Patents Examined by John Robitaille
  • Patent number: 11230646
    Abstract: Provided are compositions comprising partially crystalline polycarbonate particulate having an average cross-sectional dimension of from about 1 ??? to about 200 ????, having from about 10% crystallinity to about 50% crystallinity, and having a weight-average molecular weight, per polystyrene standards, of from about 17,000 to about 40,000 Daltons. The composition exhibits a zero-shear viscosity of less than about 104 Pa s at the melting temperature of the partially crystalline polycarbonate. Related systems and methods for utilizing these compositions in additive manufacturing applications, including selective laser sintering (SLS) applications, are also disclosed. Also provided are additively-manufactured articles made with the disclosed compositions and according to the disclosed methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: SHPP GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES B.V.
    Inventors: Vandita Pai-Paranjape, Elena Miloskovska, Bruke Jofore, Raul Fernandez Cabello, Hao Gu
  • Patent number: 11220049
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for three-dimensional (3D) printing of multi-directional woven components with hierarchical z-axis reinforcements using pre-impregnated FRP materials. The exemplary 3D printing system includes a primary extrusion nozzle system and a secondary extrusion needle system supported by a multi-axis truss. The primary extrusion nozzle system is comprised of at least two sub-extruders and rotation mechanisms for controllably rotating the extrusion nozzle and rotating the two-sub extruders. The extrusion nozzle assembly and the two sub-extruders can be controllably and independently rotated to extrude a braided yarn with a precise fiber-spacing. Additionally, a separate extrusion needle is provided for vertical interpenetration of the needle into the braided workpiece such that material can be extruded at precise depth through side-facing needle openings thereby providing z-axis reinforcement to the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Hassan Almousa, Ihsan Taie, Mohamed Bouhrara
  • Patent number: 11208734
    Abstract: An electrospinning device is for manufacturing material that includes aligned nano-fibers. The device includes a rotor and more than one electrically conducting protrusions disposed on the surface of the rotor and spaced apart from one another. The protrusions are configured such that an electrostatic field created when a potential difference is applied between the rotor and a target is concentrated at the tips of the protrusions and decreases between neighboring protrusions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: University of Surrey
    Inventors: Simon King, Vlad Stolojan, Sembukuttiarachilage Silva
  • Patent number: 11207832
    Abstract: A printhead assembly having connection for connecting to a positioning system of an AM system, a feedstock liquefying unit having a nozzle for depositing liquefied AM feedstock onto at least one of a build plate and an object to be created. The feedstock liquefying unit has a supply opening and a supply channel from the supply opening to the nozzle. The printhead assembly has heat exchanging elements attached to the printhead assembly, arranged to establish a releasable clamping connection with the feedstock liquefying unit to accommodate the feedstock liquefying unit in the printhead assembly. The heat exchanging elements are actuatable to an open state, and a closed state. A system for additive manufacturing, including a build plate, a positioning system associated with at least one of the printhead assembly and the build plate, a feedstock liquefying unit storage, a controller arranged for controlling the positioning system for replacing the feedstock liquefying unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: BOND HIGH PERFORMANCE 3D TECHNOLOGY B.V.
    Inventors: Thomas Jonathan Bruggeman, Adrianus Bruggeman, Kevin Hendrik Jozef Voss, Marald Speelman, Klaas Groen, Johannes Hermannus Timmer Arends, Martijn Johannes Wolbers, Koendert Hendrik Kuit
  • Patent number: 11203152
    Abstract: A nozzle assembly comprising a housing, a nozzle disposed in the housing and connected to an ink supply part, a first coil, which is disposed in the housing, for generating a magnetic field when a power source is applied, a second coil disposed in the housing, disposed so as to surround the nozzle and the first coil and generating a magnetic field when a power source is applied, provided that at least one of the magnetic field effective area and the magnetic field intensity is different from that of the first coil, and a lift part for lifting the nozzle and the first and second coils, respectively, so as to be positioned in the housing or exposed to the outside of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Inventors: Choong Man Bae, Sang Bum Ahn, Jin Kyu Lee
  • Patent number: 11192187
    Abstract: An additive manufacturing device utilizing an electron beam and laser integrated scanning comprises: a vacuum generating chamber (1); a worktable means having a forming region at least provided in the vacuum generating chamber (1); a powder supply means configured to supply a powder to the forming region; an electron-beam emission focusing and scanning means (6) and an laser-beam emission focusing and scanning means (7) configured in such a manner that a scanning range of the electron-beam emission focusing and scanning means (6) and a scanning range of the laser-beam emission focusing and scanning means (7) cover at least a part of the forming region; and a controller configured to control the electron-beam emission focusing and scanning means (6) and the laser-beam emission focusing and scanning means (7) to perform a powder integrated-scanning and forming treatment on the forming region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Tsinghua University
    Inventors: Feng Lin, Bin Zhou, Chao Guo, Wenjun Ge, Lei Zhang
  • Patent number: 11161302
    Abstract: A movement system for achieving movement of at least a nozzle assembly in an additive manufacturing machine is provided. The movement system comprises a first tower and a belt assembly. The first tower is configured to move back and forth along a first axis. The belt assembly is configured to enable the back and forth movement of the first tower along the first axis. The belt assembly comprises a belt, a gear and at least two bearings. The belt interfaces with the gear and the two bearings, with one bearing on each side of the gear, such that the belt is sandwiched between the gear and the bearings. The belt is engaged to the first tower. Rotation of the gear results in movement of the belt, and thereby the first tower, along the first axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Inventors: Bulent Besim, Stephen Weatherly
  • Patent number: 11141793
    Abstract: A device for fabricating a three-dimensional part by selectively melting a powder bed, the device including a first tank for containing a first powder and provided with a first powder dispenser valve, a second tank for containing a second different powder and provided with a second powder dispenser valve, a first and a second monitoring device for monitoring the quantity of first powder delivered by the first valve and the quantity of second powder delivered by the second valve, a mixer chamber in communication with the first and second valves and including a third powder dispenser valve, and a mixer for mixing the powder particles in the chamber, a support for receiving the powder delivered by the third valve and on which the parts is to be fabricated, a powder spreader for spreading powder on the support, and a heater member for locally melting the powder spread on the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES
    Inventors: Jean-Baptiste Mottin, Guillaume Fribourg
  • Patent number: 11104117
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for making a three-dimensional object from a solidifiable material using a linear solidification device is shown and described. The apparatus includes a solidification substrate that is tiltable relative to a film about a tilting axis. Layers of the solidifiable material solidify in contact with a film located between the most recently solidified object layer and a solidification substrate that comprises the solidification substrate assembly. The tilting of the solidification substrate relative to the film allows the substrate to be used to squeeze excess solidifiable material from between the film and the most recently solidified object surface while minimizing or eliminating the formation of bubbles in the solidifiable material which can prolong object build times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Global Filtration Systems
    Inventor: Ali El-Siblani
  • Patent number: 11104822
    Abstract: Disclosed are processes for In-Mold coating of a substrate. The processes include: introducing a curable composition to a mixhead at a first elevated pressure, the curable composition comprising a first polymeric component and a second polymeric component, the introducing of the curable composition to the mixhead comprising mixing the first and second polymeric components by impingement to form an intermediate composition; introducing the intermediate composition to a secondary mixer, the introducing of the intermediate composition to the secondary mixer comprising mixing the intermediate composition to form a coating composition; and introducing the coating composition into a mold containing a substrate to form a curable coating on a surface of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Covestro LLC
    Inventors: Jessee McCanna, Kurt E. Best, Robert Wade, Timothy Bish
  • Patent number: 11104069
    Abstract: According to an example, in a method, a radiation source that is to output radiation at a preset energy level onto a surface of a three-dimensional (3D) printed object may be activated. In addition, the radiation source may be deactivated after a predefined period of time sufficient to cause an outer portion of about a predetermined thickness of the surface of the 3D printed object to begin to melt to finish the surface of the 3D printed object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Krzysztof Nauka, Vladek Kasperchik, Aja Hartman
  • Patent number: 11090858
    Abstract: A method of fabricating a cross-layer pattern in a layered object is disclosed. The method is executed by an additive manufacturing system and comprises: dispensing a patterning material onto a receiving medium to form a first pattern element; dispensing a first layer of modeling material onto the first pattern element while forming a first open cavity exposing at least a portion of the first pattern element beneath the first layer; and dispensing patterning material onto the exposed portion of the first pattern element and the first layer to form a second pattern element contacting the first pattern element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Stratasys Ltd.
    Inventors: Daniel Dikovsky, Ira Yudovin-Farber, Efraim Dvash
  • Patent number: 11086217
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a patterned stamp (100) for patterning a contoured surface (10) is disclosed. The method comprises applying a layer (115) of a pliable material precursor over a master (50) carrying an inverse pattern (52) to form a desired pattern (112) in said layer; curing the pliable material precursor to form a pliable stamp layer (120) comprising said desired pattern; providing an intermediate stamp structure by adhering a porous pliable support layer (130) to the pliable stamp layer; releasing the intermediate stamp structure from the master; forcing the intermediate stamp structure onto the contoured surface with said pattern of features facing the contoured surface; forming the patterned stamp by filling the porous pliable support layer with a filler material to reduce the pliability of the support layer; and removing the patterned stamp from the contoured surface. A corresponding patterned stamp, imprinting method and imprinted article are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Remco Van Brakel, Marcus Antonius Verschuuren
  • Patent number: 11084211
    Abstract: Described herein is an additive manufacturing apparatus that is well-suited for constructing piezoelectric sensors. The additive manufacturing apparatus includes an extrusion nozzle formed of a conductive material such as aluminum. The extrusion nozzle has a channel by way of which printing material exits the extrusion nozzle, wherein a build plate is configured to receive the printing material responsive to the printing material exiting the extrusion nozzle. An arc suppressor formed of a semiconductor is coupled to the extrusion nozzle and is configured to dissipate excess charge that would otherwise exist on the extrusion nozzle when a relatively high bias voltage is applied to the extrusion nozzle. Thus, the arc suppressor mitigates arcing between the extrusion nozzle and the build plate. Arc suppressing gas is also optionally introduced into a printing region, thereby further mitigating arcing between the extrusion nozzle and the build plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: National Technology & Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC
    Inventors: Cody M. Washburn, Charles R. Martin, Jerry D. Strother, John Cates, Michael Randolph Satches
  • Patent number: 11086216
    Abstract: Techniques for generating electronics components that operate free of unwanted distortions such as edge diffraction and unwanted phase jumps are described. A modified production master or a modified working stamp can be implemented to generate an electronic or optical component having structures that are positioned within a desired distance from a planar surface. A production master or a working stamp is modified in dependence upon a comparison of an identified distance for each respective structure to the planar surface and a desired distance. The modified production master or the modified working stamp generates the electronic or optical component by positioning the structures in accordance with the desired distance. By positioning the structures in accordance with the desired distance, electronic components generated using the modified production master or the modified working stamp minimize distortions, such as a phase jump between the structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Pasi Kostamo
  • Patent number: 11065803
    Abstract: A preform conveying device (100) of the invention includes a control unit that detects an arriving time at which a conveyor jig arrives at a reference position based on an output of a first encoder, and commands a second motor to move a conveyor arm to a target position at regular intervals from the arriving time. The target position in each command is a position obtained by adding, to a current position of the conveyor jig which is obtained based on a latest output of the first encoder which was obtained when the command has been issued, a moving distance by which the conveyor jig has advanced during a delay time T which spans from a time when the latest output is outputted from the first encoder to a time when the command is received by the second motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: NISSEI ASB MACHINE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshiaki Tanabe
  • Patent number: 11067504
    Abstract: An apparatus (1) for optical inspection of a mass of polymeric material (2) passing through an extruder (3) having a hollow extrusion cylinder (4) extending elongately in a longitudinal direction comprises an optical sensor (8) which can be operatively coupled to the extrusion cylinder (4) and having an infrared light emitter (8a) and a receiver (8b) configured to measure a measurement parameter representing an optical property of the polymeric material (2) inside the extrusion cylinder (4) and is characterized in that it comprises a plurality of the optical sensors (8) which can be operatively coupled to the extrusion cylinder (4) in a plurality of measurement sites located in succession and spaced from each other along the longitudinal direction and a processor (9) programmed to acquire a plurality of measurement signals containing the measurement parameters measured by the corresponding optical sensors (8) and programmed to process the plurality of measurement signals in order to calculate a corresponding
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: SACMI COOPERATIVA MECCANICI IMOLA SOCIETA' COOPERATIVA
    Inventor: Gildo Bosi
  • Patent number: 11046014
    Abstract: A support material for use in an additive manufacturing system to print a support structure for a three-dimensional part. The support material includes a base resin that is substantially miscible with a part material used to print the three-dimensional part, and has a glass transition temperature within about 10° C. of a glass transition temperature of the part material. The support material also includes a dispersed resin that is substantially immiscible with the base resin, where the base resin and the dispersed resin are each thermally stable for use in the additive manufacturing system in coordination with the part material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Stratasys, Inc.
    Inventors: Vittorio L. Jaker, Luke M. B. Rodgers
  • Patent number: 11040489
    Abstract: An additive manufacturing apparatus includes an energy beam source adapted to emit an energy beam, and a component building area including a base extendable between and vertically movable relative to opposed walls. The component building area includes a platform supported by the base and extendable between the walls, the platform having a layer onto which powdered material is applied, the powdered material being melted or sintered by the energy beam to form a component. The component building area includes an articulation device for rotating the platform about a horizontal axis, and a powder recovery arrangement. The apparatus includes subsequent to formation of the component, the articulation device rotating the platform about the horizontal axis for collecting loose powder by the powder recovery arrangement by virtue of gravity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Adnan Bobar, Jan Schwerdtfeger, Juan Vicente Haro, Archie Swanner, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11034081
    Abstract: A method of fabricating a cross-layer pattern in a layered object is disclosed. The method is executed by an additive manufacturing system and comprises: dispensing a patterning material onto a receiving medium to form a first pattern element; dispensing a first layer of modeling material onto the first pattern element while forming a first open cavity exposing at least a portion of the first pattern element beneath the first layer; and dispensing patterning material onto the exposed portion of the first pattern element and the first layer to form a second pattern element contacting the first pattern element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Stratasys Ltd.
    Inventors: Daniel Dikovsky, Ira Yudovin-Farber, Efraim Dvash