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IN-VISION launches 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 Austrian optics specialist IN-VISION Technologies AG launches 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.

IN-VISION Technologies AG launches  AVATAR, the next big step in DLP-Projection: the first native 4K Light Engine for industrial applications.
CEO Florian Zangerl and CTO Christof Hieger (photo: Thomas Topf for In-Vision)

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 an 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.

IN-VISION Technologies AG launches  AVATAR, the next big step in DLP-Projection: the first native 4K Light Engine for industrial applications.
Avatar back (Nejc Kilar for In-Vision)

“AVATAR is an exciting development,” said Christof Hieger, In-Vision CTO, “the new projection system redefines the boundaries of DLP technology in Additive Manufacturing and lithography”. CEO Florian Zangerl explained: “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.

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