3D Printed Parts for a Multilayer Phased Array Antenna System

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

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Abstract

In this work, a 3D-printable multilayer phased array system was designed to demonstrate the applicability of additive manufacturing for 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)
JournalIEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018

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Keywords

  • 3D printing
  • Multilayer
  • Nonhomogeneous media
  • Phase shifters
  • Phased Array
  • Phased arrays
  • Power dividers
  • Printing
  • Substrates
  • Three-dimensional displays

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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