Individual radar technology out of the 3D printer: Page 2 of 2

February 06, 2019 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Individual radar technology out of the 3D printer
Radar technology is enabling an increasing number of everyday applications, such as distance and environment sensors for robots and industrial automation machines or transmitters and receivers for telecommunications. However, the concrete application scenarios are usually very individual, the quantities small and the manufacturing costs high. The new DiFeMiS research laboratory at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is focusing on this and developing printing technologies for precise high-frequency systems up to the terahertz range (THz) that are individual, small and inexpensive.
positioning of the components: Printing processes are to be coordinated with micrometer precision so that components from the various printers work together optimally and circuits become as small as possible.

SMEs in particular could use digital manufacturing processes for cost-effective assembly and interconnection technology at frequencies above 100 GHz to develop a large number of sensor applications in the field of industry 4.0 and robotics. In this area, there are many measurement tasks ranging from simple distances to complex imaging. High-frequency sensors are ideal for this purpose thanks to their good resolution, high accuracy, small size and high robustness. But transmitters and receivers from high-frequency systems can also be used in telecommunications. Digital manufacturing processes could open the door to tailor-made, integrated and cost-effective production.

At DiFeMiS, three research groups are currently working together focusing on high-frequency technology and electronics, lighting technology as well as photonics and quantum electronics. A newly established professorship at the Institute of High Frequency Technology and Electronics will soon be integrated. The laboratory is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with 3.37 million euros for three years.

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