Patents Examined by Joseph S. Del Sole
  • Patent number: 11123924
    Abstract: A powder bed fusion apparatus for building an object in a layer-by-layer manner includes a build platform movable within a build sleeve to define a build volume, a layer formation device for forming layers of powder across the build volume in a working plane and an irradiation device for irradiating powder in the working plane to selectively fuse the powder. The powder bed fusion apparatus further includes a mechanical manipulator arranged to engage with the object and/or a build substrate, to which the object is attached, to tilt the object in a raised position above the working plane such that powder is freed from the object and deposited at a location above the working plane and/or into the build volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: RENISHAW PLC
    Inventors: David Roberts McMurtry, Christopher Sutcliffe, Robin Geoffrey Weston, Paul Campton, David John Whitton, David Beeby
  • Patent number: 11123923
    Abstract: A 3D printing device includes a printing substrate, a movable printing head configured for additively producing from a modelling material a component on the printing substrate, and a flexible printing space cover which, proceeding from the printing head, spans the printing substrate such that a closed printing space is formed between the printing head and the printing substrate, wherein a printing nozzle of the printing head for applying the modelling material protrudes into the printing space. A support structure of the device includes flexible support rods which run from the printing head to the printing substrate and which hold the printing space cover above the printing substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Johannes Born, Claus Fastert, Jorne Driezen
  • Patent number: 11123903
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a breast implant includes producing an elastic filler material including foam, by applying a source of gas bubbles to a silicone monomer to create a mixture. The mixture is inserted into a sealed chamber. After inserting the mixture, a pressure inside the sealed chamber is set to a first pressure, and a temperature of the mixture inside the sealed chamber is set to a first temperature. Then, following a preset time duration, the pressure is lowered to a second pressure that is lower than the first pressure, and after a given time, the temperature is lowered to a second temperature that is lower than the first temperature. A flexible shell, configured for implantation within a breast of a human subject, is filled with the elastic filler material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Inventors: Yehuda Algawi, Assaf Govari
  • Patent number: 11123906
    Abstract: An injection moulding machine for producing fibre-reinforced plastic mouldings, having a closing unit and an injection unit, wherein the injection unit has a cylinder and a screw that can be rotated and displaced in the longitudinal direction in the cylinder, the screw having a backflow stop. In the cylinder, filling openings are provided for feeding in a plastic material to be melted and fibre material. To reduce fibre breakage and ensure good mixing, according to the invention a mixing part is provided downstream and/or upstream of the backflow stop, the mixing part being connected to the screw in a rotationally fixed manner for conjoint rotation therewith and having a cylindrical main body with drop-shaped mixing elements arranged thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Inventor: Maximilian Schadhauser
  • Patent number: 11117315
    Abstract: A carrier plate assembly for use in producing a three-dimensional object by bottom-up stereolithography includes: (a) an upper support; (b) an adhesion plate having a substantially flat planar lower adhesion surface, on which surface the three-dimensional object can be formed; (c) at least one energy absorber interconnecting the upper support and the adhesion plate; and (d) a carrier lock portion connected to the upper support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Carbon, Inc.
    Inventors: Bob E. Feller, Gregory W. Dachs, II
  • Patent number: 11117319
    Abstract: A printing machine for fabricating high performance 3D integrated composite structures, where the machine includes a robot having a base portion, a robot arm and an end joint secured to the arm opposite to the base portion, a plurality of sources of extrudable material, and an end-effector mounted to the end joint. The end-effector includes a multiple-extruder module having a first extruder and a second extruder each including a separate nozzle assembly, wherein the first extruder receives one extrudable material and the second extruder receives another extrudable material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Inventors: Eric G. Barnes, Pedro A. Gonzalez, Todd L. Szallay, Steven J. Floyd, Sung S. Park, Brett G. Morham, Cody J. Brown, Reese R. Allen, Ryan L. Bischoff
  • Patent number: 11110669
    Abstract: A formed article of a fiber-reinforced resin material is provided. The fiber-reinforced resin material is obtained by impregnating a plurality of stacked fiber layers with a resin. The formed article contains a first portion and a second portion formed to have a deep-drawn shape with respect to the first portion. The second portion contains a gradually changing portion with its thickness gradually changing, and the thickness of the gradually changing portion decreases with distance from the first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshihide Yuza
  • Patent number: 11110420
    Abstract: The invention relates to a fluidised bed system (1) comprising a plurality of granulation units (2), arranged so as to be functionally parallel, for producing pharmaceutical granules, each granulation unit (2) comprising: a fluidised bed container (3), an inlet (4) and an outlet (5) on said fluidised bed container (3), a fluid supply (6) and a fluid discharge (7) on said fluidised bed container (3), and at least one injection nozzle (8) for injecting a processing substance into the fluidised bed container (3), as well as a control unit for adjusting processing conditions within each granulation unit (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Hüttlin GmbH
    Inventors: Bernd Wolpensinger, Christian Karl Paasche, Marc Michaelis, Matthias Boerner, Norbert Zerrer
  • Patent number: 11110633
    Abstract: An in-mold lid closing apparatus includes a lid engagement member, a first actuation assembly connected to a first portion of the lid engagement member, a second actuation assembly connected to a second opposing portion of the lid engagement member, and a controller disposed in electrical communication with the first actuation assembly and the second actuation assembly. The controller is configured to transmit a first drive signal to the first actuation assembly and a second drive signal to the second actuation assembly to drive one of a linear position and a rotational position of the lid engagement member and to adjust at least one of the first drive signal and the second drive signal based upon a first feedback signal received from the first actuation assembly and a second feedback signal received from the second actuation assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Nypromold Inc.
    Inventor: Tuan H. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 11110519
    Abstract: A metal three-dimensional printer, a printing method, and a three-dimensional printing material. The three-dimensional printer includes a printing head, a heating apparatus, a printing platform, and a sintering shaping chamber. The printing method includes a preliminary shaping step and a sintering step. The heating apparatus heats the three-dimensional printing material. A heating temperature of the heating apparatus is 50° C. to 300° C., and a binder bonds metal powder at 50° C. to 300° C., and the three-dimensional printing material is extruded onto the printing platform to form a preliminary cured object. In the sintering step, the preliminary cured object is sintered and cured into a shaped object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Inventors: Leungmui Ho, Kinkeung So, Yonggang He
  • Patent number: 11110696
    Abstract: A color 3D printer and its method of use are disclosed. The color 3D printer uses a number of chambers to dye a filament to a given color. This colored filament is then extruded, pursuant to an associated 3D model of an object, to produce varying colored physical objects, on demand, with the use of a single filament and a single print head. Further, the color 3D printer features a waste management apparatus which provides a number of ways to dispose of waste fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: R3 Printing, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Sieradzki, Daniel Downs
  • Patent number: 11104051
    Abstract: Provided is a molding machine including a mold opening/closing mechanism configured to move a movable platen to be attached with a movable mold to a stationary platen to be attached with a stationary mold, and a clamping mechanism to perform a clamping process, and is intended to suppress machine cost or ensure the mold opening/closing speed. The molding machine includes the mold opening/closing mechanism configured to move the movable platen to be attached with the movable mold to the stationary platen to be attached with the stationary mold, and the clamping mechanism configured to perform a clamping process. The mold opening/closing mechanism includes at least two ball screws, at least two electric motors that respectively drive the ball screws, and a ball screw nut into which each of the ball screws is inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventors: Shizuo Jinno, Hisanaga Tajima, Shinji Hayashi, Hiroki Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 11103924
    Abstract: The invention relates to a powder press, comprising a tool structure, which has a conical substructure having lower rams nested in each other, wherein each lower ram has a longitudinal extent, in particular a cylindrical longitudinal extent, which is guided in a die, wherein, in the case of at least two longitudinal extents of the lower rams, each longitudinal extent is adjoined by a conical enlargement, wherein the conical enlargements can be guided in each other, wherein the region of the conical enlargement has an inner wall and an outer wall, which expand conically and which are preferably longer than the longitudinal extent. The invention further relates to a method for operating a powder press and to a computer program product having computer program code means that can be executed on a computer system in order to perform the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: GKN Sinter Metals Engineering GmbH
    Inventors: Rainer Schmitt, Eberhard Ernst
  • Patent number: 11104060
    Abstract: A long sheet may travel lengthwise through a fabrication system. The sheet may be much longer than it is wide or high. One or more objects that are being fabricated may be attached to the sheet. The sheet may move, step by step, through a vat of liquid photopolymer while a digital micromirror device projects a sequence of images unto a surface of the liquid. At each step, a projected light image may cure liquid photopolymer, thereby producing solid, cured polymer that becomes part of an object being fabricated. The sheet may be included in the final fabricated object, or may be a sacrificial material that is removed from the final fabricated object. Alternatively, the sheet may be in the shape of a loop. Or, the sheet may be detached from the final fabricated object and then fed through the system again.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventors: Jifei Ou, Fabian Neumann
  • Patent number: 11104044
    Abstract: Provided is a rotating assembly. The rotating assembly is for forming a microstructure, and comprises: a rotating body rotatable about a rotary shaft; a first support member installed on the rotating body so as to be spaced apart from the rotational shaft and having a predetermined viscous composition disposed on an outer surface thereof; and a fluid communicating portion for communicating the inside and the outside of the rotating body, wherein when the rotating body rotates, the viscous composition is pulled in a radially outward direction of the rotary shaft, and the pulled viscous composition is cured through the fluid communicating portion, thereby forming a microstructure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: JUVIC INC.
    Inventors: Hyung Il Jung, Hui Suk Yang
  • 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: 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: 11104070
    Abstract: A 3D printing head, a 3D printing device and a control method of the 3D printing head are provided. The 3D printing head includes a feeding pipe, provided with an opening at its bottom; a shutter, disposed at the opening and slidably connected to the bottom, where the opening includes a region occluded by the shutter and a region not occluded by the shutter, and the region not occluded by the shutter forms a discharge port of the 3D printing head, where the discharge port includes a first end and a second end, and the first end and the second end define a length of the discharge port; and a drive apparatus, used to drive the shutter sliding at the opening to adjust the length of the discharge port. The 3D printing head makes it possible to take both printing efficiency and printing accuracy into account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventor: Weidong Huang
  • 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: 11104121
    Abstract: A method of selecting a scanning sequence of a laser beam in a selective laser solidification process, in which one or more objects are formed layer-by-layer by repeatedly depositing a layer of powder on a powder bed and scanning the laser beam over the deposited powder to selectively solidify at least part of the powder layers, includes determining an order in which areas should be scanned by: projecting a debris fallout zone that would be created when solidifying each area based on a gas flow direction of a gas flow passed over the powder bed; determining whether one or more other areas to be solidified fall within the debris fallout zone; and selecting to solidify the one or more other areas that fall within the debris fallout zone before solidifying the area from which the debris fallout zone has been projected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: RENISHAW PLC
    Inventor: Ben Ian Ferrar