Patents Examined by Geoffrey S. Evans
  • Patent number: 10071444
    Abstract: A laser cladding apparatus includes a powder supplier to supply metal powder to a portion to be processed, a laser to irradiate the portion to be processed with laser so as to melt the metal powder for cladding, and a controller. The powder supplier includes a gas pressure gauge, and the controller stores, as an initial value, a gas pressure value measured by the gas pressure gauge when the metal powder supplied by the gas pressure reaches the portion to be cladding-processed. In operation after storing the initial value, the controller sets, as a reference time, timing when the gas pressure gauge measures a same pressure as the initial value, and outputs a start signal for laser irradiation to the laser based on the reference time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Akio Sato, Yoshinori Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 10065270
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides three-dimensional (3D) printing methods, apparatuses, systems, and non-transitory computer-readable medium. The disclosure delineates real time manipulation of three-dimensional printing to reduce deformation. The present disclosure further provides 3D object formed using the methods, apparatuses, and systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: VELO3D, INC.
    Inventors: Benyamin Buller, Tasso Lappas, Rueben Mendelsberg, Sergey Korepanov
  • Patent number: 10065336
    Abstract: An artificial turf trimmer used to trim damaged and worn out artificial turf strands includes a load cradle to place and unwind a roll of artificial turf to be trimmed, a series of rollers set at an angle to maintain the length of the artificial turf to be trimmed tightly stretched, a brush to raise the turf strands, a vacuum pressure apparatus to maintain the turf strands raised during the trimming, a trimming mechanism that moves laterally to trim the damaged portion of the artificial turf strands, and a roll up cradle to wind the trimmed turf for further handling. The artificial turf to be trimmed moves along the different components of the artificial turf trimmer in a conveyance manner. Suitable trimming mechanisms may include a laser jet cutter or, alternatively, a water jet cutter. Alternative to the series of rollers, a cutting table may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventor: John Salzbrunn
  • Patent number: 10058944
    Abstract: A wire electric discharge machine, configured to determine whether or not electrical discharge machining of a workpiece can be performed, includes a determination unit for determining that wire electrical discharge machining of the workpiece can be performed when a wire electrode is moved toward the workpiece and a contact detection unit detects contact, and for determining that the wire electrical discharge machining of the workpiece cannot be performed when a breaking detection unit detects the breaking of the wire electrode before the contact detection unit detects the contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ryou Nishikawa
  • Patent number: 10058920
    Abstract: The present disclosure various apparatuses, and systems for 3D printing. The present disclosure provides three-dimensional (3D) printing methods, apparatuses, software and systems for a step and repeat energy irradiation process; controlling material characteristics and/or deformation of the 3D object; reducing deformation in a printed 3D object; and planarizing a material bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: VELO3D, INC.
    Inventors: Benyamin Buller, Tasso Lappas, Rueben Mendelsberg, Alan Rick Lappen
  • Patent number: 10047001
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to systems for laser cutting at least one glass article comprising a pulsed laser assembly and a glass support assembly configured to support the glass article during laser cutting within the pulsed laser assembly, wherein the pulsed laser assembly comprises at least one non-diffracting beam (NDB) forming optical element configured to convert an input beam into a quasi-NDB beam; and at least one beam transforming element configured to convert the quasi-NDB beam into multiple quasi-NDB sub-beams spaced apart a distance of about 1 ?m to about 500 ?m; wherein the pulsed laser assembly is oriented to deliver one or more pulses of multiple quasi-NDB sub-beams onto a surface of the glass article, wherein each pulse of multiple quasi-NDB sub-beams is operable to cut a plurality of perforations in the glass article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventor: James Andrew West
  • Patent number: 10040144
    Abstract: A spot welding method joins metal sheets by: clamping a stacked section of two or more stacked metal sheets with a pair of electrodes at a load of 100 N or more; applying pressure around the electrodes at a load, which is 5-1000% of the load due to the pair of electrodes, using a pressurizing member, which applies pressure on the stacked section in regions that are 20% or more of the total outer circumference of the electrode tips and for which the continuous regions of the entire outer circumference of the electrode tips that are not pressed are 30% or less (including 0%) of the entire outer circumference of the electrode tips; and passing welding current from the electrodes to the stacked section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventor: Toshio Murakami
  • Patent number: 10043734
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a vacuum reacting force soldering method, comprising the following steps: die-bonding a chip onto a substrate through soldering to form a semi-finished product; placing the semi-finished product into a vacuum eutectic cavity (6) of a vacuum eutectic stove; vacuum-pumping the vacuum eutectic cavity; preheating the vacuum eutectic cavity to slowly increase the temperature; heating the vacuum eutectic cavity quickly to melt the solder; applying an acting force to the vacuum eutectic cavity to accelerate a rise of the vacuum eutectic cavity after the vacuum eutectic cavity descends; performing forced refrigeration to the exterior of the vacuum eutectic cavity, while introducing a protective gas to the interior thereof; releasing the vacuum state of the vacuum eutectic cavity after the solder is solidified. This invention also discloses a soldering device using the vacuum reacting force eutectic soldering method described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: GUANGZHOU LEDTEEN OPTOELECTRONICS CO., LTD
    Inventor: Jiabing Su
  • Patent number: 10040096
    Abstract: A system of coating a component or part of a vehicle, device, or an apparatus with an abrasive resistant material (ARM) in order to increase the component or part's life cycle. A welding system can be used to deposit ARM between a lead electrode and a trail electrode and also deposit ARM behind the trail electrode. The welding system can also be used to deposit ARM that includes a lead electrode depositing the steel material and a trailing electrode that delivers an alloying material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Behmlander, Christopher Barnes, Matthew Robinson
  • Patent number: 10040154
    Abstract: A wire electric discharge machine for machining a workpiece includes a handling device for handling core pieces produced by the machine during the machining of the workpiece and upper and lower wire guiding heads moveable with respect to each other and with respect to the workpiece. The handling device includes a gripper mounted in a fixed or movable relation to the upper wire guiding head. The gripper moves so as to face a produced core piece with its gripper base. The gripper includes a fluid inlet where fluid flow under positive pressure enters the gripper and a fluid outlet at the gripper base where the fluid flow exits the gripper. An interior of the gripper guides the fluid flow, producing a low pressure region at the gripper base as the fluid flow exits, generating lifting force to remove the produced core piece from the workpiece by movement of the gripper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: AGIE CHARMILLES SA
    Inventors: Jean Pierre Minotti, Giona Galizia
  • Patent number: 10036083
    Abstract: A method of pre-placing a reaction material onto a surface of a metal workpiece substrate involves the use of oscillating wire arc welding. The method involves depositing and adhering the reaction material from a consumable electrode rod. In doing so, the reaction material can be deposited at any time before the metal workpiece substrate is ready for joining by reaction metallurgical joining, and the size and shape of the reaction material deposit can be more easily controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: James G. Schroth, Thomas A. Perry, Chen Zhou
  • Patent number: 10010957
    Abstract: A control device 8 controls a tension device 10 to apply a tension to a wire electrode WE such that a set tension value is as small as possible within a range of 80 g or less during a particular anneal period when a particular anneal current is supplied from a current supply device 5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: SODICK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hirotoshi Inoue
  • Patent number: 10010964
    Abstract: A mount for connecting a welding gun to a welding robot's arm. An articulated joint is provided between two rigid elements of the mount. The joint includes a sleeve securable to a first element. A first bore is provided on the second element. The sleeve is inserted into the bore. The bore's inner diameter and the sleeve's outer diameter allow the second element to turn with the first bore relative to the sleeve. An expansion element provided in the interior of the sleeve is displaceable in the longitudinal direction of the sleeve. The expansion element has a central opening through which a tensioning bolt is passed. The bolt threadably engages a support element causing expansion of the sleeve, thereby causing the sleeve to seize around the circumference thereof in the bore. The expansion and seizing of the sleeve is neutralized by a release and stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Dinse G.m.b.H.
    Inventor: Albert Lutgenau
  • Patent number: 9999937
    Abstract: A spot welding system 10 includes a spot welding gun having an opposite electrode 44, a movable electrode 48, and a drive part 52, a position detection part 54 that detects a position of the movable electrode 48, and a pressure change calculation part that calculates an amount of change between first pressurizing force at a first attitude and second pressurizing force at a second attitude based on a first position of the movable electrode 48 when the drive part 52 has been driven by a first pressurizing force command at the first attitude, a second position of the movable electrode 48 when the drive part 52 has been driven by the first pressurizing force command at the second attitude, and the first pressurizing force command. The first pressurizing force command and the first pressurizing force coincide with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Toshimichi Aoki
  • Patent number: 9993896
    Abstract: A laser welding method for welding materials having different thicknesses includes abutting two plates having different thicknesses such that one surface of the thin plate and one surface the thick plate are made flush with each other; and thereafter welding the plates by applying a laser beam to abutting surfaces thereof, wherein the laser beam is directed obliquely relative to an abutting end face of the thick plate, a target position of the laser beam is determined on the abutting end face of the thick plate, and a target position depth D on the abutting end face of the thick plate is determined based on the formula t/3?D?t where t is a thickness of the abutting end face of the thin plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: NISSHIN STEEL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuaki Hosomi, Kenji Ogawa, Takefumi Nakako, Keiji Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9987709
    Abstract: The invention relates to a laser cutting method for cutting a stainless steel workpiece using laser beam generation means comprising a silica fiber with an ytterbium-doped core to generate the laser beam. Preferably, the laser beam generated by the ytterbium-based fiber has a wavelength between 1.07 and 1.09 ?m, a quality factor of the laser beam is between 0.33 and 8 mm·mrad, and the laser beam has a power of between 0.1 and 25 kW. The assistance gas for the laser beam is chosen from nitrogen, helium, argon and mixtures thereof, and, optionally, it further contains one or more additional compounds chosen from O2, CO2, H2 and CH4.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide, Société Anonyme pour l'Etude et l'Exploitation des Procédés Georges Claude
    Inventors: Francis Briand, Karim Chouf, Hakim Maazaoui
  • Patent number: 9988718
    Abstract: A material deposition system and method for cooling a component after material deposition. The method of deposition and cooling comprising a platform, a deposition head, and a cooling mechanism. The platform adapted to support a component for the addition of material. The deposition head including a material depositor configured to deposit material on a surface of a component supported on the platform an and an energy source configured to energize material deposited onto a surface of a component supported on the platform to bond the material to the component. The cooling system including bristles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce Corporation
    Inventors: Kong Ma, Quinlan Y. Shuck, Jacque S. Bader
  • Patent number: 9981763
    Abstract: A food packaging system including a film dispensing device and a perforation device configured to create perforations in a film dispensed by the film dispensing device. The system also includes a wrapping device configured to wrap a food product in the film, and a controller configured to control the perforation device to produce a predetermined perforation pattern in the film. The film extends continuously while moving from the dispensing device to the wrapping device. The perforation device is positioned so that the film is perforated after leaving the dispenser and prior to the food product being wrapped in film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: ODDS, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Ewert, John Roberts
  • Patent number: 9975193
    Abstract: A rotary table apparatus includes a rotary table body, a table rotor supported on the rotary table body and configured to be rotatable, a driving unit for driving the table rotor, a seal mechanism including a sealer disposed between the rotary table body and the table rotor, and a first supply unit configured to supply clean fluid for use in machining to the seal mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mizuho Yamasaki, Yoshinori Makino
  • Patent number: 9969020
    Abstract: Electric discharge machining is halted during machining program operation, and a position of the machining halt point is stored. A wire electrode is retreated from the machining halt point to an arbitrary position in which a short-circuit with a workpiece is removed (retreat position), by interrupt operation in which axis movement is performed manually. Then, a return is made from the retreat position to the machining halt point while electric discharge machining is performed, machining program operation is started from the machining halt point, and electric discharge machining is restarted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yasuo Hasegawa