The EMLab was founded to develop revolutionary technologies in electronics, electromagnetics, photonics, and digital manufacturing. We are actively developing some of the most ambitious and disruptive technologies happening today. We were the first to automate hybrid direct-write 3D printing, giving us the unique capability to make complicated multi-material parts composed of metals, plastics, and other materials. We are using this to explore 3D and conformal circuits, new antennas, metamaterials, metasurfaces, frequency selective surfaces, photonic crystals and more. We have designed, manufactured, and tested devices from radio frequencies up to optical frequencies. Our research interests also include numerical algorithms, spatially variant lattices, device simulations, optimizations, and more.
Our Research Areas
The EMLab is fully equipped to design, manufacture, and test paradigm-changing electrical and electromagnetic devices. Our capabilities begin with a world-class suite of design, optimization, and simulation tools that are being used to make new discoveries and breakthroughs across the frequency spectrum. Our specialized tools include simulation methods specifically tailored for dielectric devices, a custom 3D circuit layout, and routing tool, and a custom slicer software capable of processing CAD files for hybrid printing, conformal printing, off-axis printing, and printing of functionally-graded materials.
The EMLab manufacturing capabilities include numerous 3D printers and assembly stations. Two of these printers are advanced hybrid systems that can build parts containing metals, plastics, and many other types of materials. Additional tools and processes are also available including high-power lasers, pick-and-place, milling, and others. The EMLab is the only lab in the world with the combined software and printing hardware to build three-dimensional parts with an arbitrary distribution of metals, plastics, and other materials. This capability is being used to explore many kinds of 3D circuits and electromagnetic devices.
The EMLab also maintains a powerful suite of characterization and testing facilities including an anechoic chamber for free space antenna and frequency selective surface measurements, and multiple fixtures for measuring electromagnetic properties of materials including loss tangent, permittivity, permeability, and anisotropy.
To view a complete list of specific EMLab capabilities, including manufacturing and test equipment parameters, please visit the EMLAB Capabilities page.
The EMLab Team
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