Patents Examined by Leo B. Tentoni
  • Patent number: 10765565
    Abstract: Methods for manufacturing topsheets for absorbent articles are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Arman Ashraf, Kelyn Anne Arora, Misael Omar Aviles, John Lee Hammons, Paul Thomas Weisman
  • Patent number: 10759107
    Abstract: A consumable material for use in an extrusion-based digital manufacturing system, the consumable material comprising a length and a cross-sectional profile of at least a portion of the length that is axially asymmetric. The cross-sectional profile is configured to provide a response time with a non-cylindrical liquefier of the extrusion-based digital manufacturing system that is faster than a response time achievable with a cylindrical filament in a cylindrical liquefier for a same thermally limited, maximum volumetric flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: STRATASYS, INC.
    Inventors: J. Samuel Batchelder, William J. Swanson, S. Scott Crump
  • Patent number: 10760271
    Abstract: This invention is an additively manufactured wall panel using computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacturing (CAM) to design and manufacture multi-colored and multi-layered wall panels. This results in a variety of highly attractive, multi-colored wall panel faces ranging from brick, colored grout lines and multi-colored stones to multi-colored geometric designs. The design and manufacturing process greatly reduces the amount of precast cementitious materials by efficiently using higher quality materials. This reduces cost and weight while simultaneously producing a much more comprehensive, multi-functional wall panel complete with an interior frame, exterior insulation and an air, vapor and moisture barriers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Inventor: Kenneth Robert Kreizinger
  • Patent number: 10759112
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a three-dimensional printing method comprising: applying a build material; applying on, at least, a portion of the build material, a low tint fusing agent composition comprising metal oxide nanoparticles dispersed in a liquid vehicle; and exposing the build material to radiations to fuse the portion of the build material in contact with the low tint fusing agent composition in order to form a layer of a 3D object. Also disclosed herein is an article obtained according to the three-dimensional printing method described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Stephen G. Rudisill, Alexey S. Kabalnov, Jacob Wright, Hector Jose Lebron
  • Patent number: 10752538
    Abstract: This disclosure describes substrate(s) formed with a three-dimensional (3D) feature thereon, and method(s) of printing the same. One method includes identifying a plurality of locations on a substrate surface where the three-dimensional feature will be formed, determining a height value of the three-dimensional feature at each location, assigning a grayscale value to each location based on the height value, and applying ink to the substrate surface at each location according to the assigned grayscale value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Chisholm, Cedric Charretton, Olivier Dangmann, Eva Misfud, Susan L. Smith, Ludovic Valette
  • Patent number: 10751933
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments provide a system that forms a three-dimensional (3D) nanostructure through 3D printing. During operation, the system performs a 3D printing operation that uses multiple passes of a scanning probe microscope (SPM) tip to deliver an ink to form the 3D nanostructure, wherein the ink includes both a positively charged polyelectrolyte (PE) and a negatively charged PE. While delivering the ink, the SPM tip is loaded with the ink and moved to a target location to deposit the ink. Finally, after the multiple passes are complete, the system cures the 3D nanostructure to remove excess positive or negative charges from the 3D nanostructure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Gang-Yu Liu, Jianli Zhao, Logan A. Swartz
  • Patent number: 10744681
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing bulked continuous carpet filament, the method comprising: (1) reducing a chamber pressure within a chamber to below about 5 millibars; (2) after reducing the chamber pressure to below about 5 millibars, providing a polymer melt to the chamber; (3) separating the polymer melt into at least eight streams; (4) while the at least eight streams of the polymer melt are within the chamber, exposing the at least eight streams of the polymer melt to the chamber pressure of below about 5 millibars; (5) after exposing the at least eight streams of the polymer melt to the chamber pressure of below about 5 millibars, recombining the at least eight streams into a single polymer stream; and (6) forming polymer from the single polymer stream into bulked continuous carpet filament.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Aladdin Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas R. Clark
  • Patent number: 10737437
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for making a three-dimensional object by solidifying a photohardenable material are shown and described. A photohardening inhibitor is admitted into a surface of a photohardenable material through a flexible film to create a “dead zone” where little or no solidification occurs. The dead zone prevents the exposed surface of the photohardenable material from solidifying in contact with the film. The inhibitor causes the film to deform along the build axis, thereby creating a non-planar interface between the photohardednable material and the film. A method is provided to compensate the three-dimensional object data based on the deformation of the film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Global Filtration Systems
    Inventors: Ali El-Siblani, Mohamad Janbain, Alexander Nam
  • Patent number: 10737344
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a pallet for use during manufacture of a printed circuit board assembly includes determining optimal solder flow for establishing connections between lead pins of a plurality of pin-through-hole components arranged on a circuit board, designing a pallet to include geometries configured to provide the optimal solder flow when the pallet, supporting the circuit board thereon, is passed through a wave solder machine, and creating the pallet based on the design. Pallets configured for optimal solder flow and methods of manufacturing printed circuit board assemblies using such pallet are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: FLEX LTD.
    Inventors: Zohair Mehkri, Anwar Mohammed, Jesus Tan, David Geiger, Murad Kurwa
  • Patent number: 10723073
    Abstract: A system for additively manufacturing a composite part is disclosed. The system may include a vat configured to hold a supply of resin, and a build surface disposed inside the vat. The system may also include a print head configured to discharge a matrix-coated continuous reinforcement onto the build surface, and an energy source configured to expose resin on a surface of the matrix-coated continuous reinforcement to a cure energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Continuous Composites Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Lyle Tyler, Ryan C. Stockett
  • Patent number: 10717238
    Abstract: In a method for the further processing of a product (30) that is preferably prefabricated in large numbers, the product has a surface (31) for an additive multi-dimensional application of material. Information for the additive multi-dimensional application of material is input into a device in which the multi-dimensional application of material is digitised from this information and is deconstructed into elements that are suitable for the additive application of the application of material to the surface (31). The prefabricated product (30) is introduced into a device (I) for additive application of the material application such that the elements for the additive multi-dimensional application of material on the surface (31) are assembled in accordance with the information using an additive manufacturing method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: ARBURG GMBH + CO KG
    Inventors: Oliver Kessling, Eberhard Duffner
  • Patent number: 10717029
    Abstract: Disclosed are fibers comprising identification fibers which can be used for tracking and tracing fibers, yarns, fiber bands, and/or articles comprising the fibers through at least part of the supply chain. Each identification fiber exhibits at least one distinct feature. Each group of distinguishable identification fibers can exhibit a taggant cross-section shape, a taggant cross-section size, or combination of the same taggant cross-section shape and same taggant cross-section size. The distinct features and the number of fibers in each group of distinguishable identification fibers can represent at least one supply chain component of the fibers. The distinct features can be detectable in an article comprising the fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Eastman Chemical Company
    Inventors: Andrew Ervin McLeod, Scott Gregory Gaynor, Steven Anthony Wilson, Lydia J. Salyer, Humberto Collazo, Larry Wayne Renfro, Jeremy Kenneth Steach, Brian Douglas Seiler
  • Patent number: 10695973
    Abstract: Freeform, additive manufacturing equipment, processes and products, including residential, commercial and other buildings. A movable extruder places extrudate that solidifies in open space to create “scaffolding” or “skeletons” of buildings and other products. Elongated extrudate elements are fused to each other or connected by other means to form a cellular structure. Filler material such as polymeric insulating foam may simultaneously or thereafter be placed within the cellular structure to contribute desired strength, rigidity, insulative, barrier or other properties. Finish materials may also be applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: BRANCH TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventor: R. Platt Boyd, IV
  • Patent number: 10695953
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing bulked continuous carpet filament from recycled polymer. In various embodiments, the method includes: (1) reducing recycled polymer material into polymer flakes; (2) cleansing the polymer flakes; (3) melting the flakes into a polymer melt; (4) removing water and contaminants from the polymer melt by dividing the polymer melt into a plurality of polymer streams and exposing those streams to pressures below 25 millibars or another predetermined pressure; (5) recombining the streams; and (6) using the resulting purified polymer to produce bulked continuous carpet filament.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Aladdin Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas R. Clark
  • Patent number: 10676219
    Abstract: A system and process of printing a package of expanded material (e.g., expanded starch, foam or other expanded material). The expanded material can be heated and extruded, poured, sprayed, or otherwise applied in malleable form that sets up to become a porous protective covering for an item to be packaged. In an example, a layer of expanded material is laid down, and the item in a protective covering (e.g., a plastic bag, sleeve, coating, etc.) is positioned on the layer of expanded material. Additional layers or expanded material may be applied, thereby encasing the item. The top surface of the expanded material may be flattened, such as by operation of a roller, press, or cutter. The top surface may be sprayed with a shellac sealant, paint, or other coating, to allow printing of a label on the top surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventors: Shay C. Colson, David A. Divine, David S. Thompson, Patrick Molvik
  • Patent number: 10668665
    Abstract: According to some aspects, a method is provided of removing debris from a liquid photopolymer in an additive fabrication device. According to some embodiments, a mesh of solid material may be formed in an additive fabrication device from a liquid photopolymer, and particles of debris present in the liquid photopolymer may adhere to the mesh. The debris may thereby be removed from the liquid photopolymer by removing the mesh from the additive fabrication device. The mesh may then be discarded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Formlabs, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Damiano, Andre Comella
  • Patent number: 10669660
    Abstract: A mixed fiber spunbonded nonwoven fabric which comprises 90 to 10% by weight of a long fiber of thermoplastic resin (A) that has been hydrophilization-treated and 10 to 90% by weight of a long fiber of thermoplastic elastomer (B) and which has a strength ratio [the ratio of a strength at 20% of an elongation at a maximum strength (elongation at a maximum point) to the maximum strength] in at least one direction of not more than 40% and a bulk density of 0.10 to 0.40 g/cm3. The fabric can exhibit excellent initial hydrophilicity, long-lasting hydrophilicity, liquid dispersibility, liquid transpiration property, moisture permeability, breathability, softness, resistance to fluff, stretchability and touch, and low stickiness, and is suitable for sheets constituting absorbent articles such as sanitary napkins, panty liners, incontinence pads, and disposable diapers. A production method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUI CHEMICALS, INC.
    Inventor: Naosuke Kunimoto
  • Patent number: 10661514
    Abstract: Method for the production of a 3D printed object (100), wherein the method comprises (i) a 3D printing stage, the 3D printing stage comprising 3D printing a 3D printable material (110) to provide the 3D printed object (100) of printed material (120), wherein the 3D printing stage further comprises forming during 3D printing a channel (200) in the 3D printed object (100) under construction, wherein the method further comprises (ii) a filling stage comprising filling the channel (200) with a curable material (140) and curing the curable material (140) to provide the channel (200) with cured material (150), wherein the cured material (150) has a lower stiffness than the surrounding printed material (120).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Elise Claude Valentine Talgorn, Olaf Van Der Sluis, Manuela Lunz
  • Patent number: 10654195
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for preparing waste powder from generative production processes, by means of which three-dimensional objects are produced in layers from a powdery base material. The aim of the invention is to provide a method for the combined mechanical and material preparation of waste powder, wherein the waste powder is brought into such a structure that subsequently, by mixing with or even without new powder or mixtures of new and waste powders, a high-quality powdery material becomes available for generative production processes. This aim is achieved in that the waste powder is subjected to a mechanical treatment by reducing the waste powder to small pieces with a grinding mill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventor: Sören Griessbach
  • Patent number: 10654211
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing bulked continuous carpet filament which, in various embodiments, comprises: (A) grinding recycled PET bottles into a group of flakes; (B) washing the flakes; (C) identifying and removing impurities, including impure flakes, from the group of flakes; (D) passing the group of flakes through an expanded surface area extruder while maintaining a pressure within the expanded surface area extruder below about 25 millibars; (E) passing the resulting polymer melt through at least one filter having a micron rating of less than about 50 microns; and (F) forming the recycled polymer into bulked continuous carpet filament that consists essentially of recycled PET.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Aladdin Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas R. Clark