Patents Examined by James Sanders
  • Patent number: 10384402
    Abstract: Extrusion heads, methods of forming an extrusion head, and methods of forming an object are disclosed herein. An extrusion head may include a plurality of nozzles. Each nozzle may include a first opening configured to receive a solid material therein, a second opening configured to eject a molten material therefrom, a bore extending through the nozzle and connecting the first opening and the second opening, and an actuator positioned adjacent to the first opening and/or the second opening. The solid material may be heated to form the molten material. The additive manufacturing apparatus may further include a control device configured to signal each actuator to adjust an amount of the solid material received in the first opening and an amount of the molten material ejected from the second opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventor: James Y. Wang
  • Patent number: 10384373
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a mobile plastic recycling system mounted in a vehicle. The system is configured to process a plastic article and make it into thermoplastic items. The mobile plastic recycling system includes a plastic recycling apparatus and a power supply apparatus that are electrically coupled with each other; the system also includes a vehicle configured to carry and transport the power supply apparatus and plastic recycling apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: MINIWIZ CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kong-Sang Jackie Chan, Chian-Chi Huang, Tzu-Wei Liu, Ya-Ting Chang, Tian-Jia Hsieh, Yi-Chun Chang, Chia-Chun Hsieh, Enzo-Louis Muttini
  • Patent number: 10357918
    Abstract: A fabrication process and apparatus for producing three-dimensional objects by depositing a first polymer layer, printing a first ink layer on to the first polymer layer, depositing a second polymer layer on to the first ink layer, and printing a second ink layer on to the second polymer layer. The deposition and printing steps may be repeated until a three-dimensional object is formed. The inks used to form at least one of the first and second ink layers may include dyes or pigments so that the three-dimensional object may be a colored three-dimensional object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: RIZE INC.
    Inventor: Eugene Giller
  • Patent number: 10350804
    Abstract: The present invention provides a molding machine that can easily detect viscosity of resin in a cylinder without advance preparations. An injection molding machine (10) includes an ultrasonic viscosity sensor (20), and the ultrasonic viscosity sensor (20) includes an ultrasonic vibration portion in contact with resin filled in a cylinder (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Morihisa Ota, Koji Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10336055
    Abstract: Systems and methods for fabricating three-dimensional objects. The system includes an optical imaging system providing a light source; a photosensitive medium adapted to change states upon exposure to a portion of the light source from the optical imaging system; a control system for controlling movement of the optical imaging system, wherein the optical imaging system moves continuously above the photosensitive medium. The method includes moving a maskless optical imaging system providing the light beam in a continuous sequence; presenting the light beam on a portion of the photosensitive medium; lowering a plate upon which the photosensitive medium resides; and applying a new layer of the photosensitive medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Georgia Tech Research Corporation
    Inventors: Suman Das, Dajun Yuan, Anirudh Rudraraju, Paul Cilino
  • Patent number: 10328623
    Abstract: An injection molding apparatus comprising a heated manifold, an actuator comprised of an actuator housing containing a drive member interconnected to a valve pin having a drive axis, one or more heat convectors each heat convector comprised of a heat conductive leg disposed within a gap disposed between the manifold and a downstream end of the actuator housing and a heat conductive arm extending distally upstream and away from the gap such that heat is conducted from the leg to the arm upstream and away from the downstream end of the actuator housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Synventive Molding Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Zhuang Rui Tan, Christian Carey, Vito Galati
  • Patent number: 10322537
    Abstract: An injection molding apparatus and method for adjusting the axial position of a valve pin in an injection molding system, the apparatus comprising: a top clamp plate, a heated manifold receiving and distributing an injection fluid to an exit of a fluid delivery channel to a cavity of the mold, an actuator comprising a housing having a chamber enclosing a drive member for driving a valve pin along an axial path of travel, the actuator housing slidably mounted and adapted for controlled upstream and downstream movement of the drive member along a path complementary to the axial path of travel of the valve pin, a mounting plate and an axial position adjustment screw screwably mounted within the mounting plate upstream of the housing of the actuator for controllably moving the valve pin to selectable starting or ending injection cycle axial positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Synventive Molding Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Zhuang Rui Tan
  • Patent number: 10307816
    Abstract: A core for use in casting an internal cooling circuit within a gas turbine engine component includes a base core portion and an additive core portion additively manufactured to the base core portion. A method of manufacturing a core for use in casting an internal cooling circuit within a gas turbine engine component including additively manufacturing an additive core portion to a base core portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas N Slavens, James Tilsley Auxier
  • Patent number: 10308006
    Abstract: A method for calibrating light is adapted to a 3D object generating apparatus including a housing, an optical-transparent component, and a laser light generator. The housing has an accommodating space and an opening communicating with the accommodating space. The optical transparent component is arranged on the opening, and the laser light generator is arranged within the accommodating space. The method includes the following steps: providing a first photodetector and a controller, the controller is electrically connected to the first photodetector and the laser light generator; using the controller to drive the laser light generator to generate the light and perform a scanning procedure; and stopping the scanning procedure when the first photodetector detects the light generated by the laser light generator, and then performing a 3D object generating procedure in the working region by moving the laser light generator with a preset distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventors: Ching-Yuan Chou, Min-Hsiung Ding
  • Patent number: 10294380
    Abstract: A three-dimensional shaped article manufacturing apparatus is an apparatus for manufacturing a three-dimensional shaped article by laminating layers formed by discharging and curing inks including a curable resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Eiji Okamoto
  • Patent number: 10293530
    Abstract: There is provided a method of fabricating a blade platform out of composite material with integrated gaskets for a turbine engine fan, the platform including a base and a stiffener, the method including using three-dimensional weaving to make a single-piece fiber blank with a plurality of longitudinal yarn layers extending in a direction corresponding to a longitudinal direction of the base of the platform; shaping the fiber blank to form a fiber preform having a first portion forming a base preform and a second portion forming a stiffener preform; positioning platform gaskets at side margins of the first portion of the fiber preform forming a base preform; placing the fiber preform with the gaskets in an injection mold; injecting resin into the injection mold; compacting the assembly; heating the injection mold to solidify the resin; and unmolding the resulting platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventors: Yann Didier Simon Marchal, Bruno Jacques Gerard Dambrine
  • Patent number: 10265941
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method using the apparatus provides heated air in an additive manufacturing process for building a three-dimensional part. The method comprises providing a stream of flowable part material at an initial build level, the initial build level being positioned in and defining a horizontal plane wherein the stream of flowable material is being initially disposed on previously deposited part material. Heated air is provided at a selected temperature corresponding to the temperature of the stream of flowable part material such that the stream of flowable part material deposits on previously deposited part material in an adhering fashion thereby forming the three-dimensional part wherein the heated air is provided in the horizontal plane of the initial build level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Stratasys, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter D. Schuller, Jordan Paul Nadeau, Joel Ordell Ostby, Shawn Michael Koop
  • Patent number: 10251338
    Abstract: An apparatus for forming a first component making up at least a part of a housing on a trimmer head and a method of using the apparatus. The housing has a rotary axis and is configured to support at least one radially projecting cutting component. The first component has a central axis. A forming unit defines at least one cavity within which a moldable material is confined to produce at least a part of a wall on the first component that extends around the rotary axis. The forming unit is configured to allow selective controlling of a quantity of a moldable material introduced into a first discrete subvolume at a first location in the one cavity to thereby allow selective controlling of a mass of a portion of the at least part of the wall formed by the moldable material in the one cavity at the first location to facilitate dynamic balancing of the housing, within which the first component is incorporated, with respect to the rotary axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Echo Incorporated
    Inventors: Joseph John Zenkus, Stephen J. Towner, Ryan Garrett
  • Patent number: 10245103
    Abstract: A jaw member includes an insulative member and a substrate. The substrate is formed as a single, integral component that has first and second side portions interconnected by a connector portion. The connector portion has first and second side portions that are interconnected by an arc-shaped portion. The connector portion is configured to be removed before use of the jaw member such that the first and second portions are electrically insulated from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Kelley D. Goodman, Keir Hart, Susan Hiebert, Geneva Ladtkow, Weng-Kai K. Lee, Prakash Manley, Arlen J. Reschke, Amanda K. White
  • Patent number: 10246361
    Abstract: There is provided a process for producing molten glass, which is capable of easily increasing the H2O content in glass melt with excessive generation of convection of the glass melt being reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: AGC Inc.
    Inventors: Shingo Urata, Takashi Enomoto, Kazuhiro Suzuki, Kensuke Nagai
  • Patent number: 10245762
    Abstract: A device for producing branched structures is provided which includes an enclosed cell enclosed by two sheets with a port in at least one of the sheets and an injection device connected to the port. The enclosed cell may also include a boundary joining the two sheets. A method is also provided for producing branched structures, wherein fluids of differing viscosities are injected into an enclosed cell and the fluid of lower viscosity branches into the fluid of higher viscosity. The branching of the fluid can be modified using contoured or textured surfaces of the enclosed cell, injecting or evacuating the fluids during branch formation, or impressing a stencil or stamp over a surface of the enclosed cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Charles Wasyl Katrycz
  • Patent number: 10231477
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes apparatuses and techniques for room temperature three-dimensional (3D) printing using edible printing materials. In some aspects, a 3D printer includes a printing platform configured to receive the extruded edible printing material from the printing cartridge, a cartridge receiver configured to hold an integrated printing cartridge that contains an edible printing material that can be extruded at room temperature, and a printing target. The position of the printing platform can be adjusted vertically and the position of the cartridge receiver can be adjusted in a plane perpendicular to the printing platform. The printing target is configured to allow extrusion of the edible printing material at precise and repeatable locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Marvell International Ltd.
    Inventors: Phillip Salvatori, Jeffrey S. James, Justin Sykes
  • Patent number: 10232443
    Abstract: A printer fabricates an object from a computerized model using a fused filament fabrication process. The shape of an extrusion nozzle may be varied during extrusion to control, e.g., an amount of build material deposited, a shape of extrudate exiting the nozzle, a feature resolution, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: DESKTOP METAL, INC.
    Inventors: Jonah Samuel Myerberg, Ricardo Fulop, Michael Andrew Gibson, Anastasios John Hart, Richard Remo Fontana, Christopher Allan Schuh, Yet-Ming Chiang, Matthew David Verminski, Emanuel Michael Sachs, Ricardo Chin
  • Patent number: 10207422
    Abstract: A mold for a concrete bench support structure including a closed base, a continuous wall projecting up from the circumference of the base, and structure attached to the wall that stiffens the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: Robert Merusi
  • Patent number: 10201918
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a molding system for preparing a fiber-reinforced thermoplastic (FRT) composite article, including a molding machine; a mold disposed on the molding machine and having a mold cavity to be filled with a composite molding resin including a polymeric material having a plurality of fibers; a processing module configured to generate an anisotropic viscosity distribution of the composite molding resin in the mold cavity based on a molding condition for the molding machine; and a controller coupled to the computing apparatus and configured to control the molding machine with the molding condition to perform an actual molding for the composite molding resin. The anisotropic viscosity distribution of the composite molding resin is generated by taking into consideration an orientation distribution of the fibers in the composite molding resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventors: Anthony J. Favaloro, Robert Byron Pipes, Huan-Chang Tseng