Optisys to speak on how Metal 3D Printing will miniaturise satellite antennas


Michael Hollenbeck, Chief Technology Officer of Optisys, Inc. will speak at Satellite 2019 about Metal 3D printing and how it can help build the smallest and lightest functional antennas in the industry. The presentation will cover how Metal 3D printing will usher in an era of mass customisation, where the constrained volume remaining in a satellite can be filled with a unique high-performance antenna that conforms to the space around it and provides a lower loss, higher performance solution than any competing alternative.

Metal 3D Printing (Metal Additive Manufacturing) is a disruptive technology that promises to significantly reduce the size and weight of critical satellite components to bring increased capability at a faster pace to the burgeoning satellite industry and allow for capabilities on small satellites that are not possible using traditional fabrication and design methods. This fabrication method allows for high performance all-metal antennas and RF assemblies, a critical part of any satellite, to be reduced to their minimum size and weight. Metal waveguide RF structures have the lowest loss and are the ideal choice for a high-performance satellite antenna. Metal 3D printing allows for highly complex parts to be interwoven in a single solid structure and printed repeatedly with overall reduced size, weight, and cost.


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