Controllers for 3D Printers and Scanners


Proposed small form factor can allow developers to capture fine details of 3D-printed objects

DLP Pico controllers by Texas Instruments can help deliver light control capabilities in small form factors for mass-market 3D scanners and 3D printers. This can allow developers to design battery-powered and handheld designs.

Benefits for designers

It has been suggested that the introduced controllers offer the micron-to-sub-millimetre resolution typically found in industrial-grade applications for desktop 3D printers and portable 3D scanners.


There is potential for developers to pair the controllers with one of the four existing DLP Pico digital micromirror devices (DMDs) for the designs. The precision pattern control in a small form factor can allow developers to capture the fine details of an object.

Additional features

The feature of capturing of fine details of 3D-printed objects can enable 3D-printed objects with pattern and pixel control across 405-nm ultraviolet, visible and near-infrared light up to 2,500nm.

The existing DMDs range in diagonal size from 0.51cm to 1.20cm. This can enable designers to create customised solutions by combining the controllers and DMDs that best fit their applications. The suggested upgrades in display technology can allow designers to develop applications like dental scanning, 3D modeling and 3D vision for robotics.



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