Patents Examined by Monica A. Huson
  • Patent number: 11981088
    Abstract: Disclosed is a molded article including a modified fibroin and a water resistance-imparting material. The modified fibroin and the water resistance-imparting material may be covalently bonded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: Spiber Inc.
    Inventors: Kazuki Sakata, Kentaro Takahashi
  • Patent number: 11980512
    Abstract: Method for manufacturing dental prostheses, comprising the following operations: defining a layered numerical representation of a dental prosthesis (11); for a first layer of the numerical representation, prepare a corresponding layer of a light sensitive liquid substance (6); selectively solidify the layer of liquid substance (6) to obtain a first sheet (7) having a geometry corresponding to the geometry of the first layer of the numerical representation; repeat the operations of preparing a layer of liquid substance (6) and selectively solidify the layer of liquid substance (6) for each subsequent layer of the numerical representation to obtain corresponding sheets (7); cause the mutual adhesion between said sheets (7); modify the composition of the liquid substance (6) after having solidified one of the sheets (7) and before solidifying the subsequent sheet (7), so as to modify one or more optical properties of the liquid substance (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: DWS S.R.L.
    Inventor: Ettore Maurizio Costabeber
  • Patent number: 11975476
    Abstract: An arrangement supplies a semi-finished product to a thermoforming machine as a starting material. The arrangement has a deposition device, on which cuttings of the starting material can be provided in each case, and a loading device having a table device and a movable loading unit. The loading unit has a first section and a second section that are each arranged to receive one of the cuttings at the section. At least one cutting can be deposited on the table device. The first section receives one of the cuttings from the deposition device and the second section receives another of the cuttings from the table device, and then the first section for depositing one cutting received from the deposition device on the table device and the second section for depositing the other cutting received from the table device can be positioned in a working region of the thermoforming machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: GEISS AG
    Inventor: Miroslaw Wiercinski
  • Patent number: 11975475
    Abstract: In an example method, a NWM molding blank, including a non-woven material held in compression by a binder, is placed in a separable mold, and heated to a melting temperature of the binder. The molding blank expands, forming as an intermediate NWM object a NWM molded object with a 3D geometric form. The intermediate NWM object is cooled through a temperature band with an upper boundary and a lower boundary, and further cooled to a solidifying temperature of the binder. The upper boundary is above the solidifying temperature and the upper boundary is lower than the binder melting temperature. While in the temperature band, the mold is separated, rendering accessible an exposed surface of the intermediate NWM object. The object is then transported to a contoured forming surface of a forming base, by an actuatable arm having an end effector gripping the exposed surface via vacuum suction, lifting the object from the mold and placing the object on the contoured forming surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignees: PIANA NONWOVENS LLC, PERSICO S.P.A.
    Inventors: Michael Stephen DeFranks, Eric McCann, Andy Hollis, Andrea Fumagalli, Sergio Battista Gastaldi, Matteo Radi
  • Patent number: 11975474
    Abstract: A blow molding tool (1) for a blow molding machine (1). The blow molding tool (1) comprises at least one first blow mold half (2) and one second blow mold half (3). The first blow mold half (2) has a baseplate (4) and a molding body (5). At least one mold cavity (6) with an inner wall (51) is arranged in the molding body (5). At least one region (511) of the inner wall (51) of the mold cavity (6) comprises, in the associated section of the molding body (5), separate temperature control channels (54) for controlling the temperature of the region (54).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: ALPLA Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Johann Künz, Thomas Bohle, Andre Eyrich
  • Patent number: 11969948
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems and methods capable of controlling an additive manufacturing print process on an additive manufacturing printer. The disclosed embodiments may include: a plurality of sensors capable of monitoring at least one of an input of print filament to a print head of the printer, and a temperature of a nozzle of the printer, as indicative of a state of the additive manufacturing print process; at least one processor associated with at least one controller and capable of receiving sensor data regarding the monitoring from the plurality of sensors, and comprising non-transitory computing code for applying to the sensor data at least one correct one of the state of the additive manufacturing print process; a comparator embedded in the non-transitory computing code for assessing a lack of compliance of the print process to the correct one of the state; and at least one modifying output of the at least one controller to revise the compliance of the print process to the correct one of the state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Inventors: William MacNeish, Erik Gjovik
  • Patent number: 11965605
    Abstract: A method of fabricating a fluid component body includes forming a monolithic fluid component body including a valve segment having an annular upper perimeter wall portion defining a valve cavity and a lower base portion defining first and second flow ports, and a conduit segment extending from one of the first and second flow ports and including a conduit end portion defining a tubular portion extending in a first direction and spaced apart from a remainder of the fluid component body. The conduit end portion is bent from the first direct to a second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: SWAGELOK COMPANY
    Inventors: William H. Glime, III, Branden W. Keeper, Samuel Gunther Houser, Theodore J. Gausman
  • Patent number: 11964420
    Abstract: A blow molding apparatus includes a machine bed, an upper base disposed at intervals in a vertical direction from the machine bed, a transport plate configured to rotate at a height position of the upper base to convey the preform between an injection molding part and a blow molding part, and an elevation mechanism configured to move the transport plate or the upper base up and down in the vertical direction with respect to a mold disposed on the machine bed. A support pillar includes a height adjusting part configured to adjust a stroke of the transport plate or the upper base in the vertical direction with respect to the machine bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: NISSEI ASB MACHINE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Horigome, Toshio Nakajima
  • Patent number: 11958240
    Abstract: A multi-fluid kit for three-dimensional printing can include a fusing agent and a detailing agent. The fusing agent can include water and a radiation absorber. The radiation absorber absorbs radiation energy and converts the radiation energy to heat. The detailing agent includes a lipophilic phase discontinuously dispersed within an aqueous phase by a surfactant. The lipophilic phase includes an organosilane having a central silicon atom coupled to a C6 to C24 aliphatic or alicyclic hydrocarbon and multiple hydrolyzable groups. The organosilane is present in the detailing agent at from about 1 wt % to about 20 wt %.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Graciela Emma Negri Jimenez, Emre Hiro Discekici, Shannon Rueben Woodruff
  • Patent number: 11958235
    Abstract: Methods, devices and systems for efficient 3D printing using a single compact device are set forth. Some embodiments utilize a circular-shaped build area revolving symmetrically around a single center point utilizing a continuous helical printing process. Laser diodes or vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) are utilized as an energy source for curing the print material. The VCSELs can be integrated with the print head and can form an array which can be staggered or linear. In some embodiments, the VCSELs (and the corresponding print head) can be connected to a rotating platform, which can rotate independently from the revolving build area. In some embodiments, a thermoelectric cooler and/or a fluid cooler can provide cooling to the VCSELS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Orange Maker, LLC
    Inventors: Kurt Dudley, James Tersigni
  • Patent number: 11958971
    Abstract: Provided is a photocurable composition used for forming a resin layer of a concave-convex structure including a substrate and a resin layer provided on the substrate and having fine concavities and convexities formed on a surface thereof. A cured film of the photocurable composition has a surface free energy of 15 mJ/m2 to 40 mJ/m2 as measured based on the Kitazaki-Hata theory and a hardness of 0.05 GPa to 0.5 GPa as measured using a nanoindenter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: MITSUI CHEMICALS, INC.
    Inventors: Takashi Oda, Hisanori Ohkita, Hiroko Wachi, Shingo Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 11958232
    Abstract: An apparatus for forming plastic material preforms into plastic material containers has a transport device which transports the plastic material preforms along a predetermined transport path, wherein this transport device has a plurality of transport devices preferably adjoining one another for transporting the plastic material preforms, with a heating device, which heats the plastic material preforms, and with a forming device which is arranged along the transport path of the plastic material preforms downstream of the heating device, wherein the apparatus has a first transport device which feeds the plastic material preforms individually to the heating device, wherein the heating device has a second transport device which transports the plastic material preforms during their heating. The first transport device has a first drive device and the second transport device has a second drive device and the first drive device and the second drive device can be controlled independently of one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Peter Christiansen, Markus Haller
  • Patent number: 11961632
    Abstract: There is provided a fabrication method of conductive nanonetworks using a mastermold by which, in forming the conductive nanonetworks, electrical properties and optical properties of the conductive nanonetworks are improved by excluding contact resistance between nanowires and minimizing surface roughness of the conductive nanonetworks, and a nanoelectrode having a large area can be easily formed by applying a method of replicating the conductive nanonetworks on the mastermold to a substrate. The fabrication method of conductive nanonetworks using a mastermold includes: preparing a mastermold that has a conductive nanonetwork replicating region patterned in relief; coating the mastermold with a conductive material; and forming conductive nanonetworks on an application target substrate by replicating a conductive material, with which the conductive nanonetwork replicating region is coated, onto the application target substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: KOREA ADVANCED INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Jung-Yong Lee, Kyungmin Kim
  • Patent number: 11951230
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for guided bone regeneration, intended for the reconstruction of a buccal bone defect, composed of zirconium dioxide and having a shape which covers said buccal bone defect. The present invention also relates to a method for producing a device of the invention, comprising a step of constructing the device of the invention according to a three-dimensional representation obtained by means of a technique of maxillo-dental imaging of the bone defect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: ZIRBONE
    Inventors: Ralphe Badaoui, Joseph Nammour
  • Patent number: 11951671
    Abstract: In a blow-molding apparatus, a cooling device and a heating device are each driven by being supplied with electricity of a predetermined voltage from a supply power source. The blow-molding apparatus comprises: a monitoring device configured to constantly monitor fluctuation of the predetermined voltage; and an output automatic control mechanism configured to, in a case where the predetermined voltage monitored by the monitoring device fluctuates beyond a normal range, automatically fluctuate an output of at least one of the heating device and the cooling device to keep the output in a certain range, thereby adjusting at least one of the preform temperature and the ambient temperature to fall within a normal temperature range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: NISSEI ASB MACHINE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomoaki Tsuchiya, Takeshi Hidai
  • Patent number: 11939484
    Abstract: A multi-fluid kit for three-dimensional printing can include a fusing agent with water and a radiation absorber, and a detailing agent. The radiation absorber can absorb radiation energy and converts the radiation energy to heat. The detailing agent can include water and from about 0.1 wt % to about 20 wt % organosilanes based on a total weight of the detailing agent, wherein the organosilanes include an organosilane compound with a central silicon having both a water-solubilizing group and multiple hydrolyzable groups attached thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Graciela E. Negri Jimenez, Michael A. Novick, Tienteh Chen, Jacob Wright
  • Patent number: 11938668
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an external cooling system for a molten film tube produced by a blown film tubular extrusion process. Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a unidirectional cooling element having a unidirectional cooling interface containing a cooling gas deflector spaced adjacent to the molten film tube. The unidirectional cooling element operably expels cooling gas in a path with the flow of the molten film tube toward an exit gap formed between the unidirectional cooling interface and the molten film tube. The minimum gap between the unidirectional cooling interface and the molten film tube occurs at the exit gap, and advantageously, the unidirectional cooling interface is provided with one or more compound angles to maximize stability and cooling efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Addex, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert E. Cree, William J. Randolph
  • Patent number: 11940029
    Abstract: A brake pad includes a friction material and a backing plate which are coupled to each other. An apparatus for manufacturing the brake pad includes a forming device forming friction material powder in the form of the friction material and attaching the formed friction material to the backing plate in a forming process, a quality stabilization device heating and pressing the friction material, and a heat treatment unit heating the brake pad at a predetermined temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: KB AUTOSYS CO., LTD
    Inventor: Yong Woong Kim
  • Patent number: 11938673
    Abstract: The invention relates to the use of a compatible thermoplastic material (film, sheet, or raft) as the base sheet or layer for 3-D printing an article. The use of the base film provides a means of printing a large article, and of reducing warpage by printing directly on the film. The printed article adheres to the film better than to traditional printer surfaces (glass, metal, glue, or reusable films), because the printed article and film weld together by forming chain entanglements, due to being compatible, miscible, or semi-miscible in the melt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: ARKEMA INC.
    Inventors: David Shin-Ren Liu, Camille Khadraoui, Mark A. Aubart
  • Patent number: 11931963
    Abstract: A method for producing a three-dimensional element on a timepiece component, in particular on a dial, that includes generating, by means of a control unit, at least one control instruction for a printing device for reproducing a reference digital graphical representation relating to said three-dimensional element, and constructing, by means of the printing device, at least two substantially superimposed or superimposed layers each having at least one particle which is printed on the timepiece component and which forms the three-dimensional element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogere Suisse
    Inventors: Brice Raillard, Vlada Mihailovic, Felix Jaeggi, Christophe Emmenegger, Frederic Jeanrenaud