Patents by Inventor Nathanial C. Cuddy

Nathanial C. Cuddy 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: 10443635
    Abstract: A fastening system for joining a first composite sandwich panel and a second composite sandwich panel comprising a cam assembly and a stud receiving assembly. The cam assembly is configured to be positioned within a first hole extending through a thickness of a first composite sandwich panel. The cam assembly comprises a housing and a cam connector rotatable within the housing. The cam connector is configured to engage a head of a stud. The stud receiving assembly is configured to be positioned within a second hole extending through a thickness of a second composite sandwich panel. The stud receiving assembly has internal retaining channels configured to secure a first end of the stud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Nathanial C. Cuddy
  • Publication number: 20190084689
    Abstract: An embedded light source in a composite panel. A first electrode and a second electrode are associated with a first layer of material. A light source is positioned in electrical communication with the first electrode and the second electrode. An assembly comprising the first layer of material, the first electrode, the second electrode, and the light source is processed to form a multilayer panel with an embedded light source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Inventors: Abhishek Pradeep Kulkarni, John Christopher Wilde, Xiaoxi Wang, Nathanial C. Cuddy
  • Patent number: 10232549
    Abstract: Sound damping structures and methods for additively manufacturing composite structures having sound damping properties. In some embodiments, sound damping structures may be manufactured according to methods that may include selecting a desired sound damping geometry, inputting a three-dimensional computer-aided design model of the geometry into an additive manufacturing machine, and additively manufacturing a three-dimensional sound damping structure corresponding to the computer-aided design model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Michael William Hayes, Nathanial C. Cuddy
  • Patent number: 10201940
    Abstract: A computer implemented apparatus and method for receiving tool paths that a dispensing head follows to deposit roads of material for successively building object layers of a 3D object during an additive manufacturing process, generating simulated object layers of a simulated 3D object from the tool paths, wherein the simulated object layers represent an interior geometry of each one of the object layers, determining a contact surface area between adjacent ones of the simulated object layers, and determining a predicted mechanical property of the 3D object from the contact surface area and a material property of the material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Michael W. Hayes, Loren J. Strahm, Nathanial C. Cuddy, Daniel E. Muntges
  • Patent number: 10149387
    Abstract: An active composite panel assembly is configured to transfer electrical signals from a source to an electrical device. The active composite panel assembly includes a composite layer, and an active layer secured to the composite layer. The active layer is configured to receive and conduct the electrical signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Sesinando P. Macaraeg, Nathanial C. Cuddy
  • Patent number: 10099800
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for forming an embedded light source in a composite panel. A first electrode and a second electrode are associated with a first layer of material. A light source is positioned in electrical communication with the first electrode and the second electrode. An assembly comprising the first layer of material, the first electrode, the second electrode, and the light source is processed to form a multilayer panel with an embedded light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Abhishek Pradeep Kulkarni, John Christopher Wilde, Xiaoxi Wang, Nathanial C. Cuddy
  • Publication number: 20180251357
    Abstract: Provided are flush mountable bottle openers and methods of using such openers to remove bottle caps. These openers may be used in aircraft and other types of vehicles as well as any applications where protrusion away from supporting structures may be undesirable. A flush mountable bottle opener may include a base and a cap leverage plate pivotably coupled to the base. The base may protrude into a supporting structure such that the top edge of the base is substantially flush with the surface of the supporting structure. When the opener is not in use, the cap leverage plate may be closed and be substantially coplanar with the base edge. During operation, the cap leverage plate is brought into its open position directly by a user or using a bottle. The base and plate include engagement surfaces that support a bottle cap while the cap is removed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Nathanial C. Cuddy, Paul T. Bridgeman
  • Patent number: 9988254
    Abstract: Provided are flush mountable bottle openers and methods of using such openers to remove bottle caps. These openers may be used in aircraft and other types of vehicles as well as any applications where protrusion away from supporting structures may be undesirable. A flush mountable bottle opener may include a base and a cap leverage plate pivotably coupled to the base. The base may protrude into a supporting structure such that the top edge of the base is substantially flush with the surface of the supporting structure. When the opener is not in use, the cap leverage plate may be closed and be substantially coplanar with the base edge. During operation, the cap leverage plate is brought into its open position directly by a user or using a bottle. The base and plate include engagement surfaces that support a bottle cap while the cap is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Nathanial C. Cuddy, Paul T. Bridgeman
  • Publication number: 20180106282
    Abstract: A fastening system for joining a first composite sandwich panel and a second composite sandwich panel comprising a cam assembly and a stud receiving assembly. The cam assembly is configured to be positioned within a first hole extending through a thickness of a first composite sandwich panel. The cam assembly comprises a housing and a cam connector rotatable within the housing. The cam connector is configured to engage a head of a stud. The stud receiving assembly is configured to be positioned within a second hole extending through a thickness of a second composite sandwich panel. The stud receiving assembly has internal retaining channels configured to secure a first end of the stud.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Inventor: Nathanial C. Cuddy
  • Patent number: 9862164
    Abstract: Methods for manufacturing composite panels for use in the interior of an aircraft are disclosed, specifically, methods of manufacturing joggled composite panels comprising metal inserts and the resulting composite panels and inserts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Kyle L. Gray, Nathanial C. Cuddy, Harold G. Erickson
  • Publication number: 20170303402
    Abstract: An active composite panel assembly is configured to transfer electrical signals from a source to an electrical device. The active composite panel assembly includes a composite layer, and an active layer secured to the composite layer. The active layer is configured to receive and conduct the electrical signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Publication date: October 19, 2017
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Sesinando P. Macaraeg, Nathanial C. Cuddy
  • Publication number: 20170136703
    Abstract: A computer implemented apparatus and method for receiving tool paths that a dispensing head follows to deposit roads of material for successively building object layers of a 3D object during an additive manufacturing process, generating simulated object layers of a simulated 3D object from the tool paths, wherein the simulated object layers represent an interior geometry of each one of the object layers, determining a contact surface area between adjacent ones of the simulated object layers, and determining a predicted mechanical property of the 3D object from the contact surface area and a material property of the material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Inventors: Michael W. Hayes, Loren J. Strahm, Nathanial C. Cuddy, Daniel E Muntges
  • Publication number: 20170072638
    Abstract: Sound damping structures and methods for additively manufacturing composite structures having sound damping properties. In some embodiments, sound damping structures may be manufactured according to methods that may include selecting a desired sound damping geometry, inputting a three-dimensional computer-aided design model of the geometry into an additive manufacturing machine, and additively manufacturing a three-dimensional sound damping structure corresponding to the computer-aided design model.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Michael Williams Hayes, Nathanial C. Cuddy
  • Publication number: 20170015539
    Abstract: Provided are flush mountable bottle openers and methods of using such openers to remove bottle caps. These openers may be used in aircraft and other types of vehicles as well as any applications where protrusion away from supporting structures may be undesirable. A flush mountable bottle opener may include a base and a cap leverage plate pivotably coupled to the base. The base may protrude into a supporting structure such that the top edge of the base is substantially flush with the surface of the supporting structure. When the opener is not in use, the cap leverage plate may be closed and be substantially coplanar with the base edge. During operation, the cap leverage plate is brought into its open position directly by a user or using a bottle. The base and plate include engagement surfaces that support a bottle cap while the cap is removed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Publication date: January 19, 2017
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Nathanial C. Cuddy, Paul T. Bridgeman
  • Publication number: 20160376024
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for forming an embedded light source in a composite panel. A first electrode and a second electrode are associated with a first layer of material. A light source is positioned in electrical communication with the first electrode and the second electrode. An assembly comprising the first layer of material, the first electrode, the second electrode, and the light source is processed to form a multilayer panel with an embedded light source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Publication date: December 29, 2016
    Inventors: Abhishek Pradeep Kulkarni, John Christopher Wilde, Xiaoxi Wang, Nathanial C. Cuddy
  • Publication number: 20160332412
    Abstract: Methods for manufacturing composite panels for use in the interior of an aircraft are disclosed, specifically, methods of manufacturing joggled composite panels comprising metal inserts and the resulting composite panels and inserts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Publication date: November 17, 2016
    Inventors: Kyle L. Gray, Nathanial C. Cuddy, Harold G. Erickson
  • Patent number: 9321533
    Abstract: Aircraft passageway storage units are disclosed herein. An example apparatus includes a storage assembly to be supported on a floor of an interior of a fuselage of an aircraft. The storage assembly has a corner to be adjacent a passageway of the interior of the fuselage, and the passageway is to extend around the corner. The example apparatus also includes a door coupled to the storage assembly. The door extends from a first side of the storage assembly to a second side of the storage assembly and defines a portion of the corner. The door is to cover an opening of a compartment of the storage assembly when the door is in a closed position, and the opening is to extend from the first side to the second side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Nathanial C. Cuddy, Chris Gren McInelly, Roland Mair, Russell W. Keck, Michael S. Lewis, Daniel Rivera, Tushar Mayur Sampat, Derrick Joseph Hanratty, Harold Glenn Erickson, Mitchell Kotlik, Timothy Mark Jones
  • Patent number: 9221238
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for associating an edge of a first object with a second object using an insert. In one illustrative embodiment, an apparatus comprises a structure and a number of attachment features associated with the structure. The structure is configured to be inserted within a hollow portion of the first object at an edge of the first object. The structure is further configured to span an entire thickness of the first object at the edge of the first object. The number of attachment features is configured for use in attaching the second object to the structure to attach the second object to the edge of the first object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Scott A. Kramer, Nathanial C. Cuddy
  • Patent number: 9109615
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for associating an edge of a first object with a second object. An insert comprising a structure holding a fastener element may be positioned within a hollow portion at the edge of the first object. The structure may be configured to span an entire thickness of the first object at the edge of the first object. The structure may be adhesively bonded to the first object. The second object may be attached to the edge of the first object using the fastener element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Nathanial C. Cuddy, Paul Thomas Bridgeman
  • Patent number: 9051758
    Abstract: A structure comprises a door, a frame for the door, and a door snubber. One of the frame and the door has an overlapping edge trim, and the other carries the snubber such that the snubber engages the edge trim when the door is closed on the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Nathanial C. Cuddy, Paul Thomas Bridgeman