Patents by Inventor Thomas R. Corrigan

Thomas R. Corrigan 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: 11984823
    Abstract: At least some embodiments of the present disclosure direct to an electrostatic sheet jamming device formed by a sheet having a conductive layer and a dielectric layer. The jamming device includes a first section of the sheet, the first section being separated from the sheet, and a second section of the sheet, the second section being separated from the sheet. The sheet is non-extensible and flexible. The first section and the second section are slidable relative to each other in a first state. The first section and the second section are jammed with each other in a second state when a voltage is applied between a conductive layer of the first section and a conductive layer of the second section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Thomas R.. Corrigan, David J. Rowe, Andrew H. Tilstra
  • Patent number: 11979098
    Abstract: At least some embodiments of the present disclosure direct to an electrostatic sheet jamming apparatus comprising a first sheet comprising a first conductive layer, the first sheet comprising a set of first features, a first dielectric layer, and a second sheet comprising a second conductive layer and disposed proximate to the first dielectric layer, the second sheet comprising a set of second features. The first dielectric layer is disposed between the first conductive layer and the second conductive layer. The first sheet and the second sheet are non-extensible and flexible. The first sheet and the second sheet are movable relative to each other in a first state. The first sheet and the second sheet are jammed with each other in a second state when a voltage is applied between the first conductive layer and the second conductive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Thomas R. Corrigan, David J. Rowe, Andrew H. Tilstra, Michael Patrick M. Mandanas
  • Patent number: 11949350
    Abstract: At least some embodiments of the present disclosure direct to a flexible device, comprising a flexible component layer, and a jamming device disposed proximate to the flexible component layer. The jamming device permits the flexible component layer to be bent in a first state. The jamming device is configured to resist bending of the flexible component layer in a second state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventor: Thomas R. Corrigan
  • Publication number: 20240041657
    Abstract: Non-adhesive articles include an elastomeric layer, where the elastomeric layer has a plurality of cuts arrayed in a pattern. The cuts are gaps, but the gaps are not visible to the naked eye when the article is in an unstressed state, and in a stressed state, at least some of the cuts become gaps that are visible to the naked eye. The gaps are perforations in the elastomeric layer and are apertures through which one can view through the elastomeric layer. The perforations indicate the presence of stress in the article, and the elastomeric layer has a lower effective modulus of elasticity in at least one axis than an identical elastomeric layer without the plurality of cuts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2022
    Publication date: February 8, 2024
    Inventors: Audrey A. Sherman, Thomas R. Corrigan, John J. Rogers, Anne C.F. Gold, Silvia G.B. Guttmann
  • Publication number: 20230241876
    Abstract: Conformable sheet article made from paper and useful, for example, in packaging, tapes, and craft article, and methods of making and using such sheet articles are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2021
    Publication date: August 3, 2023
    Inventors: Manoj Nirmal, Mary L. Brown, Kimberly C.M. Schultz, Mitchell A.F. Johnson, Thomas R. Corrigan, Patrick R. Fleming, Stephen M. Sanocki, Jimmy M. Le, Steven L. Mahoney, Charles E. Jansen, Matt R. Branscomb, Yaohua Gao, Elizabeth R. Bright, Ignatius A. Kadoma, Jeffrey E. Zelinsky
  • Publication number: 20230022987
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to tension-activated, expanding articles that include single slit patterns. In some embodiments, these articles are used as cushioning films and/or packaging materials. The present disclosure also relates to methods of making and using these tension-activated, expanding articles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2020
    Publication date: January 26, 2023
    Inventors: Thomas R. Corrigan, Patrick R. Fleming, Anne C.F. Gold, Silvia G. Guttmann, Nicholas K. Lee, Dylan T. Cosgrove, Delony L. Langer-Anderson, Lisa M. Miller, Manoj Nirmal
  • Publication number: 20230020226
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to tension-activated, expanding articles that include compound slit patterns. In some embodiments, these articles are used as cushioning films and/or packaging materials. The present disclosure also relates to methods of making and using these tension-activated, expanding articles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2020
    Publication date: January 19, 2023
    Inventors: Thomas R. Corrigan, Patrick R. Fleming, Delony L. Langer-Anderson, Lisa M. Miller, Manoj Nirmal
  • Publication number: 20230017223
    Abstract: At least some embodiments of the present disclosure an electrostatic sheet jamming device comprising a first sheet having a first conductive layer, a first dielectric layer disposed adjacent to the first conductive layer, and a second sheet comprising a second conductive layer and disposed proximate to the first dielectric layer. The first dielectric layer is disposed between the first conductive layer and the second conductive layer. The first sheet and the second sheet are non-extensible and flexible, wherein the first sheet and the second sheet are slidable relative to each other in a first state. The first sheet and the second sheet are jammed with each other in a second state when a voltage is applied between the first conductive layer and the second conductive layer. In some embodiments, the applied voltage is less than or equal to a break-down voltage of air at a distance between the first conductive layer and the second conductive layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2022
    Publication date: January 19, 2023
    Inventors: Thomas R. Corrigan, David J. Rowe, Andrew H. Tilstra
  • Publication number: 20230017683
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to tension-activated, expanding articles, films, and sheets including a multi-slit pattern. In some embodiments, these articles, films, and/or sheets are used as cushioning films and/or packaging materials. The present disclosure also relates to methods of making and using these tension-activated, expanding articles, films, and sheets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2020
    Publication date: January 19, 2023
    Inventors: Thomas R. Corrigan, Patrick R. Fleming, Anne C.F. Gold, Silvia G. Guttmann, Nicholas K. Lee, Dylan T. Cosgrove, Delony L. Langer-Anderson, Lisa M. Miller, Manoj Nirmal
  • Publication number: 20220380107
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to tension-activated, expanding articles, films, and sheets. In some embodiments, these articles, films, and/or sheets are used as cushioning films and/or packaging materials. The present disclosure also relates to methods of making and using these tension-activated, expanding articles, films, and sheets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2020
    Publication date: December 1, 2022
    Inventors: Thomas R. Corrigan, Patrick R. Fleming, Dylan T. Cosgrove, Delony L. Langer-Anderson, Lisa M. Miller, Manoj Nirmal
  • Publication number: 20220379575
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to tension-activated, expanding articles that include a plurality of patterned slits. At least some of the plurality of slits are multibeam slits that, when the material into which the slits are formed is tension-activated form one or more multibeams. In some embodiments, these articles are used as cushioning films and/or packaging materials. The present disclosure also relates to methods of making and using these tension-activated, expanding articles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2020
    Publication date: December 1, 2022
    Inventors: Thomas R. Corrigan, Patrick R. Fleming, Anne C.F. Gold, Silvia G. Guttmann, Nicholas K. Lee, Delony L. Langer-Anderson, Lisa M. Miller, Manoj Nirmal
  • Publication number: 20220379576
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to tension-activated, expanding articles that include a plurality of patterned slits. At least some of the plurality of slits include curved terminal ends. In some embodiments, these articles are used as cushioning films and/or packaging materials. The present disclosure also relates to methods of making and using these tension-activated, expanding articles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2020
    Publication date: December 1, 2022
    Inventors: Thomas R. Corrigan, Patrick R. Fleming, Dylan T. Cosgrove, Delony L. Langer-Anderson, Lisa M. Miller, Manoj Nirmal
  • Publication number: 20220316556
    Abstract: A sheet-jammable apparatus having two adjacent segments moveable against each other in a first state when a moving force is applied, and the two adjacent segments remain at a fixed relative position in a second state when the moving force is applied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2020
    Publication date: October 6, 2022
    Inventor: Thomas R. Corrigan
  • Publication number: 20220110461
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides adhesive mounting articles that permit sliding movement along a primary path, even while the article is fixed between a mounting object and a mounting surface. The adhesive articles can allow user precise control over the location and orientation of his or her mounting object, particularly frames.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2020
    Publication date: April 14, 2022
    Inventors: Dylan T. Cosgrove, Michael R. Gorman, Catherine A. Leatherdale, Christina D. Cowman-Eggert, Thomas R. Corrigan
  • Publication number: 20220063991
    Abstract: A substantially planar self-folding film assembly to generate a folded three-dimensional assembly. The assembly includes a flexible support substrate, adhesive elements, and folding members. The folding members include a base, a folding region, and a hinge adjacent each folding region attached at the base to the flexible support substrate by at least one of the adhesive elements. An array of polymer actuators is co-extensive, or shaped to be not co-extensive, with each of the flexible folding members. Upon activation by a patterned light to heat conversion layer, each polymer actuator is designed and configured to provide a displacement of the corresponding flexible folding member about each hinge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2019
    Publication date: March 3, 2022
    Inventors: Jia Hu, Martin B. Wolk, Thomas R. Corrigan, Mitchell T. Nommensen, Michael Benton Free, Kurt J. Halverson, Erik A. Aho
  • Publication number: 20210402673
    Abstract: An apparatus for bending an object includes a first bending plate having a first rotational axis, and a second bending plate having a second rotational axis. The second bending plate is disposed proximate to the first bending plate. The apparatus further includes a pair of rotation elements. Each rotation element controls a respective bending plate from the first bending plate and the second bending plate. The first bending plate and the second bending plate are configured to rotate independently from each other about the first rotational axis and the second rotational axis, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2019
    Publication date: December 30, 2021
    Inventors: Thomas R. Corrigan, Hollis Z. Beagi
  • Patent number: D946907
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventor: Thomas R. Corrigan
  • Patent number: D971019
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventor: Thomas R. Corrigan
  • Patent number: D1004290
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventor: Thomas R. Corrigan
  • Patent number: D1016497
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventor: Thomas R. Corrigan