Aaron Clough-Paez, Chenglin Yi, Donghun Park, David Elsaesser, Douglas Ketchum, and Daniel R. Hines
Journal of Manufacturing and Materials Processing, Vol 7, Iss 3, p 83 (2023)
rapid prototyping, additive manufacturing, broadband low noise amplifiers, near-field communication, aerosol jet printing, Production capacity. Manufacturing capacity, and T58.7-58.8
In this paper, we report the use of additive manufacturing methods to fabricate a high aspect ratio, low noise amplifier (LNA) for a handheld active sensor device operating at up to 1 GHz. The new form factor LNA incorporates a modification of a square-shaped commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) LNA into a 5:1 aspect ratio device without a loss in RF performance. For rapid prototyping, we employ both subtractive and additive manufacturing technologies, such as milling, extrusion-based syringe printing, and aerosol jet printing techniques to fabricate both small form factor and high aspect ratio devices. The 5:1 aspect ratio LNA demonstrated a 20% smaller form factor, a gain of 25 dB, and an NF less than 3 dB over an operating frequency range up to 1 GHz, comparable to the COTS LNA. Design, simulation, and experimental results are given to highlight the advantages of 3D printed hybrid electronic technology over the conventional PCB fabrication method for rapid prototyping of RF electronic devices.