Organically-Shaped Antennas #Antenna_CompanyFebruary 7, 2019
But, in fact, courtesy of The Antenna Company, it’s turning out antennas that look not at all like what you might be expecting.
The so-called Superformula generalizes further yet.
From this you can generate a wide range of shapes in two dimensions (you can see examples on the Wikipedia page for Superformula), including many that are found in nature.
While the formula itself can’t be patented, the owner has a patent on using the formula to generate shapes.
But that suggests one possible use of the formula.
Antenna Company has full rights for the use of SuperFormula in antenna applications and continues to expand its patent portfolio in this area.
So what does this formula have to do with antennas,anyway?
To be clear, I don’t think there’s anything specifically tying antennas to the Superformula; it’s not like the formula itself represents some deep natural property of antennas.
But if you just start picking random shapes, or types of shapes, that you then want to optimize, you have to find a way to describe each one mathematically and then hope that you don’t run into discontinuities and infinities and other characteristics that generally fall into the category of “not well behaved.” By focusing on this one formula, they confine themselves to shapes that are expressible by that formula – and yet that’s a really broad family of accessible shapes, and they should all be well behaved.
They have recently started selling their own products, while also doing custom work for specific customers, designing bespoke antennas.