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Rapid prototyping of waveguide and horn antennas
conference contributionposted on 2017-03-10, 15:06 authored by Darren Cadman, Shiyu Zhang, J. C. Vardaxoglou
In this paper we review how fused deposition modelling (FDM) can be deployed for the rapid prototyping of microwave waveguide componentry and antennas. Additive manufacture of such objects allows new, novel and complex structures to be fabricated with lower impact on the environment relative to current manufacturing processes, plus the fast turnaround of design to manufacture and test. Additionally while the resulting physical antenna properties may not be perfect compared to the design or what can be machined, their RF/microwave performance can be quite forgiving thereby allowing the antenna design engineer to fully exploit the rapid prototyping concept.
This work is supported by the UK’s Engineering and Physical Science Research Council through the grant “Synthesizing 3D metamaterials for RF, microwave and terahertz applications”, SYMETA, grant reference EP/N010493/1.
- Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Published inEuropean Conference on Antennas & Propagation
CitationCADMAN, D., ZHANG, S. and VARDAXOGLOU, J.C., 2017. Rapid prototyping of waveguide and horn antennas. Presented at the 11th European Conference on Antennas & Propagation (EUCAP 2017), Paris, 19-24th March.
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NotesThis is a conference paper. A fuller version of this paper is published in the journal IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters by IEEE under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported Licence (CC BY) under a slightly different title. The repository handle is https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/35419.