The DragonFly™ System makes it possible to 3D print antennas, arrays and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags using conductive nano-particle silver and dielectric inks. This innovation enables antennas to play a role in more products and locations. Various technology applications, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), antenna-embedded packaging, flexible antennas and RFID tags are just a few examples of the future of connected devices made possible with the DragonFly™ System.
The level of precision afforded by the DragonFly™ System allows for accurate control of the location and thickness of deposited inks, ensuring not only optimal antenna reception and transmission, but also reduced overall weight and size, as well as greater design customization.
Harris Corporation and Nano Dimension worked together to explore the use of additive manufacturing for radio frequency (RF) circuits in RF systems. The project included designing, simulating and testing a 3D printed RF amplifier and comparing it with an amplifier developed with conventional manufacturing techniques. Resulting data showed similar RF performance between the 3D printed and the baseline amplifiers, demonstrating the viability of 3D printing technology to produce a functional RF circuit.
More technical information can be found in our RFID White Paper:
Even with the many benefits, production costs and time will not increase on the DragonFly™ System. On the contrary, the ability to 3D print designs in-house and the speed of the DragonFly™ System means that each antenna prototype can be printed in hours, instead of the typical weeks required when designs are shipped out, at extra cost, for production by sub-contractors.
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