Patents by Inventor Tracy L. Taylor

Tracy L. Taylor 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: 20100174392
    Abstract: A process for establishing manufacturing parameters includes computer simulating a manufacture of a laser-sintered part based on a set of manufacturing parameters, calculating a set of physical properties of the simulated manufacture, and modifying the set of manufacturing parameters based on the calculated set in order to obtain a desired set of physical properties.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2009
    Publication date: July 8, 2010
    Inventors: Jeffrey E. Fink, Tracy L. Taylor, Lori A. Narvett, Bryon L. Shapey
  • Publication number: 20090326706
    Abstract: A process of for creating process build parameters includes creating a set of process build parameters for laser-sintering of a part based on a thermal model of a parts bed of a laser sintering machine and empirical data from prior laser-sintered parts built in the parts bed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2009
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Inventors: Jeffrey E. Fink, Tracy L. Taylor, Lori A. Wegner, Bryon Shapey
  • Patent number: 7575708
    Abstract: A process of fabricating aerospace parts using selective laser sintering is provided, wherein the process generally comprises the steps of preparing a powder nylon material, loading the powder nylon material into a laser sintering machine, warming up the powder nylon material according to build warm-up parameters, building the part according to build parameters and part parameters, and cooling down the part according to build cool-down parameters. As a result, parts are produced that are directly used in aerospace structures, which meet the stringent performance requirements of aerospace applications, rather than as rapid prototypes as with conventional selective laser sintering processes. Additionally, specific designs for aerospace parts such as ducts, panels, and shrouds are provided that are produced by the selective laser sintering process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey E. DeGrange, Daniel F. Beilman, Robert P. Willer, Roger L. Spielman, Tracy L. Taylor, Kevin L. Wannemuehler, Jeffrey Fink, Gary G. Bond
  • Publication number: 20040262261
    Abstract: Methods and systems for changing properties of a layer-formed plastic part comprised of at least one plastic material are disclosed. In one embodiment, an electromagnetic radiation source is provided and the layer-formed plastic part is positioned within a potential exposure range of the electromagnetic radiation source. An exposure of radiation from the electromagnetic radiation source operable to change the property of the layer-formed plastic part from the existing state to an altered state is determined. The layer-formed plastic part is then exposed to the radiation to change the property of the layer-formed plastic part to the altered state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2003
    Publication date: December 30, 2004
    Inventors: Jeffrey E. Fink, Tracy L. Taylor, Lori A. Wegner, Mark Wilenski
  • Publication number: 20040254665
    Abstract: A method for improving production parts produced from a rapid prototyping machine that includes the step of generating a build run that produces output components having production parts and/or iterative improvement specimens. A comparison of the production parts and/or iterative improvement specimens is made to a set of input data that includes dimensions and material characteristics. The comparison produces a resultant data set that includes deviations between the input data and the output components. Build parameters are then tailored for the rapid prototyping machine to reduce deviations between the input data and the output components as compared to previous build runs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2003
    Publication date: December 16, 2004
    Inventors: Jeffrey E. Fink, Tracy L. Taylor, Lori A. Wegner, Bryon Shapey
  • Publication number: 20040021256
    Abstract: A process of fabricating aerospace parts using selective laser sintering is provided, wherein the process generally comprises the steps of preparing a powder nylon material, loading the powder nylon material into a laser sintering machine, warming up the powder nylon material according to build warm-up parameters, building the part according to build parameters and part parameters, and cooling down the part according to build cool-down parameters. As a result, parts are produced that are directly used in aerospace structures, which meet the stringent performance requirements of aerospace applications, rather than as rapid prototypes as with conventional selective laser sintering processes. Additionally, specific designs for aerospace parts such as ducts, panels, and shrouds are provided that are produced by the selective laser sintering process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2002
    Publication date: February 5, 2004
    Inventors: Jeffrey E. DeGrange, Daniel F. Beilman, Robert P. Willer, Roger L. Spielman, Tracy L. Taylor, Kevin L. Wannemuehler, Jeffrey Fink, Gary G. Bond