Patents by Inventor Matthew M. O'Brien

Matthew M. O'Brien 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: 10960468
    Abstract: A method for fabricating a joint designed to connect tubes for a space frame, where a space frame may be a vehicle chassis, is provided. The method may generate joints with variable geometry and fine features which may reduce production costs, reduce production time, and generate joints configured for highly specific applications. The joint may include centering features which may create a space between a surface of the tube and a surface of the joint through which adhesive may flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Divergent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Robert Czinger, William Bradley Balzer, Praveen Varma Penmetsa, Zachary Meyer Omohundro, Matthew M. O'Brien
  • Patent number: 10960929
    Abstract: A vehicle chassis is provided. The vehicle chassis may comprise one or more vehicle chassis modules or chassis substructures that are formed from a plurality of customized chassis nodes and connecting tubes. The customized chassis nodes and connecting tubes may be formed of one or more metal and/or non-metal materials. The customized chassis nodes may be formed with connecting features to which additional vehicle panels or structures may be permanently or removeably attached. The vehicle chassis modules or chassis substructures may be interchangeably and removeably connected to provide a vehicle chassis having a set of predetermined chassis safety or performance characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Divergent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin R. Czinger, William Bradley Balzer, Praveen Varma Penmetsa, Zachary Meyer Omohundro, Matthew M. O'Brien, Broc William Tenhouten, Richard W. Hoyle
  • Patent number: 10668965
    Abstract: A joint design to connect tubes for a space frame, where a space frame may be a vehicle chassis, is provided. The joint may connect carbon fiber tubes and may be designed with different shapes and configurations. The joint may include acceptor ports that may mate with a tube and simultaneously contact an inner surface and outer surface of the tube for a strong connection. The joint may also include centering features which may create a space between a surface of the tube and a surface of the joint through which adhesive may flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: DIVERGENT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Kevin Robert Czinger, William Bradley Balzer, Praveen Varma Penmetsa, Zachary Meyer Omohundro, Matthew M. O'Brien
  • Patent number: 10464651
    Abstract: A watertight, transom mounted, electric marine sterndrive propulsion drive unit mounted to an external surface of the transom of a marine vessel comprising an integrated electric motor with an output shaft, an intermediate drive shaft mechanically coupled to the electric motor output shaft, one or more propeller shafts mechanically coupled to the drive shaft, and one or more propellers mechanically coupled to the one or more propeller shafts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Pure Watercraft, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew H. Rebele, Christopher M. Gil, Kerwin Loukusa, Matthew M. O'Brien, Zachary Meyer Omohundro, Nathan Schroeder
  • Patent number: 9975179
    Abstract: A method for fabricating a joint designed to connect tubes for a space frame, where a space frame may be a vehicle chassis, is provided. The method may generate joints with variable geometry and fine features which may reduce production costs, reduce production time, and generate joints configured for highly specific applications. The joint may include centering features which may create a space between a surface of the tube and a surface of the joint through which adhesive may flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Divergent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin R. Czinger, William Bradley Balzer, Praveen Varma Penmetsa, Zachary Meyer Omohundro, Matthew M. O'Brien
  • Publication number: 20180085827
    Abstract: A method for fabricating a joint designed to connect tubes for a space frame, where a space frame may be a vehicle chassis, is provided. The method may generate joints with variable geometry and fine features which may reduce production costs, reduce production time, and generate joints configured for highly specific applications. The joint may include centering features which may create a space between a surface of the tube and a surface of the joint through which adhesive may flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Inventors: Kevin Robert CZINGER, William Bradley BALZER, Praveen Varma PENMETSA, Zachary Meyer OMOHUNDRO, Matthew M. O'BRIEN
  • Patent number: 9895747
    Abstract: A method for fabricating a joint designed to connect tubes for a space frame, where a space frame may be a vehicle chassis, is provided. The method may generate joints with variable geometry and fine features which may reduce production costs, reduce production time, and generate joints configured for highly specific applications. The joint may include centering features which may create a space between a surface of the tube and a surface of the joint through which adhesive may flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Divergent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin R. Czinger, William Bradley Balzer, Praveen Varma Penmetsa, Zachary Meyer Omohundro, Matthew M. O'Brien
  • Publication number: 20180037282
    Abstract: A joint design to connect tubes for a space frame, where a space frame may be a vehicle chassis, is provided. The joint may connect carbon fiber tubes and may be designed with different shapes and configurations. The joint may include acceptor ports that may mate with a tube and simultaneously contact an inner surface and outer surface of the tube for a strong connection. The joint may also include centering features which may create a space between a surface of the tube and a surface of the joint through which adhesive may flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Publication date: February 8, 2018
    Inventors: Kevin Robert Czinger, William Bradley Balzer, Praveen Varma Penmetsa, Zachary Meyer Omohundro, Matthew M. O'Brien
  • Patent number: 9884663
    Abstract: A joint design to connect tubes for a space frame, where a space frame may be a vehicle chassis, is provided. The joint may connect carbon fiber tubes and may be designed with different shapes and configurations. The joint may include acceptor ports that may mate with a tube and simultaneously contact an inner surface and outer surface of the tube for a strong connection. The joint may also include centering features which may create a space between a surface of the tube and a surface of the joint through which adhesive may flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Divergent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin R. Czinger, William Bradley Balzer, Praveen Varma Penmetsa, Zachary Meyer Omohundro, Matthew M. O'Brien
  • Patent number: 9809265
    Abstract: A joint design to connect tubes for a space frame, where a space frame may be a vehicle chassis, is provided. The joint may connect carbon fiber tubes and may be designed with different shapes and configurations. The joint may include acceptor ports that may mate with a tube and simultaneously contact an inner surface and outer surface of the tube for a strong connection. The joint may also include centering features which may create a space between a surface of the tube and a surface of the joint through which adhesive may flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Divergent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin R. Czinger, William Bradley Balzer, Praveen Varma Penmetsa, Zachary Meyer Omohundro, Matthew M. O'Brien
  • Publication number: 20170050677
    Abstract: A vehicle chassis is provided. The vehicle chassis may comprise one or more vehicle chassis modules or chassis substructures that are formed from a plurality of customized chassis nodes and connecting tubes. The customized chassis nodes and connecting tubes may be formed of one or more metal and/or non-metal materials. The customized chassis nodes may be formed with connecting features to which additional vehicle panels or structures may be permanently or removeably attached. The vehicle chassis modules or chassis substructures may be interchangeably and removeably connected to provide a vehicle chassis having a set of predetermined chassis safety or performance characteristics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Inventors: Kevin R. Czinger, William Bradley Balzer, Praveen Varma Penmetsa, Zachary Meyer Omohundro, Matthew M. O'Brien, Broc William Tenhouten, Richard W. Hoyle
  • Publication number: 20170001368
    Abstract: A joint design to provide an adhesive injection path to connect tubes for a space frame, where a space frame may be a vehicle chassis, is provided. The joint may connect carbon fiber tubes and may be designed with different shapes and configurations. The joint may include acceptor ports that may mate with a tube and simultaneously contact an inner surface and outer surface of the tube for a strong connection. The joint may also include centering features which may create a space between a surface of the tube and a surface of the joint through which adhesive may flow. Adhesive can be injected into a connection space between the joint and the tube through one or more integrated structural features in the joint that can provide a channel for directing adhesive to the connection space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Publication date: January 5, 2017
    Inventors: Kevin R. Czinger, William Bradley Balzer, Praveen Varma Penmetsa, Zachary Meyer Omohundro, Matthew M. O'Brien
  • Publication number: 20160325796
    Abstract: A joint design to connect tubes for a space frame, where a space frame may be a vehicle chassis, is provided. The joint may connect carbon fiber tubes and may be designed with different shapes and configurations. The joint may include acceptor ports that may mate with a tube and simultaneously contact an inner surface and outer surface of the tube for a strong connection. The joint may also include centering features which may create a space between a surface of the tube and a surface of the joint through which adhesive may flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Publication date: November 10, 2016
    Inventors: Kevin R. Czinger, William Bradley Balzer, Praveen Varma Penmetsa, Zachary Meyer Omohundro, Matthew M. O'Brien
  • Patent number: 9457853
    Abstract: The track tension of a tracked vehicle is actively controlled by a track tensioner system that is positioned behind or within an idler wheel of a tracked vehicle. The system employs no exposed hydraulic line and is operable to default to a passive tensioning mode in the event of a system failure. The hydraulic circuit of the track tensioner system is powered by the rotation of the idler wheel inside which the system resides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: MillenWorks
    Inventors: Eric N. Anderfaas, Matthew M. O'Brien
  • Publication number: 20160059949
    Abstract: A watertight, transom mounted, electric marine sterndrive propulsion drive unit mounted to an external surface of the transom of a marine vessel comprising an integrated electric motor with an output shaft, an intermediate drive shaft mechanically coupled to the electric motor output shaft, one or more propeller shafts mechanically coupled to the drive shaft, and one or more propellers mechanically coupled to the one or more propeller shafts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Publication date: March 3, 2016
    Applicant: Pure Watercraft, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew H. REBELE, Christopher M. GIL, Kerwin M. LOUKUSA, Matthew M. O'BRIEN, Zachary Meyer OMOHUNDRO, Nathan SCHROEDER
  • Publication number: 20160016229
    Abstract: A method for fabricating a joint designed to connect tubes for a space frame, where a space frame may be a vehicle chassis, is provided. The method may generate joints with variable geometry and fine features which may reduce production costs, reduce production time, and generate joints configured for highly specific applications. The joint may include centering features which may create a space between a surface of the tube and a surface of the joint through which adhesive may flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Publication date: January 21, 2016
    Inventors: Kevin R. Czinger, William Bradley Balzer, Praveen Varma Penmetsa, Zachary Meyer Omohundro, Matthew M. O'Brien
  • Publication number: 20140327347
    Abstract: The present invention deals with electric sternboard drives for marine electric propulsion with speed control and wireless communication connectivity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: PURE WATERCRAFT, INC.
    Inventors: Andrew H. REBELE, Christopher M. GIL, Kerwin M. LOUKUSA, Matthew M. O'BRIEN, Zachary Meyer OMOHUNDRO, Nathan SCHROEDER
  • Publication number: 20140265549
    Abstract: The track tension of a tracked vehicle is actively controlled by a track tensioner system that is positioned behind or within an idler wheel of a tracked vehicle. The system employs no exposed hydraulic line and is operable to default to a passive tensioning mode in the event of a system failure. The hydraulic circuit of the track tensioner system is powered by the rotation of the idler wheel inside which the system resides.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: MILLENWORKS
    Inventors: Eric N. Anderfaas, Matthew M. O'Brien
  • Patent number: 8328166
    Abstract: In a preferred embodiment, a restraint system is described for restraining a standing occupant in a vehicle such as a plane or helicopter. The restraint system includes a webbing strap that winds and unwinds from a spool assembly. The spool assembly includes a trigger assembly that locks a spool from rotation, a manual release assembly for manually releasing the trigger assembly and lock, and an adjustable payout assembly that determines the maximum length that the webbing strap can be pulled out before stopping (i.e., the number of rotations of the spool). The trigger assembly can trigger the lock assembly from one or more sensors. Further, the trigger assembly can be arranged to automatically unlock after a triggering event, manually unlocked after a triggering event or a combination of the two for different sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: MillenWorks
    Inventors: Matthew M. O'Brien, Christopher C. Culbertson, Colin A. Godby, Stephen M. King, Grant R. McCloud, Charles E. Van Druff
  • Publication number: 20110290047
    Abstract: A mobile oscillator device that employs two counter-rotating masses that generate a large impact force at multiple frequencies without generating forces in other undesired directions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Inventors: Kenneth D. Salter, Matthew M. O'Brien, Eric N. Anderfaas, Christopher C. Culbertson