Harris Corp. & NNDM successfully 3D prints RF circuit

In a major breakthrough for additive manufacturing for printed electronics, tests conducted by Harris Corporation showed 3D printed radio frequency (RF) circuit performance is comparable to that of circuits developed using conventional manufacturing techniques. Harris selected Nano Dimension, a leading additive electronics provider (NNDM) and its multi-material DragonFly Pro 3D electronics printer to produce the functional circuits in a single print. The study on the advantages of using additive manufacturing to develop RF circuits for wireless systems is part of a joint project with the Israel Innovation Authority and Space Florida Foundation, a partnership promoting research, development and the commercialization of aerospace and technology projects.

Harris is a leader in the development of RF circuits for electronic warfare and communications systems. In recent years, developing these circuits and systems used for conveying information such as data, video and voice across long distances, has focused on improving mobility and performance.

The Nano Dimension DragonFly Pro is a multi-material, extremely precise inkjet deposition 3D printing system that incorporates conductive silver inks and dielectric inks to create functional electronic parts in a single print. Harris will present the full details of its findings at the IEEE Radio and Wireless Symposium in January.

The DragonFly 2020 Pro 3D printer transforms electromechanical development by empowering companies to take control of their entire development cycle. The system enables the 3D printing of functional electronics such as encapsulated sensors, conductive free-form geometries, antennas, molded connected devices, printed circuit boards and other innovative devices.