Patents Examined by Timothy Kennedy
  • Patent number: 10434711
    Abstract: A three-dimensional object printer comprises a conveyor having a surface configured to convey a three-dimensional object in a first direction; and a leveling assembly configured to level a surface of the three-dimensional object as the conveyer conveys the three-dimensional object in the first direction, the leveling assembly comprising (i) a roller having a cylindrical shape, the roller having an outer surface that moves upon the surface of the three-dimensional object to level the surface of the three-dimensional object; and (ii) a guide device arranged between the roller and the planar surface of the conveyer, the device being configured to mechanically interact with the roller to maintain a constant distance between the outer surface of the roller and the planar surface of the conveyer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Aaron M. Moore, Ron E. Dufort, Timothy G. Shelhart, Timothy D. Slattery
  • Patent number: 10434736
    Abstract: A strip rubber adhering apparatus includes a rotating drum; an extruder configured to extrude strip rubber of a shape having an apex portion in cross section toward the drum; a pressure bonding roller configured to press a surface of the strip rubber on the apex portion side in the direction of the drum, and adhere the surface of the strip rubber on a side opposite to the apex portion side to the drum; and a blowing apparatus configured to supply wind toward the surface of the strip rubber on the apex portion side in the vicinity of a position of adhesion of the strip rubber with respect to the drum, wherein the drum and the extruder are relatively movable in the direction of axis of the drum with respect to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventor: Syuuichi Nishikawa
  • Patent number: 10427340
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a wheel has a step (a) during which, by injecting a first polymer material into a first mold, a bearing core is created that extends from a radially internal wall that forms the ball of a steering axis, as far as a radially external peripheral edge, followed by a step (b) of coating during which step a coating layer is overmolded in a second polymer material over the bearing core to form a rim around the peripheral edge, the method being such that during step (a) of creating the bearing core, a preformed reinforcing hoop made of a third material referred to as “reinforcing material” is placed in the first mold then the reinforcing hoop is at least partially embedded in the peripheral edge during injection of the first material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: JTEKT EUROPE
    Inventors: Patrice Brochot, Laurent Rey
  • Patent number: 10427366
    Abstract: A progressive indent system is used to manufacture a mold for a microlens array. The system includes a die, an actuator, and a controller. The die comprises a plurality of protrusions, wherein each of the protrusions is configured to create an impression in a substrate. Each protrusion has a different priority and is arranged in order of increasing priority on the die. The actuator is coupled to the die and receives actuation instructions from the controller. The actuation instructions cause the actuator to stamp a specific location on the substrate with the plurality of protrusions in order of increasing priority, wherein successive impressions at the specific location progressively form the final shape of a microlens mold. The actuator may move the die repeatedly across the substrate to form a plurality of individual microlens molds at several locations on the substrate, forming a mold for a microlens array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Alexander Sohn
  • Patent number: 10427369
    Abstract: A tire tread extractor used in the manufacture of treads includes a frame, a first nip roller rotatably associated with the frame, and a second nip roller rotatably associated with the frame. The first and second nip rollers are adapted to engage a tire tread at least partially resident in a mold. A driving mechanism associated with the first and/or second nip rollers operates to impart rotational motion thereto. The frame is configured for longitudinal movement along a substantial portion of a longitudinal length of the mold while maintaining the first and second nip rollers in a spaced relation to the mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Bridgestone Bandag, LLC
    Inventors: Jason Len Gridley, Troy Allen Kost
  • Patent number: 10421241
    Abstract: A drum is provided for building a green tire casing. The drum includes sectors, an expander, and an adjuster. The sectors form a circumferential face of the drum. The expander moves the sectors in a radial direction such that, at any given time, all the sectors extend at a same distance from an axis of the drum. The adjuster moves the sectors in the radial direction separately from movement of the sectors caused by the expander. Movement of the sectors by the adjuster is such that, at any given time, all the sectors extend at an equal distance from the axis of the drum. The expander is usable to move the sectors regardless of a position of the sectors caused by an operation of the adjuster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin
    Inventors: Florent Monbrun, Hélène Jaquet, Dominique Leblanc
  • Patent number: 10414078
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing a gear, said method including a step (a) during which a supporting core is made from a first polymer material, said supporting core comprising a hub, with a director axis (XX?), as well as a flange which extends radially from said hub to a peripheral flanged edge, said method then involves a coating step (b) which comprises producing a permanent coating layer, made of a second polymer material, by overmolding on the supporting core, including integrally both a front layer which covers the upper surface of the flange, and a side layer which extends said front layer axially by covering the outer radial surface of the flanged edge, such that said side layer forms a rim, the teeth of the gear being made in the radial body of said rim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: JTEKT EUROPE
    Inventors: Patrice Brochot, Laurent Rey
  • Patent number: 10409164
    Abstract: A heat-reactive resist material contains copper oxide, and silicon or silicon oxide, and is formed so that the content of silicon or silicon oxide in the heat-reactive resist material is 4.0 mol % or more less than 10.0 mol % in terms of mole of silicon. A heat-reactive resist layer is formed using the heat-reactive resist material, is exposed, and then, is developed with a developing solution. Using the obtained heat-reactive resist layer as a mask, dry etching is performed on a substrate with a fluorocarbon to manufacture a mold having a concavo-convex shape on the substrate surface. At this point, it is possible to control a fine pattern comprised of the concavo-convex shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventors: Yoshimichi Mitamura, Takuto Nakata
  • Patent number: 10406749
    Abstract: The disclosure relates in particular to a machine for additive manufacturing by sintering or melting powder using an energy beam acting on a powder layer in a working zone, said machine comprising a device for layering said powder. The device is configured to distribute the powder that are able to travel over the working zone in order to distribute the powder in a layer having a final thickness suitable for additive manufacturing; transfer the powder to a distribution structure by gravity, and control the quantity of powder transferred to the distribution structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignees: Compagnie Generale Des Etablissements Michelin, Michelin Recherche Et Technique, S.A.
    Inventors: Christophe De Lajudie, Ludovic Angele
  • Patent number: 10399259
    Abstract: A rotary tablet press having a rotatably driven rotor and a die plate with a plurality of die bores. A plurality of upper and lower punches are configured to produce tablets in the plurality of die bores. The tablets are monitored for one or more characteristics and are sorted by an ejection apparatus according to the one or more characteristics into a reject channel and a satisfactory channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Fette Compacting GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Arning, Nils Petersen
  • Patent number: 10376957
    Abstract: A three-dimensional forming apparatus includes: a stage; a material supply mechanism that supplies a sintered material in which metal powder and a binder are kneaded to a stage; a drying mechanism that dries the sintered material supplied from the material supply mechanism to the stage to form a dry sintered material; an energy radiation mechanism that supplies energy capable of sintering the dry sintered material; and a driving mechanism that is able to three-dimensionally move the material supply mechanism, the drying mechanism, and the energy radiation mechanism relative to the stage. The material supply mechanism includes a material ejection unit supplying a predetermined amount of the sintered material in a gravity direction. The energy radiation mechanism includes an energy radiation unit outputting the energy. The material ejection unit and the energy radiation unit are held in one holding mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Kamakura
  • Patent number: 10363706
    Abstract: A 3D printing method and apparatus using the same are provided. The printing method includes: generating a two-dimensional layer information related with multiple layer objects of a three-dimensional object according to a three-dimensional model information, whereas the three-dimensional object has a forming part and an object embedded part; analyzing the two-dimensional layer information to identify a forming region and an object embedded region within each of the layer objects, whereas the forming regions constitute the forming part and the object embedded regions constitute the object embedded part; selecting at least one section of the three-dimensional object as a separation plane; printing the layer objects, layer by layer, with a forming material and a supporting material, to coat the forming material onto the forming region without overlapping with the separation plane, and coat the supporting material onto the forming region overlapping with the separation plane and the object embedded region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignees: XYZprinting, Inc., Kinpo Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Ting-Yu Lu, Yi-Lung Lin
  • Patent number: 10363702
    Abstract: A three dimensional printing apparatus including a tank, an injecting module, a leveling module, a curing module, and a control module is provided. The injecting module is disposed at the tank to inject a liquid forming material into the tank. The leveling module is movably disposed in the tank. The curing module is disposed above the tank. The control module is electrically connected to the injecting module, the leveling module, and the curing module. The leveling module is controlled by the control module to be moved in the tank, so as to level a surface of the liquid forming material. The curing module is controlled by the control module to cure the leveled liquid forming material to form a solidification layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignees: XYZprinting, Inc., Kinpo Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Bo Pang
  • Patent number: 10357962
    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: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Todd W. Miller
  • Patent number: 10350844
    Abstract: A green tire support device includes: a green tire support which supports a green tire; a lift which moves the green tire support up and down; and an actuator which moves the green tire support away from or closer to a drum along an axial direction of the drum, to remove the drum from the green tire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: Shinji Kawaida
  • Patent number: 10343331
    Abstract: A method of forming a three-dimensional object, which method includes a cleaning or washing step, is carried out by: (a) providing a carrier and a fill level, and optionally an optically transparent member having a build surface defining the fill level, the carrier and the fill level having a build region therebetween; (b) filling the build region with a polymerizable liquid, the polymerizable liquid comprising a mixture of (i) a light polymerizable liquid first component, and (ii) a second solidifiable component that is different from the first component; (c) irradiating the build region with light, to form a solid polymer scaffold from the first component and also advancing the carrier away from the build surface to form a three-dimensional intermediate having the same shape as, or a shape to be imparted to, the three-dimensional object and containing the second solidifiable component carried in the scaffold in unsolidified and/or uncured form; (d) washing the three-dimensional intermediate; and (e) concurr
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Carbon, Inc.
    Inventors: William R. McCall, Jason P. Rolland, Courtney F. Converse
  • Patent number: 10342139
    Abstract: A printer includes a belt, a tray and a plurality of printing devices located over the belt. The tray is located on the belt and receives a printed circuit board (PCB). A sensor attached to the tray. The sensor is used to sense whether the PCB is located in the tray, when the PCB is located in the tray, the belt is driven by a driving device to transport the tray to be located below each of the plurality of printing devices. Each of the plurality of printing devices is used to print the PCB. The disclosure further offers a printing method for the PCB using the printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Xue-Qin Zhang
  • Patent number: 10336004
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for stitching are provided. The apparatus includes a separator for separating in a separation position the leading end and the trailing end from a working surface to form a separation space, a stitcher unit with a stitcher foot to support the leading end and the trailing end from the separation space and a stitcher head for stitching the leading end and the trailing end on the stitcher foot from outside the separation space, a stitcher drive for driving the stitcher unit, a separator drive for retracting the separator, and a control unit to control the separator drive and the stitcher drive simultaneously such that, during the stitching, the separator is retracted in the stitching direction ahead of the stitcher unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: VMI HOLLAND B.V.
    Inventors: Henk-Jan Grolleman, Luuk Van Tienen
  • Patent number: 10322554
    Abstract: A tire building drum is described that includes an inboard section, a center section and an outboard section. The inboard section has a rotating spindle and a sliding shaft, and the sliding shaft is slidable within the spindle. The inboard section further includes a radially expandable bead lock device mounted on the spindle. The center section has an internal hub mounted on the sliding shaft and further comprises a plurality of tiles that are radially expandable. The outboard section of the drum is mounted on a distal end of the sliding shaft, and further includes a radially expandable bead lock device. The center section and the outboard section are each axially movable by sliding of the sliding shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: George Michael Stoila, Viscardo Baldoni, Thierry Royer, Dale Eugene Wells, Thomas Alan Sells, Minwu Yao
  • Patent number: 10322038
    Abstract: A disposable absorbent having a topsheet, a backsheet, and an absorbent core disposed between the topsheet and the backsheet, is described herein. The topsheet is a two layer composite or laminate web having a first layer and a second layer. The composite or laminate has a first plurality of apertures and a second plurality of apertures, wherein the first plurality of apertures have sidewalls that extend in a first direction, wherein the second plurality of apertures have sidewalls that extend in second direction that is different than the first direction, and wherein the composite or laminate also includes a plurality of embossments which extend in a third direction opposite the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Hugh Joseph O'Donnell, Robert Haines Turner, Vincent Sean Breidenbach, Douglas Herrin Benson, Timothy Ian Mullane, Karen Denise McAffry, John Lee Hammons, Kelyn Anne Arora