Performance Analysis of X Band Horn Antennas using Additive Manufacturing Method Coated with Different Techniques

Abstract In this study are analyzed horn antennas to operating at X band (8 – 12 GHz) and manufactured by additive manufacturing method (AM). To construct the antennas using AM method was necessary made the structure with acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) thermoplastic using a 3D printer, and then coated the antennas with conductive surfaces. Were fabricated three antennas with different coated techniques: the first antenna with conductive silver paint, the second antenna using copper tape and the third antenna using copper plated. It is investigated the performances of these antennas in terms of the input reflection coefficient, gain, radiation pattern, weight and compared with the conventional aluminum horn antenna with same dimensions.