IN-VISION announces world´s first native 4K Light Engine

The AVATAR high performance system brings UV light projection to a new level for advanced 3D-printing and lithography applications.

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The first industrial UV Light Projector based on TI's latest chipset

Until today, 4K in DLP-Projection was usually achieved by re-positioning WGXGA-Chip pixels to improve image resolution. This method increased resolution but image size was unchanged. The new chipset from Texas Instruments, due for release mid- 2022, introduces a radical improvement: it offers a “native” resolution of 4096x2176. As a Texas Instruments Design House partner, IN-VISION is developing the first industrial UV Light Projector based on this chipset. AVATAR enables users of 3D-printing and lithography to expose, at high resolution, a larger area than previously possible, and to make moving exposures with high optical performance.

Some of the main features of the flagship-system will be:

  • Open System: The built-in Xilinx Zynq UltraScale allows users to customize their applications or use prepared Software.
  • Field Changeability: The LED-Module is easily swapped out by the customer and does not require any further calibration or set-up.
  • Scrolling availability: AVATAR is designed for moving exposure. It comes with an optical PCIe-Interface, Optical Trigger IN/OUT and a 1 Gigabyte Ethernet-Connection to ensure high scrolling speeds.
  • Watercooled System: Illumination- and DMD-Units are equipped with separate connectors for water cooling to achieve optical peak system performance .
  • Stackability: The small width of the system allows projectors to be lined up down to very small pixel sizes
  • Onboard User-Interface: An OLED-Display informs the user about the operating status and key parameters.
  • Designed for performance: To handle the large amounts of data that a 4K image contains, especially in scrolling mode, the device is equipped with an optical PCIe interface.

CEO Florian Zangerl explains: “First Pre-Series-Models of the next-generation Light Engine will be available for Lead Customers in the fourth quarter of 2022”. Serial production of AVATAR is expected for 2023. IN-VISION’s Lead-Customer-Program closes soon, but minor adaptions can still be taken into account.

“AVATAR is an exciting development. The new projection system redefines the boundaries of DLP technology in Additive Manufacturing and lithography”.

Christof Hieger, CTO of IN-VISION

IN-VISION's CEO Florian Zangerl and CTO Christof Hieger