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3D-Printed Eco-Friendly and Cost-Effective Wireless Platforms

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 7th Electronic System-Integration Technology Conference (ESTC)
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5386-6814-6
ISBN (Print)978-1-5386-6815-3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2018
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventElectronics System-Integration Technology Conference -
Duration: 1 Jan 2000 → …


ConferenceElectronics System-Integration Technology Conference
Period1/01/00 → …


We present passive UHF RFID platforms composed of 3D-printed biodegradable plastic structures and conductive thread. Due to its flexibility, this extremely cost-effective and environmentally friendly wireless platform can be easily embedded into versatile structures. We evaluated the wireless performance of the tag fabricated from conductive thread both on a 3D-printed substrate as well as inside two 3D-printed layers. The read range of the tag on a 3D-printed substrate was around 6 meters between 860-960 MHz. Then, another layer was applied on top of the tag. Thus, the tag was left inside a 3D-printed platform, where it as protected from environmental stresses, such as moisture. The read range of this structure was still 6 meters throughout the global UHF RFID frequency band. Based on these initial results, these platforms show potential for unobtrusive identification and sensing solutions.


  • biodegradable materials, plastics, radiofrequency identification, three-dimensional printing, sensing, environmental stres protection, 3D-printed biodegradable plastic substrate structures, environmentally friendly wireless platform performance, global passive UHF RFID frequency band platforms, conductive thread, frequency 860.0 MHz to 960.0 MHz, distance 6 m, Wireless sensor networks, Wireless communication, Antennas, Antenna measurements, Substrates, Passive RFID tags

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