Patents by Inventor Broc William TenHouten

Broc William TenHouten has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10919230
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the present disclosure relate to an apparatus including an additively manufactured node. The apparatus includes an additively manufactured interconnect co-printed with the node. The interconnect is configured to connect the node to a component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: DIVERGENT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Kevin Robert Czinger, Broc William TenHouten, John Russell Bucknell, Eahab Nagi El Naga, Antonio Bernerd Martinez
  • Patent number: 10895315
    Abstract: Techniques for joining nodes and subcomponents are presented herein. An additively manufactured first node or subcomponent has a groove. An additively manufactured second node or subcomponent has a tongue configured to extend into and mate with the groove to form a tongue-and-groove connection between the first and second node or subcomponent. In some aspects, the tongue-groove connection may extend substantially around a periphery of the node or subcomponent. In other aspects, a first subcomponent having a fluid pipe interface may be coupled via a tongue-groove connection to a second subcomponent having a fluid pipe interface, thereby enabling fluid to flow between subcomponents of the resulting integrated component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Divergent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Antonio Bernerd Martinez, Eahab Nagi El Naga, David Brian TenHouten, John Russell Bucknell, Broc William TenHouten, Chukwubuikem Marcel Okoli, Thomas Samuel Bowden, Jr., Muhammad Faizan Zafar
  • Publication number: 20210001568
    Abstract: Techniques for inlaying a composite material within a tooling shell are disclosed. In one aspect, an additively manufactured tooling shell is provided, into which a composite material is inlaid and cured. A surface of the tooling shell is provided with indentations or another mechanism to enable adherence between the composite material and the tooling shell. The resulting integrated structure is used as a component in a transport structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2020
    Publication date: January 7, 2021
    Inventors: Richard Winston HOYLE, Broc William TenHOUTEN, Narender Shankar LAKSHMAN
  • Patent number: 10814564
    Abstract: Techniques for inlaying a composite material within a tooling shell are disclosed. In one aspect, an additively manufactured tooling shell is provided, into which a composite material is inlaid and cured. A surface of the tooling shell is provided with indentations or another mechanism to enable adherence between the composite material and the tooling shell. The resulting integrated structure is used as a component in a transport structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: DIVERGENT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Richard Winston Hoyle, Broc William TenHouten, Narender Shankar Lakshman
  • Patent number: 10751934
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for additive manufacturing with variable extruder profiles are described herein. An extruder print head with multiple nozzles placed at different angles allows for additional degrees of freedom to additively manufacture parts with complex shapes. In addition with the use of shape memory alloy materials, the diameter of one or more nozzles can be adjusted during the additive manufacturing process. This allows for independent control of the build resolution and of the build rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: DIVERGENT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Narender Shankar Lakshman, Broc William TenHouten
  • Patent number: 10751800
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the present disclosure relate to additively manufactured vehicle exterior structures, designed to enclose the vehicle surface and support required operational loads. The vehicle structure includes cavities into which components that require an external interface are inserted. A plurality of components are assembled and integrated into the vehicle structure. The structure may be 3-D printed using multiple printing techniques applied in parallel or in series. In an embodiment, the components and structure are modular, use multiple materials and manufacturing techniques, and enable reparability and replacement of single parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: DIVERGENT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Broc William TenHouten, Kevin Robert Czinger, Stuart Paul Macey, David Charles O'Connell, Jon Paul Gunner, Antonio Bernerd Martinez, Narender Shankar Lakshman
  • Publication number: 20200230870
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for additive manufacturing with variable extruder profiles are described herein. An extruder print head with multiple nozzles placed at different angles allows for additional degrees of freedom to additively manufacture parts with complex shapes. In addition with the use of shape memory alloy materials, the diameter of one or more nozzles can be adjusted during the additive manufacturing process. This allows for independent control of the build resolution and of the build rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2020
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Inventors: Narender Shankar Lakshman, Broc William TenHouten
  • Publication number: 20200147690
    Abstract: Aspects are provided relating to additive manufacturing. In one aspect, an apparatus for producing a three-dimensional (3D) structure is described that includes a build chamber having a top portion with windows through which radiative energy from one or more sources is provided to the build chamber to produce the 3D structure, and one or more manifolds disposed within the build chamber. The manifolds are configured to perform a gas exchange within the build chamber, and each manifold is positioned above a region where envelopes of radiative energy from the one or more sources overlap. In another aspect, the manifolds are moved to a first position adjacent to the top portion of the build chamber during a first mode of operation and moved to a second position away from the top portion of the build chamber during a second mode of operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Inventors: Broc William TenHouten, Eahab Nagi El Naga
  • Publication number: 20200114573
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to additively manufactured (AM) composite structures such as panels for use in transport structures or other mechanized assemblies. An AM core may be optimized for an intended application of a panel. In various embodiments, one or more values such as strength, stiffness, density, energy absorption, ductility, etc. may be optimized in a single AM core to vary across the AM core in one or more directions for supporting expected load conditions. In an embodiment, the expected load conditions may include forces applied to the AM core or corresponding panel from different directions in up to three dimensions. Where the structure is a panel, face sheets may be affixed to respective sides of the core. The AM core may be a custom honeycomb structure. In other embodiments, the face sheets may have custom 3-D profiles formed traditionally or through additive manufacturing to enable structural panels with complex profiles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Inventors: Broc William TenHOUTEN, Thomas Samuel BOWDEN, Jon Paul GUNNER
  • Publication number: 20200108870
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for additively manufactured structures with augmented energy absorption properties are presented herein. Three dimensional (3D) additive manufacturing structures may be constructed with spatially dependent features to create crash components. When used in the construction of a transport vehicle, the crash components with spatially dependent additively manufactured features may enhance and augment crash energy absorption. This in turn absorbs and re-distributes more crash energy away from the vehicle's occupant(s), thereby improving the occupants' safety.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Publication date: April 9, 2020
    Inventors: Yong-Bae Cho, Antonio Bernerd Martinez, Jon Paul Gunner, Alexander Pai-chung Teng, Broc William TenHouten, Narender Shankar Lakshman, Richard Winston Hoyle
  • Patent number: 10605285
    Abstract: Connections between nodes and tubes are provided. An apparatus can include additively manufactured first and second nodes, a tube, and an interconnect connecting the tube to the first and second nodes. An apparatus can include a node having an end portion with inner and outer concentric portions forming an annular gap therebetween, and a tube having an end portion extending into the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: DIVERGENT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Kevin Robert Czinger, Broc William TenHouten, John Russell Bucknell, Antonio Bernerd Martinez, Eahab Nagi El Naga, William Bradley Balzer, Zachary Meyer Omohundro, Praveen Varma Penmetsa, Matthew Michael O'Brien, John Franklin Dunham
  • Publication number: 20200070365
    Abstract: A buffer block apparatus for securing a node may be described. The buffer block apparatus may include a first surface having disposed thereon at least one first zero-point feature configured for a first zero-point interface with a robotic assembly apparatus; and a second surface, different from the first surface, configured to connect with a first surface of a node and form a first rigid connection between the buffer block apparatus and the node, wherein the buffer block apparatus provides at least one reference coordinate system with respect to the node.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Inventors: Eahab Nagi El Naga, Keith Allen Fleming, Matthew Cooper Keller, Lukas Philip Czinger, Chukwubuikem Marcel Okoli, Michael Thomas Kenworthy, Matthew Coleman Tindall, Justin David Almeleh, Matthew Michael O'Brien, Broc William TenHouten, Oussama Rawas, Juan Cuauhtemoc Munoz, Muhammad Faizan Zafar, Jamison Van Bruch, Thomas Samuel Bowden, JR., Alex James Hamade
  • Publication number: 20200056645
    Abstract: Connections between nodes and tubes are provided. An apparatus can include additively manufactured first and second nodes, a tube, and an interconnect connecting the tube to the first and second nodes. An apparatus can include a node having an end portion with inner and outer concentric portions forming an annular gap therebetween, and a tube having an end portion extending into the gap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Publication date: February 20, 2020
    Inventors: Kevin Robert CZINGER, Broc William TenHOUTEN, John Russell BUCKNELL, Antonio Bernerd MARTINEZ, Eahab Nagi EL NAGA, William Bradley BALZER, Zachary Meyer OMOHUNDRO, Praveen Varma PENMETSA, Matthew Michael O'BRIEN, John Franklin DUNHAM
  • Publication number: 20190391563
    Abstract: A platform for building a plurality of vehicle types is disclosed. In an embodiment, a facility may include a processing system for designing a plurality of definition nodes for a vehicle and identifying a relative position for each definition node. Based on the design, the internal volume and other vehicle parameters can be determined. The facility includes a 3-D printer for additively manufacturing the definition nodes. In an embodiment, a plurality of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) parts are acquired and the definition nodes are designed to interface with the COTS parts. The facility may also include a station, or primary location where the major portions of the vehicle are assembled. In another embodiment, multiple such geographically-distributed facilities can be used, such that one facility can manufacture a desired vehicle type on behalf of another facility, e.g., in the event of an overflow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Publication date: December 26, 2019
    Inventors: Stuart Paul Macey, David Charles O'Connell, Kevin Robert Czinger, Broc William TenHouten, Narender Shankar Lakshman, Jon Paul Gunner, Antonio Bernerd Martinez
  • Patent number: 10480555
    Abstract: Connections between nodes and tubes are provided. An apparatus can include additively manufactured first and second nodes, a tube, and an interconnect connecting the tube to the first and second nodes. An apparatus can include a node having an end portion with inner and outer concentric portions forming an annular gap therebetween, and a tube having an end portion extending into the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: DIVERGENT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Kevin Robert Czinger, Broc William TenHouten, John Russell Bucknell, Antonio Bernerd Martinez, Eahab Nagi El Naga, William Bradley Balzer, Zachary Meyer Omohundro, Praveen Varma Penmetsa, Matthew Michael O'Brien, John Franklin Dunham
  • Publication number: 20190232553
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for additive manufacturing with variable extruder profiles are described herein. An extruder print head with multiple nozzles placed at different angles allows for additional degrees of freedom to additively manufacture parts with complex shapes. In addition with the use of shape memory alloy materials, the diameter of one or more nozzles can be adjusted during the additive manufacturing process. This allows for independent control of the build resolution and of the build rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Inventors: Narender Shankar LAKSHMAN, Broc William TenHouten
  • Publication number: 20190232368
    Abstract: Systems and methods for co-casting of additively manufactured, high precision Interface Nodes are disclosed. The Interface Node includes an integrated structure including one or more complex or sophisticated features and functions. Co-casting of Interface Nodes by casting a part onto the Interface Node results in a hybrid structure comprising the cast part and the additively manufactured Interface Node. The interface node may include at least one of a node-to-tube connection, node-to-panel connection, or a node-to-extrusion connection. In an embodiment, engineered surfaces may be provided on the Interface Node to improve the blend between the Interface Node and the cast part during the co-casting process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Inventors: Narender Shankar Lakshman, Broc William TenHouten, Kevin Robert Czinger, Antonio Bernerd Martinez, Jon Paul Gunner, Muhammad Faizan Zafar
  • Publication number: 20190196447
    Abstract: A node to panel interface structure for use in a transport structure such as a vehicle is disclosed. In an aspect, the node includes a base, first and second sides protruding from the base to form a recess for receiving a panel, ports for adhesive injection and/or vacuum generation, one or more adhesive regions disposed on a surface of each side adjacent the panel, and at least one channel coupled between the first and second ports and configured to fill the adhesive regions with an adhesive, the adhesive being cured to form a node-panel interface. The node may be additively manufactured. In an exemplary embodiment, the node may use sealant features for including sealants that border and define the adhesive regions, and that may hermetically seal the region before and after adhesive injection. In another embodiment, the node may include isolation features for including isolators for inhibiting galvanic corrosion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Inventors: Bill David KREIG, Chukwubuikem Marcel OKOLI, David Brian TenHOUTEN, Antonio Bernerd MARTINEZ, Kevin Robert CZINGER, Broc William TenHOUTEN
  • Publication number: 20190193163
    Abstract: One aspect is an apparatus including a plurality of additively manufactured components each having an adhesive injection channel. The components are connected together such that adhesive injection channels are aligned to form an adhesive path that allows adhesive flow between the components. Another aspect is an apparatus, including an additively manufactured component having an adhesive injection channel and an adhesive flow mechanism comprising at least one of an adhesive side end effector or a vacuum side end effector, the adhesive flow mechanism configured to provide adhesive to the adhesive injection channels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Inventors: Kevin Robert Czinger, Antonio Bernerd Martinez, Broc William TenHouten, Chukwubuikem Marcel Okoli, Eli Rogers
  • Patent number: D911222
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: DIVERGENT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Hyuk Woo Jung, David Charles O'Connell, Cheng Wei Yu, Kevin Robert Czinger, Broc William Tenhouten