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Satellite antenna for Ka frequency band

Aviation and aerospace TruPrint 2000 Aluminum Series production

This component from aerospace is an economical and useful application that exemplifies the advantages of AM. These include lightweight construction, complex structures that cannot be manufactured conventionally, higher component performance, and the ability to act as a reliable production tool - all of which contribute to achieving difficult project milestones.

High geometric precision and the 3D printer's ability to produce even the smallest elements are crucial for this antenna model to function as intended.

Mass reduction
Reduced signal loss
Design only possible with additive manufacturing
Cost reduction

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Facts & figures about the example part

Weight: 72 g

Production time:  18 h (4 antennas)

Number of layers: 1994, ea. 20 µm

Material: AlSi10Mg

Additive manufacturing enables a monolithic design of the Ka band antenna. The integral design of many components is the primary focus when reducing the power loss of the electromagnetic waves. The excellent resolution of the TruPrint 2000 helps us to achieve the target frequency of the Ka band.

Matthias Müller
TRUMPF Laser- und Systemtechnik GmbH

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TruPrint 2000, cost-effective 3D printing with premium quality from TRUMPF
TruPrint 2000

With its small 55-µm laser beam diameter, TruPrint 2000 provides a high-quality printing result with superior surface quality and level of detail. The build volume (cylinder) is 200 mm in diameter and 200 mm in height. The production process  is a closed powder circuit under shielding gas. The result: easy and practical handling with the highest level of occupational safety.

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