Patents Examined by John J Derusso
  • Patent number: 11123530
    Abstract: Method for manufacturing fine hollow protruding tool by: bringing a projecting mold part with a heating means into contact from one surface side of a base sheet including a thermoplastic resin, and, while heat-softening the contact section, inserting the projecting mold part into the base sheet, to form a protrusion protruding from the other surface side; and, after a cooling step, withdrawing the projecting mold part from the interior of the protrusion, forming the fine hollow protruding tool. In the protrusion forming step, the protrusion is formed by using a first warp-suppressing means that suppresses warping of the base sheet when the projecting mold part is inserted into the base sheet. In the release step, the fine hollow protruding tool is formed by using a second warp-suppressing means that suppresses warping of the base sheet when the projecting mold part is withdrawn from the interior of the protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: KAO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takatoshi Niitsu, Satoshi Ueno
  • Patent number: 11097481
    Abstract: A stereolithographic 3D printer comprising: a vat for liquid photopolymer; a print platform; a screen assembly having a screen support assembly supporting a screen for providing selective exposure of electromagnetic radiation for polymerising successive layers of photopolymer to build a 3D printed object on the print platform; and a control system for controlling the separation of the print platform and screen assembly parallel to a build direction, wherein the vat has a vat base that is resiliently deformable or has a resiliently deformable portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: PhotoCentriC Limited
    Inventors: Paul Holt, David O'Brien, Ed Barlow
  • Patent number: 11084192
    Abstract: A fabric-like material for reinforcement in an urethane foam molding is obtained by impregnating a part of a surface of a nonwoven fabric of organic fibers with a hot melt magnetic material and immobilizing the hot melt magnetic material. The hot melt magnetic material satisfies compositions described below and has a softening point of 70 to 100° C. Ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer (A): 10 to 95% by mass. Wax (B): 0 to 30% by mass. Magnetic powder (C): 5 to 70% by mass. (The total of (A), (B) and (C) is 100% by mass.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignees: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA, MOLD TECHNICAL OFFICE CO., LTD., TOYO INK SC HOLDINGS CO., LTD., TOYO ADL CORPORATION, TOYOCHEM CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Murata, Kensuke Inuzuka, Toshio Iwasawa, Kenichi Hara, Takafumi Senaga
  • Patent number: 11072115
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides methods of making a vitreous bond abrasive article and a metal bond abrasive article. An abrasive article preform is produced by an additive manufacturing sub-process comprising the deposition of a layer of loose powder particles in a confined region and selective heating via conduction or irradiation to heat treat an area of the layer of loose powder particles. The loose powder particles include abrasive particles and organic compound particles, as well as vitreous bond precursor particles or metal particles. The abrasive article preform produced by additive manufacturing is subsequently heated to provide the vitreous bond abrasive article comprising the abrasive particles retained in a vitreous bond material, or to provide the metal bond abrasive article. Also, the methods include receiving, by an additive manufacturing device having a processor, a digital object specifying data for an abrasive article, and generating the abrasive article with the manufacturing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Carsten Franke, Maiken Givot, Malte Korten, Robert L. W. Smithson, Brian D. Goers, Negus B. Adefris, Thomas J. Anderson, Brian A. Shukla, Michael C. Harper, Elizaveta Y. Plotnikov
  • Patent number: 11072121
    Abstract: An additive manufacturing machine (10) comprises: a manufacturing chamber (12), the manufacturing chamber being formed by at least one working plane (20), a front wall (22), a rear wall (24), a left-hand lateral wall (26), a right-hand lateral wall, and an upper wall (30), at least one of these walls supporting a source of energy or heat (14); an inner skin (32) that is positioned inside the manufacturing chamber (12) in front of each wall of this chamber supporting the source of energy or heat (14) and at a non-zero distance from these walls so as to create a circulation volume (V) for a flow of gas (F); and a device (52) for generating the flow of gas (F) that is connected to the circulation volume (V).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: AddUp
    Inventor: Jean-Francois Sartori
  • Patent number: 11052362
    Abstract: A device for spherification of a liquid includes a first device for storing a first liquid; and a spherification tank for storing a second liquid, arranged so that a dripper or entry funnel controls a level of the second liquid in the spherification tank. A device meters the first liquid coming from the first tank into the spherification tank. An extraction device extracts spheres generated in the spherification tank as a result of the metering. The extraction device includes a worm screw located in the spherification tank, the worm screw being arranged at an angle to the level, and a motor for rotating the worm screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Inventor: Kimi Ridaura Ayats
  • Patent number: 11046118
    Abstract: A tire for two-wheel vehicle includes a tread portion having a designated rotation direction and being provided with a plurality of blocks and grooves. The plurality of blocks includes at least one V-shaped block having an axial center portion located rearwardly in the rotation direction with respect to its axial both end portions and a first sidewall located rearwardly in the rotation direction. The grooves include a groove bottom surface connected to the first sidewall, wherein the groove bottom surface is provided with ribs extending in a tire circumferential direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Yukiko Hinami
  • Patent number: 11045983
    Abstract: A fabric-like material for reinforcement in an urethane foam molding is obtained by impregnating a part of a surface of a nonwoven fabric of organic fibers with a hot melt magnetic material and immobilizing the hot melt magnetic material. The hot melt magnetic material satisfies compositions described below and has a softening point of 70 to 100° C. Ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer (A): 10 to 95% by mass. Wax (B): 0 to 30% by mass. Magnetic powder (C): 5 to 70% by mass. (The total of (A), (B) and (C) is 100% by mass.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignees: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA, MOLD TECHNICAL OFFICE CO., LTD., TOYO INK SC HOLDINGS CO., LTD., TOYO ADL CORPORATION, TOYOCHEM CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Murata, Kensuke Inuzuka, Toshio Iwasawa, Kenichi Hara, Takafumi Senaga
  • Patent number: 11042022
    Abstract: A manufacturing method of an optical unit for endoscope includes: a process of crimping a bonding sheet including a curable resin film to a release substrate having a release surface which is an optical flat surface; a mirror-finishing process of performing a partial curing treatment on a predetermined region of the bonding sheet to process the predetermined region into an optical flat surface; a process of fabricating a laminated wafer by laminating a first element wafer including a first optical element and a second element wafer including a second optical element, with the bonding sheet being arranged between the first element wafer and the second element wafer; a curing process of performing a curing treatment on an uncured region of the bonding sheet; and a process of cutting the laminated wafer and segmenting the laminated wafer into optical units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ken Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 11040490
    Abstract: A printer platen component of an apparatus for automated manufacturing of three-dimensional composite-based objects for printing onto substrate sheets. The platen solves two problems: 1) holding the sheet down without allowing it to move while printing; and 2) getting rid of excess printing fluid. The platen comprises a plate with a number of air channel openings used for suction to hold the sheet in place, a bed of wire used to suspend the sheet and to keep the sheet straight, a depressed reservoir where printing fluid accumulates, a number of punching holes, a number of screws which serve as release sites for the sheet and cooperate with tips of a gripper to transfer the sheet to the platen, and a rough surface to additionally help hold down the sheet and keep it from moving. The platen is connected to an air plenum resting underneath the main plate to provide the suction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Inventors: Robert Swartz, Eugene Gore
  • Patent number: 11034083
    Abstract: A three dimensional printing system includes a resin vessel, a light engine, a movement mechanism, a support fixture, and a controller. The resin vessel is for containing a photocurable resin and has a lower portion with a transparent sheet. The light engine is configured to selectively project radiation up through the transparent sheet and over a build plane. The support fixture is coupled to the movement mechanism and has a lower rim that surrounds a central opening and faces the transparent sheet. The controller is configured to: (1) operate the movement mechanism to position the rim at an operating distance from the transparent sheet, (2) operate the light engine and the movement mechanism to form a particle trapping sheet that spans the central opening, and (3) operate the light engine and the movement mechanism to form the three dimensional article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: 3D Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew Enslow
  • Patent number: 11026431
    Abstract: A stuffing and molding mechanism of a dough food product processing machine includes a stationary structure inside which first and second mold rollers are arranged. At least one demolding rotary disc includes a disc body formed with a shaft hole by which a retention key is provided. The demolding rotary disc is fit to an end of a molding cutter of one of the mold rollers by means of the shaft hole for synchronous rotation therewith. At least one demolding pawl is raised from one side of the disc body that is adjacent to the molding cutter. A tubular dough skin filled with stuffing is supplied between the two molding cutters to be pressed and cut and then sealed to form a dumpling. Demolding of the dumpling is achieved by having the demolding pawl that is provided on the demolding rotary disc contact and push one side of the dumpling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: ANKO FOOD MACHINE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chien Yuan, You-Chen Tsai
  • Patent number: 11027484
    Abstract: Three-dimensional (3D) printed fluoropolymer-based energetic compositions are made using 3D printing methods. The 3D printed fluoropolymer-based energetic compositions comprise a fluoropolymer and a reactive metal or metal oxide. The total weight percentage of the fluoropolymer and the reactive metal or metal oxide is 70-100% of the 3D printed fluoropolymer-based energetic composition, and the weight percentage of the reactive metal or metal oxide is 5-85 wt % of the total weight of the 3D printed fluoropolymer-based energetic material. The 3D printed fluoropolymer-based energetic material has a thickness of at least 200 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Purdue Research Foundation
    Inventors: Jeffrey Frederick Rhoads, George Tsu-Chih Chiu, Ibrahim Emre Gunduz, Trevor John Fleck, Allison Kelly Murray, Steven Forrest Son
  • Patent number: 11029534
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for forming a contact lens includes submerging a convex optical quality surface of a forming optic in a reservoir containing Lens Reactive Mixture, projecting a first Actinic Radiation with a first wavelength through pre-selected regions of the forming optic that correspond to increased thickness in the lens to be formed for selectively polymerize the Lens Reactive Mixture on a Voxel by Voxel basis; projecting a second Actinic Radiation with a different wavelength through the entire forming optic to selectively polymerize the Lens Reactive Mixture on a Voxel by Voxel basis, removing the forming optic and polymerized Lens Reactive Mixture from the reservoir and applying a Fixing Radiation to form the contact lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Mark Powell, Peter W Sites, Joe M Wood, Michael F Widman
  • Patent number: 11020921
    Abstract: A connecting member and method of forming the connecting member in an air maintenance tire is provided. The method includes providing a tire having a sidewall formed with an annular groove. The groove receives an annular air tube having a first end with a first fitting and a second end with a second fitting. A recess is formed in the tire sidewall along the annular groove at a location where the first end of the annular air tube is adjacent the second end of the annular air tube. A mold formed with a cavity is provided and the fittings are removably secured in the cavity. The mold is positioned on a surface of the tire sidewall and an elastomer or a polymer is introduced into the mold cavity. The mold is heated to form the connecting member on the tire sidewall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Robin Lamgaday, Cheng-Hsiung Lin, Dinesh Chandra, Arun Kumar Byatarayanapura Gopala, Sagar Dilip Bafana
  • Patent number: 11007696
    Abstract: A method for decorative molding capable of reducing a preparation time at the time of replacing a mold and expecting improvement in positioning accuracy of a decorative pattern in a molded article includes supplying a film on which a decorative pattern is formed between a first mold and a second mold in a mold open state of a mold, imaging a mold-side alignment mark recorded in the mold and a film-side alignment mark recorded in the film by a camera, positioning the film with respect to the mold by moving the film so that the film-side alignment mark comes close to the mold-side alignment mark, injecting resin into the mold in a mold closed state in which the film is sandwiched between the first mold and the second mold and cooling the resin to form a molded article and opening the mold and taking out the molded article in which the decorative pattern of the film is transferred to the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masakazu Hiraishi, Takashi Morimoto
  • Patent number: 11007689
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an in-mold decorative molded article includes supplying an in-mold transfer foil to a metal mold, injecting and cooling a molding resin and taking out an molded article formed of the molding resin cooled and cured in the metal mold in which a clear layer and a transfer layer having a decorative figure in the in-mold transfer foil are integrated on the surface by opening the mold, molding the molded article integrally with a cutting portion not necessary for a target product inside the metal mold by the molding resin at an outer periphery of the product and arranging a boundary of a printing region of the clear layer in the in-mold transfer foil in the cutting portion so as to be larger than the outer periphery of the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Nakagawa, Yuuki Sugino
  • Patent number: 10994485
    Abstract: A device for manufacturing a solid article includes a beam generation unit, a control unit, a supply unit, a container containing a raw material arranged in multiple raw material layers arranged upon each other, such that a raw material surface is exposed to a beam. The beam is emittable by the beam generation unit according to instructions of the control unit. A heating surface heats the raw material surface to form a pre-heated raw material surface. The beam generation unit is disposed with a directing unit to direct the beam onto the pre-heated raw material surface. The beam generated by the beam generation unit passes through the heating surface onto the pre-heated raw material surface. The beam generation unit and/or the directing unit is movable relative to the raw material surface, such that the angle of the beam relative to the raw material surface substantially remains constant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Sintratec AG
    Inventors: Christian Von Burg, Joscha Zeltner, Dominik Solenicki
  • Patent number: 10987828
    Abstract: A device for supporting stripper head on a mold box of a concrete product machine mold assembly. The device includes a set of attachment hardware that connects a stand-off leg to a stripper head plate to support the stripper head with the stripper head plungers disposed in respective protected positions within respective plunger receptacles of the mold box. The hardware set comprises a ferrous metal portion configured to be carried by the stripper head plate and a magnetic portion carried by the stand-off leg in a position to magnetically engage the ferrous metal portion and allow for removable attachment of the stand-off leg to the stripper head plate when the ferrous metal portion is carried by the stripper head plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Besser Company
    Inventors: Douglas Krentz, Devin Kendziorski
  • Patent number: 10981332
    Abstract: An additive manufacturing material management station, comprising: a build material supply conduit (382, 582) with a build material supply connector (385, 585) to releasably connect between a management station body and a build material supply container to couple a flow of a fluid carrying a building material supply from within the supply container to the management station body; and a station data processor, wherein the supply connector comprises: a connector body; a suction nozzle (597) projecting from the connector body to form a mating fit with an outlet of a build material supply container in use; and a data communicator to provide data communication between the station data processor and a data memory chip (394) of the supply container (314).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Ismael Chanclon, Xavier Alonso, Jorge Castano