3D-Printed Eco-Friendly and Cost-Effective Wireless Platforms

Xiaochen Chen, Han He, Leena Ukkonen, Johanna Virkki

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    We present passive UHF RFID platforms composed of 3D-printed biodegradable plastic structures and conductive thread. Due to its flexibility, this extremely cost-effective and environmentally friendly wireless platform can be easily embedded into versatile structures. We evaluated the wireless performance of the tag fabricated from conductive thread both on a 3D-printed substrate as well as inside two 3D-printed layers. The read range of the tag on a 3D-printed substrate was around 6 meters between 860-960 MHz. Then, another layer was applied on top of the tag. Thus, the tag was left inside a 3D-printed platform, where it as protected from environmental stresses, such as moisture. The read range of this structure was still 6 meters throughout the global UHF RFID frequency band. Based on these initial results, these platforms show potential for unobtrusive identification and sensing solutions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication2018 7th Electronic System-Integration Technology Conference (ESTC)
    Number of pages3
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5386-6814-6
    ISBN (Print)978-1-5386-6815-3
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2018
    Publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
    EventElectronics System-Integration Technology Conference -
    Duration: 1 Jan 2000 → …


    ConferenceElectronics System-Integration Technology Conference
    Period1/01/00 → …


    • biodegradable materials
    • plastics
    • radiofrequency identification
    • three-dimensional printing
    • sensing
    • environmental stres protection
    • 3D-printed biodegradable plastic substrate structures
    • environmentally friendly wireless platform performance
    • global passive UHF RFID frequency band platforms
    • conductive thread
    • frequency 860.0 MHz to 960.0 MHz
    • distance 6 m
    • Wireless sensor networks
    • Wireless communication
    • Antennas
    • Antenna measurements
    • Substrates
    • Passive RFID tags

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