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Affordable 3D Printed Phased Arrays

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-14-P-1238
Agency Tracking Number: N14A-021-0021
Amount: $79,995.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N14A-T021
Solicitation Number: 2014.
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2014-08-04
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2015-06-04
Small Business Information
12151 Research Pkwy. Suite 150
Orlando, FL -
United States
DUNS: 179523691
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Kenneth Church
 Senior Research Scientist
 (407) 275-4755
Business Contact
 Beth Brownell
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (407) 275-4755
Research Institution
 University of South Florida
 Thomas Weller
4202 E. Fowler Avenue
Tampa, FL 33620-
United States

 (813) 974-2740
 Nonprofit College or University

3D printed phased array antennas (PAA) would be more rugged, lighter and take a variety of shapes and including unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) wings. Printing antennas, passives and interconnects has been demonstrated in 3D printing. Using printed electronic approaches for printing Field Effect Transistors (FET) has been demonstrated and including printing switches in the GHz regime. The challenge is to combine these similar but disparate techniques to print active switches in PAAs. This proposed effort will utilize micro-dispensing, also known as direct printing, to print the entire PAA. Demonstrations of a printed FET as well as printing to bare die will be done in Phase I and a path to show the cost savings and the feasibility of printing a full PAA in Phase II.

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