Patents by Inventor Michael C. Elford

Michael C. Elford 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: 20210325843
    Abstract: A multi-stage incremental sheet forming system includes a forming tool, and at least one control unit in communication with the forming tool. The at least one control unit is configured to determine a convex hull of a target structure to be formed by the forming tool. The at least one control unit is further configured to operate the forming tool according to a first tool path in relation to an initial structure to form an intermediate structure having a shape based on the convex hull of the target structure. The at least one control unit is further configured to operate the forming tool according to a second tool path in relation to the intermediate structure to form one or more inward features into the intermediate structure to form the target structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2020
    Publication date: October 21, 2021
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Michael C. Elford
  • Publication number: 20200298091
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for monitoring athletic performance data for a plurality of users and motivating increased athletic activity among users by providing challenges and suggestion for improving athletic performance. User athletic performance data and other information may be synchronized with an athletic monitoring service provider to associate various parameters of athletic performance with selected athletic activities in furtherance of determining and matching users with other challenge participants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2020
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Inventors: Michael C. Elford, Owyn Richen, Homero Trevino Lopez
  • Patent number: 10775771
    Abstract: There is provided a computer implemented method for generating slope synchronized tool paths for incremental sheet forming (ISF) of a contoured part. The method includes performing a slope synchronized tool path application execution with a computer and a slope synchronized tool path application. The slope synchronized tool path application execution includes defining equally spaced apart Z values, along a Z-axis, that intersect a surface of the contoured part; determining, for the Z values, a slope factor, to define an array of Z values and corresponding slope factor values; and setting a current Z coordinate, and iteratively, calculating a stepdown; decrementing a current Z coordinate by the calculated stepdown; and determining an intersection of the surface with a horizontal plane at the current Z coordinate, to produce a contour tool path loop. The method includes sending an output file to a numerically controlled ISF machine, to incrementally form the contoured part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Michael C. Elford
  • Patent number: 10709955
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for monitoring athletic performance data for a plurality of users and motivating increased athletic activity among users by providing challenges and suggestion for improving athletic performance. User athletic performance data and other information may be associated with user communications using one or more identifiers and displayed to the user via an interface, including user leaderboards and other interface displays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael C. Elford, Owyn Richen, Homero Trevino Lopez
  • Publication number: 20170266531
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for monitoring athletic performance data for a plurality of users and motivating increased athletic activity among users by providing challenges and suggestion for improving athletic performance. User athletic performance data and other information may be synchronized with an athletic monitoring service provider to associate various parameters of athletic performance with selected athletic activities in furtherance of determining and matching users with other challenge participants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Inventors: Michael C. Elford, Owyn Richen, Homero Trevino Lopez
  • Patent number: 9676019
    Abstract: Provided are methods and systems of orienting parts for incremental sheet forming and, in some examples, forming the parts in these orientations. A forming orientation may be identified by simulating forming operations of the same part in multiple different orientations and identifying the thinnest portions of the part for each of the orientations. The orientation with the maximum thickness of these identified portions is selected as a forming orientation. The forming simulation may be based on the Sine law by comparing the actual and projected areas of different surface elements of the shape to be formed. As such, a part formed in the forming orientation will have the greatest minimum thickness among all other possible orientations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Michael C. Elford
  • Publication number: 20160067906
    Abstract: Provided are methods and systems of orienting parts for incremental sheet forming and, in some examples, forming the parts in these orientations. A forming orientation may be identified by simulating forming operations of the same part in multiple different orientations and identifying the thinnest portions of the part for each of the orientations. The orientation with the maximum thickness of these identified portions is selected as a forming orientation. The forming simulation may be based on the Sine law by comparing the actual and projected areas of different surface elements of the shape to be formed. As such, a part formed in the forming orientation will have the greatest minimum thickness among all other possible orientations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Publication date: March 10, 2016
    Inventor: Michael C. Elford