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A fully printed multilayer aperture-coupled patch antenna using hybrid 3D / inkjet additive manufacturing technique

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEuropean Microwave Week 2015: "Freedom Through Microwaves", EuMW 2015 - Conference Proceedings; 2015 45th European Microwave Conference Proceedings, EuMC
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9782874870392
Publication statusPublished - 2 Dec 2015
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
Event45th European Microwave Conference, EuMC 2015 - Paris, France
Duration: 7 Sep 201510 Sep 2015


Conference45th European Microwave Conference, EuMC 2015


In this paper, a fully additively manufactured multilayer aperture-coupled patch antenna operating at the ISM band around 2.4 GHz is demonstrated. For the first time, a hybrid additive manufacturing technique was utilized to fully print consecutive conductive and thick dielectric layers for 3D antennas topologies fabrication in the GHz frequency antenna fabrication. The metallization of 3D printed plastic dielectric layers was performed by inkjet printing layers of conductive ink. As a proof of concept, multiple layers of Diamine Silver Acetate (DSA) conductive ink were deposited to form a conductive thin layer on the surface of the 3D printed layers of Verowhite polymer. This novel fully printed antenna fabrication methodology could enable mass production of low cost printed RF circuits and antennas for a variety of scalable wireless sensor network and Internet of Things (IOT) as well as quick RF component prototyping.


  • 2.4 GHz ISM, 3D printing, Additive manufacturing, Aperture-Coupled Patch, Material Inkjet Printing