Patents Examined by Christina Johnson
  • Patent number: 10730264
    Abstract: Bridge tape comprised of thermally foamable composition, useful for applying coating material through holes in the tape to a substrate beneath the tape, after which the holes can be sealed by heating to cause the foamable composition to foam and expand the foam to seal the holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: TESA SE
    Inventor: Robert Fallon
  • Patent number: 10703027
    Abstract: Provided are induction heating cells including pressure bladders used for supporting dies and methods of using these induction heating cells. A pressure bladder may be disposed between a die and a bolster of the cell. Even when the bolster is deformed during operation of the cell, the pressure bladder continues to provide uniform support to the die thereby preserving integrity of the die and prevents its cracking or braking. As such, the cell may be operated at a higher processing pressure inside the cavity formed by the die without further strengthening the bolster. The bolster is allowed to deform without compromising the integrity of the die. The deformation of the bolster is compensated by the shape change of the pressure bladder. The number and/or position of the bladders in the cell may depend on the shape of processed parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Marc R. Matsen, David S. Nansen, Lee C. Firth, Carey E. Wilkinson, Gregory J. Hickman, William C. Dykstra
  • Patent number: 10703040
    Abstract: [Object] It is an object to provide a method for forming a three-dimensional object that suppresses generation of streaks on the three-dimensional object, which streaks are parallel to a main scanning direction. [Means of Realizing the Object] A method for forming a three-dimensional object includes a slice information calculation step (step ST23) of dividing three-dimensional data of the three-dimensional object into a plurality of layers so as to calculate cross-sectional slice information of each of the layers; and a unit-layer formation step (step ST27) of forming each of the layers based on the cross-sectional slice information. The unit-layer formation step (step ST27) is repeated a plurality of times. The unit-layer formation step (step ST27) includes a printing step (step ST27A) of extruding inks onto a work surface while moving the extruders in the main scanning direction so as to form a single print path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventors: Masaya Nagahari, Hirofumi Hara
  • Patent number: 10697091
    Abstract: A device for twisting a flat, fibrillated strip for producing artificial turf is disclosed. The device includes a hollow shaft having a central axis of rotation, a deflecting element that is mounted on the hollow shaft and that has a swing region, and a limiting element that is disposed on the hollow shaft. The hollow shaft allows the strip to be continuously passed through a hollow space of the hollow shaft. The deflecting element includes a swing pivot that is offset from the central axis. When the hollow shaft is rotated around its central axis, the swing region of the deflecting element is swung outward from the central axis to a swung-out position. As a result, the strip is rested against the swing region. When the deflecting element is in its swung-out position, the strip is rested against the limiting element that limits the outward deflection of the strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: TARKETT INC.
    Inventor: Jürgen Morton-Finger
  • Patent number: 10685753
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and methods for fast molten salt reactor fuel-salt preparation. In one implementation, the method may comprise providing fuel assemblies having fuel pellets, removing the fuel pellets and spent fuel constituents from the fuel assemblies, granulating the removed fuel pellets or process feed to a chlorination process, processing the granular spent fuel salt into chloride salt by ultimate reduction and chlorination of the uranium and associated fuel constituents chloride salt solution, enriching the granular spent fuel salt, chlorinating the enriched granular spent fuel salt to yield molten chloride salt fuel, analyzing, adjusting, and certifying the molten chloride salt fuel for end use in a molten salt reactor, pumping the molten chloride salt fuel and cooling the molten chloride salt fuel, and milling the solidified molten chloride salt fuel to predetermined specifications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Metatomic, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald Ken Baer
  • Patent number: 10661480
    Abstract: A preform molding system is disclosed that includes a cavity half that is mountable to a stationary platen of an injection molding machine and a core half that is mountable to a moving platen of the injection molding machine. The preform molding system includes a mold stack assembly having a cavity portion and a core portion. The cavity portion is coupled to the cavity half and includes a cavity insert, and the core portion is coupled to the core half and includes a core insert, a pair of neck rings, and a stripper ring. The core insert has an undercut that defines an annular protrusion on an internal surface of a preform that is created in the mold stack assembly. The preform molding system is configured to permit in sequence, retraction of the pair of neck rings away from the core insert and ejection of the preform from the core insert via the stripper ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Mold-Masters (2007) Limited
    Inventor: Richard De Almeida
  • Patent number: 10661484
    Abstract: A mold for in-mold foam-molding of a polyolefin-based resin for producing a molded article includes a first mold part, a second mold part, and a divided mold that holds an insert material, wherein the insert material has a protrusion part, the divided mold is formed on the first and the second mold parts in correspondence with the protrusion part of the insert material, the first mold part has a first holding surface, the second mold part has a divided mold member having a second holding surface and a biasing part that guides the divided mold member movably in the mold opening/closing direction and constantly biases the divided mold member toward the first holding surface, and the base portion of the protrusion part of the insert material is configured for being held between the first and second holding surfaces by the divided mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventors: Yuki Tobimatsu, Masahiko Sameshima
  • Patent number: 10661487
    Abstract: A system for manufacturing a particulate-binder composite article including a mold defining a mold cavity, a first opening into the mold cavity, and a second opening into the mold cavity, a mass of a particulate material received in the mold cavity, a binder source in selective fluid communication with the mold cavity by way of the first opening, the binder source including a binder material, a first filter disposed across the first opening, the first filter being permeable to the binder material and substantially impermeable to the particulate material, and a second filter disposed across the second opening, the second filter being permeable to air and substantially impermeable to the particulate material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Karl R. Bernetich, Robert R. Ignatuk, James W. Kohlbrenner
  • Patent number: 10646452
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides improved stripfilm based pharmaceutical products (e.g., for enhancing dissolution and bioavailability). More particularly, the present disclosure provides improved systems/methods for fabricating stripfilm based pharmaceutical products by utilizing higher viscosity film forming precursors and drying methods that accomplish improved/faster drying and provide improved/excellent content uniformity of active pharmaceutical agents in the stripfilm based pharmaceutical products. Exemplary systems/methods advantageously use high viscosity, bio-compatible polymeric precursors, (optional use of surface modified drug powders), and convective drying for fabrication of thin films loaded with nano and/or micro sized particles of poorly water-soluble active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) to achieve improved active content uniformity and very fast dissolution from poorly water soluble actives, while accomplishing fast drying during the fabrication process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignees: New Jersey Institute of Technology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    Inventors: Rajesh N. Dave, Ramani Susarla, Boris Khusid, Anagha A. Bhakay, Ecevit A. Bilgili, Fernando Muzzio
  • Patent number: 10647050
    Abstract: A molding process includes the operation of placing insulation material comprising fibers and binder on the fibers in a mold cavity. The molding process further includes the operation of transferring heat to the insulation material to cause the binder to cure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Knauf Insulation, Inc.
    Inventors: Gert R. Mueller, Robert W. Zembrodt, Charles F. Appley, Walter A. Johnson, Steven L. Collings
  • Patent number: 10647024
    Abstract: The present invention provides a wet press process and admixture components for making concrete slabs (flags) (16), curb (kerb) units, panels, boards, and other flat shapes, whereby colloidal silica and at least one alkanolamine and optional rheology control components are employed to provide an ideal combination of pressing time, green strength, surface definition, stack-ability, final concrete strength, and permeability. Stack-ability can be expressed in terms of minimum deflection or non-eccentricity of the units while standing on thickness edges at distances apart less than width or standing height. A wet press process typically involves introducing a highly fluid concrete mix into a mold (10,12), applying hydraulic pressure to consolidate the concrete (e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventors: Klaus A. Rieder, David M. Hughes, Lukasz M. Marcinkowski
  • Patent number: 10639847
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for volumetric manufacture of three-dimensional physical objects from a precursor material based on plans, specifications, or virtual models. A build domain is provided comprising an enclosed three-dimensional wire grid in which the wires are connected to one or more electric power sources configured to controllably and addressably apply power to one or more individual wires to cause the wires to dissipate heat produced by Joule heating to the surrounding precursor material situated within the build domain, and to further allow for the control of the three-dimensional heat distribution and accordingly temperature distribution within the build domain. By activating and deactivating one or more predetermined subsets of the wires in the build domain, the precursor can be caused to melt and/or solidify so as to form a three-dimensional object within the build domain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: The Government of the United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Andrew J. Birnbaum, Athanasios Iliopoulos, John Steuben, John G. Michopoulos
  • Patent number: 10632663
    Abstract: There is provided a method which includes: plasticizing and melting a thermoplastic resin to provide a molten resin in a plasticization zone of a plasticizing cylinder; allowing the molten resin to be in a starved state in a starvation zone of the plasticizing cylinder; introducing a pressurized fluid containing a physical foaming agent having a fixed pressure into the starvation zone to retain the starvation zone at the fixed pressure; bringing the molten resin in the starved state in contact with the pressurized fluid containing the physical foaming agent having the fixed pressure in the starvation zone in a state in which the starvation zone is retained at the fixed pressure; and molding the molten resin having been brought in contact with the pressurized fluid containing the physical foaming agent into the foam-molded product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Atsushi Yusa, Satoshi Yamamoto, Hideto Goto
  • Patent number: 10632729
    Abstract: A 3D printing method implemented by swaths is disclosed. When printing swaths of a printing layer, a 3D printer first obtains a default swath-width, and adjusts the default swath-width based on a shift value, then controls a nozzle to print the swaths according to the adjusted swath-width. When printing a final swath of the same printing layer, the 3D printer compensates a remained swath-width of the final swath according to the adjusted shift value(s) of previous printed swath(s), and controls the nozzle to print the final swath according to the compensated remained swath-width. When printing different printing layers, the 3D printer uses different shift values to adjust the swath-width of each printing layer. Because swaths of different printing layers have different widths, the positions of seams between each two swaths of each printing layer are staggered, and thus the strength of printed 3D models is enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Inventors: Ting-Yu Lu, Ching-Hua Su
  • Patent number: 10625458
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an overturning device (10) for overturning a molten material (200) in a melt channel (110) comprising a melt inlet (20) and a melt outlet (30), wherein between the melt inlet (20) and the melt outlet (30) at least a melt guidance means (40) is assembled for a rearrangement of molten material (200) from the centre (22) of the melt inlet (20) to the edge (34) of the melt outlet (30) and for a rearrangement of molten material (200) from the edge (24) of the melt inlet (20) into the centre (32) of the melt outlet (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventors: Martin Backmann, Hermann-Josef Jäckering, Markus Bussmann, Bernd Liesbrock, Karsten Golubski
  • Patent number: 10611091
    Abstract: A system is configured to form a three dimensional (3D) object having multiple zones within the three dimensional object. The zones differ from each other according to system operational parameters. The system is operable to perform a method including: (1) receiving a solid model file, (2) generating a shell of the 3D object based on the file, (3) dividing the shell into zones, (4) defining or selecting parameters for forming the zones, (5) forming layer data defining layers of the 3D object, and creating a tool path from the layer data including merging layer data for the zones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: 3D Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Roy Sterenthal, Kirill Volchek
  • Patent number: 10604943
    Abstract: A corner trim material that is made of a material that will bond with current industry mastics such as all purpose joint compounds, resists impact, resists abrasion, and readily accepts common coatings such as drywall mud, texture and paints. The surface of this material generally does not need to be covered by any secondary fiber based material such as paper to improve bonding or coating on the inside or outside. The material generally consists of a polymer mixed with a fibrous material like pulp or glass fiber. A corner trim piece can be directly extruded from the mix. The corner trim piece can have a center hinge, can be bullnose, and the flanges can optionally have holes or optionally be coated with adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Inventor: Douglas J. Wambaugh
  • Patent number: 10583589
    Abstract: A method of forming a material includes presenting a formable material to a space between opposing forming surfaces of opposed forming tools from whence said material is carried as said opposing forming surfaces advance in a machine direction. The method includes pressurising, as said opposing forming surfaces advance, said material between said opposing forming surfaces in a reduced space between said opposing forming surfaces defining at least in part a pressure forming zone, said reduced space between said opposing forming surfaces being maintained constant until a form of at least one of said opposing forming surfaces is profiled into said material and is retainable thereon. The method also includes releasing the profiled material from between the said opposing forming surfaces, as the space of the pressure forming zone increases between said opposing forming surfaces as the opposing forming surfaces advance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Manufacturing Systems Limited
    Inventors: Andrew Leo Haynes, Christopher John Nicholls, Gabriel Ioan Giurgiu, Samuel Gwynn Buckingham
  • Patent number: 10576693
    Abstract: A print head assembly that includes a print head carriage and multiple, replaceable print heads that are configured to be removably retained in receptacles of the print head carriage. The print heads each include a cartridge assembly and a liquefier pump assembly retained by the cartridge assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: STRATASYS, INC.
    Inventors: William J. Swanson, J. Samuel Batchelder, Kevin C. Johnson, Timothy A. Hjelsand, James W. Comb
  • Patent number: 10569449
    Abstract: A method for transferring a pattern from a template to a nanoimprint object. A perimeter portion of the nanoimprint object is supported by a perimeter support structure. A gas pressure induced force is applied to the nanoimprint object to facilitate bending of a central portion of the nanoimprint object in a direction toward a surface of the template until the central portion of the nanoimprint object is brought into contact with the surface of the template. While the nanoimprint object is held in contact with the surface of the template, the pattern from the template is transferred to a surface of the nanoimprint object thereby creating a patterned surface on the nanoimprint object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kyle Justin Curts, Matthew E. Colburn