Evaluation and Performance Analysis of 3D Printing Technique for Ka-Band Antenna Production

Unai Armendariz, Simon Rommel, Juan Sebastián Rodríguez Páez, Idelfonso Tafur Monroy, Juan José Vegas Olmos, Christian Bang Olsen

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Abstract

This paper presents the design and fabrication of 3D printed WR-28 waveguide horn antennas operating in the Ka-band frequency range between 26.5GHz and 40GHz. Three antennas are fabricated from polylactide acid filaments in conductive and non-conductive variants; the latter is covered with conductive paint. The gain and voltage standing wave ratio performance of the fabricated horn antennas is measured, showing promising performance. Antenna gain values between
5dBi and 14 dBi are found, comparable to the performance of metal milled horn antennas.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 46th European Microwave Conference (EuMC)
PublisherIEEE
Publication date2016
Pages1259-1262
ISBN (Electronic)978-2-87487-043-9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event46th European Microwave Conference (EuMC) - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 Oct 20166 Oct 2016

Conference

Conference46th European Microwave Conference (EuMC)
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLondon
Period04/10/201606/10/2016

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Armendariz, U., Rommel, S., Rodríguez Páez, J. S., Tafur Monroy, I., Vegas Olmos, J. J., & Olsen, C. B. (2016). Evaluation and Performance Analysis of 3D Printing Technique for Ka-Band Antenna Production. In Proceedings of the 46th European Microwave Conference (EuMC) (pp. 1259-1262). IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/EuMC.2016.7824579