Etching Or Trimming Patents (Class 219/121.68)
  • Patent number: 11446768
    Abstract: A wire guide and a laser wire-processing device that includes a wire guide are provided. The laser wire-processing device includes a housing and an aperture in a side of the housing, wherein the aperture defines a longitudinal axis that is substantially perpendicular to the aperture. The laser wire-processing device also includes a backstop arranged in the housing and aligned with the longitudinal axis, the backstop defining a wire-contact surface in a facing relationship with the aperture. The laser wire-processing device also includes a wire guide arranged in the housing to manipulate a wire inserted through the aperture into a desired position relative to the longitudinal axis between the aperture and the backstop. The laser wire-processing device also includes a laser operable to direct a laser beam toward an insulation layer of the wire. The wire guide could be a tube arranged in the device or a backstop guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Nick S. Evans, Bradley J. Mitchell, Mark Blumenkrantz
  • Patent number: 11433604
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a three-dimensional article includes: (1) Loading a metal platen into a build chamber, the metal platen defines an upper surface; (2) Performing concurrent processes including operating a movement mechanism to vertically translate the platen, operating a laser system to impinge a radiation beam upon the upper surface of the platen, and receiving a signal from an acoustic sensor that is positioned within the build chamber; (3) Analyzing the signal including determining a height of optimal laser convergence for the platen; and (4) Based upon the analysis, adjusting the laser convergence height to a build plane height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: LAYERWISE NV
    Inventors: Sam Coeck, Karel Lietaert, Nachiketa Ray, Anh Dung Nguyen, Gokula Krishna Muralidharan, Jonas Van Vaerenbergh
  • Patent number: 11384003
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and a device for separating the excess glass (32) in the production of hollow glass products (12), wherein the method comprises: centring a hollow glass product (12) in a receiving device (10), which is designed to hold the hollow glass (12) and to rotate about a rotational axis in such a way that a separation line (24) along which the excess glass (32) is to be separated from the hollow glass product (12) to be produced is centred in relation to the rotational axis; processing the hollow glass product (12) in a plurality of positions along the separation line (24) by means of a laser beam in order to generate local filaments with a weakened glass structure during a rotation of the hollow glass product (12) about the rotational axis; and introducing energy along the separation line (24) in order to separate the excess glass (32) along the weakened glass structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Zwiesel Kristallglas AG
    Inventors: Klaus Lesche, Gerhard Röck, Tobias Bredl
  • Patent number: 11370063
    Abstract: A method for encoding a plate-like workpiece comprising: defining an encoding area; applying a magnetic layer to the surface of the workpiece; fusing parts of the magnetic layer to the surface of the workpiece by acting on the workpiece with radiation within the encoding area; cooling the workpiece; removing the non-fused parts of the magnetic layer. The method permits the workpieces to be trackable in a simple manner, irrespective of surface treatments that may possibly be carried out or are to be carried out later.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: TRUMPF Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventors: Berthold Schmidt, Klaus Bauer, Eberhard Wahl, Andreas Popp
  • Patent number: 11364567
    Abstract: A laser machining apparatus includes: a laser beam emission device; a guide beam emission device; a scanner; a processor; and a memory. The memory stores a set of computer-readable instructions therein. The set of computer-readable instructions, when executed by the processor, causes the laser machining apparatus to perform: acquiring workpiece contour information specifying a contour of the workpiece; extracting a plurality of feature points from the workpiece contour information, each of the plurality of feature points being on the contour of the workpiece; generating a guide pattern indicating a setup position of the workpiece according to the plurality of feature points; and drawing the guide pattern with the guide beam by controlling the guide beam emission device and the scanner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasuo Nishikawa, Koki Furukawa
  • Patent number: 11358237
    Abstract: Systems for processing a material by submerging the material in a fluid and directing laser pulses at the fluid and the material for processing the material. An embodiment removes the surface of concrete, brick, or rock or minerals in a relatively gentle, energy-efficient, and controlled manner that also confines the material that is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Raymond P. Mariella, Jr., Alexander M. Rubenchik, Mary A. Norton
  • Patent number: 11351636
    Abstract: The invention discloses a laser engraving machine, comprising a casing, a processing platform, a laser engraving head, a laser emitter, and a red light projector, the platform is disposed in the casing, and has a lateral moving trajectory and a longitudinal moving trajectory; the longitudinal trajectory is disposed on one side of the platform, the lateral trajectory is spanned thereon; one end of the lateral trajectory is connected with the longitudinal trajectory, the other is engaged with the platform side; the head is disposed on the lateral trajectory and can move along it. The invention has reasonable structure and convenient use. By adding a working panel, the device can process hard and soft material products, meeting more requirements; by changing the external fan to the built-in fan and smoke exhaust chamber, the installation is simple, the exhaust effect is better, while the proportion of damage during transportation is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Banyan Imports Corporation
    Inventor: Alex Chen
  • Patent number: 11346788
    Abstract: Systems and methods here may be used for a setup of fluorescence image capturing of a gemstone, such as a diamond placed on a flat stage. Some examples utilize a setup that both sends light and captures the image from the table side of the gemstone by passing ultraviolet (UV) light between 10 nm and 400 nm to the gemstone and capturing the excited fluorescence image for analysis through a dichroic beam splitter. In some examples, the cutoff is 300 nm. The dichroic beam splitter arrangement allows for the camera to focus on the same interface of the stage and gemstone over and over for ease of use and without moving, changing, or adjusting the equipment for different samples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Gemological Institute of America, Inc. (GIA)
    Inventors: Tsung-Han Tsai, Wuyi Wang
  • Patent number: 11325399
    Abstract: A laser device according to one embodiment of the present disclosure includes a light source and a reflection-type polarizer. The light source causes laser light to oscillate. The reflection-type polarizer is disposed on an optical path of the laser light and has a transmission axis coinciding with a polarization direction of the laser light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Mitsunari Hoshi
  • Patent number: 11299813
    Abstract: According to a method for manufacturing a hologram pattern of the present invention, the hologram pattern is applied to a metal plating layer (not a metal specimen). Accordingly, materials which can be plated are widely applicable. The hologram pattern, which becomes appeared in various colors depending on light and user's vision, can be formed with a simple process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Inventor: Seong-Tae No
  • Patent number: 11253953
    Abstract: A method and a device for processing a unidirectional flow surface, the method includes: generating a grayscale map having gradually changed grayscale values; generating a holographic phase map having a bionic light spot with gradually changed energies based on the grayscale map; loading the holographic phase map onto a spatial beam shaper; and focusing a laser beam on a surface of an object to be processed after the laser beam passes through the spatial beam shaper, to process structural units having unidirectional flow characteristics on the surface of the object to be processed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: BEIJING INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Lan Jiang, Xiaozhe Chen, Xin Li, Xiaojie Li, Misheng Liang
  • Patent number: 11241055
    Abstract: Laser finishing of apparel products allows an operating model that reduces finishing cost, lowers carrying costs, increases productivity, shortens time to market, be more reactive to trends, reduce product constraints, reduces lost sales and dilution, and more. Improved aspects include design, development, planning, merchandising, selling, making, and delivering. The model uses fabric templates, each of which can be used to produce a multitude of laser finishes. Operational efficiency is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: Levi Strauss & Co.
    Inventors: David Love, Elizabeth O'Neill, James Barton Sights, Jeff Zens
  • Patent number: 11210486
    Abstract: According to the present disclosure, methods and systems for producing a microscale optical code on a precious object and reading the microscale optical code are disclosed. The method comprises the steps of providing an object, providing at least one marking unit, inscribing an array of micro-indents or micro-holes on the at least one surface of the object using at least one marking unit and generating a two-dimensional data matrix with the array of micro-indents or micro-holes. The two-dimensional data matrix has a plurality of rows and columns. The method further comprises generating a microscale optical code comprising the two-dimensional data matrix and additional four corners. The two-dimensional data matrix represents a binary code matrix of number 1 and 0 in the plurality of rows and columns with each micro-indent or micro-hole forming the binary number 1 and spot with no indent or hole forming binary number 0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
    Inventors: Mittal Rinku Kumar, Mehta Prem, Singh Ramesh Kumar, Kothari Dinesh
  • Patent number: 11183673
    Abstract: A display device including: a display panel; a polarization film disposed on the display panel; and a reflective layer disposed on the polarization film, wherein the reflective layer is disposed between a first hole and a first groove, wherein the first hole passes through the display panel and the polarization film, and the first groove is provided in the display panel around the first hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yongjun Park, Sunghoon Yang, Seyoon Oh, Jongmin Lee
  • Patent number: 11142019
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a decorated-part comprises a first and second base coat-layer-forming process, a surface coat-layer-forming process and a laser-decorating process. In the first base coat-layer-forming process, the first base coat-layer colored in a highly light color at a lightness-level of 70 or more is formed on the surface of the resin base-material 12. In the second base coat-layer-forming process, the second base coat-layer 21C colored in a chromatic color is formed on the first base coat-layer. In the surface coat-layer-forming process, the surface coat-layer colored in a less-bright color at a lightness-level of 20 or less is formed on the second base coat-layer 21C. In the laser-decorating process, the first laser-processed groove penetrating the surface coat-layer and exposing partially the second base coat-layer is made by irradiating the infrared laser onto such surface coat-layer, thus providing a fine decoration onto the surface of said decorated-part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: TRINITY INDUSTRIAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yukihiro Goto, Tadayuki Mizobe, Tokinobu Shimada
  • Patent number: 11119073
    Abstract: A photoacoustic device for detecting gas includes a photoacoustic cavity having a side wall extending between a first end and a second end and having an outer surface; a light source suitable for emitting a modulated light radiation, and coupled to the first end; a microphone coupled to the side wall, the photoacoustic cavity being made of a material transparent to the light radiation of the light source; a mirror being arranged on at least one portion of the outer surface of the side wall; and the side wall having a thickness chosen as a function of the depth of penetration ? of a thermal wave coming from the mirror into the transparent material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
    Inventor: Alain Gliere
  • Patent number: 11084129
    Abstract: A polarizing plate-cutting device including a laser beam generator configured to emit a laser beam, a scanner including a rotating mirror configured to reflect the laser beam emitted from the laser beam generator, and a housing accommodating the rotating mirror, a condenser lens configured to condense the laser beam reflected from the rotating mirror, and a mounting block onto which the laser beam condensed by the condenser lens is irradiated and to which a polarizing plate is mounted, wherein the mounting block is fixed with respect to the scanner while the polarizing plate is being cut, and wherein the polarizing plate includes a stacking of a base substrate and a polarizing layer, the base substrate being closer to the condenser lens than the polarizing layer, and a heat resistance of the polarizing layer being lower than that of the base substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kuhyun Kang, Ilyoung Jeong, Gyoowan Han
  • Patent number: 11072139
    Abstract: Provided is a mold cleaning system. On the basis of an identification mark assigned to a mold and detected by a mark detector when cleaning the mold, the mold cleaning system obtains shape data for the molding surface of the mold which is stored in a database, and on the basis of the obtained shape data, the mold cleaning system controls the movement of arms using the control device, moves a laser head along the molding surface thereof while irradiating with a laser beam supplied by a laser oscillator, and as a result, removes the dirt adhered to the molding surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Inventors: Kensuke Matsumura, Masayuki Watanabe, Yusaku Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 11065722
    Abstract: A laser processing apparatus includes: a light flux separating-and-combining device configured to polarize and separate a laser light into two polarized light fluxes having polarization orthogonal to each other and emit the two light fluxes with their optical paths matching each other toward different regions of a spatial light modulator, and configured to combine the two polarized light fluxes modulated by the spatial light modulator and emit the two light fluxes toward a condenser lens; and a controller configured to control hologram patterns presented by the spatial light modulator for respective regions of the spatial light modulator irradiated with the two polarized light fluxes such that the laser light is condensed by the condenser lens at two positions different from each other in a thickness direction inside of the wafer and the same as each other in a relative movement direction of the laser light to form modified regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Tokyo Seimitsu Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazushi Hyakumura
  • Patent number: 11063500
    Abstract: The method and apparatus comprise the following features: —forming coil members (21) by bending an electric conductor (20) externally coated with an outer insulation (20?); wherein the bending is made at predetermined lengths from a reference position (16?), and wherein each one of the coil members (21), when formed, comprises at least one head portion (21?) and leg portions (21?) extending from said at least one head portion (21?); —feeding the electric conductor (20) to accomplish the bending; —cutting the electric conductor (20) to detach a formed coil member (21) from said electric conductor (20); —inserting the leg portions (21?) of the coil members (21) into slots of the stator, so that parts of said leg portions (21?) extend from one end of the stator and the head portions (21?) extend from an opposite end of the stator; —arranging at least one laser beam (13?a, 13?b) to remove the insulation (20?) from predetermined areas (20a, 20b) of the electric conductor (20); —radiating the surface of the electri
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: ATOP S.p.A.
    Inventors: Massimo Ponzio, Rubino Corbinelli, Davide Chesi
  • Patent number: 11059129
    Abstract: The invention, according to an aspect thereof, relates to a device (60) for laser micromachining a sample made of a given material, which includes a focusing module enabling a nondiffracting beam to be generated from a given incident beam, said nondiffracting beam being focused along a focusing cylinder that is oriented generally along the optical axis of the focusing module, means (601) for transmitting at least one first light pulse (11) suitable for generating, after said focusing module focuses in the sample, a plasma of free charges by multiphotonic absorption in a volume of the sample located on the side surface of said focusing cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Centre National De La Recherche Scientifique-CNRS
    Inventors: François Courvoisier, Pierre-Ambroise Lacourt, Arnaud Couairon
  • Patent number: 11059128
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to a system and method for multiple beam laser deposition of thin films wherein separate laser beams are used to ablate material from separate targets for concurrent deposition on a common substrate. The targets may include, but not limited to polymers, organics, inorganics, nanocrystals, solutions, or mixtures of materials. A target may be disposed on a tiltable mount to adjust the direction of the ablation plumes. Multiple ablation modes may be concurrently employed at the various targets, including, but not limited to pulsed laser, MAPLE, IR-MAPLE and other modes. The system may include a camera and processor for plume axis determination and feedback control of the plume axis by controlling a tilt of a target holder. Maple target loading sequences and liquid states are described. Fluorescent image monitoring is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Dillard University
    Inventors: Abdalla Darwish, Sergey Sarkisov
  • Patent number: 11056253
    Abstract: An apparatus including a dielectric layer; and a set of thin-film resistors arranged in a row extending in a first direction on the dielectric layer, wherein lengths of the set of thin-film resistors in a second direction substantially orthogonal to the first direction are substantially the same, wherein the set of thin-film resistors includes a first subset of one or more thin-film resistors with respective terminals spaced apart by a first distance, and wherein the set of thin-film resistors includes a second subset of one or more thin-film resistors with respective terminals spaced apart by a second distance, the first distance being different than the second distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: QUALCOMM INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Harikrishna Chintarlapalli Reddy, Alvin Leng Sun Loke
  • Patent number: 11047019
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for heat treatment of an object, such as for hardening of objects with complex shapes such as crankshafts, includes the steps of projecting an energy beam such as a laser beam onto a surface of the object, operating a scanner so as to repetitively scan the beam to displace a primary spot in accordance with a first scanning pattern so as to establish an effective spot on the object, and displacing the effective spot in relation to the surface of the object. The beam follows an optical path between the scanner and the surface of the object. A beam deflector device is placed in the optical path to redirect the beam. The beam deflector device can be placed close to the surface of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: IKERGUNE, A.I.E
    Inventors: Paula Sancho Díaz, Irati Iglesias Valle, Jesús Domínguez Cobreros
  • Patent number: 11020823
    Abstract: A laser diode driving power source of a laser machining device that radiates laser light emitted from an LD to a workpiece to machine the workpiece includes a power converter including a switching device, to supply a current to the LD, and a control unit to control a switching operation of the switching device. A value smaller than a value that is n times a time constant for laser machining is set as a switching period of the switching device in the control unit, the n is larger than 1, and the time constant for laser machining is a value obtained by dividing a surface roughness required for machining of the workpiece by a moving velocity of the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Taichiro Tamida, Shingo Tsuda, Teruaki Fukuoka, Hiroshi Ikarashi, Akihiko Iwata, Takeshi Morimoto
  • Patent number: 10980122
    Abstract: A resistor assembly is disclosed and comprises a first conductive trace, a second conductive trace, and a plurality of trimming bridges that electrically couple the first conductive trace to the second conductive trace. The resistor assembly also comprises a thin film resistor electrically coupled to the first conductive trace. The first conductive trace, the second conductive trace, the plurality of trimming bridges, and the thin film resistor are all part of a surface mounted layer of the resistor assembly. The plurality of trimming bridges are each removable to increase a resistance of the thin film resistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Kyu-Pyung Hwang, Young Kyu Song
  • Patent number: 10940561
    Abstract: A removably attached coupling assembly can be used to be attached to a laser focus optic assembly of a liquid jet guided laser system. The coupling assembly can include a coupling body, a window assembly, and a nozzle assembly. The coupling assembly thus can allow the independent and separate servicing of the window and the nozzle. For example, to service the window, the coupling assembly can be first detached from the laser focus optic assembly, exposing the top portion of the coupling assembly. The window assembly then can be detached from the coupling assembly. The window can be removed from the window assembly for servicing, such as being repaired or replaced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Inventors: Jens Guenter Gaebelein, Jeroen Hribar
  • Patent number: 10931025
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a method for designing a gradient index lens enabling to easily and accurately drive an antenna. According to the present invention, a virtual domain a boundary of which includes a curved focal plane in a uniform-refractive-index type lens with a uniform refractive index, and a physical domain a boundary of which includes a planar focal plane in a gradient index lens with a non-uniform refractive index and that is a quasiconformal map of the virtual domain are set, the quasiconformal map of a virtual medium parameter that is a medium parameter including at least one of a dielectric constant and magnetic permeability characterizing the virtual domain is calculated as a physical medium parameter in the physical domain, and the gradient index lens based on the physical medium parameter is designed by spatially arranging a medium parameter adjustment element set in advance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takahide Yoshida
  • Patent number: 10927040
    Abstract: A method for obtaining a glass plate marked on a portion of one of its faces with code-forming symbols, includes a stage of etching the symbols by laser radiation on a glass sheet obtained by floating on a bath of molten tin, the etching being carried out on the face which has been in contact with the bath of molten tin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE
    Inventors: Cécile Ozanam, Patrick Gayout
  • Patent number: 10923873
    Abstract: A laser processing apparatus includes: a chuck table that holds a workpiece; a laser beam applying unit that applies a pulsed laser beam having a predetermined line width to the workpiece held by the chuck table; and a processing feeding unit that performs relative processing feeding of the chuck table and the laser beam applying unit. The laser beam applying unit includes: a laser oscillator that oscillates the pulsed laser beam; a focusing device that focuses the pulsed laser beam oscillated by the laser oscillator; and a pulse width adjustment unit that is disposed between the laser oscillator and the focusing device and that generates a time difference in a wavelength region of the pulsed laser beam in the predetermined line width, thereby adjusting the pulse width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: DISCO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroshi Morikazu
  • Patent number: 10906832
    Abstract: A method for laser processing a transparent workpiece includes focusing a pulsed laser beam output by a pulsed laser beam source into a pulsed laser beam focal line directed into the transparent workpiece, thereby forming a pulsed laser beam spot on the transparent workpiece and producing a defect within the transparent workpiece, directing an infrared laser beam output onto the transparent workpiece to form an annular infrared beam spot that circumscribes the pulsed laser beam spot at the imaging surface and heats the transparent workpiece. Further, the method includes translating the transparent workpiece and the pulsed laser beam focal line relative to each other along a separation path and translating the transparent workpiece and the annular infrared beam spot relative to each other along the separation path synchronous with the translation of the transparent workpiece and the pulsed laser beam focal line relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Marina Irmgard Heiss, Uwe Stute, Ralf Joachim Terbrueggen
  • Patent number: 10898932
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for cleaning a substrate having at least one surface having a residue to be removed thereon is described. The method comprises: scanning at least an area of the surface having the residue thereon with laser light to thereby heat the surface and the residue; controlling the heating so that a part of the residue first liquefies such that the liquefied part of the residue starts flowing towards the solid part of the residue, thereby forming a meniscus with the solid part of the residue and accumulating in part on top of the solid part, the thus generated thicker layer of residue absorbing further heat to be decomposed or vaporized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: SUSS MICRO TEC PHOTOMASK EQUIPMENT GMBH & CO KG
    Inventors: Uwe Dietze, Habib Hichri, Seongkuk Lee, Davide Dattilo, Martin Samayoa
  • Patent number: 10878267
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an identification code recognition system, including: a camera configured to capture an image of an entire area of an identification code (ID code) engraved on a workpiece; a scanner configured to scan a partial area including at least one misrecognized character in the entire area of the ID code; and an image analyzer including a memory and a processor, wherein the memory is configured to store the ID code, data related to the ID code, an image captured by the camera, and an image scanned by the scanner, and the processor is configured to analyze the image captured by the camera and the image scanned by the scanner based on an image analysis logic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, KIA Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Ha Seung Seong
  • Patent number: 10857622
    Abstract: A method for generating a structured surface on a substrate includes analyzing a substrate surface of the substrate and selecting, as a function of a condition of the substrate surface, method parameters including focus diameter, pulse peak power, pulse energy, point spacing, pulse length, pulse spacing and/or pulse sequence. The method further includes generating, by partial ablation and partial deposition via treatment with an intensive pulsed laser beam, surface structures having dimensions in the sub-micrometer range such that a multi-scale surface structure in the sub-micrometer and micrometer range adapted to intrinsically inhomogeneous properties of the substrate surface in the sub-micrometer range is generated. The substrate is an inhomogeneous substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JUELICH GMBH
    Inventors: Caren Sophia Gatzen, Daniel Emil Mack, Martin Tandler, Robert Vassen
  • Patent number: 10858772
    Abstract: A method for laser engraving on clothing and to a corresponding machine. Using an image, a laser burns, for each pixel, a corresponding point on the clothing, with a laser energy level that is a function of the pixel value. This function has a first zone with a first average gradient and a second zone with a second average gradient. The first zone corresponds to laser energy values less than the second zone, the absolute value of the second average gradient being greater than the absolute value of the first average gradient. The laser engraving machine comprises a laser source, means for conducting the laser on specific points of the clothing, means for controlling the energy supplied by the laser, and control means configured to carry out the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: JEANOLOGIA, S. L.
    Inventors: Josep Maria Carbonell Madern, Albert Sans Perarnau, Ricardo Mira Paya
  • Patent number: 10821546
    Abstract: Sheet metal pieces intended to be welded can be made with weld notches located along one or more edges. A weld notch is characterized by the absence of certain material constituents so that they do not unacceptably contaminate nearby welds. The weld notch can be created by first forming an ablation trench along the sheet metal piece, then separating the sheet metal piece along the formed ablation trench into two separate pieces, at least one of which includes a newly formed and weldable edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: SHILOH INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: James J. Evangelista, Michael Telenko, Jason E. Harfoot, Jack A. Atkinson, James W. Walther, Anthony M. Parente
  • Patent number: 10820650
    Abstract: A system allows a user to create new designs for apparel and preview these designs before manufacture. Software and lasers are used in finishing apparel to produce a desired wear pattern or other design. The system provides three-dimensional previews of their designs on a mannequin, using light projection techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Levi Strauss & Co.
    Inventors: Benjamin Bell, James Barton Sights, Debdulal Mahanty, Jennifer Schultz, Christopher Schultz
  • Patent number: 10814424
    Abstract: A laser machining head has a function of rectifying an assist gas and includes a protection window, a nozzle configured to blow the assist gas over a workpiece, a chamber defining a space between the protection window and the nozzle, an inflow port disposed in a chamber and configured to allow the assist gas to flow in, and a flow dividing projection disposed at a position opposing to the inflow port and configured to divide the assist gas from the inflow port into a first flow and a second flow flowing along a circumferential direction around an optical axis of a laser beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Fanuc Corporation
    Inventor: Takashi Izumi
  • Patent number: 10799982
    Abstract: To provide a nozzle for laser processing head capable of reliably drilling a small hole when drilling of the workpiece is performed by using a laser machine. A nozzle includes: a nozzle tip body that irradiates a workpiece with a laser beam; a charge port formed in the nozzle tip body; an exhaust port formed in the nozzle tip body so as to oppose to the charge port; and an elastic member that is provided in a tip end of the nozzle tip body and contacts with the workpiece while elastically extending and contracting in the axial center direction of the nozzle tip body. The nozzle supplies gas to the inside of the nozzle tip body along a gas flow path extending from the charge port to the exhaust port in a form of crossing across the laser beam in the nozzle tip body, to generate a negative pressure in the vicinity of an opening part of a tip end of the nozzle tip body. The elastic member contacts with the workpiece and improves the degree of enclosure of the nozzle tip body by the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takashi Izumi
  • Patent number: 10796959
    Abstract: A laser beam machining method and a laser beam machining device capable of cutting a work without producing a fusing and a cracking out of a predetermined cutting line on the surface of the work, wherein at pulse laser beam is radiated on the predetermined cut line on the surface of the work under the conditions causing a multiple photon absorption and with a condensed point aligned to the inside of the work, and a modified area is formed inside the work along the predetermined determined cut line by moving the condensed point along the predetermined cut line, whereby the work can be cut with a rather small force by cracking the work along the predetermined cut line starting from the modified area and, because the pulse laser beam radiated is not almost absorbed onto the surface of the work, the surface is not fused even if the modified area is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: HAMAMATSU PHOTONICS K.K.
    Inventors: Fumitsugu Fukuyo, Kenshi Fukumitsu, Naoki Uchiyama, Toshimitsu Wakuda
  • Patent number: 10788573
    Abstract: An optical device provided by the present invention can comprise: a light separating unit receiving one first beam so as to output k (k is a natural number) second beams; a light steering unit changing the k second beams up to a first steering angle, so as to output a third beam; a lens unit receiving the third beam so as to adjust the first steering angle, thereby outputting a fourth beam; and a driving unit for controlling a first light output angle, wherein a wave front of the second beams can be wider than that produced by diving a wave front of the first beam by k.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chang Hyuck Lee, Young Seop Moon, Lee Im Kang
  • Patent number: 10775164
    Abstract: A measurement system is for measuring positions of a plurality of subjects by using an ultrasonic testing sensor. The measurement system includes an ideal arcuate waveform creation unit configured to create, for each of the subjects, an ideal arcuate waveform of a measurement result of the ultrasonic testing sensor based on machining position information on the subject; a measurement arcuate waveform creation unit configured to create a measurement arcuate waveform based on the measurement result; a position estimation unit configured to collate the ideal arcuate waveform and the measurement arcuate waveform with each other to estimate a position of the subject from the measurement arcuate waveform determined to correspond to any ideal arcuate waveform; and an antiphase waveform addition unit configured to add, to the measurement arcuate waveform, a waveform in antiphase to the measurement arcuate waveform with which the position of the subject has been estimated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Tetsuhei Kobayashi, Sho Onodera
  • Patent number: 10769718
    Abstract: Machine learning-based approaches are used to create instances or visualizations of content appearing within an object in an image. For example, a user may submit a request for a preview or visualization of content within an object or other media such as a glass crystal. A trained model can process the content to generate adjustment data or other data that can be used to control image blending operations. The adjustment data can be applied to the pixel values of the content to modify the content in order to enable a visualization of the content within an object. The image portion can be modified such that the object appears to “blend” with and appear within the object. Image transformation techniques can be used to project the modified content onto a representation of an object. Thereafter, a visualization or preview of the content within the representation of the object can be presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Nicom Living LLC
    Inventor: Daniel James Nunn
  • Patent number: 10759690
    Abstract: Method for cutting a glass layer having a first surface a second surface. The method includes moving a first laser beam, which is generated by a pulsed laser, along a cutting line, where material modifications are produced in the interior of the glass layer between the first surface and the second surface; moving a second laser beam along the cutting line where the glass layer is heated by the laser radiation; and cooling the glass layer along the cutting line, where the glass layer breaks along the cutting line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE
    Inventors: Juergen Boeker, Li-Ya Yeh
  • Patent number: 10758209
    Abstract: An intraoperative registration and tracking system includes an optical source configured to illuminate tissue intraoperatively with electromagnetic radiation at a substantially localized spot so as to provide a photoacoustic source at the substantially localize spot, an optical imaging system configured to form an optical image of at least a portion of the tissue and to detect and determine a position of the substantially localized spot in the optical image, an ultrasound imaging system configured to form an ultrasound image of at least a portion of the tissue and to detect and determine a position of the substantially localized spot in the ultrasound image, and a registration system configured to determine a coordinate transformation that registers the optical image with the ultrasound image based at least partially on a correspondence of the spot in the optical image with the spot in the ultrasound image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: The Johns Hopkins University
    Inventors: Emad M. Boctor, Russell H. Taylor, Jin U. Kang
  • Patent number: 10751838
    Abstract: A laser cutting apparatus and a laser cutting method are provided. A laser cutting method includes: preparing an object on a stage; cutting the object into a set shape by relatively moving and irradiating a laser beam along the set shape with respect to the object; and performing uniform heating compensation to reduce accumulation of thermal energy of the laser beam resulting from a change of speed at a shift point where a travelling direction of the laser beam with respect to the object changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ilyoung Jeong, Gyoowan Han, Jaeil Kim, Kuhyun Kang, Soobum Park
  • Patent number: 10730147
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a pattern forming method of a liquid crystal device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Jeong Ho Park, Jin Soo Lee, Bu Gon Shin
  • Patent number: 10703148
    Abstract: A tire management method with which specific information of a tire can be acquired at arbitrary timing in a manufacturing process of a vehicle is provided. The tire management method is a method of managing a tire group including a plurality of tires 1 on each of which a first mark M1 and a second mark M2 are provided on specific positions of a side surface, the method including: a step of associating, with respect to each of the tires included in the tire group, specific information of the tire and mark positional information (?12, r1, and r2) related to positions of the marks M1 and M2, and recording these into a computer 2; a step of acquiring mark positional information of a tire selected from the tire group; and a step of acquiring, by using the computer 2, specific information associated with the previously-acquired mark positional information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kenichiro Kurai
  • Patent number: 10695869
    Abstract: A process to produce a workpiece surface or a groove inner surface on a rod-shaped, especially cylindrical workpiece. From the workpiece, a rotary tool is supposed to be produced. The material removal is done using laser beam pulses, which are directed through a deflection device onto points of incidence within a pulse area with a specified outside contour on the workpiece. Multiple machine axis drives position the workpiece and the deflection device relative to one another so that the pulse area is oriented essentially at right angles to the emission direction of the laser beam pulses and at right angles to the section of the tool surface that has already been produced and that borders the pulse area. While the material is being removed, the at least one machine axis drive moves the pulse area relative to the workpiece along a specified path of motion while maintaining the orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: EWAG AG
    Inventors: Christoph Pluss, Bruno Frei, Claus Dold, Maximilian Warhanek, Christian Walter
  • Patent number: 10688598
    Abstract: A portable laser engraving/cutting apparatus includes a casing, a working laser source, a lens unit, a first axis galvanometric unit and a second axis galvanometric unit. The working laser source, the lens unit, the first axis galvanometric unit and the second axis galvanometric unit all are installed within the casing to implement the portable laser engraving cutting apparatus with a small volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: MUHERZ LIMITED
    Inventors: Ren-Yu Yeh, Cheng-Lung Chen, Ching-Ting Lin