Metallic 3-D Printed Rectangular Waveguides for Millimeter-Wave Applications
Journal article, 2016

This paper explores the potential of metallic 3-D printing technology for millimeter-wave (mmWave) applications. It uses the selective laser melting (SLM) technology to melt the Cu-15Sn powder layer by layer to build up rectangular waveguides at E-(60-90 GHz), D-(110-170 GHz), and H-band (220-325 GHz). Different from nonmetallic 3-D printed waveguides, SLM Cu-15Sn waveguides are printed once in a whole piece. Postelectroplating and assembling are not necessary. Besides, the SLM waveguide also outperforms the nonmetallic 3-D printed waveguide in mechanical robustness. Compared with nonmetallic 3-D printed and commercial metallic waveguides, SLM waveguides demonstrate comparable performance at E-band with averaged dissipative attenuation 7.51 dB/m and 7.76 dB/m for 50-and 100-mm waveguides, respectively. The attenuation of SLM waveguides is acceptable up to D-band. We prove the potential of the SLM technology for mmWave applications in both prototyping and mass production.

3-D printing



selective laser melting (SLM)


Bing Zhang

Chalmers, Microtechnology and Nanoscience (MC2), Microwave Electronics

Herbert Zirath

Chalmers, Microtechnology and Nanoscience (MC2), Microwave Electronics

IEEE Transactions on Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology

2156-3950 (ISSN)

Vol. 6 5 796-804

Subject Categories

Other Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering



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