3-D Printed Parts for a Multilayer Phased Array Antenna System

Xiaoju Yu, Min Liang, Corey Shemelya, David A. Roberson, Ryan Wicker, Eric MacDonald, Hao Xin

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In this work, a three-dimensional printable multilayer phased array system was designed to demonstrate the applicability of additive manufacturing for radio frequency (RF) systems. A hybrid process incorporating a thermal wire-mesh embedding method for conductors and thermoplastic material extrusion for dielectrics is employed. The designed phased array, operating at 3.5 GHz, consists of three functional layers: a 1-to-4 Wilkinson divider at the bottom, embedded voltage-controlled phase shifters at the center, and patch antennas on the top. Standalone parts of the proposed multilayer phased array were printed to verify the integrated dielectric-conductor printing process as well as the incorporation of active semiconductor devices at room temperature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number8477114
Pages (from-to)2150-2154
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2018


  • Multilayer
  • phased array
  • three-dimensional (3-D) printing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Yu, X., Liang, M., Shemelya, C., Roberson, D. A., Wicker, R., MacDonald, E., & Xin, H. (2018). 3-D Printed Parts for a Multilayer Phased Array Antenna System. IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, 17(11), 2150-2154. [8477114]. https://doi.org/10.1109/LAWP.2018.2873116