With Means To Apply Electrical And/or Radiant Energy To Work And/or Coating Material Patents (Class 118/620)
  • Patent number: 10763082
    Abstract: A chamber of a plasma system includes a chamber wall defining a plasma processing area, a substrate supporter configured to support a substrate in the plasma processing area, and a liner located in the plasma processing area and separating the chamber wall from the plasma processing area. A liner for a plasma system and a method for installing a liner to a plasma system are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chung-Hsien Liao, Wen-Pao Tsai
  • Patent number: 10761497
    Abstract: Techniques are described for improving dimensional accuracy, and more specifically z-axis or vertical dimensional accuracy in generating a 3 dimensional (3D) object comprising a plurality of formable layers. In one example, a height configuration parameter, such as a selected layer height, a print resolution, one or more tolerance values for certain layers or portions of a 3D object to be printed, etc., and a total object height, may be obtained. A first height corresponding to a subset of the plurality of formable layers may be selected based on the received height configuration parameter and the total object height. In some aspects, the first height may include a global layer height for the 3D object. The first height may be selected to optimize accuracy of the height configuration parameter or the total object height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Teddy leland Bennett, Gheorghe Marius Gheorghescu
  • Patent number: 10750837
    Abstract: A nail polish curing device with a light absorbing chamber is provided, including: a lower case, an upper case, a control module and a bottom plate. The lower case includes an enclosed wall and an opening on a side of the wall. A chamber is formed by the opening and the wall. The upper case is detachably mounted on the lower case. An upper opening and a recess that serves as a hidden handle are provided on the upper case. The control module is disposed on the upper case and is configured to activate UV light emitting diode module. Herein, a light absorbing layer is provided on the bottom plate and on each surface of the lower case in the chamber. The light absorbing layers are configured to completely absorb UV light emitted by the UV light emitting diode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Inventor: Kuo Chang Cheng
  • Patent number: 10734262
    Abstract: Systems and methods for substrate support in a millisecond anneal system are provided. In one example implementation, a millisecond anneal system includes a processing chamber having a wafer support plate. A plurality of support pins can extend from the wafer support plate. The support pins can be configured to support a substrate. At least one of the support pins can have a spherical surface profile to accommodate a varying angle of a substrate surface normal at the point of contact with the substrate. Other example aspects of the present disclosure are directed to methods for estimating, for instance, local contact stress at the point of contact with the support pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignees: Mattson Technology, Inc., Beijing E-Town Semiconductor Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Joseph Cibere
  • Patent number: 10668708
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for performing a three dimensional (3D) printing process. The method involves generating a primary light beam having a wavelength sufficient to initiate polymerization of a photoresin, and patterning the primary light beam into a patterned primary beam. The patterned primary beam may be directed toward an ultraviolet (UV) or visible light sensitive photoresin to initiate polymerization of select areas of the photoresin. The photoresin may be illuminated with a secondary light beam having a wavelength of about 765 nm to stimulate triplet oxygen into singlet oxygen, to thus control oxygen inhibition in additional areas bordering the select areas, to control polymerization inhibition in the additional areas bordering the select areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Ryan Hensleigh, Eric Duoss
  • Patent number: 10647059
    Abstract: According to one example, there is provided apparatus for generating a three-dimensional object. The apparatus comprises a build material distributor movable bi-directionally in a first axis to deposit successive layers of a build material on a support, and an agent distributor movable bi-directionally in a second axis different to the first axis to deliver an agent onto selected portions of successive layers of build material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Fernando Juan Jover, Alejandro Manuel de Pena, Esteve Comas Cespedes, Edward Dale Davis
  • Patent number: 10556418
    Abstract: Methods and systems, including medium-encoded computer program products, for generating internal structures usable in additive manufacturing include: obtaining a three-dimensional (3D) model of an object to be created by a 3D printer; determining a first slice of the 3D model; and generating first slice data that represents a portion of an internal structure in the first slice of the 3D model of the object, the slice data being usable for fabricating the first slice of the object during a 3D printing process, wherein the portion of the internal structure (i) includes cell structures corresponding to a respective point of a plurality of points with corresponding locations within the interior region, wherein each of the cell structures include an empty space inside the cell structure and (ii) includes a determined quantity of the cell structures based on an analysis of the 3D model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Autodesk, Inc.
    Inventors: Andreas Linas Bastian, Gregory David Meess
  • Patent number: 10543494
    Abstract: PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED: To evolve a spark discharge preventing effect of an electrostatic coating device. SOLUTION: One coating robot has an arm equipped with a plurality of electrostatic coating devices 100 close to each other and the plurality of the electrostatic coating devices 100 is connected in parallel with each other to one high-voltage generator 102. A hollow rotary shaft 108 driven by an air motor 104 is disposed with nine plate-shaped resistors 120 arranged circumferentially at intervals. The nine plate-shaped resistors 120 are connected in series and a high voltage is applied via the resistors 120 to a rotary atomization head 110. The rotary atomization head 110 is made of a semiconductive resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Ransburg Industrial Finishing K.K.
    Inventors: Osamu Yoshida, Yoshiji Yokomizo, Naohiro Masuda
  • Patent number: 10457796
    Abstract: Provided are a polyamide resin composition and a molded article produced therefrom. The polyamide resin composition includes: a base resin including a polyamide resin having an intrinsic viscosity (IV) of about 0.9 dL/g or less and milled glass fibers; and carbon nanotube flakes having a size of about 1.0 mm to about 5.0 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Lotte Advanced Materials Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kyung Rae Kim, Ik Mo Kim, Chan Gyun Shin
  • Patent number: 10442134
    Abstract: A method is provided for maintaining resin in a system including a main feed tank and at least one vat, each of the at least one vats associated with a 3-D printing machine. The method includes the steps of: transferring resin from the main feed tank to the at least one vat; operating the associated 3-D printing machine in a build cycle; returning the resin from the at least one vat to the main feed tank; and repeating in a cycle the steps of transferring the resin, operating the 3-D printing machine, and returning the resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Stephanie Lynn Depalma, William Cosmo Murphy, Travis Sands
  • Patent number: 10446997
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a terminal with an electric wire includes: forming a conductor exposed portion by removing a resin coating of an electric wire; forming a wire-terminal connection portion by connecting a terminal fitting to a position of the conductor exposed portion; supplying a sealing material made of ultraviolet-curing resin from a nozzle to form a sealing portion covering the wire-terminal connection portion; and curing the sealing material by irradiation with ultraviolet rays from a UV light. During curing of the sealing material, a reflector is used to allow the ultraviolet rays to be reflected toward the sealing material supplied to the wire-terminal connection portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daisuke Miyakawa, Tomonori Kawakami
  • Patent number: 10415320
    Abstract: Earth-boring tools may include a body having blades protruding therefrom and at least one hardfacing pad secured to at least one blade. The at least one hardfacing pad may be located at least partially within a recess extending at least into the at least one blade body around a circumference of a gage region of the body and may include a plate, an abrasion-resistant material secured to the plate on a side of the plate opposite the body, and at least one spacer extending from the plate toward the body, such that the plate is spaced from the body by at least a thickness of the at least one spacer. A braze material may secure the at least one hardfacing pad to the at least one blade, the braze material extending around the at least one spacer and located between the plate and the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Baker Hughes, a GE company, LLC
    Inventor: Michael T. Savage
  • Patent number: 10351928
    Abstract: A resistance annealing furnace for annealing a metal wire, strand, string, wire rod or strap having at least two electric axes, which are provided with respective pulleys for conveying the metal wire, and DC voltage generator means suppliable by an AC voltage source to generate an annealing voltage applied between the two electric axes. The DC voltage generator means has a first voltage rectifier stage connectable to the AC voltage source to generate an intermediate DC voltage, an active power filter, connected so as to compensate the current harmonics at the input of the first voltage rectifier stage, a pulse width modulator to transform the intermediate voltage into a first PWM voltage, a voltage transformer to transform the first PWM voltage into a corresponding second PWM voltage, and second voltage rectifier means to transform the second modulated PWM voltage into the annealing voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: SAMP S.P.A. CON UNICO SOCIO
    Inventors: Artemio Affaticati, Roberto Conte
  • Patent number: 10344369
    Abstract: A structure for high temperature applications comprises a base structure which includes a ceramic composite material, and a coating of a metal-semimetal compound, a metal boride, a metal carbide and/or a metal nitride. Furthermore, a production method and a coating device produces structures which resist high temperature applications with higher process temperatures and difficult chemical conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Airbus Defence and Space GmbH
    Inventors: Jürgen Steinwandel, Christian Wilhelmi, Franziska Uhlmann, Stefan Laure
  • Patent number: 10337103
    Abstract: Provided is a substrate processing apparatus including a tube having an inner space therein, a substrate supporting unit including a plurality of isolation plates configured to vertically stack a plurality of substrates thereon and divide a processing space, in which the plurality of substrates are processed, into a plurality of processing spaces in the tube, a gas supply unit configured to supply a processing gas to the plurality of substrates, and an exhaust unit disposed to face the gas supply unit to exhaust a gas inside the tube. A plurality of through-holes are defined in each of the isolation plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: EUGENE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Jin Hyon, Sung Tae Je, Byoung Gyu Song, Yong Ki Kim, Kyoung Hun Kim, Chang Dol Kim, Yang Sik Shin, Jae Woo Kim
  • Patent number: 10307822
    Abstract: An additive manufacturing apparatus includes a platform, a dispenser to dispense layers of feed material on the platform, and a fusing system to direct an energy beam to fuse at least a portion of the outermost layer of feed material. The fusing system includes an energy source to emit the energy beam, a deformable mirror to receive the energy beam and reflect the energy beam, wherein a shape of the deformable mirror defines at least in part an intensity profile of the energy beam on the outermost layer of feed material, an actuator coupled to the deformable mirror, and a controller coupled to the actuator and configured to cause the actuator to deform the shape of the deformable mirror to adjust the intensity profile of the energy beam on the outermost layer of feed material in accordance to a desired profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Hou T. Ng, Ron Naftali, Christopher G. Talbot
  • Patent number: 10218154
    Abstract: An apparatus for corona treatment, the apparatus including a corona treatment unit with an inlet side and an outlet side, wherein the unit includes one or more sets of transverse electrodes, at least one electrode in each set being connected to a high voltage source and at least one second electrode connected electrically to ground, wherein the second electrode connected to ground includes a rotatable roller. The apparatus is a through-flow apparatus adapted for corona treatment of material in sheets, and including at least one conveying table with a transverse direction and a longitudinal direction, where the at least one conveying table includes mechanical conveyor means. By such a solution is achieved an apparatus through which sheets of material can be conveyed and corona-treated without holding the material and pulling it through the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: TRESU A/S
    Inventor: Erik Gydesen
  • Patent number: 10190203
    Abstract: A device for processing a metal strip with a liquid coating material is disclosed. Above a coating tank filled with coating material, the device has a blower having an air outlet slot for blowing liquid parts of the coating off of the metal strip. Arranged above the blower is an electromagnetic stabilizer for stabilizing the metal strip by electromagnetic forces after the exiting of the coating tank and the blower. In order to design known devices for treating a metal strip to be more favorable in respect of energy and in order to increase the accessibility for an operating person, the stabilizer is arranged above the blower in such a way that the distance d between the line of action of the maximum force of the stabilizer on the metal strip and on the air outlet gap of the blower is limited to a range of 100-1200 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Fontaine Engineering und Maschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Pascal Fontaine, Dominique Fontaine
  • Patent number: 10192720
    Abstract: A plasma processing apparatus includes a processing chamber to be depressurized in a vacuum vessel with a sidewall made of a transparent or translucent dielectric material, a stage in the processing chamber to mount a wafer thereon, a coil disposed around an outer side of the sidewall and supplied with radio-frequency power for forming plasma above the stage in the processing chamber, a lamp disposed above the coil outside the vacuum vessel which radiates light onto the wafer, and a reflector disposed the coil and reflecting light to irradiate an inside of the processing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Kobayashi, Nobuya Miyoshi, Kazunori Shinoda, Kenji Maeda, Satoshi Sakai, Masaru Izawa
  • Patent number: 10176973
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein include a method for abating compounds produced in semiconductor processes. The method includes energizing an abating agent, forming a composition by reacting the energized abating agent with gases exiting a vacuum processing chamber, and flowing the composition through a plurality of holes formed in a cooling plate. By cooling the composition with the cooling plate, damages on the downstream pump are avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Michael S. Cox, Rongping Wang, Brian T. West, Roger M. Johnson, Colin John Dickinson
  • Patent number: 10158262
    Abstract: A stator for an electric rotating machine includes an annular stator core, an outer cylinder fitted on a radially outer surface of the stator core, and a stator coil mounted on the stator core. The stator core is comprised of a plurality of stator core segments that are arranged in a circumferential direction of the stator core so as to adjoin one another in the circumferential direction. The stator coil is fixed to the stator core by a thermosetting resin that is set by induction-heating the stator core. Each of the stator core segments is formed by laminating a plurality of steel sheets in an axial direction of the stator core and fixing at least some of the steel sheets by staking. The number of staking portions formed in one of the steel sheets is different from the number of staking portions formed in another one of the steel sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuichi Kudose, Atsushi Umeda
  • Patent number: 10154595
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an electrical component includes providing an electrically insulating substrate having an outer surface, applying a coated structure on the outer surface and irradiating the coated structure with an electron beam to form an electrical conductor on the substrate. The irradiating may include heating the coating layer to melt the coating layer to form the electrical conductor. The coating layer may have a low binder concentration and a high metal concentration. The irradiating may include vaporizing substantially all the binder leaving a substantially pure metallic layer to form the electrical conductor. The coating layer may be irradiated until non-metallic material of the coating layer is completely removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignees: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION, TE CONNECTIVITY GERMANY GMBH
    Inventors: Soenke Sachs, Helge Schmidt, Michael Leidner, Eva Henschel, Dominique Freckmann, Marjorie Myers
  • Patent number: 10147623
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention generally relate to pyrometry during thermal processing of semiconductor substrates. More specifically, embodiments of the invention relate to a pyrometry filter for a thermal process chamber. In certain embodiments, the pyrometry filter selectively filters selected wavelengths of energy to improve a pyrometer measurement. The pyrometry filter may have various geometries which may affect the functionality of the pyrometry filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph M. Ranish, Bruce E. Adams
  • Patent number: 10121688
    Abstract: An electrostatic chuck is described with external flow adjustments for improved temperature distribution. In one example, a method for adjusting coolant flow in an electrostatic chuck includes heating a dielectric puck, the dielectric puck being for electrostatically gripping a silicon wafer. Heat is detected at a plurality of locations on a top surface of the dielectric puck, the locations each being thermally coupled to at least one of a plurality of coolant chambers of the electrostatic chuck. A plurality of valves are adjusted to control coolant flow into the coolant chambers based on the detected heat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew J. Busche, Vijay D. Parkhe, Wendell Boyd, Jr., Senh Thach, Konstantin Makhratchev, Masanori Ono
  • Patent number: 10119108
    Abstract: A manufacturing assembly has at least a sterilizable chamber containing at least one of a three-dimensional printing device (additive manufacturing), a Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) finishing head (subtractive manufacturing), a vacuum-forming unit, an injection-molding unit, a laser-cutting unit, a ultrasonic-welding unit, a robotic arman analysis device, a sampling device or a combination thereof. A plurality of individual sterilizable chambers may be aseptically connected into a network of sterilizable chambers that provides additional functionality for the manufacturing assembly. A sterilizable printer assembly may include at least one printing head, a printing platform, and a driving mechanism adapted to perform a movement of the at least one printing head relative to the printing platform along three degrees of freedom; a printer housing enclosing the printer assembly in a sterile manner, at least one aseptic connector fluidly connected to a corresponding one of the at least one printing head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Sartorius Stedim Biotech GmbH
    Inventor: Frank Maggiore
  • Patent number: 10109448
    Abstract: Apparatus for treating products with plasma generated from a source gas. The apparatus includes a vacuum chamber, a plurality of juxtaposed electrodes arranged in adjacent pairs inside the vacuum chamber, and a plasma excitation source electrically coupled with the electrodes. The apparatus may include conductive members extending into the interior of each electrode to establish a respective electrical connection with the plasma excitation source. The apparatus may include a gas distribution manifold and multiple gas delivery tubes coupled with the gas distribution manifold. Each gas delivery tube has an injection port configured to inject the source gas between each adjacent pair of electrodes. The apparatus may further include flow restricting members that operate to partially obstruct a peripheral gap between each adjacent pair of electrodes, which restricts the escape of the source gas from the process chamber between each adjacent pair of electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: NORDSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Thomas V. Bolden, Louis Fierro, James D. Getty
  • Patent number: 10090211
    Abstract: A lower electrode assembly useful for supporting a semiconductor substrate in a plasma processing chamber includes a temperature controlled base plate, an upper plate above the base plate, and an annular mounting groove surrounding a bond layer located between the base plate and the upper plate. The mounting groove includes an inner wall, an opening of the mounting groove faces radially outward relative to the inner wall, and the mounting groove includes a step extending downward from the upper plate on an upper wall of the groove or extending upward from the base plate on a lower wall of the groove. An edge seal including a compressible ring is mounted in the groove such that the compressible ring is compressed between the upper plate and the base plate to cause an outer surface of the compressible ring to be biased radially outward relative to the inner wall toward the step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: LAM RESEARCH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keith William Gaff, Matthew Busche, Anthony Ricci, Henry S. Povolny, Scott Stevenot
  • Patent number: 10054932
    Abstract: One embodiment of the invention is a slicing engine that generates two or more slices of a virtual 3D model given a slice plane. The slicing engine then determines connection points on each of the slices that indicate how the 3D model is to be reconnected by the user when the 3D model is fabricated. The slicing engine also determines an optimized layout for the various slices of the 3D model on fabrication material for minimal use of the material. The user is then able to “print” the layout on the fabrication material via 3D printers, and connect the various printed slices according to the connection points to build a physical representation of the 3D model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: AUTODESK, INC.
    Inventors: Jonathan Bachrach, Saul Griffith
  • Patent number: 10029425
    Abstract: A sterilizable container for accommodating at least one of at least one biologically active fluid and at least one preparatory fluid has an area within the container configured to accommodate at least one sterilizable three-dimensional printer assembly. The sterilizable three-dimensional printer assembly includes at least one printing platform; at least one printer head for dispensing structural material onto the at least one printing platform to form thereon a three-dimensional structure; and a moving mechanism for providing a relative displacement between the at least one printer head and the at least one printing platform. The area is configured so that the fluid can reach the printer assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Sartorius Stedim Biotech GmbH
    Inventor: Frank Maggiore
  • Patent number: 10016043
    Abstract: A beauty gel curing device includes a bottom seat and a main body detachably mounted on the bottom seat. The bottom seat includes a base frame having walls and an opening; a UV LED module having UV LED lamps; a top cover fixed on the base frame to form the main body. A control module is provided on the main body. A grip portion is disposed at a side of the main body. A battery unit is disposed in the main body. A charging port is disposed at a side of the bottom seat. The bottom seat and the main body are electrically connected and the battery unit in the main body is charged through the charging port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Inventor: Kuo Chang Cheng
  • Patent number: 9962854
    Abstract: A method for producing at least one cutting strand segment of a cutting strand comprises punching at least one cutting strand segment out of a band material. The at least one cutting strand segment includes at least one cutting element and at least one cutter carrier element having at least one connecting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Arnold Hug, Urs Karlen, Milan Bozic, Joe Lauber, Ivo Gruber
  • Patent number: 9943996
    Abstract: A system may produce a desired three dimensional object that includes a tank that holds a liquid that solidifies upon exposure to light; a controllable stage that controllably moves within the tank; a controllable light source that emits a light image in a controllable pattern; and a controller that controls the controllable stage and the controllable light source so as to cause at least three cascaded layers to be sequentially solidified in the liquid that collectively approximate at least a section of the desired three dimensional object and that collectively form at least one up-facing step at their outer edges; and, following the solidification of the at least three cascaded layers, cause a meniscus of the liquid to form and solidify in the at least one up-facing step. The controller may control the number and/or width of the sequentially solidified cascaded layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
    Inventors: Yong Chen, Yayue Pan
  • Patent number: 9938623
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a micro-lattice and, more particularly, to an ultra-light micro-lattice and a method for forming the same. The micro-lattice is a cellular material formed of interconnected hollow tubes. The cellular material has a relative density in a range of 0.001% to 0.3%, and a density of 0.9 mg/cc has been demonstrated. The cellular material also has the ability to recover from a deformation exceeding 50% strain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: Tobias A. Schaedler, Alan J. Jacobsen, William Carter, Christopher Roper
  • Patent number: 9909923
    Abstract: This invention discloses a laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) apparatus based on a high repetition rate pulsed laser. The laser produces a train of laser pulses at a high repetition rate in the kHz or even higher range. When the laser beam hits the sample, it generates several thousands of micro-plasmas per second. Synchronized miniature CCD array optical spectrometer modules collect the LIBS signal from these micro-plasmas. By adjusting the integration time of the spectrometer to cover a plurality of periods of the laser pulse train, the spectrometer integrates the LIBS signal produced by this plurality of laser pulses. Hence the intensity of the obtained LIBS spectrum can be greatly improved to increase the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and lower the limit of detection (LOD). In addition, the influence of pulse to pulse variation of the laser is minimized since the obtained LIBS spectrum is the spectrum of a plurality of micro-plasmas produced by a plurality of laser pulses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: BWT Property, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Xiaolu Wang, Qun Li
  • Patent number: 9886526
    Abstract: Errors caused by shrinkage during 3D printing may be minimized. A shape that most closely corresponds to the shape of a layer to be printed may be selected from a library of shapes. Each shape in the library may have shrinkage information associated with it that includes, for each of multiple points that define a perimeter of the library shape, a radial distance to the point from an origin of a coordinate system, an angle the radial distance makes with respect to an axis of the coordinate system, and information indicative of an anticipated amount by which the point will deviate from its specified location when the shape is printed due to shrinkage. Compensation for anticipated shrinkage may be calculated based on the shrinkage information that is associated with the selected shape from the library. The information indicative of the shape of the layer to be printed may be modified to minimize errors cause by shrinkage based on the calculated compensation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
    Inventor: Qiang Huang
  • Patent number: 9881788
    Abstract: The embodiments disclosed herein pertain to methods and apparatus for depositing stress compensating layers and sacrificial layers on either the front side or back side of a substrate. In various implementations, back side deposition occurs while the wafer is in a normal front side up orientation. The front/back side deposition may be performed to reduce stress introduced through deposition on the front side of the wafer. The back side deposition may also be performed to minimize back side particle-related problems that occur during post-deposition processing such as photolithography.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: Yunsang Kim, Kaushik Chattopadhyay, Gregory Sexton, Youn Gi Hong
  • Patent number: 9870847
    Abstract: The method relates to an electric device comprising at least two electrodes which are separated by dielectric part. At least one of said electrodes is arranged to be at a floating potential. The dielectric part comprises at least one turn of at least one non-impregnatable electrically insulating film between two neighboring electrodes. The electrodes are bonded to adjacent turns of non-impregnatable insulating film, and adjacent turns of non-impregnatable insulating film, if any, are bonded to each other, so that the turns of non-impregnatable insulating film and the electrodes form a solid body. The invention further relates to a method of manufacturing an electric device, where bonding of at least one turn is performed upon forming of said turn, so that the bonding of said turn to the turn/electrode underneath will commence before said turn has been completely covered by the next turn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Roger Hedlund, Peter Sjöberg, Håkan Faleke, Nils Lavesson, Harald Martini, Joachim Schiessling
  • Patent number: 9856580
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure relate to an apparatus for processing a semiconductor substrate. The apparatus includes a process chamber having a substrate support for supporting a substrate, a lower dome and an upper dome opposing the lower dome, a plurality of gas injects disposed within a sidewall of the process chamber. The apparatus includes a gas delivery system coupled to the process chamber via the plurality of gas injects, the gas delivery system includes a gas conduit providing one or more chemical species to the plurality of gas injects via a first fluid line, a dopant source providing one or more dopants to the plurality of gas injects via a second fluid line, and a fast switching valve disposed between the second fluid line and the process chamber, wherein the fast switching valve switches flowing of the one or more dopants between the process chamber and an exhaust.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Errol Antonio C. Sanchez, Swaminathan T. Srinivasan
  • Patent number: 9855543
    Abstract: A nail gel curing device can include an outer housing, a base, a dome and a detachable tray. The housing, base, dome and tray define an irradiation chamber, an opening to said chamber for inserting a hand or foot of a user, and a space between the dome and housing. The irradiation chamber suitable for curing five nails of a user's hand or foot and the dome including a plurality of light emitting diodes for curing nails positioned in the irradiation chamber, and the space being sufficient to accommodate electronic or electric circuitry to operate the plurality of light emitting diodes in the curing device. A shield can be slidably attached to the device and the shield can be capable of reducing the opening's size by sliding from an open to a more closed position, said closing diminishing a user's secondary exposure to UV light exiting the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Nail Alliance, LLC
    Inventor: Danny Lee Haile
  • Patent number: 9818587
    Abstract: Disclosed are method and apparatus for treating a substrate. The apparatus is a dual-function process chamber that may perform both a material process and a thermal process on a substrate. The chamber has an annular radiant source disposed between a processing location and a transportation location of the chamber. Lift pins have length sufficient to maintain the substrate at the processing location while the substrate support is lowered below the radiant source plane to afford radiant heating of the substrate. A method of processing a substrate having apertures formed in a first surface thereof includes depositing material on the first surface in the apertures and reflowing the material by heating a second surface of the substrate opposite the first surface. A second material can then be deposited, filling the apertures partly or completely. Alternately, a cyclical deposition/reflow process may be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Maurice E. Ewert, Anantha K. Subramani, Umesh M. Kelkar, Chandrasekhar Balasubramanyam, Joseph M. Ranish
  • Patent number: 9778426
    Abstract: An electro-optic device may include a photonic chip having an optical grating at a surface, and an IC coupled to the photonic chip. The electro-optic device may include an optical element defining an optical path above the optical grating, and a dichroic mirror above the optical grating and aligned with the optical path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS S.R.L.
    Inventor: Mark Andrew Shaw
  • Patent number: 9738034
    Abstract: A device for processing of highly viscous photopolymerizable material for layer-by-layer generation of a shaped body comprises a vat including a bottom which is at least in certain areas thereof transparent, a build platform, an exposure unit for exposing a material layer formed between the lower side of the build platform and the vat bottom in a locally selective manner, a control unit in order to adapt the relative position of the build platform to the vat bottom after each exposure step for a layer, in order to successively build up the shaped body in the desired shape, and a moveably guided doctor blade arrangement including a drive unit for moving the doctor blade arrangement back and forth underneath the build platform. The doctor blade arrangement comprises two doctor blades spaced apart in movement direction, which doctor blades are moveable at a constant distance to the vat bottom along the bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignees: Ivoclar Vivadent AG, Technische Universität Wien
    Inventors: Simon Gruber, Jürgen Stampfl, Jörg Ebert
  • Patent number: 9713371
    Abstract: A compact portable LED nail curing lamp has surface-mounted light emitting diode (SMD LED) lights. The lamp provides fast and consistent results producing high gloss finish and even curing of nail polish (e.g., UV-curable gel polish). The nail lamp has a micro USB port, which can be used to power the lamp using a wall adapter, car charger, laptop USB port, or mobile power bank for ultimate portability. In an implementation, a system includes a compact LED nail curing lamp and a mobile power battery pack. The system also includes a cable to connect the nail lamp and the mobile power battery pack. The battery pack provides portable power to the nail lamp so that the nail lamp can be used portably, such as during travel or on an airplane when a wall outlet is unavailable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: LeChat
    Inventor: Newton Luu
  • Patent number: 9701541
    Abstract: In various embodiments, systems, methods, and apparatus are provided for stabilizing filaments in a chemical vapor deposition (CVD) reactor system. A system includes a base plate having a plurality of electrical connections, a pair of filaments extending from the base plate, and a stabilizer connecting the pair of filaments. Each filament is in electrical contact with, and defines a conductive path between, the two electrical connections. A method of stabilizing the filaments includes providing the pair of filaments, and connecting the pair of filaments with at least one stabilizer. The stabilizer may include an electrically insulating material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Inventors: Wenjun Qin, Chad Fero, Aaron Dean Rhodes, Jeffrey C. Gum
  • Patent number: 9666415
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes atmospheric plasma systems and methods for plasma treating a surface. The plasma system may include a plasma probe configured to receive a source air that is at or above atmospheric pressure and discharge a plasma from a probe tip. It may also include an air supply system including an air supply conduit configured to supply the source air to the plasma probe and a heat source configured to increase a temperature of the source air in the air supply system to above an ambient temperature. The heat source may include an inline heater disposed within the air supply conduit. The source air may be heated to a temperature of 25° C. to 1,000° C. The heated air plasma system may provide a higher plasma dosage to a treated surface and may allow for reduced cycle times and larger plasma treatment working windows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Haibo Zhao, Patrick James Blanchard
  • Patent number: 9620395
    Abstract: Provided is a substrate processing apparatus. The substrate processing apparatus in which processes with respect to substrates are performed includes a lower chamber having an opened upper side, the lower chamber including a passage allowing the substrates to pass therethrough in a side thereof, an external reaction tube closing the opened upper side of the lower chamber to provide a process space in which the processes are performed, a substrate holder on which the one ore more substrates are vertically stacked, the substrate holder being movable between a stacking position in which the substrates are stacked within the substrate holder and a process position in which the processes with respect to the substrates are performed, and a gas supply unit disposed inside the external reaction tube to supply a reaction gas into the process space, the gas supply unit forming a flow of the reaction gas having different phase differences in a vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: EUGENE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Il-Kwang Yang, Sung-Tae Je, Byoung-Gyu Song, Yong-Ki Kim, Kyong-Hun Kim, Yang-Sik Shin
  • Patent number: 9593415
    Abstract: Provided is a substrate processing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: EUGENE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Il-Kwang Yang, Sung-Tae Je, Byoung-Gyu Song, Yong-Ki Kim, Kyong-Hun Kim, Yang-Sik Shin
  • Patent number: 9524853
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an ion implantation machine 100 that comprises: an enclosure 101 that is connected to a pump device 102; a plasma source 115-121-122; a bias power supply 113; a gas inlet 117 leading into the enclosure; and a substrate-carrier 104 connected to the negative pole of the bias power supply and arranged inside the enclosure. The machine is remarkable in that: the substrate-carrier 104 consists in at least two parallel plates 105-106; a reference electrode consists in at least one strip 110, this reference electrode being connected to the positive pole of the bias power supply; and the strip is interposed between the two plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: ION BEAM SERVICES
    Inventors: Frank Torregrosa, Laurent Roux
  • Patent number: 9514969
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a cover assembly that includes a cover disposed between a device side surface of a substrate and a reflector plate, which are disposed within a thermal processing chamber. The presence of the cover between the device side surface of a substrate and a reflector plate has many advantages over conventional thermal processing chamber designs, which include an improved temperature uniformity during processing, a reduced chamber down time and an improved cost-of-ownership of the processes performed in the thermal processing chamber. In some configurations, the cover includes two or more ports that are formed therein and are positioned to deliver a gas, from a space formed between the reflector plate and the cover, to desired regions of the substrate during processing to reduce the temperature variation across the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Aaron Miller, Mehran Behdjat, Norman L. Tam, Michael Liu
  • Patent number: 9457516
    Abstract: The invention is a stereolithography machine (1) comprising: a container (2) suited to contain a fluid substance (3) suited to solidify through exposure to predefined radiation (4a); means (4) suited to emit the predefined radiation (4a) and to solidify a layer of the fluid substance (3) having a predefined thickness and arranged adjacent to the bottom (2a) of the container (2); a modelling plate (5) suited to support the solidified layer (6); actuator means (7) suited to move the modelling plate (5) according to a direction perpendicular to the bottom (2a) of the container (2); levelling means (8) arranged in contact with the fluid substance (3), associated with power means suited to move them with respect to the container (2) so as to redistribute the fluid substance (3) in the container (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: DWS S.R.L.
    Inventor: Ettore Maurizio Costabeber