In today’s age of instant communication and massive flows of information running across the globe, our data transmission needs have never been so high and diverse. To meet those needs, today’s antennas are becoming more complex, sometimes comprised of hundreds of intricated parts. This complexity increases both the costs and the weight of such antennas. the latter being critical for antennas used in satellites.
Swissto12 has thus turned to additive manufacturing as an alternative, customized production method. Thanks to their expertise, complex parts are printed as single and monolithic elements, reducing their assembling time, complexity, and cost. Adapted metallization transforms those 3D-printed part in high-performance antennas. However, it is necessary to adapt metallization process to the challenges created by the novel materials and surfaces obtained by 3D-printing.