safely! The Next Big Thing in Astronomy

Altitude and astronomy make a heavenly match. There is a problematic conundrum when determining where to install large telescopes for space research. On the one hand, it would be much easier - and safer - ...
May 10, 2020 News

The AC-130 Air Force Gunship is About To Be Lit

The deadly AC-130 Air Force gunship is finally leveling up -- with lasers. The badass plane, which is a first-string player in the U.S. Air Force gunship arsenal, is being fitted with a state-of-the-art laser ...
May 01, 2020 News

Handshakes: Out. Elbow-Taps: In.

How to Respectfully Refuse Unwanted Handshakes Without Alienating Your Colleagues As the nation slowly begins to re-open, as offices start to come back to life, and as conferences begin to buzz anew, you might be wondering, ...
April 23, 2020 News

IRD Glass: Proudly Making Ventilator Parts to Win the War on COVID-19

For over 39 years, IRD Glass (“IRD”) has crafted high-quality custom glass and ceramic components for the medical, transport, and defense sectors. IRD is a major supplier to mainstay manufacturers of medical equipment like 3M, ...
April 23, 2020 News

COVID-19 Protocols at IRD Glass Are Firmly in Place

At IRD Glass, excellence is a way of life. When faced with existential challenges, we come prepared in order to maintain the status quo for our employees and clientele.   Given the uncertainty generated by COVID-19, we ...
February 13, 2020 News

Sapphire Optics for Remote Piloted Aircraft and Aerospace

Remote piloted aircraft, commonly called drones, are designed to go where it’s too dangerous for humans to go. IRD Glass fabricates sapphire optics for the aerospace and defense contractors that produce these amazing vehicles.    We can ...
February 08, 2020 News

IRD is an Official Borofloat® Distributor

As an official Borofloat® distributor, IRD Glass can meet your float glass needs quickly and efficiently.    One of the most common Borofloat materials we work with is Borofloat 33, a versatile borosilicate glass with excellent light ...
January 14, 2020 News

No More Goop! MIT Engineers Create Laser Ultrasound

Say goodbye to that cold goop, and say hello to a new laser ultrasound that can make reading from half a meter away. Importantly, it won’t blast away what it’s trying to measure thanks to ...
December 19, 2019 News

Microsoft Uses Laser to Store ‘Superman’ on Quartz Glass

The materials we work with last for a really, really long time. Sapphire, hard ceramics, glass.  So it’s no surprise that scientists are finding ways to use them to store information that could be vital to ...
December 12, 2019 News

Tesla Patents “Laser Cleaning Process” for Car Glass, Solar Panels

Elon Musk, the madman-genius-engineer behind Palo Alto-based automaker Tesla, made big waves when he declared that "Anyone relying on lidar [for self-driving cars] is doomed. Doomed."  Tesla's current vehicles use radar, GPS, maps, ultrasonic sensors and ...
December 10, 2019 News

Procure LiDAR Protective Windows from IRD Glass

LiDAR-powered autonomous vehicles, also called self-driving cars by those who like to get to the point, promise a future in which cars people are mere passengers that key in commands.  They promise a future in which ...
November 19, 2019 News

The Audacious Plan to Scan the Entire Planet with LiDAR

IRD Glass is an official BOROFLOAT® Distributor that is trusted by industry leading OEMs to process BOROFLOAT® into precision optical mirrors and other LiDAR components. If the story below is true, we’re likely to get ...
November 18, 2019 News

Laser to Cut Nuclear Waste Lifespan from Thousands of Years to 30 Minutes, Says Nobel Laureate

The promise of nuclear power is enormous. It produces energy via nuclear fission rather than chemical burning, generating a huge amount of electricity while putting zero carbon into the atmosphere. It works constantly. On average, nuclear ...
November 03, 2019 News

This is a First: Room Temperature, Crack-Free Laser Welding of Ceramic Components

IRD Glass uses high performance hard materials and employs precision machining equipment to produce ceramic components and subassemblies that meet our clients' exact specifications. Many hard ceramic parts we create have less than .0005” dimensional ...
October 14, 2019 News

Moore’s Law Doesn’t Fly for Optical Components, Sadly

“Moore’s law” may sound ancient. The name brings to mind a monk scrawling a theory of the universe in a mountaintop monastery. But it was actually written in the 1960s by Intel Corp. co-founder Gordon ...
October 13, 2019 News

Here’s What the Speed of Light Looks Like in Real Time

Below we will share the impressions made and the deep thoughts provoked as the above GIF progressed to greater and greater distances.  Orbiting Earth The first part shows a beam of light orbiting the Earth. It makes ...
October 01, 2019 News

Employers Rejoice! Study Finds Employees Value Good Culture Over Higher Pay

Good news for the bottom line. According to a recent survey, employees in the U.S., U.K., France and Germany rated working for a company with a strong company culture as more important than higher pay. Specifically, ...
September 23, 2019 News

Hearing Voices? You May Not Be Nuts…

Psst! Your fly is unzipped. This is just one potential use of the talking lasers being developed by the Defense Department’s Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate (JNLWP).  It’s a laser that can “talk” using a physics phenomenon ...
September 15, 2019 News

NASA, ESA to Create Laser-Powered “Space Antenna” around the Sun

NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) have teamed up to create a space-based gravitational-wave observatory consisting of three laser-emitting spacecraft that will orbit the Sun in a triangular formation 2.5 million kilometers apart from ...
September 05, 2019 News

Transparent Wood is Good

Scientists at Sweden’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology have created a transparent wood composite that allows light to filter though. The material could be used to replace glass windows in order to reduce energy costs. ...
August 01, 2019 News

Apollo 11 Left a Laser Device on the Moon 50 Years ago…It Still Works

A laser ranging retroreflector, a special kind of mirror that always reflects an incoming light beam back in the direction it came from, was placed on the lunar surface fifty years ago by the crew ...
July 29, 2019 News

LiDAR System That Fits on the Head of a Pin

IRD Glass creates all the LiDAR components that are essential to the function of these amazing devices — including entrance windows, precision optical filter substrates, beamsplitters and precision optical mirrors. This technology, which was first developed ...
July 12, 2019 News

Radiation Detecting Laser Can Detect Radioactive Material from Distance

Geiger counters and other traditional radiation detection systems rely on a radioactive decay particle interacting directly with a detector. That means close proximity to radiation is necessary because the presence of decay particles drops sharply ...
July 01, 2019 News

Source Your LiDAR Components from an Official BOROFLOAT® Distributor

The detection and mapping technology known as LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) that was first developed by NASA and used on the Apollo 15 mission to map the surface of the moon is now leading ...
June 20, 2019 News

Biometric ID Tool Uses Laser Vibrometry to Detect Your Unique Heartbeat

Everyone has a unique cardiac signature, which means your ticker beats in a slightly different way than mine or anyone else’s. It’s this novel biometric marker that the Pentagon is using to identify people with ...
June 15, 2019 News

Scientists Discover a New Property of Light

A new property of light has been discovered by researchers based in Spain and the United States — and it isn’t that it’s “bright.” First they fired two red optical laser pulses at a cloud of ...
May 30, 2019 News

Dealing with the 25% Chinese Import Tariff? Revisit Your Supply Chain

After the recent 25% Chinese import tariff, OEMs in numerous industries are looking for ways to stabilize their supply chains and cut production costs. If you have traditionally sourced precision glass, ceramic or optical components ...
May 28, 2019 News

Chinese Claim New Laser Assault Rifle can Cook You from a Mile Away

A Chinese device called the ZKZM-500 laser assault rifle is purported to emit a high-power laser beam that can incinerate you from over a mile away. Ouch! In 2015, the Chinese government dedicated 2 billion ...
April 29, 2019 News

How to Take a “Picture” of a Black Hole

After many years of artist renderings, the first ever image of a black hole was released to the world in April. It looks just about how you would expect: a ring-like structure with a dark ...
April 26, 2019 News

Precision Glass Tubes from IRD Glass

IRD Glass is the leading manufacturer of precision glass tubes that are essential in ultra-precision altimeter and airspeed indicators in aerospace applications, fuel efficiency sensors in automotive applications and in many cutting-edge sensor devices. Why ...
April 15, 2019 News

Glass Ceramic Machining by IRD Glass

In applications where even a degree or two of thermal variation is vitally important, the material of choice is machined glass ceramic, which is annealed to a deliver near-zero coefficient of thermal expansion. The biggest ...
March 28, 2019 News

DARPA Announces Focus Areas for Innovative Small Businesses

IRD Glass will be exhibiting the SPIE Defense & Commercial Sensing conference, which runs April 14-18, and we are looking forward to hearing Timothy Grayson, the Director of DARPA’s Strategic Technology Office. Small businesses have always ...
March 22, 2019 News

Precision Optical Mirrors from IRD Glass

IRD Glass manufactures precision optical mirrors that are used for beam steering or folding, interferometry, and in many optical components in imaging systems and high power industrial laser systems. Why Procure Precision Optical Mirrors from ...
March 15, 2019 News

Precision Optical Filters from IRD Glass

IRD Glass manufactures numerous custom precision optical filters designed to expand the applications and improve the capabilities of numerous optical components. Our filters can be found in critical applications in the defense and homeland security, ...
February 28, 2019 News

IRD Glass to Break Ground on Expansion Doubling Square Footage

We are very excited to announce that IRD Glass will be breaking ground on an expansion that will add 50% more square footage, growing from 20,000 ft2 to 30,000 ft2, as soon as the snow ...
February 22, 2019 News

Precision Laser Components from IRD Glass

IRD Glass is trusted by the biggest names in the laser OEM market to produce numerous precision laser components, including cavity reflectors, steering mirrors, splatter shields, precision spacers and tooling, beamsplitters, custom light homogenizers, filters ...
February 15, 2019 News

Precision Reticles from IRD Glass

IRD Glass is a trusted manufacturer of precision reticles for the semiconductor, inspection and medical industries. Details down to sub-micron line widths are available on a range of substrate materials. Why Procure Precision Reticles from IRD ...
January 30, 2019 News

IRD Glass Employees Paid it Forward this Christmas

In Christian theology, charity is one of the seven virtues. It was understood by Thomas Aquinas as "the friendship of man for God” and that which "unites us to God.” It is central to Christianity ...
January 23, 2019 News

What Nobody Else is doing with Glass at Photonics West 2019

IRD Glass is excited to be participating once again in the SPIE Photonics West trade show in San Francisco from February 5 - 7, 2019. You can find us at Booth #3400 where we will be ...
December 30, 2018 News

The Story of the World on Ceramic Tablets

We live in the Information Age. We are positively swimming in data. And the vast majority of that information exists in digital form. What would happen if there were an enormous solar flare and all ...
December 14, 2018 News

The 65 Best Inventions of the Past 65 Years

Popular Mechanics released a list of the 65 best inventions of the past 65 years. By “best” they mean the degree to which they impact our everyday lives. Taken as a whole, these inventions have ...
November 28, 2018 News

Alternatives to Fused Silica Laser Debris Shields

The costly optical assemblies that allow industrial lasers to weld and slice through metal must be protected from the extreme heat and debris caused by the manufacturing process. Most laser debris shields are made of ...
October 30, 2018 News

The Outsized Impact of the Beam Homogenizer

A beam homogenizer is a device that unifies the profile of a light or laser beam, smooths out its irregularities, and ensures it has uniform power across its profile. Light and lasers can be homogenized ...
October 29, 2018 News

Magical Sunglasses Block all the Screens Around You

Matt Mead, a business owner, was annoyed. He had installed an expensive video-conferencing network throughout his business, but the natural light in his window-filled offices were making people appear like silhouettes on the screen. He ...
October 15, 2018 News

This Heartbeat Sensor is Powered by the Sun

Necessity is the mother of invention, as I’m sure you’ve heard. Electronics are decreasing in size, which is great, but it does make powering these micro-gadgets increasingly difficult. This was the challenge faced by Takao ...
September 24, 2018 News

How Lasers will Save the World from Bloodsucking Parasites

The enormous loss of ocean life, somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 percent, is well documented. Three billion people already depend on fish for protein, and global demand for seafood is predicted to grow at ...
September 23, 2018 News

A Simple Explanation of Quantum Computing

In just sixty years transistors, the switching and memory units that allow computers to compute, have gone from the size of a hand to the size of an atom. In 1968 there were dozens of ...
July 27, 2018 News

Flying into the Sun in Sapphire Tubes

Later this summer, a NASA solar probe will travel into the corona of the Sun—closer than any mission before—through material with temperatures greater than a million degrees Fahrenheit. If the mission is successful, it will ...
July 20, 2018 News

LiDAR is Archaeology’s Most Amazing Discovery

As a company that creates custom laser optics that are essential to LiDAR systems, we like to share the technology’s many novel applications as they arise. Among the most interesting ways LiDAR is being used ...
June 18, 2018 News

U.S. Manufacturing can be revived, but it will look different

In March we had our first $1 million month. It was the culmination of recent growth that has included a hiring spree in which we brought 24 people, including 2 new engineers, into the IRD ...
June 08, 2018 News

A Quick Distinction: Machine Vision versus Computer Vision

Technology moves a thousand miles a minute, and it’s difficult to stay up to date. New words are added to the dictionary and new phrases constantly enter the lexicon. Two such phrases are computer vision ...
May 15, 2018 News

IRD’s $1m March and 2018 Hiring Spree

IRD Glass is proud to announce that we had our first $1m month this March! We’ve been in business for 35 years — since 1983 — and business is really booming. Through the first five ...
April 30, 2018 News

Why we aren’t relocating to a planet where it rains sapphire and rubies

Boy, it sure would make our job a lot easier if we were headquartered on HAT-P-7b: a super-hot planet 16x larger than Earth that sits in the Cygnus constellation about 1,100 light-years away. It rains ...
March 30, 2018 News

How a NYU Prof’s Manufacturing Approach Saved Japan’s Economy & Changed the World

At IRD Glass, we achieve unmatched customization by setting up our customers with dedicated employees, dedicated equipment, and dedicated floor space at our facility. Each “cell” is responsible for the entire life cycle a precision ...
March 20, 2018 News

Flying Cars Take Off, Weathering FAA Turbulence

It lasted all of 53 seconds, and reached a height of just 16 feet, but aerospace experts agreed that the maiden voyage of the Airbus Vahana flying car may have been the first step in ...
January 23, 2018 News

Artificial Intelligence Will Create More Jobs Than It Eliminates By 2020

Artificial intelligence is a subject that inspires equal parts excitement and anxiety. For some, it is an efficiency producer that will free humans from performing mundane, mindless tasks — much the way other technologies have done ...
January 20, 2018 News

Why Charitable Companies Donate is a No-Brainer

In 2016, charitable companies donated a whopping total of $18.55 billion. That’s a 3.5 percent increase from the previous year, and the trend is expected to continue and even accelerate in the years to come. ...
December 30, 2017 News

Precision Ceramics: Why Ours Meet the Demands of Industry Leaders

Technology continues to push the limits of what is possible, and ceramic materials play a huge role in determining the pace of change. You can find precision ceramics on the cutting edge in numerous industries, ...
November 20, 2017 News

High Reflectivity Mirrors: Characteristics and Applications

IRD Glass and IRD Ceramics proudly manufacture precision High Reflectivity Mirrors that are used in the medical, laser, security, defense, aerospace, sensor and process control industries, among others. What are High Reflectivity Mirrors? High reflectivity mirrors ...
November 10, 2017 News

Optical Filters: Characteristics and Applications

Optical filters are used to reflect, absorb, refract, or diffract specified wavelengths while allowing other wavelengths to pass through. IRD Glass custom manufactures numerous optical filters that expand the applications and improve the capabilities of ...
October 30, 2017 News

Precision Sapphire Windows: The Choice When Performance Matters

Only diamonds are more durable and scratch-resistant than sapphire. That’s why sapphire is used to make precision sapphire windows that are used for everything from consumer products (think iPhone screens) to defense instrumentation and surveillance ...
October 20, 2017 News

Safety Concerns When Creating Precision Glass Components

The work-related risks in the glass manufacturing industry are nearly unrivaled. IRD Glass manufacturers precision glass components with virtually every kind of optical glass as well as many crystal materials. Because we perform machining, polishing, grinding, ...
September 30, 2017 News

Non-Optical Glass Components and Their Uses

When you think of glass components, you think of those with optical applications – those used to split, diffuse, bend, reflect or otherwise alter light wavelengths. These include mirrors, prisms, wedges, cylindrical lenses, wedges, etc. ...
September 15, 2017 News

Custom Sapphire Windows: Why We Supply Industry Leaders

Sapphire is one of nature’s hardest materials. The durability and scratch resistance of custom sapphire windows make them a critical component in many consumer products, from watches and glasses to cell phone screens. They are ...
August 20, 2017 News

Honeywell awards IRD Glass for Exceptional Quality, Zero PPM Defects

IRD Glass is happy to announce that Honeywell recently awarded us a Certificate for Exceptional Quality Performance after we achieved zero PPM (parts per million) defects in the last 12 months. As a sole-source supplier ...
August 08, 2017 News

Three Reasons You Should Care about Company Values

Employees at the most successful companies would have no trouble enumerating and explaining their company values. That’s because they are pervasive, worked into the very fabric of what the company does on a daily basis. At ...
August 01, 2017 News

Just How Strong are Sapphire Windows?

IRD Glass manufactures a variety of sapphire components, including sapphire windows, for industry leading companies like Honeywell. Here’s what you need to know about this amazing material and the components that can be made from ...
July 24, 2017 News

Does Your Business Need an ERP System?

IRD Glass is in the process of rolling out an automated scheduling and accounting software called an Enterprise Resource Planning system, or ERP system. ERP systems are business process management software that allow companies to ...
July 06, 2017 News

A Hopeful Vision for Manufacturing and Automation

The manufacturing and automation trend in U.S. companies can be characterized more as one of collaboration than of replacement. Robots are being designed to enhance human capabilities and boost their effectiveness, not to replace them. For ...
June 29, 2017 News

Why IRD Glass, a small privately owned company, has a Board of Directors

IRD Glass and IRD Ceramics are sole-source suppliers to many OEM Corporations with globally recognized brands, yet we remain a small, privately held company. Of the key factors contributing to the successful growth of IRD, ...
June 15, 2017 News

Are benefits a motivator in today’s economy?

At IRD Glass, we believe in taking care of our employees. We are a family. We are a team. It’s not just the compassionate thing to do, and it’s not only in line with our ...
May 31, 2017 News

The Dangers of Spec Creep and 4 Ways to Manage it

Spec creep, when a product’s actual specifications drift over time from those set down on paper, is any manufacturer’s nightmare. It leads to reduced quality, lost confidence and lost customers. So how can you avoid ...
March 31, 2017 News

5 Ways to Create a Sense of Urgency with Young Employees

Generation X and Millennial employees are becoming a sizeable minority or majority in many businesses. Workplaces are changing. But that doesn’t mean that every company can be Google or Apple. We can’t all have our ...
March 17, 2017 News

See you at these 3 Important Industry Events in April and May

IRD Glass and IRD Ceramics are happy to be exhibiting at three important industry events – two of them which are free and open to the public – over the next two months. Today we ...
February 15, 2017 News

RASA: Four Listening Sales Methods for Business Success

There’s quality and then there’s presentation. With no presentation, quality doesn’t matter very much because it won’t sell. At IRD Glass and IRD Ceramics, for example, we are a sole-source provider to world-class companies like 3M, ...
January 15, 2017 News

Balancing Lean Operations, Human Innovation & Efficiency

On October 1, 1908, years before the term lean operations existed, came arguably the most important operational advancement in industrial history: the Model T Ford began rolling off of Ford’s assembly line. By prioritizing efficiency ...
December 30, 2016 News

Customer Service: This is What Going Above and Beyond Looks Like

Customer service is defined as “the assistance and advice provided by a company to those people who buy or use its products or services.” Most companies aim to provide satisfactory customer service, but IRD Glass ...
December 10, 2016 News

Cross-Training and Employee Engagement in Manufacturing

In manufacturing, keeping employees engaged and motivated at work is of critical importance to overall productivity. The task has proven to be a sizable challenge for many American companies. At IRD Glass, our employees are ...
November 18, 2016 News

Running Like A Swiss Watch: Tradition, Precision, and the IRD Brand

Throughout human history, some products and practices establish themselves as exemplars — the pinnacle of what human ingenuity and engineering can achieve. German beer, Wisconsin cheese, Roman sculptures, American jazz: all are the best and ...
October 31, 2016 News

The Real Benefits of Corporate Giving

One of the many privileges of running a business is the opportunity to give back to your community in a meaningful way. Every single day, businesses share their success by donating money, donating products, volunteering ...
October 15, 2016 News

New Study Explores Link Between Happiness at Work and Productivity

With an engaging, challenging workplace and a cell-based approach to manufacturing that allows individual team members to use their intelligence and creativity, IRD Glass is proud to have a staff that is both happy and ...
October 01, 2016 News

Custom Manufacturing & Ease of Manufacturability

It’s been proven time and time again that sacrificing quality to keep deliverables on time and under budget is ineffective. Not only is there an array of drawbacks to shipping a less-than-excellent product, it may ...
September 15, 2016 News

Three Leadership Styles: What’s Your Company’s Approach?

Myron Rush wrote one of the finest books about leadership. In “The New Leader,” Rush details some the varying approaches to management that have developed over the decades. Here’s a brief recap of the author’s ...
August 20, 2016 News

What Microsoft, Disney and Telecoms can Teach You About Strategic Partnerships

There are two ways of looking at capitalism. One take is that it’s a cruel, dog-eat-dog system in which the strong crush the weak. The other is that it’s a mechanism that encourages (forces) businesses to ...
July 29, 2016 News

A Sixth Sense? Precision Optical Components & Semiconductors in the Sensor Industry

How do human beings experience the world? We have eyes to see, noses to smell, ears to hear, and fingers to touch and feel. But what allows us to experience and understand the world, and ...
July 10, 2016 News

Precision Optical Components Accelerating Early Detection of Cancer

The battle to cure cancer has led to collaboration between private and public companies, universities, scientists, and even foreign governments. Perhaps the greatest push toward finding a cure is the recent National Cancer Moonshot Initiative, ...
June 26, 2016 News

The Crucible of the Sensor Industry

Though it’s hard to argue that tax dollars should be spent on interplanetary exploration when our nation’s roads and bridges need immediate repair, noted astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has put forth a compelling argument to ...
June 05, 2016 News

Capturing the Power of One of Nature’s Hardest Materials

The sapphire is a gemstone of the mineral corundum variety. Closely related to the ruby and ranking third behind the diamond in terms of hardness, the sapphire is recognized as one of the hardest, most ...