Patents Examined by Lawrence D Hohenbrink, Jr.
  • 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: 10040239
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include the formation of a manufacturing part by a process in which three-dimensional patterns of excitation are produced in a bulk material, and the three-dimensional patterns intersect to cause interference. The interference is used to perform physical or chemical conversion of the bulk material into an article of manufacture having a geometry corresponding to a three-dimensional projection produced from the intersection of the three-dimensional patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP
    Inventor: Alfred E. Brown, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10035339
    Abstract: Laser conversion of multilayer optical film bodies comprising polyester and polycarbonate materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Pingfan Wu, Edward J. Woo, Ian R. Owen, Bruce E. Tait, Frederick P. LaPlant, Patrick R. Fleming
  • Patent number: 10029425
    Abstract: A sterilizable container for accommodating at least one of at least one biologically active fluid and at least one preparatory fluid has an area within the container configured to accommodate at least one sterilizable three-dimensional printer assembly. The sterilizable three-dimensional printer assembly includes at least one printing platform; at least one printer head for dispensing structural material onto the at least one printing platform to form thereon a three-dimensional structure; and a moving mechanism for providing a relative displacement between the at least one printer head and the at least one printing platform. The area is configured so that the fluid can reach the printer assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Sartorius Stedim Biotech GmbH
    Inventor: Frank Maggiore
  • Patent number: 10026930
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a display apparatus includes forming a flexible substrate on a first surface of a carrier substrate, forming a display device on the flexible substrate, and ablating the carrier substrate by radiating a plurality of laser beams on a second surface of the carrier substrate, the second surface being opposite the first surface, such that the plurality of laser beams is incident on the second surface at different angles, passes through the carrier substrate, and is overlappingly focused on a first region of a boundary surface between the carrier substrate and the flexible substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yukinori Asakawa
  • Patent number: 10022913
    Abstract: A cartridge (1) for a stereolithography machine, comprising: a container (2) provided with an access opening (3) and with a transparent bottom (4) opposite the access opening (3); a reservoir (5) suited to contain a liquid or pasty base material, unremovably associated with the container (2); valve means (6) suited to allow the passage of the base material from the reservoir (5) to the container (2), configured to open when the difference between the pressure present in the reservoir (5) and the pressure present in the container (2) is at least equal to a predefined value and to close spontaneously when the pressure difference is lower than the predefined value, the reservoir (5) comprising tight connection means (7) for connection to an external air feeding device (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventor: Ettore Maurizio Costabeber
  • Patent number: 10016312
    Abstract: A method of treating a web includes directing the web toward an apparatus having a first roller and a second roller together defining a nip. The first roller is rotated in a first direction and includes two ends, a length extending between the two ends, a raised area adapted to treat the web, and a bearer ring. The bearer ring extends around the circumference of the first roller and is disposed at a location between and spaced from the ends of the first roller. The second roller of the apparatus is rotated in a second direction opposite to the first direction. The web is fed to the nip of the apparatus such that the web is contacted by the raised area on the first roller to treat the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventor: Michael Lee Lohoff
  • Patent number: 10005227
    Abstract: A 3-D printer includes a development station positioned to electrostatically transfer layers of material to an intermediate transfer surface, and a transfuse station adjacent the intermediate transfer surface. The transfuse station is positioned to receive the layers as the intermediate transfer surface moves past the transfuse station. Also, a platen is included that moves relative to the intermediate transfer surface. The intermediate transfer surface transfers a layer of the material to the platen each time the platen contacts one of the layers on the intermediate transfer surface at the transfuse station to successively form a freestanding stack of the layers on the platen. A curing station is positioned to apply ultraviolet light to each layer, after each layer is transferred from the transfuse station to the platen. The curing station selectively applies the ultraviolet light to crosslink polymers only in a portion of the material within the layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: John S. Facci, David C. Craig, Varun Sambhy, Eliud Robles Flores, David S. Derleth
  • Patent number: 10005230
    Abstract: 3-D printers include an intermediate transfer surface that transfers a layer of material to a platen each time the platen contacts the intermediate transfer surface to successively form a freestanding stack of layers of the material on the platen. A sensor detects the thickness of the layer on the platen after a fusing station fuses the layer. A feedback loop is electrically connected to the sensor and a development station (that includes a photoreceptor, a charging station providing a static charge to the photoreceptor, a laser device exposing the photoreceptor, and a development device supplying the material to the photoreceptor). The development station adjusts the transfer bias of the development device, based on a layer thickness measurement from the sensor through the feedback loop, to control the thickness of subsequent ones of the layers transferred from the intermediate transfer surface to the freestanding stack on the platen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Jorge A. Alvarez, Michael F. Zona, William J. Nowak, Robert A. Clark, Chu-heng Liu, Paul J. McConville
  • Patent number: 10000051
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a three-dimensional object facilitates removal of the three-dimensional object from the platen on which the object was formed. The method includes rotating the platen from a horizontally level position to a position at an angle to the level position to enable gravity to urge the three-dimensional object away from the platen and inductively heating the platen to melt support material at the boundary of the object and the platen to release the three-dimensional object from the platen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Paul M. Fromm, Jeffrey J. Bradway, Timothy J. Clark, Jorge M. Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 9994664
    Abstract: An underwater pelletizing method for pelletizing brittle hydrocarbon resins with low melt viscosity. A feed material comprising the hydrocarbon resin is formed into a melt, extruded through a die into a water bath below the Tg of the hydrocarbon resin to form a plurality of extrudates and cut adjacent the die surface to form a slurry of resin pellets. A graft monomer and/or other reactants, such as a hydrosilylation agent, may be introduced into the resin melt to chemically modify the hydrocarbon resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Eugene R. Uhl, Edward J. Blok, Dennis Kumor, Randal H. Kerstetter, III, Ronald DeYoung
  • Patent number: 9987463
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a catheter shaft includes the steps of forming an inner layer of a first polymeric material, forming a plait matrix layer including a second polymeric material about the inner layer, and forming an outer layer of a third polymeric material about the plait matrix layer. The plait matrix layer includes a braided wire mesh partially or fully embedded within the second polymeric material, which is different from at least one of the first polymeric material forming the inner layer and the third polymeric material forming the outer layer. The second polymeric material has a higher yield strain and/or a lower hardness than at least the first polymeric material, and preferably both the first and the third polymeric materials. The first polymeric material and the third polymeric material may be different or the same. The catheter shaft may be formed by stepwise extrusion, co-extrusion, and/or reflow processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Atrial Fibrillation Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaoping Guo, Richard E. Stehr
  • Patent number: 9987799
    Abstract: A curing device includes a curing platform having at least one curing component arranged on a surface of the curing platform facing a print direction and at least one actuator connecting the curing platform to a dispensing tip. A three dimensional printing system includes a reservoir of curable material, a dispensing tip connected to the reservoir, a curing platform surrounding the dispensing tip, the curing platform having at least one curing component arranged on a surface of the curing platform facing a print direction, and at least one actuator connecting the curing platform to the dispensing tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: PALO ALTO RESEARCH CENTER INCORPORATED
    Inventor: David Mathew Johnson
  • Patent number: 9969110
    Abstract: A process of making a wear-resistant actuating lever is disclosed. The wear-resistant actuating lever includes a lever body made of metal and an integrally molded cover layer made of a polytetrafluoroethylene-based material. The lever body includes a head segment having an upper major surface, a cam-forming surface, a through hole, and at least one upper concavity formed in the upper major surface. The integrally molded cover layer covers on the head segment and is molded thereon using plastic injection molding, and includes an upper portion covering an upper major surface, a cam portion covering a cam-forming surface, and an upper protuberance portion in the upper concavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventors: Waterson Chen, Chien-Chu Chen
  • Patent number: 9956725
    Abstract: Various embodiments related to three dimensional printers, and reinforced filaments, and their methods of use are described. In one embodiment, a void free reinforced filament is fed into an conduit nozzle. The reinforced filament includes a core, which may be continuous or semi-continuous, and a matrix material surrounding the core. The reinforced filament is heated to a temperature greater than a melting temperature of the matrix material and less than a melting temperature of the core prior to applying the filament from the conduit nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: MARKFORGED, INC.
    Inventors: Gregory Thomas Mark, Antoni S. Gozdz
  • Patent number: 9950463
    Abstract: An imprinting device capable of realizing uniform transfer regardless of the thickness of a substrate includes a stage having a placement area for placing a substrate to which a transferred object is applied, a thin-plate mold with flexibility having a fine pattern on a first surface facing the placement area of the stage, which is held with a predetermined tension and a pressing roll which can press a second surface opposite to the first surface of the mold, in which the stage has plural adsorption holes around the placement area, and the adsorption holes start adsorption in synchronization with movement of the pressing roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akihiro Ishikawa, Teppei Iwase, Toshihiko Wada
  • Patent number: 9944504
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a mold drum for molding products from a mass of food starting material. The mold drum comprises one or more cavities with a mold cavity wall having at least partially a porous structure, whereas each cavity is connected to a passage. The present invention further relates to a cleaning apparatus for the inventive mold drum with supporting means for supporting the axis of the drum. Additionally, the present invention relates to a process for cleaning the inventive drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: GEA FOOD SOLUTIONS BAKEL B.V.
    Inventor: Hendrikus Petrus Gerardus Van Gerwen
  • Patent number: 9937673
    Abstract: A method of repairing a conduit includes generating, from a sensor, a signal representative of an unmanufactured opening in the conduit. The conduit includes a liner material positioned therein. The liner material is operatively engaged to the sensor. The method also includes sealing the unmanufactured opening using the liner material upon generation of the signal by the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Charles L. Oakes, III, Jordan Newmark, Bradly Jay Billman
  • Patent number: 9914292
    Abstract: Disclosed is an additive manufacturing device that facilitates the manufacturing of relatively large 3D objects at a short time. The device uses radiation-curable resin and radiation curing system. Layer shaping members are disclosed to provide both for shorter manufacturing time of an object, minimizing waste of resin and reduction of weight. Curing radiation sources are also designed to minimizing waste of resin and manufacturing time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: MASSIVIT 3D PRINTING TECHNOLOGIES LTD
    Inventors: Igor Yakubov, Moshe Uzan
  • Patent number: 9902112
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for making a three-dimensional object from a solidifiable material using a linear solidification device with a vacuum blade is shown and described. In certain examples, the vacuum blade travels at a fixed distance relative to the linear solidification device as the linear solidification device travels along a travel axis. In other examples, the linear solidification device and the vacuum blade travel along the travel axis independently of one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Global Filtration Systems
    Inventors: Ali El-Siblani, Alexandr Shkolnik