Additive manufacturing for microwave and millimeter-wave antennas: A summary of current technology and experimentation

Andrew D. O'Neill, Joshua C. Davidson, Timothy J. Kane, Ram M. Narayanan

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Abstract

Several methods of additive manufacturing are being investigated for construction of microwave and millimeter-wave antennas and electromagnetic structures. These include methods such as stereo lithography and fused deposition modeling. The impacts of surface roughness, performance of dielectric lenses, and 3D printed aperture antennas are studied. The limits and process of stereo lithography printing is assessed through experimentation using the Formlabs Form 2 printer to develop WR10 waveguide and aperture antennas operating at 94 GHz. Performance and pitfalls are reported for future consideration in exploiting and extending additive manufacturing technology for fabrication of such structures in the optical regime.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationImage Sensing Technologies
Subtitle of host publicationMaterials, Devices, Systems, and Applications VI
EditorsNibir K. Dhar, Achyut K. Dutta, Sachidananda R. Babu
PublisherSPIE
ISBN (Electronic)9781510626256
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
EventImage Sensing Technologies: Materials, Devices, Systems, and Applications VI 2019 - Baltimore, United States
Duration: Apr 15 2019Apr 16 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume10980
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X

Conference

ConferenceImage Sensing Technologies: Materials, Devices, Systems, and Applications VI 2019
CountryUnited States
CityBaltimore
Period4/15/194/16/19

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    O'Neill, A. D., Davidson, J. C., Kane, T. J., & Narayanan, R. M. (2019). Additive manufacturing for microwave and millimeter-wave antennas: A summary of current technology and experimentation. In N. K. Dhar, A. K. Dutta, & S. R. Babu (Eds.), Image Sensing Technologies: Materials, Devices, Systems, and Applications VI [109800Y] (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering; Vol. 10980). SPIE. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2519549