Patents Examined by Leo B. Tentoni
  • Patent number: 11155025
    Abstract: The combination of 3D printing technology plus the additional dimension of transformation over time of the printed object is referred to herein as 4D printing technology. Particular arrangements of the additive manufacturing material(s) used in the 3D printing process can create a printed 3D object that transforms over time from a first, printed shape to a second, predetermined shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Inventors: Skylar J. E. Tibbits, Daniel Dikovsky, Shai Hirsch
  • Patent number: 11149360
    Abstract: A method for making nonwoven fabric. The nonwoven fabric can include three-dimensional features that define a microzone comprising a first region and a second region. The first and second regions can have a difference in values for an intensive property. The nonwoven further has a plurality of apertures, wherein at least a portion of the aperture abuts at least one of the first region and the second region of the microzone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Arman Ashraf, Kelyn Anne Arora, Paul Thomas Weisman, Nathan Ray Whitely
  • Patent number: 11142850
    Abstract: A type of easy-to-dye porous modified polyester fibers and preparing method thereof are disclosed. The preparing method is using the modified polyester melt through a porous spinneret with FDY process; wherein the modified polyester is a product of an esterification and successive polycondensation reactions of an evenly mixed terephthalic acid, ethylene glycol, main chain silicated diol, 2,2,3,4,5,5-hexamethyl-3,4-hexanediol, and metal oxide doped Sb2O3 powder; wherein the main chain silicated diol is selected from the group consisting of dimethylsiloxane diol, dimethyldiphenyldisiloxane glycol and tetramethyldisiloxane diol. The structural formula of 2,2,3,4,5,5-hexamethyl-3,4-hexanediol is as follows: The dye uptake and the K/S value of the prepared easy-to-dye porous modified polyester fiber are high. This invention features a method with ease of application and a product with good dyeing performance and good quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Inventors: Xiaohua Sun, Aiqi Kang, Lili Wang
  • Patent number: 11142846
    Abstract: A continuous wire drive system for a needleless electrospinning apparatus, the electrospinning apparatus including an electrospinning enclosure and within which a nanoscale or submicron scale polymer fiber web is formed onto a substrate from a liquid polymer layer coated onto a plurality of continuous electrode wires passing through the electrospinning enclosure. The continuous wire drive system includes a master wire drive drum and a slave wire drive drum, each of the master wire drive drum and slave wire drive drum including a plurality of wire guides, each of the wire guides including a channel or groove for receiving one of the plurality of continuous electrode wires. The continuous wire drive system is external to the electrospinning apparatus, and the continuous wire drive system drives the plurality of continuous electrode wires through the electrospinning enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Inventors: Xuezhi Jin, Richard Peters, Evelyn Pearson
  • Patent number: 11142855
    Abstract: A fine fiber production method and a fine fiber production apparatus are provided. The fine fiber production method includes: discharging a flowable polymer compound from a discharge port provided at an extruder; forming fibers having a fiber diameter of from 50 nm to 15 ?m by spraying, in a direction intersecting with a discharge direction of the flowable polymer compound, a pressurized gas from an air nozzle to the discharged flowable polymer compound, the air nozzle including a temperature control member and a spindle-shaped nozzle or a De Laval nozzle; and collecting the fibers using a collection member provided downstream in a gas spraying direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Yamashin-Filter Corp.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Makino, Akihiro Saito
  • Patent number: 11136694
    Abstract: A multi-end monofilament production apparatus includes the following sequential process units along monofilaments flow direction: a vertical spinning machine comprising a spinneret and a distribution plate below the spinneret; a water bath for quenching spun monofilaments; a vacuum jet device for transferring monofilaments from the water bath; a steam jet able to provide superheated steam at a temperature within the range between 300° C. and 380° C. and at a pressure within the range between 4 bars and 5 bars; a drawing unit; and a monofilament winder for winding monofilaments at a speed exceeding 500 m/min. The present invention further proposes a method for multi-end monofilament yarn production.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Inventors: Erhan Kop, Emine Güven, Bülent Hindal, Murat Gökten
  • Patent number: 11136695
    Abstract: Nanofiber spinning apparatuses and methods for making core-sheath materials using touch spinning are provided. The apparatus includes at least one rotating plate with an aperture through which a core yarn passes and at least one post contacting the rotating plate. A speed control device can be configured to control rotation of the rotating plate, and a dispensing device can be configured to dispense a nanofiber-forming material onto the post. To make a core-sheath yarn a core yarn is passed through an aperture in a rotating plate having at least one post. The post is contacted with a nanofiber-forming material the rotating plate is rotated to draw a fiber of nanofiber-forming material from the post to wrap the fiber around the core yarn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: The University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc
    Inventors: Suraj Sharma, Darya Asheghali, Sergiy Minko, Nataraja Sekhar Yadavalli, Huipu Gao
  • Patent number: 11124898
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems, devices, and method for forming bicomponent or multicomponent nanofibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: 4C Air, Inc.
    Inventors: Qiqi Wang, Lei Liao, Yi Cui
  • Patent number: 11117312
    Abstract: Provided is the method for manufacturing a three-dimensional structure with a less amount of internal voids or bubbles, and also to provide a 3D printer filament used for manufacturing such three-dimensional structure. The method for manufacturing a three-dimensional structure, the method comprises melting and depositing a filament using a 3D printer, the filament comprising a commingled yarn that contains a continuous reinforcing fiber (A) and a continuous thermoplastic resin fiber (B), with a dispersity of the continuous reinforcing fiber (A) in the commingled yarn of 60 to 100%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Asami Nakai, Akio Ohtani, Hiroto Ito, Fumiya Hirano, Nobuki Hirooka, Nobuhiko Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 11109638
    Abstract: A method of making an orthotic is disclosed. The method includes the steps of taking measurements relating to a foot and then creating a digital representation of an orthotic on a display device based on said measurements. This digital representation of the orthotic having a heel portion for supporting a heel of a person and a distal portion located in front of the heel portion which can be divided into first and second distal portions. The thickness of the digital representation of the first and second distal portions is then varied such that one of the distal portions is thicker than the other. Finally, an additive manufacturing technique, using a substantially uniform material or materials, is used to create a physical version of the digital representation of the orthotic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Inventors: Iain Charlesworth, Chris Pluse, David Eardley, Leigh Wallace, Jari Pallari
  • Patent number: 11111982
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a tension member, in particular for use in a belt or in a belt segment, having the steps of: preparing a tension member which has a plurality of tension member strands and filling at least some of the intermediate spaces between the tension member strands with a filling material at least at one open end of the tension member, wherein the tension member remains free of the filling material toward the outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: ContiTech Transportbandsysteme GmbH
    Inventors: Achim Huels, Michael Moeschen-Siekmann
  • Patent number: 11111359
    Abstract: A method of forming a low-density three-dimensional article is provided. The method includes printing a low-density composition on a substrate to form at least one layer comprising the low-density composition. The low-density composition includes a (P) polymer component and (M) a microsphere component in a ratio by volume (P):(M). The method also includes selectively controlling a density of the low-density composition during printing to give the at least one layer on the substrate. Selectively controlling the density of the low-density composition includes varying the ratio (P):(M) during printing. The method further includes repeating the printing and selectively controlling the density of the low-density composition to form additional layer(s), thereby forming the low-density three-dimensional article. A low-density three-dimensional article prepared in accordance with the method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: UT-Battelle, LLC
    Inventors: Vlastimil Kunc, John M. Lindahl, Lonnie J. Love, Brian K. Post, Ahmed Hassen, Peng Liu, Thomas Zeke Sudbury
  • Patent number: 11111614
    Abstract: A method for tuning characteristics of a polyamide nanofiber nonwoven comprising the step of targeting a specific average nanofiber diameter and/or a specific relative viscosity for the polyamide nanofiber nonwoven. The specific average nanofiber diameter is within a range from 100 nm to 1000 nm and/or the specific relative viscosity is within a range from 5 to 75, e.g., from 15 to 50. The process further comprises the steps of extruding a polyamide composition having a moisture content with a pressurized gas through a fiber forming channel having a channel temperature to form the polyamide nanofiber nonwoven having the target average nanofiber diameter and/or relative viscosity and controlling the moisture content, the pressure of pressurized gas, and/or the channel temperature based on the specific average nanofiber diameter and/or the specific relative viscosity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Ascend Performance Materials Operations LLC
    Inventors: Wai-Shing Yung, Chris Schwier, Albert Ortega, Scott E. Osborn
  • Patent number: 11097464
    Abstract: Devices and methods are described that provide printing of three-dimensional objects using reactive materials such as materials that result in a polyurethane formulation. Three-dimensional printing in accordance with the present disclosure can be performed using an inkjet printer or other systems that deposit or dispense material. A formulation made up of two or more reactive materials and, optionally, one or more UV-curable materials is also provided. The materials can be jetted based on a desired configuration to achieve a maximum reaction between materials, and can be based on desired jetting or molar ratios. By heating or applying energy on the jetted materials, their reaction and related solidifying can be accelerated. Corrective printing is also provided for, and can be used at desired intervals to eliminate printing errors relative to the object as modeled. Systems and methods used in conjunction with all of the same are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Wojciech Matusik, Wenshou Wang, Kiril Vidimce, Javier Ramos
  • Patent number: 11098420
    Abstract: A method for producing a textile product (I), (II), comprising at least two synthetic pile threads (P1), (P2) having a different pile height, so that a predetermined design is formed, in which the synthetic pile yarns (P1), (P2) are manufactured by extrusion from the same raw material, according to production processes which only differ from each other by a different setting of one or several process parameters of their respective extrusion processes, so that they have a different shrinking capability, and in which the textile product (I), (II) is subjected to a heat treatment which causes the pile yarns (P1), (P2) to shrink differently. Also such a method for producing synthetic textile yarns (P1), (P2) having a different shrinking capability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Inventors: Ermete Corbellini, Steven Debaes, Claudio Fiorina
  • Patent number: 11097466
    Abstract: A method and system are disclosed. A method of printing onto a base having an upper surface spaced from a lower surface by a base thickness includes dispensing a yarn from a nozzle of a printing system and selectively attaching the yarn to a first attachment region. The step of dispensing the yarn includes dispensing a heat-moldable material and a melt-resistant material. The step of selectively attaching the yarn to the first attachment region includes moving the nozzle into the first attachment region. The step of moving the nozzle into the first attachment region reduces the base thickness by a prodding distance. The heat-moldable material bonds to the first attachment region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd A. Waatti, Yoav Sterman
  • Patent number: 11090850
    Abstract: A method for producing a continuous filament from electrospun fibers includes providing a conducting collection surface that is an elongate three-dimensional surface. An attractive electric field gradient is formed between the collection surface and a source of electrically charged fibers. The collection surface is moved in a longitudinal direction relative to the source of electrically charged fibers. The fibers are collected on the collection surface so as to form a continuous filament.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Inventor: Pierre-Alexis Mouthuy
  • Patent number: 11079580
    Abstract: An exposure optics serves as an equipping and/or retrofitting optics for a device for producing a three-dimensional object by selectively solidifying building material, layer by layer. The exposure optics includes at least a first object-sided lens system having a first focal length f1 and a second image-sided lens system having a second focal length f2, which lens systems can be arranged in the beam path of the radiation emitted by the radiation source. The focal plane of the first lens system and the focal plane of the second lens system coincide in a plane between the two lens systems. The focal length f1 of the first lens system is equal to or greater than the focal length f2 of the second lens system. The exposure optics is designed and can be arranged such that the electromagnetic radiation is incident substantially perpendicular on the working surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: EOS GmbH Electro Optical Systems
    Inventors: Hans Perret, Stephan Gronenborn
  • Patent number: 11077596
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an assembly fixture may include a base structure including a plurality of strands of a fiber-reinforced thermoplastic material comprising a thermoplastic embedded with a plurality of reinforcement fibers, wherein the plurality of reinforcement fibers is aligned within each strand of the plurality of strands, and wherein the base structure further comprises an anisotropic thermal expansion property based on an orientation of the plurality of reinforcement fibers within the base structure, The assembly fixture may further include a plurality of fastening structures coupled to the base structure, wherein the plurality of fastening structures is configured to fasten a plurality of components of a composite structure for assembly using a heated bonding process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
    Inventors: David G. Carlson, Douglas K. Wolfe, James A. Cordell
  • Patent number: 11072110
    Abstract: A method for 3D printing an object with at least one wall (2) having a first surface and a second, opposite surface, wherein the first surface is intended to serve as an optical functional surface, wherein the wall is formed by printing one track (16) on top of another track (17). An orientation of the object during printing is selected such that the wall has a tangent (or tangent surface) non-parallel to the z-axis, such that the first surface faces away from the x-y plane and the second surface faces the x-y plane. According to the invention, the 3D object is thus oriented during printing such that the first surface, intended to be used as an optical functional surface, faces away from the x-y plane, i.e. typically away from the support or platform on which the 3D object is printed upon. By ensuring this orientation during printing, the first surface becomes smoother than the second, opposite surface of the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Rifat Ata Mustafa Hikmet, Coen Theodorus Hubertus Fransiscus Liedenbaum