Patents Examined by Joseph S. Del Sole
  • Patent number: 9895829
    Abstract: Disclosed herein, amongst other things, is a post-mold system (100, 200, 300, 400, 500) for conditioning a molded article (130). The post-mold system comprises a retrieval device (110, 210, 310, 410, 510) having a receptacle (112, 212, 312, 412, 512) that is configured to retrieve the molded article (130) from a mold (132) and a conditioning device (120, 320, 420, 520). The receptacle (112, 212, 312, 412, 512) is configured to be selectively transferable between the retrieval device (110, 210, 310, 410, 510) and the conditioning device (120, 320, 420, 520). The conditioning device (120, 320, 420, 520) includes a first thermal regulator (140, 240, 440) that is configured to thermally regulate the receptacle (112, 212, 312, 412, 512) when connected thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Inventors: William Steven Keir, Allan King Leung Lee, Darrin Albert MacLeod, Peter Yankov, Raymond Weiping Zhang
  • Patent number: 9889604
    Abstract: A device for producing a three-dimensional object from hardenable material has a construction space (20) for constructing the object (50), a temperature control unit for controlling the temperature of the construction space (20), and a preparation unit (11) for preparing the hardenable material in such a way that the material is in the fluid phase. A pressure generation unit (10) applies pressure to the fluid phase in the preparation unit. A discharge unit (12) is provided for discharging the hardenable material through an outlet (12b) in the form of drops in the direction of the construction space (20). In order to optimize the energy required to control the temperature that promotes bonding of the material on the object (50), the temperature-controlled construction space (20) is surrounded by a construction space frame (18) in which at least the outlet of the discharge unit (12), the preparation unit (11), and the object support (13) for producing the object are accommodated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: ARBURG GMBH + CO. KG
    Inventors: Herbert Kraibuhler, Eberhard Duffner
  • Patent number: 9884941
    Abstract: Provided herein are systems and methods for polymerizing and programming a liquid crystal polymer, including a liquid crystal elastomer (LCE) with two-way shape-memory via a stepped or self-limiting reaction. In the described method, the reaction may be stepped to achieve different aspects of the two-way shape-memory effect in the produced LCE. In one embodiment, the method creates a polydomain LCE body with a completed thiol-acrylate Michael addition reaction polymerization. The method may further crosslink the polydomain LCE body under a stimulus, thereby locking a domain state in a portion of the polymer. A two-way shape-memory effect of the LCE may thereafter be programmed and locked into the LCE the second stage polymerization reaction. The self-limiting reaction allows for unprecedented control over LCE domain states and cross-linking densities, as well as the resultant mechanical and optical properties of the LCE formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Inventors: Christopher M. Yakacki, Mohand Saed, Devatha P. Nair, Tao Gong, Christopher Bowman
  • Patent number: 9883685
    Abstract: Fused deposition model printer system. The system prints cold slurry substances and includes a source of a cold slurry substance with a print platform supported for at least three axes of motion under computer control. An extruder head system including a nozzle extrudes a stream of the cold slurry substance from the source onto the print platform, the extruder head including a heater. A cryogen line is provided having a perforated section for surrounding the continuous stream of the cold slurry substance to spray a cryogen onto the cold slurry substance to cool it upon extrusion. A chilled compartment or freezer is provided in which the print platform, extruder head system, and cryogen line are contained to maintain those components at a selected temperature whereby the cold slurry substance is printed to form a desired three dimensional shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Kristine A. Bunker, Jamison Go, Anastasios John Hart, Kyle N. Hounsell, Donghyun Kim
  • Patent number: 9884435
    Abstract: Disclosed in this specification is a casting cup assembly comprising frontcurve and basecurve molds which of which includes a ring that circumscribes the respective concave and convex mold surface. When the casting cup is assembled, the rings align and minimize de-centering and tilting of the concave and convex mold surfaces which, in turn, reduces edge defects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Vincent H. Barre, Scott F. Ansell, Gregory L. Berckmiller, Timothy Burkill, Mark McConnell
  • Patent number: 9884434
    Abstract: A clip fixing jig for fixing a clip member in a molding die for molding a seat pad has a wall part erected along a whole outer peripheral edge of a bottom part thereof. The wall part forms, above the bottom part, an accommodation space for accommodating extending parts. The clip fixing jig has fixing parts for detachably fixing a clip member, so that a clip member can be fixed to the clip fixing jig by inserting the clip member in the accommodation space. With a clip fixing jig provided in a molding die, a seat pad can be formed by insert molding, so that workability in clip member fixing work is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: TOYO TIRE & RUBBER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Yamada
  • Patent number: 9885953
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a mask includes dividing an upper surface of a template having a design pattern into a plurality of regions, the template being arranged over a polymer layer on a mask substrate, correcting a distorted region among the regions, pressing the polymer layer with the template to form a mask pattern corresponding to the design pattern on the polymer layer; and curing the mask pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Inventors: Jin-Seok Heo, Chang-Min Park, Seok-Hwan Oh, Jeong-Ho Yeo
  • Patent number: 9878481
    Abstract: An extrusion head of an extruder is configured to move along a feedpath independently from a heating element so that the extrusion head can yield to extrusion-related forces. Specifically, the extruder may include an extrusion head movably coupled to a thermal core to permit axial displacement of the extrusion head relative to the thermal core. In use, the extrusion head may be displaced within the thermal core when the extruder is subject to extrusion-related forces (e.g., an upward force created by a refraction of build material or a downward force created by an advance of build material). This motion can facilitate better transitions by the extruder between different layers or z-axis positions in a model during fabrication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: MakerBot Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Michael C. Pappas, Isaac S. Anderson
  • Patent number: 9873221
    Abstract: A 3-dimensional (3D) printer is disclosed. The 3D printer includes an extruder to extrude a filament into a cavity, a carriage to support the extruder, a moving unit to move the carriage, and a processor to control the extruder and the moving unit. The extruder includes a filament feeder to downwardly feed the filament, a heating unit to heat the filament fed by the filament feeder, a nozzle to output the heated filament into the cavity, a cooling unit to cool the filament feeder, to decrease heat transferred from the heating unit to the filament feeder, a first temperature sensor to sense a temperature of the heating unit, and a second temperature sensor to sense a temperature of the cooling unit. The processor controls the heating unit and the cooling unit, based on the first temperature sensor and the second temperature sensor, to enhance output speed of the filament.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Inventors: Hyoungseok Kim, Kyujin Choi
  • Patent number: 9874248
    Abstract: A shaft coupling and roller arrangements with a shaft coupling for the coupling a shaft journal having a polygonal cross-section to a drive or a bearing axle. The shaft coupling has a rotatably drivable coupling body, which has a coupling opening for receiving the shaft journal. The coupling body has a as multipart configuration and is openable along a dividing line, which intersects the coupling opening. A clamping apparatus is provided for non-positive holding of the shaft journal in the coupling opening. The coupling opening is formed at least in part by clamping jaws, which in the closed position are pressed onto the shaft journal, preferably areally flush against the shaft journal, via the clamping apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Haas Food Equipment GmbH
    Inventors: Johannes Haas, Josef Haas, Christoph Jiraschek, Stefan Jiraschek
  • Patent number: 9868257
    Abstract: A starter may be used to facilitate fabrication of objects from an automated fabrication device, such as a 3-D printer. In one implementation, the starter may include a starter memory storing encrypted fabrication instructions and feedstock material that encodes the cryptographic key suitable for decrypting the encrypted fabrication instructions. The cryptographic key is accessed and used to generate decrypted fabrication instructions from the encrypted fabrication instructions. Subsequent fabrication consumes or changes the feedstock material such that the data stored thereon is destroyed or otherwise inaccessible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: William Alexander Strand
  • Patent number: 9869036
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling a composite fabric having internal axial tows includes a support member configured to engage the fabric substantially up to a composite component form. The support member includes a nonslip portion directly engaging a first outer surface of the fabric. The apparatus further includes a primary securing member engaging and applying pressure on the fabric at a second outer surface of the fabric opposite the first outer surface. Upon displacement of the axial tows of the fabric relative to the first and second outer surfaces, the support member and the primary securing member substantially maintain original configurations of the first and second outer surfaces of the fabric engaged between the support member and the primary securing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: GKN Aerospace Services Structures Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher John Feeney, Steven Robert Hayse, David Andrew Rogozinski, Rene Alfred Varrato
  • Patent number: 9867397
    Abstract: A nicotine delivery system includes a nebulizer. The nebulizer includes a canister, a compressor and a hose extending between the canister and the compressor. The canister contains a liquid and the liquid comprises a nicotine solution. The canister includes a fogging unit. The fogging unit converts the liquid into a mist. Thus, the mist may be inhaled. The canister has an inhale port and an exhale port. Each of the inhale port and the exhale port is fluidly coupled to the canister. The inhale port may be sucked thereby facilitating the mist to be inhaled. A charging unit is provided. The compressor is selectively electrically coupled to the charging unit. Thus, the charging unit charges the compressor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Inventor: Patrick Beymer
  • Patent number: 9849624
    Abstract: A film-embossing apparatus with a hot-embossing device which has a heated embossing stamp. With the formation of a contact pressure, a transfer layer, arranged on a carrier film, of a hot-embossing film is transferred to a surface of a workpiece. The hot-embossing device has control inputs and outputs. The film-embossing apparatus has an industrial robot with control inputs and outputs. The control inputs and outputs of the hot-embossing device and of the industrial robot are connected to a control unit. The industrial robot is formed such that it guides the workpiece to the hot-embossing device, positions the workpiece on the embossing stamp, guides the workpiece past the embossing stamp, and guides the embossed workpiece away from the hot-embossing device. The industrial robot can also position the hot-embossing device on the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventors: Ljubisa Drinic, Michael Triepel, Ralf Friedmann, Thomas Meier
  • Patent number: 9839238
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a control body adapted for use in an electronic smoking article. The control body includes a shell and a coupler that is adapted to connect the control body to a cartridge of an electronic smoking article. The coupler further is adapted to communicate a pressure reduction within the coupler to a pressure reduction space in the shell. Also positioned within the shell is an electronic circuit board having a pressure sensor attached thereto. The electronic circuit board can be positioned to be parallel to a central axis of the shell. A first end of the pressure sensor can be isolated within the pressure reduction space, and a second end of the pressure sensor can be in communication with a normal pressure space within the shell. One or more light emitting diodes can be attached to the electronic circuit board. At least a portion of the coupler can be light transmissive so that light from the LED is visible through the coupler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven L. Worm, Michael Ryan Galloway, Frederic Philippe Ampolini, Randy Lee McKnight, David Glen Christopherson
  • Patent number: 9840039
    Abstract: A method for producing a film having a fine irregular pattern intermittently includes feeding a film to be processed intermittently from upstream side to the vicinity of the surface of a die having a fine irregular pattern, transferring the pattern to the surface of the film by pressing the film against the surface of a die, stripping the processed film on which a pattern is formed from the surface of a die, and then feeding a new film to be processed to the die, wherein the processed film is stripped from the surface of a die by gripping and moving the processed film to the upstream side, and then the processed film is fed by a length of intermittent feed to the surface of a die while preventing the processed film from creasing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Minoura, Yuma Hirai, Fumiyasu Nomura
  • Patent number: 9839960
    Abstract: A lamination molding apparatus which can improve the lamination molding accuracy, is provided. A lamination molding apparatus, including a chamber covering a desired molding region, the chamber being filled with an inert gas of a predetermined concentration; and a molding table provided in the molding region, the molding table being configured so as to be capable of being moved vertically by a driving mechanism; wherein the molding table is configured to be temperature-controllable; and a thermostatic section is provided in between the molding table and the driving mechanism or in the driving mechanism, temperature of the thermostatic section being maintained substantially constant, is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Sodick Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shuji Okazaki, Shuichi Kawada, Katsutaka Muranaka
  • Patent number: 9827702
    Abstract: An injection molding machine includes a resin scattering preventing cover configured to prevent resin scattering from injection nozzle fixed to an end of an injection unit, a lighting unit configured to molding contact portion where the injection nozzle and a mold contact, a fixing unit configured to fix the lighting unit, and an opening/closing portion where the resin scattering prevention cover is configured to open and close; wherein the fixing unit is connected interlocked with opening and closing of the opening/closing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventor: Katsufumi Ohshiro
  • Patent number: 9823562
    Abstract: The present invention provides an imprint apparatus for forming a pattern in a plurality of shot regions on a substrate, comprising a heating unit configured to deform each of the shot regions by heating the substrate, and a control unit configured to control the heating unit, wherein when performing imprint processing for a target shot region as a shot region to undergo imprint processing based on heating control information used to heat, by the heating unit, a shot region which has undergone imprint processing prior to the target shot region, the control unit controls heating of the substrate by the heating unit so that a shape of the target shot region which has been deformed by heating of the substrate according to the control information becomes close to a target shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Inventors: Tomofumi Nishikawara, Kazuki Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 9815239
    Abstract: A rotary thermoforming apparatus including a rotatable drum having a plurality of cavity flats positioned on an outer surface of the drum together defining a mold cavity section of the drum, each cavity flat having one or more mold cavities, a plug assist assembly positioned adjacent each corresponding cavity flat when in a first retracted state, the plug assist assembly secured to, and rotatable with, the outer surface of the drum, each plug assist assembly having one or more plug assist members corresponding to the one or more mold cavities in the adjacent corresponding cavity flat, wherein each plug assist member is extendable into its corresponding mold cavity, and retractable from its corresponding mold cavity, wherein each plug assist assembly is extendable from the first retracted state to an extended state positioned over the corresponding cavity flat, and wherein each plug assist assembly is retractable from the extended state back to the first retracted state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventors: Michael Borse, Robert J. Borse, Joseph Borse