Patents Examined by Larry W Thrower
  • Patent number: 10925692
    Abstract: Provided herein are crosslinked polymers useful in orthodontic appliances and light polymerizable liquid compositions and formulations useful for making crosslinked polymers. Also provided are methods of making an orthodontic appliance comprising a cross-linked polymer formed by a direct fabrication technique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: ALIGN TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Yan Chen, Chunhua Li, Srinivas Kaza, Neil Brian Cramer, Mary Catherine Berard
  • Patent number: 10925693
    Abstract: Provided herein are crosslinked polymers useful in orthodontic appliances and light polymerizable liquid compositions and formulations useful for making crosslinked polymers. Also provided are methods of making an orthodontic appliance comprising a cross-linked polymer formed by a direct fabrication technique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: ALIGN TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Yan Chen, Chunhua Li, Srinivas Kaza, Neil Brian Cramer, Mary Catherine Berard
  • Patent number: 10920037
    Abstract: Thermally conductive polymer (TCP) resin compositions are described, comprising components (X) and (Y): 90 to 99.9% component (X) comprising components (I) and (II): 60 to 85% matrix polymer (I) comprising styrenic polymers (F) selected from: ABS resins, ASA resins, and elastomeric block copolymers of the structure (S—(B/S))n—S; 15 to 40% thermally conductive filler material (II) (D50 1 to 200 ???), consisting of a ceramic material and/or graphite; 0.1 to 10% chemical foaming agent (Y). Shaped articles made thereof can be used for automotive applications, as a heat sink for high performance electronics, LED sockets or electrical and electronic housings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: INEOS STYROLUTION GROUP GMBH
    Inventors: Tobias Schulz, Norbert Niessner, Gisbert Michels, Hans-Werner Schmidt, Tristan Kolb
  • Patent number: 10919990
    Abstract: Disclosed is a latex composition for dip-molding and a dip-molded article produced therefrom. More specifically, a dip-molded article having slow syneresis, less stickiness and superior tensile strength is produce by dip-molding of a carbonic acid-modified nitrile-based copolymer latex having increased molecular stability due to the combined use of alkenylsuccinate, which is an emulsifier crosslinkable with the latex and having a flexible molecular structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventors: Seung Hun Yang, Seung Uk Yeu, Jung Su Han, Jung Eun Kim
  • Patent number: 10912351
    Abstract: A method of forming a printed structure is disclosed. The method may include printing layers of a printed structure and incorporating an element within the printed structure. The element may be removed in order to form tunnels within the printed structure. In some embodiments the element may be removed and reused in the formation of additional printed structures. The element may also be retained to form a composite printed structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd W. Miller, Yoav Sterman
  • Patent number: 10913210
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a composite vessel assembly includes the step of placing the composite vessel assembly in a pliable containment prior to curing of a resin of the composite vessel assembly. With the composite vessel assembly in the pliable containment, a vacuum is applied through an orifice in the pliable containment to evacuate air and compact the composite vessel assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: RAYTHEON TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Wenping Zhao, Ellen Y. Sun
  • Patent number: 10913193
    Abstract: A description is given of a component (1) having at least one area of plastic (3, 21), which extends with the surface (32) thereof that is facing a front side (28) along a reference plane (22). The component is characterized in that, in this area of plastic (3, 21), the wall of plastic (27) has a wall thickness (d) in the range of 0.2-5 mm, in this area of plastic (3, 21) there is formed a continuous two-dimensional grid (30) of channel-shaped depressions (6), in which depressions (6) the wall of plastic (27), while keeping substantially the same wall thickness (d), is offset out of the reference plane (22) by an offset (v) and, perpendicularly to the reference plane (22), in the depressions (6) the offset (v) lies in the range of 1.5 to 5 times the wall thickness (d) from the reference plane (22) to the surface (32) of the rear side (29), wherein the grid (30) forms a pattern comprising a multiplicity of grid cells (31) recurring in two directions of the reference plane (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: ADVAL TECH HOLDING AG
    Inventor: Markus Göbel
  • Patent number: 10908576
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for use in additively manufacturing a structure. The system may include an additive manufacturing machine, a memory having computer-executable instructions stored thereon, and a processor. The processor may be configured to execute the computer-executable instructions to cause the additive manufacturing machine to discharge a path of composite material, including a continuous fiber and a matrix at least partially coating the continuous fiber. The processor may also be configured to execute the computer-executable instructions to monitor an energy level within the continuous fiber during discharging, to make a determination that the continuous fiber has lost continuity based on a reduction in the energy level, and to selectively interrupt the discharging based on the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Continuous Composites inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Tyler, Ryan C. Stockett, Blake L. Alfson
  • Patent number: 10906228
    Abstract: A formulation for producing a polymeric material including polypropylene, a chemical blowing agent, and optional components as described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventors: David Dezhou Sun, Philip A. Driskill, Rolland Strasser
  • Patent number: 10907032
    Abstract: Boron nitride nanotube (BNNT)-polyimide (PI) and poly-xylene (PX) nano-composites, in the form of thin films, powder, and mats may be useful as layers in electronic circuits, windows, membranes, and coatings. The processes described chemical vapor deposition (CVD) processes for coating the BNNTs with polymeric material, specifically PI and PX. The processes rely on surface adsorption of polymeric material onto BNNTs as to modify their surface properties or create a uniform dispersion of polymer around nanotubes. The resulting functionalized BNNTs have numerous valuable applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: BNNT, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas G. Dushatinski, Diego Pedrazzoli, R. Roy Whitney
  • Patent number: 10906016
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the field of manufacturing nanoparticles, and specifically to a method for manufacturing diamond nanoparticles, or nanodiamonds, by detonation at least one explosive charge, wherein said at least one explosive charge is nanostructured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignees: ISL—Institut Franco-allemand de recherches de Saint-Louis, CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIQUE (C.N.R.S.)
    Inventors: Denis Spitzer, Vincent Pichot, Benedikt Risse
  • Patent number: 10899080
    Abstract: A generative process for the manufacture of three-dimensional mouldings is characterized by constructing the moulding stepwise by site-specific delivery of a structure-forming material in liquid form, where a second material is additionally delivered as a supportive material into regions which are intended to remain free from the structure-forming material, and is removed once the structure-forming material has been solidified. The supportive material exhibits low shrinkage upon cooling and is particularly stable in the cooled state and further exhibits low surface roughness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: WACKER CHEMIE AG
    Inventors: Torsten Gottschalk-Gaudig, Siegfried Dormeier
  • Patent number: 10903058
    Abstract: Apparatus for treating the surface of objects with plasma, having: an enclosure; a means for placing this enclosure under vacuum; a zone for storing objects to be treated, which is called the upstream storing zone; a zone for storing treated objects, which is called the downstream storing zone; at least two plasma treatment chambers having a means for injecting an active gas mixture, a means for creating an electrical discharge and a means for confining the plasma to the volume inside the chamber; and a means for transferring between the storing zones and the chambers, characterized in that the transferring means are conveying means defining a conveying direction, and in that the various chambers are placed one behind the other, in the conveying direction, and in that the atmospheres of the various plasma treatment chambers are not hermetically sealed off from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: COATING PLASMA INDUSTRIE
    Inventor: Jocelyn Viard
  • Patent number: 10894354
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for additive manufacturing using stereolithography (“SLA”) materials. The apparatus includes a platform for holding an assembly of SLA resin layers. The apparatus also includes a platform for holding an assembly of SLA resin layers. The apparatus also includes a first movable stage for depositing and curing a portion of the liquid SLA resin on the platform, forming a pattern of cured SLA resin. The apparatus also includes a second movable stage for depositing a low-viscosity non-SLA material in voids in the pattern of cured SLA resin. The apparatus also includes a cooler for cooling the low-viscosity non-SLA material below its freezing point until solidified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
    Inventors: Yong Chen, Jie Jin
  • Patent number: 10890380
    Abstract: A replacement product for a portion of a castable refractory surface contains a precast refractory piece with accommodation for an adjustable positioning structure for conforming the working surface of the precast refractory piece to the castable refractory surface. A process for installing the precast refractory piece includes positioning the precast refractory piece with respect to the castable refractory surface, and introducing castable material into an interface volume between the precast refractory piece and the castable refractory surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: VESUVIUS USA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joshua Thibodeau, Elwood Rothrock, Vincent A. Nelson
  • Patent number: 10882255
    Abstract: A method for the production of an object by additive manufacturing includes inputting a boundary shape and desired mechanical properties for said object, subdividing said boundary shape into a plurality of adjacent work cells, providing a plurality of lattices in a database, each lattice of the database including a geometry and a mechanical property, filling a first one of said work cells with a lattice from the database, the lattice selected based on the correspondence of the mechanical properties of said lattice to said desired mechanical properties of said object, filling the remaining ones of said work cells with lattices from said database to produce a filled boundary shape, each said lattice selected based on: the correspondence of the mechanical properties of said lattice to the desired mechanical properties of the object, and the compatibility of adjacent lattices in adjacent work cells with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Carbon, Inc.
    Inventors: Hardik Kabaria, Aidan Kurtz
  • Patent number: 10875222
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing a plastic molded part (1), comprising the steps of: a) providing a first decorative film (11), which at least partially has an opaque coating (112); b) introducing at least one decorative element of a decoration into the first decorative film (11) by machining using a machining tool; c) providing a second decorative film (12); d) placing the decorative films (11, 12) into an injection mold (2) having a first (21) and second mold half (22), which together form a cavity (23) for molding the plastic molded part (1), the first decorative film (11) being placed on a first wall (22f) of the cavity (23) and the second decorative film (12) on a second wall (21f) of the cavity (23) lying opposite the first wall (22f); e) back-injecting the decorative films (11, 12) with a polymer melt, so that the first decorative film (11) forms a first surface and the second decorative film (12) forms a second surface of the plastic molded part (1) opposite the first surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: LEONHARD KURZ Stiftung & Co. KG
    Inventors: Klaus Deckert, Martin Hahn
  • Patent number: 10875243
    Abstract: Systems and methods for a robotic fabrication and assembly platform providing a plurality of printable materials for fabrication of a three-dimensional object are provided. A method includes activating a pneumatic actuator to extend a quick-change turret from a pneumatic seal. The method may insert a plurality of barrels into the quick-change turret. The method may also align one of the plurality of barrels with a pneumatic seal in the quick-change turret. The method may also disengage the pneumatic actuator to seat the aligned barrel onto the pneumatic seal and print a three-dimensional object. The method may further halt the printing of the three-dimensional object prior to completion and engage the pneumatic actuator to extend the quick-change turret from the pneumatic seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Advanced Solutions Life Sciences, LLC
    Inventor: Scott Douglas Cambron
  • Patent number: 10864655
    Abstract: Manufactures, methods and apparatus are provided through which in some implementations a structural cellular lightweight concrete comprises a concrete mixture that is no more than 65% by volume of the manufacture of structural cellular lightweight concrete, the concrete mixture including concrete conforming to the requirements of ASTM C33; foam that has a density of at least 5 lbs/ft3, having high stability characteristics, and having a closed cell bubble structure; mix water being potable and free of contamination or deleterious materials; and Portland cement conforming to ASTM C150, the Portland cement being Type I, Type III or White Portland cement, and at least 35% air by volume of the manufacture of structural cellular lightweight concrete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Tag Endeavors Inc.
    Inventors: Tami Ashley, James Ashley
  • Patent number: 10864666
    Abstract: An encapsulation method of electronic components comprises steps as follows: preparing electronic components with cylindrical bodies wherein a cylindrical body has front and rear ends made of metals and a middle end made of ceramics and the front end or the rear end features an outer diameter greater than the middle end of the cylindrical body; preparing a mould consisting of upper and lower moulds; encasing the cylindrical bodies inside the upper and lower moulds, injecting heated and softened protective materials into the mould in which protective materials as protective layers are coated on the cylindrical bodies; injecting the cylindrical bodies removed from the upper and lower moulds into a roller in which excessive protective layers on the front and rear ends of the cylindrical bodies are de-coated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: WALSIN TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kao-Yuan Wang, Nai-Chuan Chuang, Shih-Long Wei