3D printing multi-functionality: Embedded RF antennas and components

C. M. Shemelya, M. Zemba, M. Liang, D. Espalin, C. Kief, Hao Xin, R. B. Wicker, E. W. MacDonald

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

14 Scopus citations


Significant research and press has recently focused on the fabrication freedom of Additive Manufacturing (AM) to create both conceptual models and final end-use products. This flexibility allows design modifications to be immediately reflected in 3D printed structures, creating new paradigms within the manufacturing process. 3D printed products will inevitably be fabricated locally, with unit-level customization, optimized to unique mission requirements. However, for the technology to be universally adopted, the processes must be enhanced to incorporate additional technologies; such as electronics, actuation, and electromagnetics. Recently, a novel 3D printing platform, Multi3D manufacturing, was funded by the presidential initiative for revitalizing manufacturing in the USA using 3D printing (America Makes - also known as the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Intuitive). The Multi3D system specifically targets 3D printed electronics in arbitrary form; and building upon the potential of this system, this paper describes RF antennas and components fabricated through the integration of material extrusion 3D printing with embedded wire, mesh, and RF elements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2015 9th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation, EuCAP 2015
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Print)9788890701856
StatePublished - Aug 27 2015
Event9th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation, EuCAP 2015 - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: May 13 2015May 17 2015


Other9th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation, EuCAP 2015


  • antenna
  • micro-strip 3D printing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation
  • Radiation
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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