Patents Examined by Matthew J Daniels
  • Patent number: 11027479
    Abstract: Methods for fabricating three-dimensional microstructures are provided. The method includes disposing a reflow material on a mold, heating the reflow material, and creating a pressure gradient across the reflow material to reflow the material towards a bottom surface of the mold. The mold includes a molding region, a boundary region, and a thermal-isolating region disposed therebetween. The molding region includes a cavity and a projection projecting upwards from a bottom surface of the cavity. The thermal-isolating region includes at least one pocket formed adjacent to and along a perimeter of the cavity of the molding region. During heating, the temperature of the molding region is higher than that of the boundary region and the thermal-isolating region controls the thermal conductivity and mass therebetween. The material reflows towards the bottom surface of the cavity and the protrusion helps shapes the reflow material to form a substantially symmetrical three-dimensional microstructure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
    Inventors: Khalil Najafi, Jae Yoong Cho
  • Patent number: 11021583
    Abstract: There is provided a random mat including carbon fibers and a matrix resin, wherein the carbon fibers in the random mat have an average fiber length in a range of 3 mm to 100 mm, a fiber areal weight of the carbon fibers is 25 to 10,000 g/m2, the carbon fibers include a specific carbon fiber bundles having a specific opening degree in a specific amount per the total carbon fibers, and the specific carbon fiber bundles with a thickness of 100 ?m or more are included in a ratio of less than 3% of the number of the total specific carbon fiber bundles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Teijin Limited
    Inventors: Yuhei Konagai, Katsuyuki Hagihara, Takeshi Naito, Naoaki Sonoda
  • Patent number: 11021290
    Abstract: A labeling machine having a device for applying labels to containers to be labeled, the application device being fed by a feeding unit supported by a base frame and including at least one device for supporting a spool of a film of labels which is arranged around a hollow tubular body. The supporting device includes at least one base body supported by the base frame and an elongated body which can be associated removably with the base body by virtue of a removable connecting component, the elongated body being insertable into the hollow tubular body of the spool when separated from the base body. Locking components are further provided which are adapted to lock the elongated body in the tubular body with the elongated body separated from the base body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: SACMI VERONA S.P.A.
    Inventors: Maurizio Pedercini, Daniele Mazzucco
  • Patent number: 11019879
    Abstract: Extruded components for articles of footwear and methods of making such articles of footwear are disclosed. A carrier can be formed from a first material, the carrier including an attachment surface configured to attach to an upper and a receiving surface having a plurality of receptacles. A second material can be extruded into a plurality of the receptacles to form cushioning elements of a sole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Reebok International Limited
    Inventors: Paul Davis, Dennis Gaboriault, Ricardo Vestuti, Henry Hardigan, Frank Millette, Michael Andrews
  • Patent number: 11020900
    Abstract: A three dimensional printing system includes a print engine, a storage system, and a controller. The controller is configured to (1) receive a build order defining a plurality of three dimensional articles to be manufactured, (2) allocate partitions for receiving the plurality of the three dimensional articles within the storage system, (3) operate the print engine to fabricate the three dimensional articles, and (4) transfer the three dimensional articles to the partitions as they are built.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: 3D Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Winthrop Childers, John Michael Harris, Michael W. Munro
  • Patent number: 11014272
    Abstract: A laundry bead molding mold is disclosed, including a first mold cavity and a second mold cavity which are separated from each other and could be filled with detergent or detergent additives to meet different washing demands. The first mold cavity has two opposite side walls at a certain angle, which could ensure the shape of the bead product is a preset shape. The mold could be used to mold a laundry bead having at least two cavities, and could obtain a multifunctional laundry bead, has a simple structure and a high yield of the formed bead. A laundry bead formed by the mold is also disclosed, including a plurality of beads, which facilitates the washing process. A laundry bead molding method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: WHEALTHFIELDS (GUANGZHOU) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tai Yung Titus Cho, Jing Wang, Haitao Liu
  • Patent number: 11014273
    Abstract: A device (1) for producing a moulding of surface properties comprises a housing (3) having a pressure plunger (4) mounted on or in the housing (3), which can be moved and can be pressed on a surface (2), which pressure plunger has a blank carrier (5) comprising a pressure surface (6) which can be pressed on the surface (2), on which pressure surface a moulding blank (7) comprising a moulding layer (9) made of a curable material can be secured in a detachable manner. The device further comprises a curing device (12) arranged on or in housing (3), with which the curable material of the moulding blank (7) can be cured while being pressed on the surface (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Technische Universität Darmstadt
    Inventors: Lars-Oliver Heim, Dmytro Golovko
  • Patent number: 11014278
    Abstract: The invention relates to an injection-molding device for producing multi-component moldings from a thermoplastic molding compound, comprising a mold, forming a first article cavity, comprising means for filling the first article cavity with the thermoplastic molding compound, comprising an injection device for injecting a fluid against a projectile to be driven, wherein the injection device comprises a projectile carrier with at least one injection nozzle and with at least one projectile receptacle for a projectile as a displacer for the molding compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: KAUTEN TEXTRON GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Oliver Duenkelmann
  • Patent number: 11014281
    Abstract: A liquid blow molding method molds a bottomed tubular-shaped preform into a liquid containing container. The method includes a nozzle engaging step of engaging a blow nozzle with a mouth of the preform; a molding step of molding the preform into a container of a predetermined shape by supplying a pressurized liquid from a pump into the preform; a suck-back step of sucking back a predetermined volume of liquid out of the container into a supply path; a nozzle closing step of closing the blow nozzle by a sealing body; and a discharge step of discharging a liquid in the supply path by a predetermined volume from a discharge port by operating, after the nozzle closing step, a pump in a positive direction with the discharge port connected to the supply path opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: YOSHINO KOGYOSHO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masato Suzuki, Mitsuru Shiokawa
  • Patent number: 11014315
    Abstract: An illustrative embodiment of the present disclosure provides a method. A composite charge is placed over a forming and cure mandrel, a first radius filler, and a second radius filler. Mechanical pressure is applied to shape the composite charge to the forming and cure mandrel and a rigid base to form a stringer layup having a hat-shaped cross-section. Vacuum pressure is applied to the stringer layup to form a compacted stringer package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Richard Alexander Prause, Richard Heath, Andrew Elmer Modin
  • Patent number: 11014321
    Abstract: The invention relates to a rotary press having height-staggered ram tips for carrying out at least two pressing operations, which preferably build on one another. Furthermore, the invention relates particularly to rotary presses and methods for producing multi-layer and coating-core tablets and for pressing tablets into cups during a rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: KORSCH AG
    Inventors: Ingo Klaer, Thomas Weissbach, Stephan Mies
  • Patent number: 11007730
    Abstract: A device to cure/consolidate a textile preform pre-impregnated with polymer. A matrix, without any heating or cooling means, includes a molding face that reproduces the shape of the textile preform and an assembly interface. A sealed bagging of the preform on the matrix. A vacuum pump to apply vacuum inside the sealed bag having the textile preform. A thermal unit includes an induction heater and a receiving interface that cooperates with the matrix assembly interface to position the matrix and to transfer heat between the matrix and the thermal unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: ROCTOOL
    Inventor: José Feigenblum
  • Patent number: 11007678
    Abstract: A production method of a mold includes: preparing a plate precursor having a protruding pattern formed of protrusions in a pattern presence region on a base, and a thermoplastic resin sheet; determining a position at which the plate precursor is to be pressed against the thermoplastic resin sheet by moving the plate precursor and the thermoplastic resin sheet relative to each other; and forming a recessed pattern on the thermoplastic resin sheet by pressing the protrusions of the plate precursor which is heated against the thermoplastic resin sheet at a position where a part of the pattern presence region of the plate precursor excluding the protrusions is separated from a surface of the thermoplastic resin sheet, cooling the plate precursor in a state in where the pressed protrusions and the thermoplastic resin sheet are in contact with each other, and separating the plate precursor from the thermoplastic resin sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Shotaro Ogawa, Satoshi Chai, Kenji Ichikawa, Kazunori Komatsu, Kozue Ikeda, Ryo Hibino
  • Patent number: 11000991
    Abstract: Systems and method of constructing a 4D-printed ceramic object, the method including extruding inks including particles and polymeric ceramic precursors through a nozzle to deposit the inks to form a first elastic structure and a second elastic structure, subjecting the first elastic structure to a tensile stress along at least one axis, attaching the second elastic structure to the first elastic structure, releasing the application of the tensile stress from the first elastic structure to allow the first elastic structure and second elastic structure to form a 4D-printed elastomeric object, and converting the 4D-printed elastomeric object into the 4D-printed ceramic object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: City University of Hong Kong
    Inventors: Jian Lu, Guo Liu, Yan Zhao
  • Patent number: 11001102
    Abstract: A tire includes a middle land portion between a crown main groove and a shoulder main groove. The middle land portion is provided with a first middle lug groove extending axially outwardly from the crown main groove, a second middle lug groove extending axially inwardly from the shoulder main grooves wherein the first and second middle lug grooves are arranged alternately in a tire circumferential direction, and a first middle sipe provided between the first and second middle lug grooves. The first middle sipe includes a crown-side middle sipe element extending axially outwardly from the crown main groove, a shoulder-side middle sipe element extending axially inwardly from the shoulder main groove at a location different from an extension line of the crown-side middle sipe element and a connecting middle sipe element connecting therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Yamaoka
  • Patent number: 10995452
    Abstract: Unique, inexpensive, and strong biocomposites are obtained from blending cellulose matrix materials with lignocellulosic reinforcement materials with the aid of alkaline aqueous solvent and cold temperatures. These lignocellulosic composites (LCs) are produced without use of any thermoplastic resins, adhesives, catalysts, plasticizers or complicated chemical or physical procedures. The LCs include a matrix and a reinforcement material. The matrix is a cellulose material (e.g., cotton, hemp, flax, or wood) that is liquefied using an aqueous alkaline solvent solution under cold temperatures to more readily adhere and/or incorporate/encapsulate the lignocellulosic reinforcements (wood chips, fibers, and other lignocellulosic sources).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignees: BRADLEY UNIVERSITY, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AS REPRESENTED BY THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE
    Inventors: Brent H. Tisserat, Luke Haverhals, Zengshe Liu
  • Patent number: 10994497
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method for making a high density structural composite includes depositing a plurality of fibrous materials on or adjacent a first plate or surface. A polymer liquid is deposited onto the plurality of fibrous materials to form a composite mixture. A first cyclic pressure is applied onto the composite mixture to compress the composite mixture. In some embodiments, the cyclic pressure may then be reduced to a valley pressure to complete a pressurization cycle. In some instances, the valley pressure may be below atmospheric pressure to induce trapped air and volatile gases to escape from the composite mixture before curing. The pressurization cycle may be repeated. A second pressure, which may be a constant pressure in some embodiments, may be applied to the composite mixture using, in some embodiments, a second plate until the polymer liquid has at least partially cured or partially solidified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventor: Lane Segerstrom
  • Patent number: 10994476
    Abstract: The process for the realization of a window/door framework (1) for walls of building comprises a molding step of a perimeter frame (2) by means of a three-dimensional molding device (5, 6, 7, 9), wherein the perimeter frame (2) comprises a plurality of perimeter sides made in a single monolithic body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Graf Synergy S.r.l.
    Inventor: Andrea Vaccari
  • Patent number: 10995040
    Abstract: A method for fabricating a ceramic matrix composite component having a deltoid region is provided. The method includes providing a porous ceramic preform. The porous ceramic preform includes a layer-to-layer weave of ceramic fibers that forms a modified layer-to-layer woven core and at least one 2-dimensional layer of ceramic fibers that is disposed adjacent to the modified layer-to-layer woven core. The porous ceramic preform is formed into a ceramic matrix composite body having the deltoid region such that the modified layer-to-layer woven core extends through the deltoid region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce High Temperature Composites, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Lamusga, Christopher Barrett
  • Patent number: 10994446
    Abstract: A method of fabricating a composite part, includes forming a fiber preform for the part that is to be obtained by depositing a plurality of fiber structures impregnated with a thermoplastic polymer onto a surface, with deposition being performed by automated fiber placement; eliminating the thermoplastic polymer present in the preform by dissolution with a solvent; and injecting a liquid impregnation composition into the pores of the fiber preform after eliminating the thermoplastic polymer in order to form a matrix in the pores of the fiber preform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: SAFRAN CERAMICS
    Inventors: Mathieu Schwartz, Arnaud Delehouze, Nicolas Laval, Bertrand Desjoyeaux