The AVATAR high-performance system brings UV light projection to a new level for advanced 3D printing and lithography applications.
The Austrian optics specialist IN-VISION Technologies AG announces the next big step in DLP-Projection: the first native 4K Light Engine for industrial applications.
Until today, 4K in DLP-Projection was usually achieved by re-positioning WGXGA-Chip pixels to improve image resolution. This method increased resolution, but the 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 4096×2176. 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.
Pictures: Avatar front and back (credit: Nejc Kilar for In-Vision)
Some 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.
- Water-cooled 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.
“AVATAR is an exciting development,” says Christof Hieger, In-Vision CTO, “the new projection system redefines the boundaries of DLP technology in Additive Manufacturing and lithography”. 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.
IN-VISION Technologies AG develops and manufactures high-precision optical systems for industrial applications. The company is located in Guntramsdorf, to the south of Vienna, Austria. In-Vision’s world-leading DLP UV-projectors are mostly used for additive manufacturing, bioprinting, 3D metrology and lithography applications. The company manufactures exclusively at the production site in Austria and has two research and development departments in Austria and Boston, USA.
More information at in-vision.at
Headline picture: CEO Florian Zangerl and CTO Christof Hieger (credit: Thomas Topf for In-Vision)