Patents Examined by Timothy Kennedy
  • Patent number: 11826951
    Abstract: A three-dimensional (3D) bioprinting method and system are disclosed. The method includes disposing/immersing a printing platform or surface into a first bioink, such as a bioink resin, curing one or more layer of the first bioink resin onto the printing platform or surface, and removing the printing platform or surface from the first bioink resin. The process is repeated with a second bioink resin such that the second bioink resin is cured on top of the one or more layer of first bioink resin, and can be further repeated with a third or even fourth bioink resin. By varying constituents of one or more or each bioink resin (such as living cell type or polymer), complex, multilayered tissues can be engineered. A system capable of performing the method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: Cellink AB
    Inventors: Christen J. Boyer, Hector Martinez, Erik Gatenholm
  • Patent number: 11813839
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for printing on an article are disclosed. An embodiment of a method may include the generation of a virtual mask that can designate areas for printing and/or designate areas to exclude from printing. A method may include utilization of the virtual mask during either 2D or 3D printing such that a print design is printed in areas designated for printing by the virtual mask.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Todd W. Miller
  • Patent number: 11813795
    Abstract: Provided is a method of making a cured object having a surface coating bonded thereto, which may include: providing an intermediate object produced in an additive manufacturing process such as stereolithography by light polymerization of a dual cure resin, the resin comprising a mixture of (i) a light polymerizable first component, and (ii) a second component that is different from the first component; applying a first reactive coating composition to a surface portion of the object to form a first coating thereon; optionally, but in some embodiments preferably, applying a second reactive coating composition to the first coating to form a second coating thereon; and heating the object at (and for) a time and to a temperature sufficient to bond the first coating to the surface portion, and bond the second coating when present to the first coating, and form the cured object having a surface coating bonded thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: Carbon, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason P. Rolland, Matthew S. Menyo, Joseph M. Desimone
  • Patent number: 11806913
    Abstract: Provided is a head for a multi-layer extrusion device which can be easily and accurately adjusted to a change in size of an extruder and a change in extrusion shape. A head 1 for a multi-layer extrusion device is provided with a plurality of flow paths for separately guiding elastomer materials G from a plurality of extruders 2 to a pre-former attachment unit. The head 1 comprises: a main head 10 to which each extruder 2 is connected; an upper head part 11 positioned above the main head 10; and a lower head part 12 positioned below the main head 10. The plurality of extruders 2 include a first extruder 5 and a second extruder 6.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: Nakata Engineering Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takeshi Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 11806957
    Abstract: The light guide film product processing apparatus provided in the present invention relates to the field of light guide film processing, and includes an unwinding device for transmitting a first light guide film, a dot processing device, a cooling device, a cutting device, a waste collecting device, and a product collecting device that are sequentially installed along the transmission direction of the first light guide film, and a linkage controller; the dot processing device transfers dots on both sides of the first light guide film, the cooling device cools the first light guide film after dot processing, the cutting device cuts the cooled first light guide film, the waste collecting device is configured to wind a second light guide film, and the second light guide film is a remaining material after the first light guide film is cut into a light guide film product; and the included angle formed between the winding and transmission direction of the second light guide film and the transmission direction of th
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Inventors: Yong Liu, Yonggang Li
  • Patent number: 11787117
    Abstract: A fabrication apparatus for fabricating ceramic structures of controlled size and composition is provided. The fabrication apparatus includes an additive manufacturing machine configured to dispense preceramic materials in a printed pattern, the printed pattern corresponding to the ceramic structures of the controlled size and composition, a radiation emitter configured to emit curing radiation toward the printed pattern to cure the preceramic materials and a lamp element configured to shine light on the preceramic materials to convert the preceramic materials to ceramics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Inventors: Wayde R. Schmidt, Paul Sheedy, John A. Sharon, Neal Magdefrau
  • Patent number: 11780167
    Abstract: A powder recirculation system for an apparatus for manufacturing a three-dimensional object (500) from powder is provided. The powder recirculation system comprises: a delivery path coupled to an outlet of a powder tank (410), the powder tank configured to store the powder; a powder repository (115) coupled to an outlet of the delivery path, the delivery path comprising a delivery mechanism for delivering the powder from the powder tank to the powder repository; a powder recirculation path coupled to an outlet (102) of the powder repository, wherein the powder recirculation path is configured to return first excess powder from the powder repository to the delivery path at a location (103, 104) upstream of the outlet of the powder tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: Stratasys Powder Production Ltd.
    Inventors: Frederik Tjellesen, Anders Hartmann, Alexander Rasmussen
  • Patent number: 11780031
    Abstract: A method for laser processing a packaging box is provided, which includes feeding a paper material printed with a pattern on the front side thereof to a cutting machine by back feeding using an automatic paper feeder; performing edge finding on the rear side of the paper material, and forming indentations on the rear side of the paper material corresponding to where the pattern is on the front side; conveying the paper material to a laser cutting machine to perform registration marking on the rear side of the paper material before laser cutting; and finally performing laser cutting based on the registration markings to obtain a packaging box with the pattern printed on the front side and the indentations formed on the rear side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Inventors: Liang Shih, Heng-Kuan Lin, Chia-Liang Lu
  • Patent number: 11780113
    Abstract: A reduced weight, reduced density gypsum panel that includes high expansion vermiculite with fire resistance capabilities that are at least comparable to (if not better than) commercial fire rated gypsum panels with a much greater gypsum content, weight and density.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: United States Gypsum Company
    Inventors: Qiang Yu, Srinivas Veeramasuneni, Weixin D. Song, Wenqi Luan
  • Patent number: 11771534
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus and method for three-dimensionally laminating a ceramic denture in a color-and-transmittance variable manner. A base slurry and a light transmissive slurry are mixed at a ratio regulated by a main controller according to a slurry ratio parameter datum, and then a slurry mixture is laid on a substrate by a laying module to form a slurry layer; next, the slurry layer is photocured by a photocuring module according to a laminated graphic under control of the main controller; in such a manner, the slurry layers are laminated and cured one by one so that a denture green body is formed; finally, the denture green body is sintered at a high temperature to form a ceramic denture. The present invention allows each slurry layer to exhibit different color and transmittance, resulting in quite natural gradation of color and gradation of transmittance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Inventors: Feng-Ming Yen, Chun-Jung Yen, Yuh Che Tang, Nai-Hui Liu
  • Patent number: 11773491
    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: January 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Inventors: Ramprasad Gandhiraman, Meyya Meyyappan, Jessica E. Koehne
  • Patent number: 11766899
    Abstract: A pneumatic vehicle tire including a utility vehicle tire has a tread with profile positives which are separated from one another in a circumferential direction by transverse channels which extend continuously from the central region of the tread as far as the lateral tread edges, respectively. The transverse channels are main channels of the tread and, at least over the major part of the course thereof, have the maximum provided profile depth. The transverse channels are provided, on the respective channel base thereof, with a row of base elevations formed so as to be distributed over the entire course of the transverse channels. The base elevations are attached to the channel flanks of the transverse channels and are configured such that their rubber volume becomes smaller the closer to the tread edge they are disposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2023
    Assignee: Continental Reifen Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Florian Kristen, Andreas Haertwig, Chun Yi Yeo
  • Patent number: 11760014
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments relate to recoater systems for use with additive manufacturing systems. A recoater assembly may be adjustable along multiple degrees of freedom relative to a build surface, which may allow for adjustment of a spacing between the recoater assembly and the build surface and/or an orientation of the recoater assembly relative to an orientation of the build surface. In some embodiments, the recoater assembly may be supported by four support columns extending above the build surface, and attachments between the recoater assembly and the support columns may be independently adjustable to adjust the recoater relative to the build surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: VulcanForms Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Sweetland
  • Patent number: 11731358
    Abstract: Examples of a print particle transfer device are described herein. Some examples of the print particle transfer device include a print particle vessel to contain print particles. In some examples, the print particle transfer device also includes a plunger with a fibrous seal element to engage an inside surface of the print particle vessel. The fibrous seal element seals an interface between the plunger and the inside surface of the print particle vessel to prevent escape of the print particles at the interface during movement of the plunger within the print particle vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Matthew James Storey, Jefferson Blake West, Bennett Alexander Nadeau
  • Patent number: 11712848
    Abstract: A standard powder bed fusion additive manufacture apparatus is provided with a device to modify the building space, including the powder feed for the building space, yielding a reduction in the active build area, with a concomitant reduction in the adjacent powder supply. A retrofit kit or assembly which is quickly emplaced on the existing equipment with little modification of the regular building space is provided, and is therefore readily removable when the building space is to be returned to its original condition. One advantage is the relatively quick manner in which the building space can be modified. A reduced area build piston is slideably received in a shaft depending from a cover that is emplaceable on the unmodified build area. The build piston moves with the pre-existing build platform. A like arrangement is provided for the feed container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2023
    Assignee: EOS of North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Ankit Saharan, Erling Richard LaSalle
  • Patent number: 11712830
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a printing cylinder. The method comprises providing a moulding apparatus comprising a cylindrical moulding vessel defining a moulding cavity (101). The vessel comprises at least one inlet for the ingress of moulding material. The method comprises performing an injection moulding operation comprising: injecting moulding material through the at least one inlet to substantially fill the moulding cavity with moulding material; and effecting hardening of the moulding material within the vessel (102). The method comprises removing the printing cylinder (103). At least part of the injection moulding operation is performed in the presence of an active pressure being applied to the moulding cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2023
    Inventors: Harrie Corbey, Mark Jones
  • Patent number: 11712851
    Abstract: In one example, a material dispensing apparatus comprises a plurality of material containers, wherein the plurality of material containers comprises a first set of material containers arranged to contain a first material and a second set of material containers arranged to contain a second, different, material, and each material container of the second set is located relative to a respective material container of the first set to form a pair of material containers. In use, the material dispensing apparatus is controllable to move across a build platform of an additive manufacturing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2023
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Rhys Mansell, Mohammad Jowkar, Vicente Granados Asensio
  • Patent number: 11707885
    Abstract: In a three-dimensional shaped object manufacturing device, when a unit is moved in a forward direction, powder is supplied from a first supply portion, a powder layer is formed by a first layer forming portion, a liquid is discharged to a shaping region from a head, and a shaping table is moved in a direction separating from the unit after discharging the liquid is ended and before a second layer forming portion faces the shaping region, and when the unit is moved in a backward direction, the powder is supplied from a second supply portion, the powder layer is formed by the second layer forming portion, the liquid is discharged to the shaping region from the head, and the shaping table is moved in the direction separating from the unit after discharging the liquid to the shaping region is ended and before the first layer forming portion faces the shaping region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2023
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Eiji Okamoto, Akihiko Tsunoya
  • Patent number: 11701820
    Abstract: An additive manufacturing device includes a recoater configured to push powder onto a build platform. The recoater defines an advancing direction for pushing powder. A first baffle is mounted to a first end of a leading edge of the recoater and a second baffle mounted to a second end of the leading edge of the recoater opposite the first end. Each of the first and second baffles includes a base mounted to the recoater, a first wall that extends obliquely ahead of and laterally outward from the base relative to the advancing direction, and a second wall opposite the first wall. The second wall extends obliquely ahead of and laterally inward from the base relative to the advancing direction. A volume is defined between the first and second wall with capacity to collect powder as the recoater advances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2023
    Assignee: Collins Engine Nozzles, Inc.
    Inventors: Diana Giulietti, David W. Morganson
  • Patent number: 11697245
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for the fabrication of solid three-dimensional objects from liquid polymerizable materials at high resolution. A material is coated on a film non-digitally, excess material is removed digitally, by laser, leaving an image of a layer to be printed, and the image is then engaged with existing portions of an object being fabricated and exposed to a non-digital UV curing light source. Since the only part of the process that is digital is the material removal, and this part is done by laser, the speed of printing and the robustness of the manufacturing process is improved significantly over conventional additive or 3D fabrication techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2023
    Assignee: IO Tech Group Ltd.
    Inventors: Ziv Gilan, Michael Zenou, Guy Nesher