Patents by Inventor Kenneth R. Sargent

Kenneth R. Sargent 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: 10780523
    Abstract: An AM continuous welding system (AMCWS) is provided. The AMCWS includes a feedstock dispenser that configured to emit feedstock at a designated location, and a heat source configured to heat the feedstock. The AMCWS also includes a first eddy current sensor array that is configured to generate a first plurality of sensor signals while in current-sensing proximity of a re-solidified feedstock segment. A controller is coupled to the first eddy current sensor array and is configured to determine, based on the first plurality of sensor signals, a first characteristic of the re-solidified feedstock segment. The controller determines that the first characteristic is a first undesirable characteristic, and initiates an action based on the first undesirable characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventor: Kenneth R. Sargent
  • Publication number: 20160339519
    Abstract: A powder bed sensing system and method is provided. A defect detection eddy current sensor array is configured to be movably coupled with respect to a powder bed, and generate a first plurality of sensor signals while moving over a workpiece in the powder bed. A workpiece edge detection eddy current sensor array is configured to be movably coupled with respect to the powder bed, and generates a second plurality of sensor signals while moving over the workpiece in the powder bed. A controller is coupled to the defect detection eddy current sensor array and the workpiece edge detection eddy current sensor array. The controller initiates an action based on at least one of a workpiece material layer quality and a workpiece edge location quality determined based on the first plurality of sensor signals and the second plurality of sensor signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Publication date: November 24, 2016
    Inventor: Kenneth R. Sargent