3D printed waveguides: A revolution in low volume manufacturing for the 21st century

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Title: 3D printed waveguides: A revolution in low volume manufacturing for the 21st century
Authors: Otter, W
Ridler, NM
Lucyszyn, S
Item Type: Conference Paper
Abstract: 3D printing is a disruptive technology, offering the inherent capabilities for creating truly arbitrary 3D structures, with low manufacturing costs associated with low volume production runs. This paper provides an overv iew of the current progress in 3D printing of metal - pipe rectangular waveguide (MPRWG) components, from 10 GHz to 1 THz, at Imperial College London. First, measurements performed at the UK National Physical Laboratory demonstrate that 3D printed MPRWG perf ormance is comparable to standard commercial waveguides at X - band and W - band. Then, a fully 3D printed X - band dielectric flap tuneable phase shifter and W - band 6th - order inductive iris bandpass filter are demonstrated experimentally. Finally, an optically - controlled 500 GHz IQ vector modulator will also be presented; packaged laser diodes and high resistivity silicon implants are integrated within a hybrid 3D printed split - block module, representing a paradigm shift in additive manufacturing for realizing t uneable THz applications.
Issue Date: 4-Apr-2017
Date of Acceptance: 7-Feb-2017
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/45055
Publisher: ARMMS RF & Microwave Society
Start Page: 1
End Page: 6
Copyright Statement: © 2017 The Authors.
Sponsor/Funder: Engineering & Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC)
Funder's Grant Number: EP/M001121/1
Conference Name: ARMMS RF & Microwave Society Conference
Notes: Best Paper Award (AWR’s Steve Evans-Pughe Prize)
Publication Status: Published
Start Date: 2017-04-03
Finish Date: 2017-04-04
Conference Place: The Oxford Belfry, Nr Thame, UK
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Engineering
Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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