SLM printed waveguide dual-mode filters with reduced sensitivity to fabrication imperfections

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  • Xiaozhu Wen
  • Cheng Guo
  • Yang Yu
  • Minjie Shu
  • Qian Yang
  • Hongzhong Liu
  • Anxue Zhang

External organisations

  • Xi'an Jiaotong University
  • National Physical Laboratory


This letter presents a 8th-order dual-mode waveguide filter, fabricated using selective laser melting (SLM) technique. The filter employs four dimpled ellipsoid dual-mode resonators, operating at the fundamental TM101 mode. During printing, the filter can be mechanically self-supported without any internal supports. Compared to the filters employing tuning posts, the proposed filter is less sensitive to fabrication errors in terms of their impacts on passband return loss (RL), frequency shift and bandwidth. The filter was demonstrated at WR-112 band (7-10 GHz), with a measured insertion loss of 0.25-0.4 dB and a RL >15 dB across the passband of 8-8.46 GHz.

Bibliographic note

Publisher Copyright: IEEE


Original languageEnglish
JournalIEEE Microwave and Wireless Components Letters
Early online date13 Jul 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 13 Jul 2021


  • 3-D printing, Band-pass filters, Dual mode filter, ellipsoid resonator filter, Filtering theory, Microwave filters, Microwave theory and techniques, Resonator filters, Resonators, SLM printing, Tuning