Patents Examined by Philip C. Tucker
  • Patent number: 10933611
    Abstract: A method for producing a composite pane, includes arranging a functional element in a recess of a thermoplastic frame film, arranging the thermoplastic frame film along with the functional element between a first glass pane and a second glass pane to form a layer stack, and subsequent joining of the layer stack by lamination to form a composite pane. The thermoplastic frame film and the functional element have a different thickness and the different thickness is at least partially compensated by at least one thermoplastic compensating film, whose thickness is less than twice as large as the difference between the thicknesses of the thermoplastic frame film and the functional element such that the maximum offset in the layer stack is less than the difference between the thicknesses of the thermoplastic frame film and the functional element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE
    Inventors: Ali-Osman Kizmaz, Horst Mercks, Walter Goerenz
  • Patent number: 10934046
    Abstract: A vacuum blood collection tube labeling machine and a conveying and labeling method for a vacuum blood collection tube. The machine includes: a loading part of a vacuum blood collection tube, including a plurality of loading slideways disposed in parallel, each of the loading slideways includes an inclined segment and a horizontal segment extending forward from a bottom end of the inclined segment; a label printing part, including a label printer and a output channel of the vacuum blood collection tube connected to the label printer; and a robotic arm, used for grabbing and lifting up a vacuum blood collection tube located on the horizontal segment and transferring the vacuum blood collection tube to the label printer. A method for grabbing the vacuum blood collection tube, moving direction and track of grabbing the vacuum blood collection tube, the robotic arm includes a grabbing mechanism and a movement control assembly for driving the grabbing mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: SHANGHAI CHUANGSIJIE MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Quan Sha, Jian Sun, Lele Fan
  • Patent number: 10925271
    Abstract: Disclosed are grips and methods of making grips for use with the handle of an article, and in particular for use with fishing poles and golf clubs. Grips preferably include a multi-layered gripping member and an inner sleeve or mounting body. The gripping member can include an outer layer with a fabric layer coated and preferably saturated by polyurethane. The outer layer can be bonded to an inner layer to form the gripping member which is then attached to the sleeve. The sleeve can be ground from a starting block of material or may be injection molded. Also disclosed are handles including a connector configured to couple to a portion of a fishing pole. Such handles may include a multiple layers and can be selectively removed from the article. Methods are also provided for selectively coupling exchangeable handles to articles including fishing poles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Inventor: Ben Huang
  • Patent number: 10926446
    Abstract: In various embodiments, an electrode precursor material may be flowed into a manifold extrusion die having first and second manifold inlet openings. Further, an electroactive polymer precursor material may be flowed into the manifold extrusion die via a third manifold inlet opening such that the electroactive polymer precursor material is layered between alternating layers of the electrode precursor material from the first and second manifold inlet openings. Moreover, the electrode precursor material and the electroactive polymer precursor material may be extruded through a manifold outlet opening of the manifold extrusion die. Various other methods, systems, apparatuses, and materials are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew John Ouderkirk, Christopher Yuan Ting Liao, Katherine Marie Smyth, Thomas John Farrell Wallin, Jack Lindsay, Austin Lane, Tanya Malhotra, Kenneth Diest, Yigit Menguc
  • Patent number: 10919233
    Abstract: A joint and a method of bonding a first member to a second member are disclosed. The joint includes a multi-layer adhesive material between the first member and the second member. The multi-layer adhesive material includes at least one adhesive material that is applied to one of the first member and the second member. The multi-layer adhesive material also includes a heating element for heating the at least one adhesive material and at least one permeable layer for allowing air to escape from between the first member and second member during heating of the at least one adhesive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
    Inventor: Jonathan K. Garhart
  • Patent number: 10918471
    Abstract: A method of increasing the tensile strength of polymer films is provided. The creation of the load distribution elements in polymer films necessary to achieve this result is described. Application of the present invention to increase suture retention in a surgical polymer film is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey C. Towler
  • Patent number: 10920351
    Abstract: An addition to additive manufacturing sews a number of printed substrate sheets together using industrial sewing machine technology. Portions of the final 3D object that will be solid are sewn together into bundles of the object with a needle protruding through the top of the bundle via a sewing machine with a looping mechanism connecting the thread loops under each bundle of printed substrate sheet layers. This will result in many well connected stack bundles that are then stacked in alignment to form the final stack. During heat and compression, the stitch thread may bunch together and become entangled with the cooled plastic of the final solid 3D object. Removal of the excess substrate may proceed as usual, since the sewing is applied only in the solid portions of the final object. The end result will be a part with much higher strength in the Z axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Marc D. Daniels
  • Patent number: 10913204
    Abstract: The invention relates to methods and devices for constructing models in layers. A region for constructing models, preferably a construction platform, and a material applying device for applying material onto the region are provided. The material applying device is arranged in a movable manner over the region. The material applying device is designed as a portal such that the material applying device can be moved over the region at least via two linear guides arranged at opposite sides of the region, and the material applying device is arranged around the region such that a portal is formed by at least two portions that extend laterally with respect to the region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: VOXELJET AG
    Inventors: Andreas Dominik Hartmann, Ingo Ederer
  • Patent number: 10913222
    Abstract: A composite material component manufacturing method includes a molding step of applying, by a pressing device, heat and pressure to a prepreg to mold the prepreg, and a transfer step of transferring the prepreg. The transfer step includes moving the prepreg together with the pressing device in a state in which a pressing force is applied to the prepreg by the pressing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: JAMCO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Makoto Okamoto, Masato Ishii
  • Patent number: 10910989
    Abstract: A method for forming a solar panel can include attaching one or more tacking pads to one or both of a first surface of a first solar panel subassembly and a second surface of a second solar panel subassembly. The method further includes dispensing an adhesive onto at least one of the first and second surfaces. The first and second surfaces are placed in contact with the one or more tacking pads, thereby tacking the first and second solar panel subassemblies together, during which the first and second surfaces contact the adhesive, thereby decreasing a thickness and increasing a surface area of the adhesive. Subsequently, the adhesive is cured. The tacking pad(s) maintain fixed alignment of the solar panel subassemblies during curing of the adhesive, and establish a bond line of the adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Phil Luc
  • Patent number: 10906269
    Abstract: A fibrous component for a vehicle exterior includes a skin layer having a multilayer structure comprising a laminated web including a reinforcing fiber and a binder fiber, the skin layer including pores that absorb sound; a sound absorbing pad layer disposed on an inner side of the skin layer and absorbing sound; and an adhesive layer disposed between the skin layer and the sound absorbing pad layer. The adhesive layer adheres the skin layer and the sound absorbing layer to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Dong Uk Lee, Su Nam Lee
  • Patent number: 10906669
    Abstract: There is provided a crack repairing method for suppressing a crack growth in a wall portion. The crack repairing method includes an injection step in which working fluid is injected into a crack formed into a surface of the wall portion of a target object and a vibration step in which vibration is applied to the working fluid in a direction from an crack initiation portion of the crack on the surface to an inner end portion of the crack. The crack repairing method further includes a deformation step in which a cavity is generated in the working fluid by the applied vibration and compressive residual stress is generated at the inner end portion of the crack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: NDUSTRY-ACADEMIC COOPERATION FOUNDATION, DANKOOK UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: Sunghwan Jung
  • Patent number: 10899109
    Abstract: A multi-material joint and a method of making thereof. The multi-material joint includes a first member comprising a first metal or metal alloy that is secured to a second member comprising a second metal or metal alloy that is different than the first metal or metal alloy. A sealant is positioned between the first member and the second member that galvanically insulates the first member from the second member. The sealant comprises a liquid elastomer and a foaming agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Benjamin J. Meaige, Negar B. Gilsinger, Mariko Elaine Berg, Jared S. Kauffman
  • Patent number: 10899045
    Abstract: A soft lithography template or stamp is made by casting a polydimethysiloxane (PDMS) or other suitable elastomeric precursor onto a master pattern. The master pattern may be formed utilizing known micro-fabrication techniques. The PDMS template includes an inverse copy of the micro-structures on the master pattern, and can be placed into a mold used to prepare a carbon-fiber reinforced polymer composite part or other polymer molding systems where a matrix material passes through a fluid state during the cure process. The liquid resin material flows into the structures on the surface of the PDMS template and hardens during the curing cycle. After the part is released from the mold, the PDMS template can be peeled from the surface of the part to reveal the free standing micro structures which are a replica of the master pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: U.S.A. as represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventors: Frank L. Palmieri, Vincent B. Cruz, Christopher J. Wohl, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10882229
    Abstract: An apparatus for forming a flowable material against a prosthetic implant can comprise a mold body having an outer surface and an inner surface. The inner surface can define a mold cavity that is selectively configured to at least partially accept the prosthetic implant in a forming position. An inlet port can be configured on the mold cavity that extends between the inner and outer surfaces. The mold cavity can substantially conform to a profile of a bone opposing surface of the prosthetic implant such that a void is created between the inner surface of the mold body and the bone opposing surface of the prosthetic implant. The inlet port can be configured to permit introduction of the flowable material into the void and against the bone opposing surface of the prosthetic implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Biomet Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel B. Smith, Timothy G Vendrely, Tayler Kreider, Imad K. Merkhan
  • Patent number: 10875261
    Abstract: The invention relates to a production system (1) for laying fiber tapes (2), said production system (1) comprising: a laying device (5) having at least two roll-out devices (9); an application device (6) having an application surface (32) for receiving the fiber tape (2), wherein the fiber tape (2) can be rolled out in strips onto the application surface (32); a manipulation device (7) for manipulating the fiber tape (2) applied to the application device (6), wherein the manipulation device (7) has a receiving surface (59) for receiving the fiber tape (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Fill Gesellschaft m.b.H.
    Inventors: Norbert Danninger, Gregor Wittmann
  • Patent number: 10875247
    Abstract: A multi-beam volumetric resin curing system and method for whole-volume additive manufacturing of an object includes a bath containing a photosensitive resin, a light source for producing a light beam, and a spatial light modulator which produces a phase- or intensity-modulated light beam by impressing a phase profile or intensity profile of an image onto a light beam received from the light source. The system and method also include projection optics which then produces multiple sub-image beams from the modulated light beam which are projected to intersect each other in the photosensitive resin to cure select volumetric regions of the resin in a whole-volume three-dimensional pattern representing the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Lawrence Livermore National Securitv. LLC
    Inventors: Maxim Shusteff, Christopher M. Spadaccini, Nicholas Fang, Robert Matthew Panas, Johannes Henriksson, Brett Kelly, Allison E. Browar
  • Patent number: 10870200
    Abstract: A team of robots may fabricate a tubular structure. Each robot may fabricate a tube by winding resin-covered fiber around an inflated, cylindrical mandrel of the robot. The resin may cure, resulting in a hardened tube segment The robot may extend the tube by fabricating additional segments of the tube, one segment at a time. After a first segment cures, the mandrel may deflate, then the robot may move up inside the tube, then the mandrel may inflate, and the robot may begin fabricating another tube segment. After completing a tube segment, the robot may tilt relative to that segment, before starting the next segment. By doing so, the robot may cause the tube to be curved. A computer may guide the team of robots during fabrication of the tubes, by executing a flocking algorithm. The algorithm may prevent collisions with already fabricated tube segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Markus Kayser, Levi Cai, Nassia Inglessis, Sara Falcone, Neri Oxman
  • Patent number: 10865002
    Abstract: Provided are a method and an apparatus for extruding into a tube and filling the tube at a high speed and simultaneously sealing the tube. Specifically provided is a method for producing a polymer tube, containing a liquid therein and being sealed at constant intervals, the method including an extrusion step of continuously melt-extruding a polymer material through a die into at least one tube, while feeding a liquid into the tube to obtain at least one liquid-containing tube; and sealing step of discontinuously pressing the at least one liquid-containing tube between a pair of pressurizing members at constant intervals to cause pressure-bonding before the tube solidifies, while continuously taking up the extruded tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: SHIN-ETSU CHEMICAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryuichi Saguchi, Tomoaki Kaji, Masahiko Naruse
  • Patent number: 10865104
    Abstract: Process for encapsulation of a microelectronic device comprising the following steps in sequence: supply a support substrate comprising a first principal face on which a microelectronic device is placed, a second principal face, and a lateral face, deposit a bonding layer on the first principal face of the substrate, position an encapsulation cover comprising a first principal face, a second principal face, and a lateral face, on the bonding layer, deposit a lateral protection layer on: the lateral face and the periphery of the second principal face of the support substrate, the lateral face and the periphery of the second principal face of the encapsulation cover, the lateral protection layer delimiting a protected zone, thinning of the second principal face of the support substrate and/or the second principal face of the encapsulation cover outside the protected zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: COMMISSARIAT À L'ÉNERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ÉNERGIES ALTERNATIVES
    Inventor: Messaoud Bedjaoui