The growing demand for thermal imaging sensors and cameras has focused attention on the need for larger volumes of lower cost optics in this infrared region. A major component of the cost of thermal imaging lenses is the germanium content. As<sub>40</sub>Se<sub>60</sub> was developed as a moldable, germanium-free chalcogenide glass that can serve as a low cost alternative to germanium and other infrared materials. This material also has promising characteristics for improved optical performance, especially with regard to reduced thermal sensitivity. As<sub>40</sub>Se<sub>60</sub> has found acceptance as a material to be diamond turned or polished, but it is only now emerging as a legitimate candidate for precision glass molding. This paper will review chalcogenide molding and characterize As<sub>40</sub>Se<sub>60</sub> for widespread use in highvolume thermal imaging optics. The relative advantages and disadvantages of As<sub>40</sub>Se<sub>60</sub> as compared to other chalcogenide glasses will also be discussed.