Patents Examined by Larry Thrower
  • Patent number: 10118325
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a vehicle trim component is provided that includes disposing a fiber panel onto a first surface of a mold cavity. The method also includes compressing the fiber panel between the first surface and a second surface of the mold cavity to form the fiber panel into a desired shape. The method further includes injecting resin into the mold cavity to fill at least one void between the first surface and the second surface adjacent to the fiber panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Shanghai Yanfeng Jinqiao Automotive Trim Systems Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Bart W. Fox, Jeffrey A. Deyoung, Tony M. Pokorzynski
  • Patent number: 10112317
    Abstract: A nanotube particle device for two dimensional and three dimensional printing or additive/subtractive manufacturing. The nanotube particle device comprising a nanotube, a particle shooter, a positioning mechanism, and a detection sensor. The particle shooter shoots a particle down the nanotube towards a target, the detection sensor senses the collision of the particle with the target, and the positioning mechanism re-adjusts the positioning of the nanotube based on the results of the collision. A method for aiming the particle shooter and additive/subtractive manufacturing are also disclosed and described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventors: Wayne R. Howe, Jeffrey H. Hunt, Angela W. Li, Dennis L. Coad
  • Patent number: 10105879
    Abstract: A method of at least partially sealing surfaces of a body of a cellular foam, preferably comprising polyethylene terephthalate, the cellular foam having an initial compression strength, the method comprising the steps of: providing a body of an cellular foam comprising polyethylene terephthalate, the body having opposite surfaces; disposing the body between first pressure elements; in a first pressure applying step at a first temperature above 100° C., applying a first compression pressure to the opposite surfaces by the first pressure elements, the first compression pressure being less than 10% of the initial compression strength; disposing the pressed body between second pressure elements; and in a second pressure applying step at a second temperature at least 25° C. lower than the first temperature, applying a second compression pressure to the opposite surfaces, the second compression pressure being less than 15% of the initial compression strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Gurit (UK) Ltd.
    Inventor: Bernard Lavoie
  • Patent number: 10087558
    Abstract: A carbon fiber manufacturing method with which high quality carbon fibers can be obtained. The carbon fiber manufacturing method includes introducing carbon fiber precursor fiber bundles that have been spread in sheet form into a flameproofing furnace, flameproofing the carbon fiber precursor fiber bundles introduced into the flameproofing furnace in a temperature range of 200° C. to 300° C., introducing the flameproofed fiber bundles obtained from the flameproofing treatment into a carbonization furnace, and carbonizing the flameproofed fiber bundles introduced into the carbonization furnace in a temperature range of 300° C. to 2500° C. The flameproofing furnace includes a heat-treatment chamber and a sealing chamber adjacent thereto and discharges air from the sealing chamber to outside of the flameproofing furnace. The space velocity (SV) (1/h) of hot air blown from the heat-treatment chamber into the sealing chamber satisfies relationship: 80?SV?400.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
    Inventors: Akito Hatayama, Naoki Sugiura, Masahiro Hata
  • Patent number: 10072359
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an oil agent for carbon-fiber precursor acrylic fiber, including at least one type of compound selected from groups of a hydroxybenzoate (Compound A), a cyclohexanedicarboxylic acid (Compound B and C), a cyclohexanedimethanol and/or a cyclohexanediol and a fatty acid (Compound D and E) and an isophoronediisocyanate-aliphatic alcohol adduct (Compound F), an oil composition for carbon-fiber precursor acrylic fiber, a processed-oil solution for carbon-fiber precursor acrylic fiber, and a method for producing a carbon-fiber precursor acrylic fiber bundle, and a carbon-fiber bundle using the carbon-fiber precursor acrylic fiber bundle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
    Inventors: Hiromi Aso, Masaaki Tsuchihashi, Tetsuo Takano
  • Patent number: 10062900
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for producing a cathode foil of a lithium-containing battery, comprising: (i) provision of a dry, solvent-free composition which comprises polytetrafluoroethylene, an electrically conductive, electrochemically inactive carbon material and an electrochemically active cathode material, (ii) formation of at least partially fibrillated polytetrafluoroethylene by action of shear forces on the dry, solvent-free composition to give a fibrillated composition, (iii) forming of the fibrillated composition to give a cathode foil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventors: Jan Bruckner, Sebastian Tschocke, Holger Althues, Stefan Kaskel, Soren Thieme
  • Patent number: 10040944
    Abstract: Modification of polymer surface properties is disclosed by using a method comprising providing a liquid curable monomer formulation comprising a surface-active compound so that the surface active component is attracted to or repelled from at least a specific part of a master surface and is fixed in the polymer article upon curing. The method is carried out in one step and is thus simple and inexpensive to carry out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: MERCENE LABS AB
    Inventors: Gaspard Pardon, Tommy Haraldsson, Wouter Van Der Wijngaart
  • Patent number: 10017425
    Abstract: Methods and materials for forming in-situ features in a ceramic matrix composite component are described. The method of forming a ceramic matrix composite component with cooling features, comprises forming a preform tape, laying up said preform tape to a desired shape, placing a high-temperature resistant fugitive material insert of preselected geometry in the preform tape of the desired shape, compacting the preform tape of the desired shape, burning out the preform tape of the desired shape, melt infiltrating the desired shape, removing the high-temperature resistant insert to form the cooling features during one of the burning out or the melt infiltrating or following the burning out or the melt infiltrating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Michael Ray Tuertscher, Mark Eugene Noe, Glen Harold Kirby, Sheena Kum Foster Walker
  • Patent number: 10016926
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method of manufacturing a container in a blowing mold, the blown container (22; 72; 82) having a neck and a bottom aligned along a longitudinal axis (A) and being enclosed within a blowing mold (12; 70; 80), the blowing mold comprising two side halves (12a, 12b; 70a, 70b; 80a; 80b) which are in contact with each other along a joint plane (P) when the blowing mold is in a closed position, the blown container having at least one transverse dimension in a longitudinal cross-section including the longitudinal axis, characterized in that the method comprises a step of moving apart the two side halves (12a, 12b; 70a, 70b; 80a; 80b) of the blowing mold along a substantially transverse direction, the two side halves being moved apart from the joint plane (P) over an overall distance that is less than the greatest transverse dimension of the blown container and that enables extraction of the blown container from the blowing mold (12; 70; 80).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventor: Klaus Hartwig
  • Patent number: 10005206
    Abstract: A method for forming a cylindrical rubber member includes bringing a die 11 close to a forming drum 2, forming a winding start portion S1 by extruding a rubber S and simultaneously starting to rotate the forming drum 2 to gradually increase an extruding amount to an amount Q1 and gradually increase a distance between the die 11 and the forming drum 2 to a distance D2 corresponding to a desired thickness of the cylindrical rubber member, winding the rubber S by maintaining the extruding amount at the amount Q1, and maintaining the distance between the die 11 and the forming drum 2 at the distance D2, and forming a winding end portion S2 on the winding start portion S1 by maintaining the distance between the die 11 and the forming drum 2 at the distance D2 and gradually reducing the extruding amount from the amount Q1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: TOYO TIRE & RUBBER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takashi Kitamura
  • Patent number: 10001702
    Abstract: An imprinting apparatus that imprints a pattern on a resin on a substrate using a mold, includes a detector configured to detect a mold mark and a substrate mark, a driving unit configured to change relative positions of the mold and substrate, a curing unit configured to cure the resin, and a controller configured to control the detector, the driving unit, and the curing unit. The controller performs an alignment step of controlling the driving unit in accordance with the detected mold and substrate marks to perform alignment, a curing step of causing the curing unit to cure the resin in contact with the mold after the alignment step, and a detection step of causing the detector to detect the mold and substrate marks after the curing step to determine an amount of relative misalignment between the mold and the substrate after the resin has been cured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takashi Toshima, Tomokazu Taki
  • Patent number: 9993907
    Abstract: A method of fabricating a polishing pad includes determining a desired distribution of voids to be introduced within a polymer matrix of a polishing layer of the polishing pad. Electronic control signals configured to be read by a 3D printer are generated which specify the locations where a polymer matrix precursor is to be deposited, and specify the locations of the desired distribution of voids where no material is to be deposited. A plurality of layers of the polymer matrix corresponding to the plurality of the first locations is successfully deposited with the 3D printer. Each layer of the plurality of layers of polymer matrix is deposited by ejecting a polymer matrix precursor from a nozzle. The polymer matrix precursor is solidified to form a solidified polymer matrix having the desired distribution of voids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Laxman Murugesh, Kadthala Ramaya Narendrnath
  • Patent number: 9986999
    Abstract: A method for making an expanded, and optionally multi-component and/or colored PTFE monofilament is disclosed. The method includes forming a first paste by mixing a PTFE powder with a hydrocarbon solvent; forming an extrusion preform by pressing the first paste into a form; curing the extrusion preform by exposing the extrusion preform to a first temperature for a first time duration; forming a green monofilament by extruding the first paste through a die; expanding the green monofilament by exposing the green monofilament to a second temperature for a second time duration, the second time duration occurring after the first time duration; stretching the green monofilament substantially along a longitudinal axis of the green monofilament, the stretching the green monofilament occurring after the expanding the green monofilament; and sintering the green monofilament after the stretching the green monofilament.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Inventors: James R. Olson, Jiunn-Yow Chen, Dean Dinsmore, Jeffrey Wallace
  • Patent number: 9987784
    Abstract: A thermoplastic elastomer tube can include a thermoplastic elastomer component disposed within a matrix. In an embodiment, the thermoplastic elastomer component is disposed within the matrix in a thermoplastic elastomer phase having a number of domains. At least approximately 50% of the domains of the thermoplastic elastomer component have an aspect ratio of no greater than approximately 1.5. In a particular embodiment, the thermoplastic elastomer tube comprises at least approximately 20 wt % of the thermoplastic elastomer component and no greater than approximately 50 wt % of a polyolefin component. In some embodiments, the thermoplastic elastomer component includes styrene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Inventors: Sridhar Krishnamurthi Siddhamalli, Mark W. Simon, Steven Schrader, Todd E. Kundinger
  • Patent number: 9969116
    Abstract: A vessel is configured to hold a product in an interior region formed in the vessel. The vessel includes an inner layer arranged to define the interior region and an outer layer. The vessel is formed using a blow-molding process in which a multiple layer parison is blow molded to form the vessel. The multiple layer parison is formed in an extrusion process in which a number of extruders are arranged to co-extrude associated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Berry Plastics Corporation
    Inventors: David Dezhou Sun, Philip A Driskill, Jeffrey C Minnette, Birju A Surti, Anthony R Guarnera, Jonathan K Williams
  • Patent number: 9969129
    Abstract: The invention is a stereolithography machine (1) comprising: a container (2) for a fluid substance (15); a source (3) of predefined radiation (3a) suited to solidify the fluid substance (15); an optical unit (4) suited to direct the radiation (3a) towards a reference surface (5) in the fluid substance (15); a logic control unit (6) configured so as to control the optical unit (4) and/or the source (3) so as to expose a predefined portion of the reference surface (5). The optical unit (4) comprises two micro-opto-electro-mechanical systems (MOEMS) (7, 8) arranged in series, each one of which is provided with a mirror (9) associated with actuator means (12) suited to set it rotating around a rotation axis (X1, Y1), said two micro-opto-electro-mechanical systems (MOEMS) (7, 8) being arranged in such a way as to allow the radiation (3a) to be directed towards each point of the reference surface (5) through a corresponding combination of the rotations of the respective mirrors (9) around the two axes (X1, Y1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventor: Ettore Maurizio Costabeber
  • Patent number: 9957345
    Abstract: This application describes methods of forming an object. The methods described include flowing a polyhemiaminal (PHA), polyhexhydrotriazine (PHT), or polyoctatriazacane (POTA) precursor mixture to a nozzle of a 3D printer, heating the PHA, PHT, or POTA precursor to a temperature of at least 50° C., dispensing the PHA, PHT, or POTA precursor in a pattern; and, hardening the PHA, PHT, or POTA precursor into a polymer. The PHA and PHT polymers are formed by reacting a primary diamine with a formaldehyde-type reagent. The POTA polymer is formed by reacting a primary diamine with a formaldehyde-type reagent and formic acid. The objects formed using the methods described herein may be made of a single polymer, a single polymer type using multiple diamine monomers, or a mixture of PHA, PHT, and/or POTA polymers with different desired physical properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventors: Dylan J. Boday, Jeannette M. Garcia, James L. Hedrick, Alshakim Nelson, Rudy J. Wojtecki
  • Patent number: 9956081
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method of forming a polymer component and comprises blending polymer particles with antioxidant to form a mixture in which the antioxidant coats the polymer particles, irradiating the polymer particles to cross-link the polymer particles therein and forming the irradiated mixture into a consolidated component. The invention also relates to a method of forming an articular surface for a prosthesis and a prosthesis having a polymer articular bearing surface wherein at least one pre-determined portion of the bearing surface is provided with cross-linked polymer bonds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventor: Derek James Wallace McMinn
  • Patent number: 9950474
    Abstract: An additive manufacturing system and process for producing three-dimensional parts, which includes forming layers of the three-dimensional part from a part material at a first resolution, and ablating selected voxels of the formed layers with a laser beam at a second resolution that is higher than the first resolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Statasys, Inc.
    Inventor: J. Samuel Batchelder
  • Patent number: 9931781
    Abstract: A formulation for producing a polymeric material including polypropylene, a chemical blowing agent, and optional components as described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Berry Plastics Corporation
    Inventors: David Dezhou Sun, Philip A Driskill, Rolland Strasser