Patents Examined by Robert J Grun
  • Patent number: 11186036
    Abstract: An additive manufacturing apparatus includes a rotating body including therein a space defined by an inner circumferential surface, a rotation drive unit causing the rotating body to rotate, a supply unit supplying slurry containing ultraviolet light curable resin to the inner circumferential surface, a first drive unit causing the supply unit to move in a radial direction of the rotating body, a flattening unit located downstream of the supply unit and flattening the slurry supplied to the inner circumferential surface of the rotating body at an end portion thereof during rotation of the rotating body to a thickness of one layer, a second drive unit causing the flattening unit to move along the radial direction of the rotating body, and an irradiation unit provided downstream of the flattening unit and spot-radiating ultraviolet light at an irradiation position determined based on a shape of the molded object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: SINTOKOGIO, LTD.
    Inventors: Kouji Kajita, Kazuya Kojima, Takaya Nakane
  • Patent number: 11173654
    Abstract: A method for fabricating a composite part using a 3D printing machine. The method includes forming the part by depositing an alternating sequence of first part layers including rows of filaments made of a first part material and depositing second part layers including rows of filaments made of a second part material, where the second part material is different than the first part material and provides adhesion between the first part layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Inventors: Eric G. Barnes, Pedro A. Gonzalez, Todd L. Szallay, Steven J. Floyd, Sung S. Park, Brett G. Morham, Cody J. Brown, Reese R. Allen, Ryan L. Bischoff
  • Patent number: 11167452
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a fiber-reinforced composite material which is molded by impregnating a fiber-reinforced sheet with a resin and curing the resin includes: placing the fiber-reinforced sheet in a cavity of a mold; and molding the fiber-reinforced composite material, the molding including injecting the resin into the cavity of the mold, impregnating the fiber-reinforced sheet with the resin, and curing the resin. In the molding, after fine air bubbles contained in the resin are placed at a predetermined position of the cavity, the resin is cured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Inventor: Tsutomu Kajiyama
  • Patent number: 11167472
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for the additive manufacturing of a three-dimensional workpiece, in the case of which a thermoplastic material is transferred into a liquid phase by heating and is applied selectively to locations which are predetermined by the shape and the dimensions of the workpiece, wherein the workpiece is constructed in layers on a substrate carrier. According to the invention, in order for the material to be cooled and hardened, the workpiece, which is constructed in layers on the substrate carrier, is moved from a heated construction chamber into a cooling chamber, which is separate from the construction chamber. The invention also relates to an apparatus for the additive manufacturing of a three-dimensional workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Christian Dueformantel
  • Patent number: 11167492
    Abstract: A build platform (100, 200, 300) for a printing station is described comprising a trolley (105, 205, 305, 405) and a print bucket (110, 210, 310, 410). The print bucket may be mounted on the trolley and may comprise coupling elements (115A, 115B, 215A, 215B, 315A, 315B, 415A, 415B), respectively engageable to receiving elements (120A, 120B, 220A, 220B, 320A, 320B, 420A, 420B) of the printing station (150, 250, 350, 450). The coupling elements may cause the print bucket to at least partially disengage from the trolley when the coupling elements engage with the receiving elements of the printing station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Pol Morral, Fernando Juan, Pau Martin Vidal
  • Patent number: 11161280
    Abstract: Systems and methods for improving robust layer separation during the separation process of an imprint lithography process are described. Included are methods of matching strains between a substrate to be imprinted and the template, varying or modifying the forces applied to the template and/or the substrate during separation, or varying or modifying the kinetics of the separation process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Molecular Imprints, Inc.
    Inventors: Niyaz Khusnatdinov, Frank Y. Xu, Mario Johannes Meissl, Michael N. Miller, Ecron D. Thompson, Gerard M. Schmid, Pawan Kumar Nimmakayala, Xiaoming Lu, Byung-Jin Choi
  • Patent number: 11155012
    Abstract: In a method of manufacturing a seal assembly, strips of material are extruded to form first and second bodies, and ends of the bodies are positioned into a mold cavity of a molding apparatus. An elastomeric material is injected into the mold cavity to form a locator device having a foot portion and a tab portion with the tab portion defining a first reference point. A thermoplastic elastomeric material is injected into the mold cavity to form a corner mold covering the body ends and the foot portion of the locator device with the corner mold defining a second reference point. The corner mold bonds the first body end, the second body end, and the locator device together to fix the locator device to the first body end at a locator position such that a predetermined distance between the reference points is maintained during injecting of the thermoplastic elastomeric material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Henniges Automotive Sealing Systems North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Groters
  • Patent number: 11148346
    Abstract: A thermoforming machine is provided having at least one frame member and a thermal regulator. The thermal regulator is provided in heat transfer relation with one of the at least one frame member configured to control temperature of the one frame member to mitigate thermal deformation of the frame member. A method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Irwin Research and Development, Inc.
    Inventor: Dale L. Vantrease
  • Patent number: 11152218
    Abstract: According to the embodiments, a template in which a main pattern is placed on a pattern-formed surface of a template substrate, the main pattern being formed by a concave and convex pattern, the template substrate being transparent to an electromagnetic wave with a predetermined wavelength is provided. The template includes a first mark in which line-shaped first concave patterns and first convex patterns are alternately placed in a width direction on the pattern-formed surface. The first convex pattern includes a first light-blocking portion and a first translucent portion. The first light-blocking portion is a region including a first side surface in the width direction and being covered with a metal film. The first translucent portion is a region including a second side surface in the width direction and being not covered with the metal film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Toshiba Memory Corporation
    Inventor: Manabu Takakuwa
  • Patent number: 11142919
    Abstract: A central rod passes through a form-board. A first disc is attached to a first end of the central rod. The first disc abuts to a first side the form-board. A second disc is attached to the central rod between the first end of the central rod and a second end of the central rod. The second disc abut to a second side of the form-board opposite the first side. A third disc, attached the second end of the central rod, is configured to receive a rebar rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventor: Scott Burnett Thompson
  • Patent number: 11135630
    Abstract: A method for producing a densified material includes: obtaining a film including at least one first layer of plastic material and one second layer with a composition distinct from the first layer, the first layer having a first melting temperature, or obtaining pieces of such a film; compressing the obtained film or the obtained pieces of film through at least one die of at least one extruder, and obtaining a profile of densified material, the extruder including at least one rotary endless screw pushing the obtained film or pieces of film along a screw axis; and optionally cutting the profile in order to obtain granules of densified material, the compression step being carried out at a maximum compression temperature for the obtained film or pieces of film, the maximum compression temperature being less than the first melting temperature. Also disclosed are installation and use of the densified material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: ARMOR
    Inventors: Fanny Vidalat, Nicolas Vannieuwenhuyse, Christophe Derennes
  • Patent number: 11130295
    Abstract: Presented are manufacturing control systems for fabricating composite-material structures, methods for making/operating such systems, and resin transfer molding techniques for ameliorating race-tracking effects in fiber-reinforced polymer panels. A method for forming a composite-material construction includes confirming, via a system electronic control unit (ECU), that a fiber-based preform is placed in a mold cavity and that opposing mold segments of the molding apparatus are sealed together. A filler, such as a compressible bladder, a cluster of spring-biased pins, or a spray-chopped fiber bed, is introduced into a void between the fiber-based preform and a tool face of one mold segment to thereby eliminate an unwanted resin race track. The system ECU commands a resin pump to inject resin through a primary gate of the molding apparatus and into the mold cavity to thereby impregnate the fiber-based preform with the resin. One or more vents operate to evacuate air from the mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: William R. Rodgers, Venkateshwar R. Aitharaju
  • Patent number: 11125669
    Abstract: A system includes a curing assembly for low temperature curing and residual stress relief of material substrates. The curing assembly includes a first exposure chamber configured to expose the material substrate to UV radiation, and a second exposure chamber configured to expose the material substrate to Gamma radiation. In some embodiments, a mixing apparatus may mix nano-filler particles into the material substrate prior to exposure to Gamma radiation. The cure assembly may also include a control system for determining exposure dosages and exposure times based at least in part, on the material properties of the material substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Inventors: Rafael J. Zaldivar, Geena L. Ferrelli, Hyun I. Kim
  • Patent number: 11117294
    Abstract: The invention refers to a method for producing expanded polymer pellets, which comprises the following steps: melting a polymer comprising a polyamide; adding at least one blowing agent; expanding the melt through at least one die for producing an expanded polymer; and pelletizing the expanded polymer. The invention further concerns polymer pellets produced with the method as well as their use, e.g. for the production of cushioning elements for sports apparel, such as for producing soles or parts of soles of sports shoes. A further aspect of the invention concerns a method for the manufacture of molded components, comprising loading pellets of an expanded polymer material into a mold, and connecting the pellets by providing heat energy, wherein the expanded polymer material of the pellets or beads comprises a chain extender. The molded components may be used in broad ranges of application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventors: Christopher Edward Holmes, Tru Huu Minh Le, Sabrina Kerling, Dharan Kirupanantham, Volker Altstädt, Amir Fathi, Daniel Raps, Clemens Keilholz, Thomas Koeppl, Paul Leonard Michael Smith, Jan Hill, Angus Wardlaw, Daniel Stephen Price, James Tarrier, Christopher Robertson
  • Patent number: 11110645
    Abstract: A system for controlling the temperature of a film before and/or during application, the system including: a heat source for heating a film; and stretch rollers; wherein the heat source heats the film from an ambient temperature to a temperature from about 2° C. to about 40° C. above the ambient temperature, wherein the film is heated prior to or simultaneous to being stretched by the stretch rollers, and wherein the ambient temperature is below 15° C. The preheating system may be used to enhance binding and sealing properties of stretch films used for wrapping palletized products in a reduced temperature environment. Other embodiments of the preheating film system, and methods for its use, are described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: RLMB GROUP, LLC
    Inventor: R. Craig Bowden
  • Patent number: 11103395
    Abstract: A technique for capturing a three-dimensional digital image of a customized shape for a wheelchair seat and back and subsequently producing a seat and back from the image. The captured image may include one or more datum points therein to provide a reference plane for the seat and back. The datum points may be in a color-coded layer located relative to the bottom edge of the seat. The color code may indicate the size of the user and seat at a coarse level. The customized shape may be captured from a shape capture bag or bags that capture one or both of the shape of the user's back and bottom. The shape capture bag used to capture the shape of the user's bottom, for use in manufacturing the seat, may be enhanced by a pre-formed layer that contains a contour or one or more components that together form a contour that biases the shape capture bag toward the shape of the user's bottom when gravity is acting upon the user to sink into a cushioned seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Aspen Seating, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas R. Hetzel, Joseph S. Bieganek, Joshua A. Middel, Steve Maurus, Edward J. Gillman
  • Patent number: 11106128
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a method for designing a mask set is provided. In the method for designing the mask set, an imprint-alignment mark is arranged in a region other than a chip region in an imprint shot formed in a template. The imprint-alignment mark is used for alignment during an imprint. Subsequently, the shape of the imprint shot is set based on an arrangement position of the imprint-alignment mark. Subsequently, another pattern is arranged in a region where the region is other than the chip region in the imprint shot and the imprint-alignment mark is not arranged. The other pattern is used in a process other than the imprint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Kioxia Corporation
    Inventors: Shinichiro Nakagawa, Masafumi Asano
  • Patent number: 11104816
    Abstract: The present disclosure is drawn to material sets for 3D printing and methods of 3D printing. The material set can include a coalescent an organic-soluble near-infrared dye having a peak absorption wavelength from 800 nm to 1400 nm. The coalescent ink can also include water and an organic co-solvent. The material set can also include a particulate polymer formulated to coalesce when contacted by the coalescent ink and irradiated by a near-infrared energy having the peak absorption wavelength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Sivapackia Ganapathiappan, Howard S. Tom, Lihua Zhao, Krzysztof Nauka, Yan Zhao, Hou T. Ng
  • Patent number: 11106129
    Abstract: An imprint apparatus performs an imprint process for forming a pattern of a cured product of an imprint material on a substrate by using a mold. The apparatus includes a substrate holder configured to hold the substrate, a substrate deformation mechanism configured to deform the substrate so the substrate will have a convex shape toward the mold in a state in which the substrate is held by the substrate holder, and a controller configured to control the deformation of the substrate by the substrate deformation mechanism in accordance with orientation information related to a crystal orientation of the substrate and a target shot region on which the imprint process is to be performed among a plurality of shot regions on the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Kondo
  • Patent number: 11104076
    Abstract: In an aspect of the disclosure a three dimensional printing system includes an elevator mechanism for supporting a build plate, a printhead assembly, a movement mechanism, and a controller. The printhead assembly includes a printhead and a planarizer arranged along a scan axis. The movement mechanism is for scanning the printhead across the build plate. The controller is configured to: (a) print one or more base layers of ink onto the build plate, (b) print one or more layers of test patterns onto the base layers until an alignment determination can be made, wherein the test patterns comprise different timing values, and (c) receive information and update a scan axis timing parameter based on the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: 3D Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Raymond Parker