Patents Examined by Joseph S. Del Sole
  • Patent number: 10076162
    Abstract: Apparatus and process are described for forming projections on a substrate for use as hook-type fasteners in touch fastening systems, wherein vibration energy may be used to soften a substrate which may be positioned between a mold and a source of vibration. The mold may include a plurality of cavities into which the softened substrate may be forced to form the projections. The substrate may comprise a film, sheet, web, composite, laminate, etc. and be useful as an attachment strip for temporary or permanent fastening. The source of vibration may be an ultrasonic horn. The process to form such projections may be operated in a continuous, semi-continuous or intermittent manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Inventor: Gerald Rocha
  • Patent number: 10076877
    Abstract: Provided is a forming apparatus including an ejection unit that has an ejection surface from which a droplet of a light curing forming liquid is ejected toward a base surface of a forming base plate and that moves relatively to the forming base plate, an irradiation unit that irradiates the forming liquid ejected on the forming base plate with an irradiation beam to cure the forming liquid and that is provided such that an incident plane defined by an optical axis of the irradiation beam and the base surface intersects with the ejection surface, and a P-polarizing unit that is provided in the irradiation unit and that adjusts the irradiation beam to match P-polarized beam parallel to the incident plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shin Yasuda
  • Patent number: 10076805
    Abstract: A laser beam irradiating mechanism of a laser processing apparatus includes: a pulsed laser oscillator configured to oscillate a pulsed laser beam; a condenser configured to condense the laser beam oscillated from the pulsed laser oscillator, and irradiate a workpiece held on a chuck table with the condensed laser beam; a polygon mirror disposed between the pulsed laser oscillator and the condenser, and having a plurality of mirrors arranged concentrically with respect to a rotating shaft, the plurality of mirrors dispersing the pulsed laser beam oscillated from the pulsed laser oscillator; and a guiding unit disposed between the pulsed laser oscillator and the polygon mirror, the guiding unit guiding the pulsed laser beam such that the pulsed laser beam is not applied to an angular portion of mirrors adjacent to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: DISCO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masatoshi Nayuki
  • Patent number: 10066413
    Abstract: A robot may extrude a tower or column. The robot may include an extrusion nozzle, a positioning system, a climbing apparatus, and a controller. The extrusion nozzle may controllably extrude uncured construction material. The positioning system may controllably cause the extrusion nozzle to traverse a perimeter layer of the tower or column. A climbing apparatus may controllably cause the robot to climb. A controller may autonomously: direct the positioning system to cause the nozzle to traverse the perimeter layer of the tower or column; direct the nozzle to extrude uncured construction material during the traverse; direct the climbing apparatus to cause the robot to climb an incremental amount; and repeat each of the foregoing positioning, extrusion, and climbing steps until the extruded tower or column attains a desired height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: University of Southern California
    Inventor: Behrokh Khoshnevis
  • Patent number: 10059058
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (1) for building a layer body (2) from a plurality of superimposed layers of free-flowing material, in particular particulate material, on a building platform (3) in a build space (4), the layers being solidified and joined to each other in locally predetermined areas, so that at least one layer body (2) is formed by the solidified and joined areas of the layers, including an elongated discharge container (5), which is movable back and forth over the build space (4]) in at least one discharge direction and which has at least one discharge opening (6) from which the free-flowing material is dischargeable in individual superimposed layers during the movement of the discharge container (5), it being possible to supply the discharge container (5) with free-flowing material from a filling device with at least one storage or filling container (10) having at least one outflow opening (11) by vertically covering the at least one outflow opening (11) of the storage or filling containe
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: VOXELJET AG
    Inventors: Andreas Dominik Hartmann, Dominik Schmid
  • Patent number: 10058123
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to aerosol delivery devices, methods of forming such devices, and elements of such devices. In some embodiments, the present disclosure provides a heating member that can be formed of a heating element conformed to a heater substrate configured as a truncated cone (or similar shape) having a first end of a first size and a second end of greater size. In some embodiments, the disclosure provides methods of forming an aerosol delivery device, which can include providing a shell, providing a heating member formed of a heating element conformed to a substrate, configuring the heating member as a truncated cone (or similar shape) having a first end of a first size and a second end of greater size, and inserting the heating member within the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventors: Karen V. Taluskie, Stephen Benson Sears, Eric Taylor Hunt, William Robert Collett, Yi-ping Chang, Kristen Dodds Weight, Jeffrey A. Karg, Graham P. Eacock, Matthew C. Ebbs, Robert C. Uschold, Walker MacLaughlin Sloan, III
  • Patent number: 10059043
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for manufacturing masonry blocks using a face mix shuttle comprising an angled shovel for depositing a controllable amount of face mix onto a surface of a masonry block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: PAVESTONE, LLC
    Inventor: William H. Karau
  • Patent number: 10052798
    Abstract: An imprint method including the steps of: an exposing step to irradiate a photo curing resin, coated on a large-area substrate, with a curing light while the light-transmitting imprint mold is pressed against the photo curing resin, an amount of the curing light applied onto the photo curing resin in a light shielding region provided with the light shielding member made less than an amount of the curing light applied onto the photo curing resin in a light transmitting region of the mold so that a portion of the photo curing resin in the light shielding region is semi-cured by the use of the light shielding member provided so as to reproduce the concave-convex pattern of the transparent substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: SOKEN CHEMICAL & ENGINEERING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yukihiro Miyazawa
  • Patent number: 10052836
    Abstract: The rotary tablet press has a housing including a compression section (6) with a turret (10) including a die disc (40), a top punch guide (20), a bottom punch guide (30), and a plurality of punches (25, 35). The turret (10) defines an axial direction (a) and a radial direction (r), the punches being arranged at a predefined radius defining a pitch (p) of the turret. The rotary tablet press comprises a bearing assembly (50) connected to the turret (10) and providing support to at least one auxiliary component of the rotary tablet press and the bearing assembly comprises a bearing (51) and a support means (60) for the at least one auxiliary component, and the bearing (51) is positioned outside the pitch (p) of the turret in the radial direction (r).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: GEA PROCESS ENGINEERING NV
    Inventors: Jan Vogeleer, Ivo Van Den Mooter, Freddy Gerard Luc Vandenbroucke, Joris Vanderputten, Nicolas Robin, Frederik Detobel
  • Patent number: 10046498
    Abstract: A three-dimensional drawing device can include a housing configured for to be held in user's hand, shaped to allow manipulation of the housing like a pen, and configured to accept a strand of thermoplastic material. The drawing device has a nozzle assembly with an exit nozzle and a motor connected to a gear train that engages the strand such that rotation of the motor causes the feed stock to be extruded out of the exit nozzle to form a three-dimensional object. The motor can be controlled using a variable speed control mechanism or first and second actuators, thereby controlling movement of the strand, for example, to advance or retract the strand relative to the nozzle assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: WOBBLEWORKS, INC.
    Inventors: Peter Dilworth, Maxwell Bogue
  • Patent number: 10046520
    Abstract: A powder application apparatus is provided for use in a device for manufacturing work pieces by exposing powder layers to electromagnetic radiation or particle radiation. The powder application apparatus comprises a first powder storage provided in a first part of the powder application apparatus and configured to receive and store raw material powder. The powder application apparatus further comprises a first powder supply channel provided in a second part of the powder application apparatus and configured to discharge raw material powder from the first powder storage onto a carrier located below the apparatus. A first channel opening/closing element is configured to be moved between a first position to allow the discharge of raw material powder from the first powder storage onto the carrier, and a second position in which the discharge of raw material powder from the first powder storage onto the carrier is presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: SLM SOLUTIONS GROUP AG
    Inventors: André Hermann, Andreas Wiesner, Dieter Schwarze
  • Patent number: 10046353
    Abstract: A microscale stamp for transfer printing includes (a) a stamp body comprising a shape memory polymer having a glass transition temperature (Tg) and (b) one or more protruding structures attached to a surface of the stamp body. The shape memory polymer comprises a deformable state at temperatures above Tg and a rigid state at temperatures below Tg. The one or more protruding structures comprise a material which is different from the shape memory polymer and which has a Young's modulus greater than a storage modulus of the shape memory polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
    Inventors: Seok Kim, Jeffrey D. Eisenhaure
  • Patent number: 10046393
    Abstract: A lamination molding apparatus capable of supplying a material powder steadily to a recoater head, is provided. A lamination molding apparatus including a chamber covering a desired molding region and being filled with an inert gas having a desired concentration; a recoater head moving in the chamber to supply a material powder on the molding region to form a material powder layer; and a material supplying unit to supply the material powder to the recoater head; wherein the recoater head includes a material holding section to hold the material powder; and a material discharging opening to discharge the material powder in the material holding section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Sodick Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shuji Okazaki, Tsuyoshi Saito
  • Patent number: 10046391
    Abstract: A die apparatus capable of removing powder adhering to cut surfaces so as to securely form a cavity in a desired shape includes divided dies reciprocatingly driven by sliders to comes into contact with one another so as to form a cavity. Punches are inserted into the cavity from above and below the cavity. Each divided die is provided with cut surfaces that come into contact with the other divided dies. A gas passage connected to a gas injection port that injects gas from the cut surface is formed in each divided die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: KOBAYASHI INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kiyomitsu Itou
  • Patent number: 10040254
    Abstract: An additive three-dimensional fabrication process is improved by controlling deposition rate to obtain surface textures or other surface features below the nominal processing resolution of fabrication hardware. Sub-resolution information may be obtained, for example, from express metadata (such as for surface texture), or by interpolating data from a source digital model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: MakerBot Industries, LLC
    Inventor: Adam G. Mayer
  • Patent number: 10040240
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for use in additively manufacturing a composite structure. The system may include a head having a nozzle configured to discharge a composite material, including a matrix and a continuous reinforcement. The system may also include a cure enhancer configured to enhance curing of the matrix, and a support configured to move the head during discharging to create a structure having a three-dimensional trajectory. The system may further include a cutting mechanism operatively mounted to at least one of the head and the support, and configured to sever the continuous reinforcement after discharge from the nozzle. The cutting mechanism may include a blade, and an ultrasonic energy source connected to the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: CC3D LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth Lyle Tyler, Trevor David Budge, Jeff Beebout
  • Patent number: 10040257
    Abstract: The invention relates to a molding device (1) for receiving fibers onto which a resin is injected, including a base (3), side plates (5) confining the base (3), and a cover (7) capable of engaging with a free end (9) of the side plates (5) in order to define an inner space (11) for receiving the fibers and the resin, wherein said device (1) comprises, in the inner space (11), a skin (21) that is configured to be complementary to the inner surface of the cover (7) and to at least a portion of the inner surface of the side plates (5). The invention also relates to a method for manufacturing a resin part using such a device (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: SOCIETE LORRAINE DE CONSTRUCTION AERONAUTIQUE
    Inventor: Olivier Patrigeon
  • Patent number: 10040233
    Abstract: An actuator (100) for a molding system (900) is disclosed. The actuator (100) includes a linear actuator (102). The linear actuator (102) is configured to move a payload (160) relative to a support structure (170). The linear actuator (102) is connectable to the support structure (170) and the payload (160). The actuator (100) also includes a first compensator (104). The first compensator (104) is configured to compensate for a relative misalignment between the linear actuator (102) and the payload (160). The actuator (100) further includes a second compensator (106). The second compensator (106) is configured to compensate for a relative misalignment between the linear actuator (102) and the support structure (170).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: HUSKY INJECTION MOLDING SYSTEMS LTD.
    Inventor: Joaquim Martins Nogueira
  • Patent number: 10035189
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for removing a canister 12 from a component 18 by forming an opening 30 in the canister wall thickness 14, 16 and introducing a pressurised fluid into the opening 14, 16 causing hydrostatic pressure build up between an internal canister surface 14 and the component 18, leading to the removal of the canister 12. This method and apparatus obviates the need to expend significant machining or chemical processing to remove the canister 12.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventors: John Harold Boswell, Daniel Clark
  • Patent number: 10029308
    Abstract: A lamination molding apparatus which can remove the non-sintered material powder after completion of lamination molding easily and with less time after completion of laminating/molding, is provided. According to embodiments of the present invention, a lamination molding apparatus to conduct lamination molding using a material powder, including: a chamber filled with an inert gas having a predetermined concentration; a molding table provided in the chamber, the molding table being capable of moving vertically; a powder retaining wall surrounding the molding table so as to retain the material powder supplied on the molding table; and a powder discharging section provided on or below the powder retaining wall, the powder discharging section being capable of discharging the material powder, is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Sodick Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shuichi Kawada, Katsutaka Muranaka, Shuji Okazaki