Hybrid Additive Manufacture of Conformal Antennas

M. R. Nekouie Esfahani, Matthew P. Shuttleworth, R. A. Harris, R. W. Kay, V. Doychinov, I. D. Robertson, Jose Marques-Hueso, Thomas D. A. Jones, Assel Ryspayeva, Marc Phillipe Yves Desmulliez

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Abstract

This paper presents a new digitally driven manufacturing process chain for the production of high performance, three-dimensional RF devices. This is achieved by combining Fused Filament Fabrication of polyetherimide based polymer with selective light-based synthesis of silver nanoparticles and electrochemical deposition of copper. The resultant manufacturing method produces devices with excellent DC electrical resistivity (6.68 μΩ cm) and dielectric properties (relative permittivity of 2.67 and loss tangent of 0.001). Chemically modifying and patterning the substrate to produce the metallization overcomes many of the limitations of direct write deposition methods resulting in improved performance, adhesion and resolution of the antenna pattern. The fabricated demonstrators cover a broadband range of 0.1 GHz - 10 GHz and the measured results show a direct agreement with the simulated design over a wide frequency band. Overall the materials used as a substrate have a low relative permittivity and lower dielectric loss than FR-4, thereby making them well suited for antenna applications.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Workshop Series on Advanced Materials and Processes for RF and THz Applications (IMWS-AMP)
PublisherIEEE
ISBN (Electronic)9781538655696
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Sep 2018
Event2018 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Workshop Series on Advanced Materials and Processes for RF and THz Applications - Ann Arbor, United States
Duration: 16 Jul 201818 Jul 2018

Conference

Conference2018 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Workshop Series on Advanced Materials and Processes for RF and THz Applications
Abbreviated titleIMWS-AMP 2018
CountryUnited States
CityAnn Arbor
Period16/07/1818/07/18

Keywords

  • 3D Printing
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Capsule Antennas
  • Conformal Antennas
  • Polyetherimide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials

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    Esfahani, M. R. N., Shuttleworth, M. P., Harris, R. A., Kay, R. W., Doychinov, V., Robertson, I. D., Marques-Hueso, J., Jones, T. D. A., Ryspayeva, A., & Desmulliez, M. P. Y. (2018). Hybrid Additive Manufacture of Conformal Antennas. In 2018 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Workshop Series on Advanced Materials and Processes for RF and THz Applications (IMWS-AMP) [8457128] IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/IMWS-AMP.2018.8457128