Patents by Inventor Kenneth H. Church

Kenneth H. Church 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: 10500830
    Abstract: An apparatus for use in 3D fabrication includes a heat sink, a melt tube extending through the heat sink, the melt tube having a first end and an opposite second end and adapted for melting filament or other material as the material is conveyed from the first end to the second end, a pen tip having an opening therein for ejecting melted material, the pen tip at the second end of the melt tube, and a pen tip holder for securely holding the pen tip during printing, the pen tip holder having a heater element associated therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: nScrypt, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth H. Church, Josh Goldfarb, Michael W. Owens, Xudong Chen, Paul Deffenbaugh, Daniel Silva, Charles Michael Newton
  • Patent number: 10241321
    Abstract: A reflector assembly includes a monolithic and adaptive reflector having a single and continuous reflecting surface and a focusing shape. The reflector assembly further includes a plurality of trusses for supporting the monolithic and adaptive reflector and a plurality of actuators, each of the plurality of actuators operatively connected to one of the plurality of trusses. Actuation of each of the plurality of actuators exerts a force which flexes at least a portion of the continuous reflecting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Sciperio, Inc
    Inventors: Kenneth H. Church, Paul Deffenbaugh, Josh Goldfarb, Charles Michael Newton, Michael W. Owens, Will Stone, Casey Perkowski
  • Patent number: 10162339
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a rigid frame or girder system, a first computer controlled motion system associated with the rigid frame or girder system and configured to move in coordinated positions, a second computer controlled motion system associated with a part to be worked on and configured to move in coordinated positions, and a plurality of sensors associated with the first motion system and the second motion system. The first computer controlled motion system and the second computer controlled motion system use information from the plurality of sensors to assist in coordination between the first computer controlled motion system and the second computer controlled motion system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Sciperio, Inc
    Inventors: Kenneth H. Church, Paul Deffenbaugh, Josh Goldfarb, Charles Michael Newton, Michael W. Owens
  • Patent number: 10059056
    Abstract: A method of building a three dimensional (3D) structure includes micro-dispensing a layer comprising a material using a syringe-based micro-dispensing tool, curing the layer, and repeating the steps of micro-dispensing and curing a plurality of times in order to build the three-dimensional structure. The material may be loaded with nano to micron sized particles, tubes, or strings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: NSCRYPT, INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth H. Church, Charles M. Newton, Xudong Chen, Patrick A. Clark
  • Publication number: 20180079136
    Abstract: A method of additive manufacturing of an object may include directing laser energy from a laser to a region for material deposition, extruding material using an extruder at the region of material deposition, sensing temperature within the region of the material deposition, and electronically controlling the laser energy using the temperature so as to sufficiently heat the region for material deposition prior to extruding the material to increase strength of the object. The method may include hardening or freezing extruded material through cooling in real-time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Publication date: March 22, 2018
    Applicant: Sciperio, Inc
    Inventors: Kenneth H. Church, Paul Deffenbaugh, Casey Perkowski, Charles Michael Newton, Samuel LeBlanc
  • Publication number: 20170368750
    Abstract: A method of additive manufacturing of an object includes directing laser energy from a laser to a region for material deposition, extruding material using an extruder at the region of material deposition, sensing temperature within the region of the material deposition, and electronically controlling the laser energy using the temperature so as to sufficiently heat the region for material deposition prior to extruding the material to increase strength of the object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Applicant: Sciperio, Inc
    Inventors: Kenneth H. Church, Paul Deffenbaugh, Casey Perkowski, Charles Michael Newton
  • Publication number: 20170360714
    Abstract: A method for delivery of personalized medication or nutrition for an individual is provided. The method includes receiving parameters for the personalized medication at a 3D printer, wherein the parameters comprise one or more ingredients, mixing at least one of the ingredients at the 3D printer, and micro-dispensing the one or more of the ingredients into dose form at the 3D printer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Publication date: December 21, 2017
    Applicant: Sciperio, Inc
    Inventor: Kenneth H. Church
  • Publication number: 20160299494
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a rigid frame or girder system, a first computer controlled motion system associated with the rigid frame or girder system and configured to move in coordinated positions, a second computer controlled motion system associated with a part to be worked on and configured to move in coordinated positions, and a plurality of sensors associated with the first motion system and the second motion system. The first computer controlled motion system and the second computer controlled motion system use information from the plurality of sensors to assist in coordination between the first computer controlled motion system and the second computer controlled motion system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Publication date: October 13, 2016
    Inventors: Kenneth H. Church, Paul Deffenbaugh, Josh Goldfarb, Charles Michael Newton, Michael W. Owens
  • Patent number: 9395718
    Abstract: A method incorporating an antenna and RF circuitry into the object acting as a substrate includes modeling the object as a three-dimensional object, and designing the antenna and RF circuitry for direct placement on the surface of the object. The step of designing is at least partially based on the size, three-dimensional shape, and material properties of the surface of the object acting as the substrate. The step of designing is preferably performed through use of an evolutionary optimizer implemented using parallel computing devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Sciperio, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth H. Church, Robert M. Taylor, Michael J. Wilhelm, Hao Dong, Yanzhong Li
  • Publication number: 20160031159
    Abstract: An apparatus for use in 3D fabrication includes a heat sink, a melt tube extending through the heat sink, the melt tube having a first end and an opposite second end and adapted for melting filament or other material as the material is conveyed from the first end to the second end, a pen tip having an opening therein for ejecting melted material, the pen tip at the second end of the melt tube, and a pen tip holder for securely holding the pen tip during printing, the pen tip holder having a heater element associated therewith.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Publication date: February 4, 2016
    Inventors: Kenneth H. Church, Josh Goldfarb, Michael W. Owens, Xudong Chen, Paul Deffenbaugh, Daniel Silva, Charles Michael Newton
  • Patent number: 8790742
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing an electronic circuit in three-dimensional space provides for interconnecting electronic components within the circuit by directly writing conducting lines. The method may include observing a direct writing tool of a direct write system using a vision system, determining proper placement of the direct writing tool at least partially based on the step of observing, and directly writing conducting lines in three dimensions using the proper placement. The direct writing may be on a surface or in free space. The method may include stacking a plurality of chips to provide a stack having a top surface and edges extending away from the top and interconnecting connections of the chips by directly writing conducting lines along one of the edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Nscrypt, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth H. Church, Patrick Clark, Dongjiang Xu, Lance Swan, Bryan Irwin, Vladimir Pelekhaty
  • Publication number: 20120200756
    Abstract: A flat screen display (FSD) window system includes a flat screen display, a window frame operatively connected to the flat screen display, the window frame and flat screen display configured to simulate an appearance of a window. The flat screen display window system further includes a video source operatively connected to the flat screen display to provide a video signal to the flat screen display. Methods are provided for making a window in an interior wall or a basement using FSD technology. The FSD Window System can be multi purpose to include a window, a picture, a monitor or a television.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Applicant: SCIPERIO, INC.
    Inventor: Kenneth H. Church
  • Publication number: 20110237002
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing an electronic circuit in three-dimensional space provides for interconnecting electronic components within the circuit by directly writing conducting lines. The method may include observing a direct writing tool of a direct write system using a vision system, determining proper placement of the direct writing tool at least partially based on the step of observing, and directly writing conducting lines in three dimensions using the proper placement. The direct writing may be on a surface or in free space. The method may include stacking a plurality of chips to provide a stack having a top surface and edges extending away from the top and interconnecting connections of the chips by directly writing conducting lines along one of the edges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Applicant: NSCRYPT, INC.
    Inventors: KENNETH H. CHURCH, PATRICK CLARK, DONGJIANG XU, LANCE SWAN, BRYAN IRWIN, VLADIMIR PELEKHATY
  • Patent number: 7972650
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing an electronic circuit in three-dimensional space provides for interconnecting electronic components within the circuit by directly writing conducting lines. The method may include observing a direct writing tool of a direct write system using a vision system, determining proper placement of the direct writing tool at least partially based on the step of observing, and directly writing conducting lines in three dimensions using the proper placement. The direct writing may be on a surface or in free space. The method may include stacking a plurality of chips to provide a stack having a top surface and edges extending away from the top and interconnecting connections of the chips by directly writing conducting lines along one of the edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: nScrypt, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth H. Church, Patrick Clark, Dongjiang Xu, Lance Swan, Bryan Irwin, Vladimir Pelekhaty
  • Patent number: 7857756
    Abstract: The invention provides an apparatus and methods for depositing materials on a substrate, and for performing other selected functions, such as material destruction and removal, temperature control, imaging, detection, therapy and positional and locational control. In various embodiments, the apparatus and methods are suitable for use in a tabletop setting, in vitro or in vivo.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Sciperio, Inc.
    Inventors: William L. Warren, Robert L. Parkhill, Robert L. Stewart, Anatoly M. Kachurin, Robert M. Taylor, Kenneth H. Church
  • Publication number: 20100055299
    Abstract: A method for depositing a material on a substrate includes providing an apparatus with at least one material dispenser. The method further includes positioning the pen tip at a predetermined writing gap where the predetermined writing gap is a distance of more than 75 micrometers above the substrate. The method also provides for controlling velocity of the flow of material through the outlet and dispense speed based on dispensed line height and dispensed line width parameters. An apparatus for depositing a material on a substrate is also provided which may have one or more mechanical vibrators, a pen tip with a hydrophobic surface, or multiple nozzles and pen tips on a single pump.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2009
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Applicant: nScrypt, Inc.
    Inventors: KENNETH H. CHURCH, PATRICK A. CLARK, XUDONG CHEN, MICHAEL W. OWENS, KELLY M. STONE
  • Patent number: 7365701
    Abstract: An optimal configuration for at least one antenna and/or at least one frequency selective surface is generated. A configuration of elements is generated by selecting a simple configuration of at least one element and applying a genetic algorithm to the simple configuration to generate a configuration optimized for various characteristics. A stochastic process may be used to randomly select an arrangement of elements as the simple antenna configuration and to select elements that connect the randomly selected elements to produce a stochastic configuration to which the genetic algorithm is then applied. Alternatively, an iterated or semi-iterated process may be applied to the simple antenna configuration to produce a fractal or a semi-fractal configuration, respectively, to which the genetic algorithm is then applied. Also, the elements may be optimized independently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: Sciperio, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas H. Werner, Pingjuan L. Werner, Kenneth H. Church, Michael John Wilhelm
  • Patent number: 6986739
    Abstract: The invention provides an apparatus and methods for depositing materials on a substrate, and for performing other selected functions, such as material destruction and removal, temperature control, imaging, detection, therapy and positional and locational control. In various embodiments, the apparatus and methods are suitable for use in a tabletop setting, in vitro or in vivo.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2006
    Assignee: Sciperio, Inc.
    Inventors: William L. Warren, Robert L. Parkhill, Robert L. Stewart, Anatoly M. Kachurin, Robert M. Taylor, Brian K. Hargrave, Kenneth H. Church, Michael N. Nguyen, Mark L. Kargel, Mark W. Simpkins
  • Patent number: 6982429
    Abstract: Sample preparation apparatus and method includes a wafer stage platform with an optical microscope and integrated pattern recognition to automatically address specific locations on the wafer sample of interest. A laser attaches to the optical microscope to mill a set pattern around the area of interest. A precision micro-manipulator engages the sample support structure, extracts the structure, and places the structure in a TEM holder or holder tip. The holder or holder tip can then be placed inside a FIB for final thinning, followed by direct transfer into the TEM.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2006
    Inventors: Joseph Robinson, Kenneth H. Church
  • Patent number: 6841788
    Abstract: Sample preparation apparatus and method includes a wafer stage platform with an optical microscope and integrated pattern recognition to automatically address specific locations on the wafer sample of interest. A laser attaches to the optical microscope to mill a set pattern around the area of interest. A precision micro-manipulator engages the sample support structure, extracts the structure, and places the structure in a TEM holder or holder tip. The holder or holder tip can then be placed inside a FIB for final thinning, followed by direct transfer into the TEM.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2005
    Assignees: Ascend Instruments, Inc., Sciperio, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Robinson, Kenneth H. Church