Multi-material additive manufacture and microwave-assisted sintering of a metal/ceramic metamaterial antenna structure
Multi-material metal/ceramic 3D structures comprising of metallic silver and ultra-low sintering temperature silver molybdenum oxide ceramics, have been additively manufactured and hybrid densified using microwave-assisted sintering for the first time. Optimum densification conditions at 440°C / 1 hour, resulted in relative permittivity, εr = 10.99 ± 0.04, dielectric losses, tanδ = 0.005 ± 0.001 and microwave quality factor, Q × f = 2597 ± 540 GHz. Applying 2 kW microwave energy at 2.45 GHz for 60 minutes, was proven sufficient, to densify the metallic Ag infilling electrodes, without causing any macroscopic defects. A fully functional multi-layered antenna structure with a metamaterial artificial magnetic conductor was designed, dual-printed and densified, to showcase the potential of combining multi-material additive manufacturing with microwave-assisted sintering.
SYnthesizing 3D METAmaterials for RF, microwave and THz applications (SYMETA)
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