Patents Examined by Timothy Kennedy
  • Patent number: 10994449
    Abstract: A thermal processing and consolidation system includes an upper assembly, a lower assembly, and an air impingement device. At least one of the upper assembly or the lower assembly is a chamber assembly. The upper assembly and the lower assembly are movable relative to one another between an opened position where the upper assembly and the lower assembly are detached from one another, and a closed position where the upper assembly and the lower assembly are coupled to one another and form an enclosed plenum for receiving a tool. The air impingement device is arranged at least partially in the plenum, and configured to direct forced flows of air at the tool when the tool is received in the plenum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: LIGHTWEIGHT LABS, LLC
    Inventors: Calvin D. Bamford, Jr., Ronald M. Jacobsen, James P. Martin
  • Patent number: 10995406
    Abstract: Systems and methods for highly reproducible and focused plasma jet printing and patterning of materials using appropriate ink containing aerosol through nozzles with narrow orifice and tubes with controlled dielectric constant connected to high voltage power supply, in the presence of electric field and plasma, that enables morphological and/or bulk chemical modification and/or surface chemical modification of the material in the aerosol and/or the substrate prior to printing, during printing and post printing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: UNIVERSITIES SPACE RESEARCH ASSOCIATION
    Inventors: Ramprasad Gandhiraman, Meyya Meyyappan, Jessica E. Koehne
  • Patent number: 10996561
    Abstract: A head module of an imprint lithography system includes a base, a control body coupled to the base, a first set of actuators configured to generate a first force to translate the control body relative to the base along a first axis and to rotate the control body relative to the base about a second axis perpendicular to the first axis and about a third axis perpendicular to the first axis and to the second axis, a second set of actuators configured to generate a second force to translate the control body relative to the base in a plane defined by the second axis and the third axis and to rotate the control body relative to the base about the first axis, and a flexure coupling the base and the control body and restricting translation and rotation of the control body with respect to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Seth J. Bamesberger, Jeremy Sevier, Byung-Jin Choi, Philip D. Schumaker, Mario Johannes Meissl
  • Patent number: 10994373
    Abstract: A method of cutting a web structure that is utilized in the manufacture of an absorbent article. The method of cutting the web structure can employ a laser having a pulse mode of operation. In various embodiments, the frequency of the beam of radiation pulsed from the laser can be patterned to correspond to the material of the web structure. In various embodiments, the frequency of the beam of radiation pulsed from the laser can be patterned to correspond to the speed at which the web structure is moving and can change with any change in speed of the web structure movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Milbrodt, Brian T. Anderson, Brittany Alissa Young
  • Patent number: 10987645
    Abstract: An extruding nozzle is provided. The extruding nozzle includes a housing and a radiator. The radiator is at least partially disposed within the housing. The extruding nozzle also includes at least one material flow channel. The at least one material flow channel is at least partially disposed within the housing and extends through the radiator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey H. Olberg, Stephen L. Metschan, Richard V. Phillips, Daniel J. Perron
  • Patent number: 10987854
    Abstract: In an apparatus for manufacturing a micro-channel and a method for manufacturing a micro-channel, the apparatus includes a base member and a holding chamber. The base member includes a first base member having a concave portion and a convex portion, and a second base member covering the concave portion to form a channel. The holding chamber holds the base member thereinside, to form a space uniformly applying a pressure on a surface of the base member. Accordingly, the pressure is uniformly applied on an entire surface of the base member and thus the micro-channel may be manufactured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: KOREA INSTITUTE OF MACHINERY & MATERIALS
    Inventors: Yeong-eun Yoo, Sung-hwan Chang, Jung-yup Kim, Kyung-ho Lee
  • Patent number: 10981418
    Abstract: A tire comprises a tread portion. The tread portion comprises a first tread edge, a shoulder main groove extending continuously in a tire circumferential direction between the first tread edge and a tire equator, and a shoulder land region defined between the first tread edge and the shoulder main groove. The shoulder land region is provided with a shoulder sipe extending in a tire axial direction with a width less than 1.5 mm. The shoulder sipe includes a narrow sipe portion and a wide sipe portion having a width larger than that of the narrow sipe portion. The wide sipe portion is arranged on a side of the shoulder main groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Masashi Wakasugi
  • Patent number: 10981331
    Abstract: In one example, a fusing system for an additive manufacturing machine includes a first carriage carrying a layering device and a fusing lamp, and a second carriage carrying a fusing agent dispenser. The first carriage and the second carriage are movable back and forth over the work area along the same line of motion so that the first carriage follows the second carriage in one direction and the second carriage follows the first carriage in the other direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Arthur H. Barnes, Wesley R. Schalk, Matthew A. Shepherd
  • Patent number: 10981329
    Abstract: A powder sintering lamination apparatus forms a powder layer having a predetermined thickness from a fiber-containing resin powder supplied onto a shaping table using a flattening device. The apparatus irradiates a predetermined place of the powder layer on the shaping table with laser light from a laser light irradiation module, sinters the part of the powder layer irradiated with the laser light to form a solidified layer, and forms a three-dimensional shaped object on the shaping table by laminating a plurality of the solidified layers integrally with each other. The flattening device includes a first blade and a second blade that move in different directions. The movement track of the first blade on the shaping table orthogonally intersects with the movement track of the second blade on the shaping table. The first blade and the second blade move alternately on the shaping table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Enplas Corporation
    Inventor: Masaaki Ojima
  • Patent number: 10974321
    Abstract: An additive manufacturing system for building a product includes a base plate for mounting the product thereon, and at least one heating element shaped to at least partially conform to the product and configured to apply heat to at least a portion of the product as the product is additively manufactured to reduce thermal gradients in the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventor: Eric W. Karlen
  • Patent number: 10974454
    Abstract: Powder module (1, 15, 24) for an apparatus for additively manufacturing of three-dimensional objects, comprising a powder chamber (2) defining a powder room (3), which is fillable with building material (4) in powder form and a cover (5) defining the powder room (3) at its top, whereby the powder module (1, 15, 24) comprises at least one equalization unit (7), configured for spreading the building material (4) inside the powder room (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: CONCEPT LASER GMBH
    Inventors: Frank Schödel, Jens Stammberger
  • Patent number: 10974275
    Abstract: This invention provides a method for manufacturing a decorated part having a dynamic visual effect of a design that is drawn onto the surface of a work, thus reducing the manufacturing cost. The decorated part is manufactured by a laser-irradiating process, which involves irradiating a laser onto a decorative surface 4, thus forming a design 20 having many laser-processed linear grooves 21 closely aligned in a specific direction F1 on said decorative surface. Also, in the laser-irradiating process, said design 20 is formed such that the angle ?2 that is made by the specific direction F1 and by the direction F2 in which the laser-processed linear grooves 21 are extending is gradually changing into the direction in which such laser-processed linear grooves are aligned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: TRINITY INDUSTRIAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tokinobu Shimada, Yukihiro Goto
  • Patent number: 10967573
    Abstract: A tank assembly for a 3D printing system may include a membrane assembly that is releasably secured to a bottom rim of a tank sidewall of the tank assembly. The securing mechanism may include one or more of a friction-fit coupling and a magnetic coupling. The membrane assembly may include a frame, a radiation-transparent flexible membrane and a membrane securing member. A peripheral portion of the flexible membrane may be secured within a groove of the frame by the membrane securing member. The tank sidewall may include one or more components for supplying fresh resin to the tank assembly and one or more components for draining used resin from the tank assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: NEXA3D INC.
    Inventors: Izhar Medalsy, Chance Holland
  • Patent number: 10967569
    Abstract: A head is disclosed for use with an additive manufacturing system. The head may include a matrix reservoir, a first nozzle tip, and a second nozzle tip. The head may also include a tip changer mechanically connected between the first nozzle tip, the second nozzle tip, and the matrix reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Continuous Composites Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Tyler, Ryan C Stockett
  • Patent number: 10953568
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for the production of MDF boards, fibre and particle boards, based on cellulose fibres, comprising the following steps: obtaining wood chips; transporting them to a vaporizer silo where they are heated; transporting the wood chips to a digester where they continue to be heated and are conveyed via a supply outlet screw towards a shredder/refiner; adding a paraffinic emulsion to the chips; transporting them towards the shredder/refiner; injecting resin; carrying to a dryer; transporting towards a fibre silo; carrying the fibres to a step of forming, pre-pressing, pressing, measuring, classification, cooling, standing, formatting and packaging of the boards produced, wherein nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC) is added, together with microfibrillated cellulose (MFC), be it in the supply screw, or after the shredder/refiner, or after the dryer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: INVESTIGACIONES FORESTALES BIOFOREST S.A.
    Inventors: Olli Joutsimo, Bruno Gorrini
  • Patent number: 10948819
    Abstract: An imprint apparatus forms a pattern on a substrate by bringing a pattern region of a mold into contact with imprint material on the substrate and curing the imprint material. The mold has first and second surfaces. The first surface includes the pattern region and a peripheral region surrounding the pattern region. The second surface includes a held region. The imprint apparatus includes a mold driving mechanism to hold the held region of the mold and drive the mold, a mold conveyance mechanism to hold the peripheral region of the mold and convey the mold, and a controller to control the mold conveyance mechanism based on thickness between the peripheral region and the held region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takashi Hosaka
  • Patent number: 10940656
    Abstract: A press tool for a press assembly includes an additive manufactured body including a plurality of stacked layers of additive manufacturable material extending between an interior side and an exterior side. The interior side has a part forming surface including a surface profile for forming a part. The exterior side has a plurality of hollow cores defined by longitudinal walls and lateral walls meeting at joints. Press inserts are coupled to the longitudinal walls and the lateral walls at the exterior side. The press inserts are configured to be pressed inward by a pressing load during a pressing operation for forming the part. The press inserts distribute the pressing load along the longitudinal and lateral walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Michael Palmore Matlack, Steven Michael Shewchuk
  • Patent number: 10940624
    Abstract: In an injection molding machine in which intermediate molds are disposed movably in a mold opening/closing direction between a movable platen attached with a movable mold and a stationary platen attached with a stationary mold, setting is simplified when individually setting a setting value related to molding using the movable mold and the intermediate mold and a setting value related to molding using the stationary mold and the intermediate mold. In a method for controlling an injection molding machine in which intermediate molds are disposed movably in a mold opening/closing direction between a movable platen attached with a movable mold and a stationary platen attached with a stationary mold, single setting enables setting of both of a setting value related to molding using the movable mold and the intermediate mold and a setting value related to molding using the stationary mold and the intermediate mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: THE JAPAN STEEL WORKS, LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Kashiuchi, Kazuchika Asano, Minetoshi Kako
  • Patent number: 10940400
    Abstract: A heat treatment furnace device for heat-treating precursor fiber bundles of carbon fibers, having: a heat treatment chamber, in which continuously supplied precursor fiber bundles are treated with hot air, a hot air circulation path, through which hot air from the heat treatment chamber returns to the heat treatment chamber, and a condensation/separation device, into which the hot air flowing through the hot air circulation path is introduced and separated into a condensate and a gas; wherein the condensation/separation device has: a condensation treatment chamber and a condensation unit, which is provided in the condensation treatment chamber and has condensation surfaces on which the condensate is formed and allowed to drip down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
    Inventors: Yusuke Oka, Hiroshi Inagaki, Nobuyuki Yamamoto, Atsushi Kawamura
  • Patent number: 10932473
    Abstract: A feeding unit for feeding a food product for a machine for making filled pasta includes at least one feed duct having an outlet and an inlet; a sleeve fitted coaxially over the duct and rotatable relative thereto about an axis of rotation R in order to regulate the cross section of the inlet; an actuator including a stem inserted in the sleeve and movable between a first, retracted operating position and a second, extracted operating position to allow the food product to enter the feed duct and to push at least one single portion of food product out of the duct through the outlet; a second sleeve, fitted between the first sleeve and the stem, the stem sliding inside the second sleeve and the first sleeve rotating on the second sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventors: Andrea Biondi, Riccardo Ruggeri, Ivanoe Bertuzzi