Patents by Inventor Keith Hieber

Keith Hieber 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).

  • Publication number: 20230008104
    Abstract: A medical scope device such as an endoscope is produced using a cast aluminum process including a molten casting aluminum alloy including a maximum of 0.2 - 0.3% Si and at least 5% Zn. The process includes providing an investment casting mold, casting the aluminum alloy in the mold to create a component and removing the mold from the component, post-machining the component to meet a desired specification, and after post-machining the component, performing surface finishing, such as centrifugal barrel finishing (CBF) sufficient to remove impurities on casting surfaces by 2 - 3 mils, then coating the component with a micro-crystalline aluminum anodic coating of at least 0.5 mil thickness. A medical scope and product-by-process is also provided employing such techniques.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2021
    Publication date: January 12, 2023
    Applicant: KARL STORZ Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Kin Kwan, Nicolaus Hudson, Keith Hieber, Long Nguyen, Michael Rhodes