Industry Days 2018 – Additive Manufacturing for RF/Microwave Hardware

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16-17 October 2018,  ESA/ESTEC

After a successful first edition for the Industry Days [2016] – Additive Manufacturing for RF/Microwave hardware, we have initiated the preparation of a second edition.

Industry Days 2018 – Additive Manufacturing for RF/Microwave Hardware - RF CafeOur main purpose is to trigger the discussion regarding the manufacturing of RF/Microwave parts using additive manufacturing. We are sure that, considering the multi-disciplinary environment we will have, the discussion will be very fruitful.

The format for the Industry Days is the same than previous edition. We will have presentations distributed in two days. To build the agenda, we will open a period for a call for abstract where any potential presenter can summarise the scope of the talk and the benefit for the community.  The event is open for abstract and registration at the website!

Based on the abstract the Organising Committee will create the programme.

The event does not have any cost for the participants but we will need you to register through our website.

Looking forward to seeing you at ESA-ESTEC

Abstract submission opening day: 16 April 2018

Abstract submission deadline: 29 June 2018

Additive Manufacturing (AM) can suppose a breakthrough technology for the development of RF/microwave hardware such as waveguide harness, filters and antennas. The use of this manufacturing process allows the design of RF/microwave hardware to achieve enhanced performance. RF, thermal and mechanical performance can be improved by using the additional freedom provided by AM.

The assessment of different AM approaches has already started and it considers the whole process chain, including design, material supply, processing, post processing, qualification and verification, and standardisation. This assessment exercise is helping to identify already those AM approaches (materials, designs, processing, etc.) best suited for the manufacturing of part for space applications. It is performed focusing mainly on first mechanical and second thermal requirements.

Considering the already good maturity point and the positive inertia of AM (materials and processes) for other fields, it is deemed very relevant to perform an assessment of the AM for RF/microwave hardware where all the possible parameters are considered (RF performances, required tolerance, surface requirements, materials, thermal constrains, size of the part, etc.).

The event will cover dedicated plenary invited presentations related to additive manufacturing covering, among others, the following:

RF/Microwave filters and waveguides Antenna: feeds, reflectors, lens, etc. Parts for TWT and atomic clocks. Packaging for microwave components. Function integration aspects and system impact. Materials and processes Simulations/Optimization tools Post processing Quality aspects Market impact



The Organising Committee
Newton 1&2
Keplerlaan 1, 2201 AZ
Noordwijk The Netherlands



Posted May 30 2018