Performance Analysis of X Band Horn Antennas using Manufacturing Method Coated with Different Techniques

E. L. Chuma, Y. Iano, L. L. B. Roger, M. Scroccaro, F. Frazatto, L. T. Manera


In this study, horn antennas operating in the X band (8 – 12 GHz), which were manufactured using the additive manufacturing method (AM) and coated with different conductive surfaces, are investigated. The construction of the antennas by the AM method involves fabrication of the antenna structure using acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) thermoplastic by a 3D printer; then, the antennas were coated with several conductive surfaces. Various conductive coatings used for the three antennas in this study are as follows: conductive silver paint for the first antenna, copper tape for the second, and copper plating for the third. In addition, the performance of these antennas was investigated in terms of input reflection coefficient, gain, radiation pattern, and weight, and the results were compared with those of the conventional aluminum horn antenna of same dimensions.


antenna; 3d printing; additive manufacturing; horn

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