Mold Or Mold Part Of Flexible Material To Facilitate Product Removal Patents (Class 249/127)
  • Patent number: 10222111
    Abstract: An ice maker for fitting into a door of a cooling or freezing device includes an ice-making tray which is arranged to be rotatable about an axis of rotation, has a plurality of ice-piece-making cavities and a side wall arrangement which extends upwards beyond the ice-piece-making cavities and runs along the periphery of the tray. The ice maker further includes a drive unit for driving the ice-making tray in rotation about the axis of rotation. At least one slot is formed in the side wall arrangement and passes through the side wall arrangement over its entire wall thickness. Alternatively or in addition, at least a portion of the side wall arrangement is made of a different material than a bottom tray part on which the ice-piece-making cavities are formed. Both measures improve the twistability of the ice-making tray for breaking frozen ice pieces away from the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: emz-Hanauer GmbH & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: Albert Dirnberger, Josef Bauriedl, Christian Rittner
  • Patent number: 10215467
    Abstract: An ice maker having a housing defining an interior volume, with an ice tray rotatably coupled with the housing and horizontally suspended across the interior volume thereof. The ice tray has ice wells, defined along the bottom by a bottom surface and the sides by an interior surface of at least one containment wall, wherein the containment wall has an upper portion, including a top surface of the containment wall and the interior surface adjacent the top surface. The upper portion of the containment wall has an insulating layer applied thereto. A tray for use in the ice maker and method of manufacturing the tray are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick J. Boarman, Lindsey Ann Wohlgamuth
  • Patent number: 10119053
    Abstract: A bituminous composition is used as an adhesive binder. The bituminous composition has at least one acidic additive of general formula (I): R—(COOH)z in which R is a linear or branched, saturated or unsaturated hydrocarbon-based chain having from 4 to 68 carbon atoms, preferably from 4 to 54 carbon atoms, more preferentially from 4 to 36 carbon atoms and z is an integer ranging from 1 to 4, preferably from 2 to 4.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: TOTAL MARKETING SERVICES
    Inventors: Mouhamad Mouazen, Jean-Pierre Mesnil, Régis Vincent, Laurence Lapalu
  • Patent number: 10022300
    Abstract: A vial access device, includes a body having a projecting annular skirt that is elastically deformable, for engaging a complementary shaped neck of a vial. A tubular spike extends coaxially within the annular skirt for introducing into the vial, and a tubular connector protrudes from the body on the side opposite to the annular skirt and in fluid communication with the tubular spike. The tubular spike and the annular skirt are arranged, respectively, within a first and a second part, distinct from each other, and of which the first part is permanently joined to the body and the second part is connectable to the first part through an irreversible coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: INDUSTRIE BORLA S.P.A.
    Inventor: Gianni Guala
  • Patent number: 9863683
    Abstract: An ice cube tray assembly having an insulating box, a lower chamber and an upper chamber. The insulating box having a base and an upstanding structure, with a cavity. A top surface has an inner and outer perimeter, with the inner perimeter defining the opening of the cavity. The lower chamber includes an upper deck portion and container structure depending therefrom. The upper chamber includes a top wall and an inner container structure depending from the top wall. The upper and lower chambers are positioned in sealing engagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Crystal Cubes LLC
    Inventors: John Joseph Baumbach, Douglas Carl Allan, Brendan Hingston Lake, Justin Eakes
  • Patent number: 9758943
    Abstract: A simulated stone or brick column or retaining wall is made up of rows of masonry blocks of generally trapezoidal configuration arranged in end-to-end relation to one another in each row, each block including a recessed portion being aligned with one another in each row and each block having textured wall surfaces simulating the appearance of brick or stone along one or more wall surfaces arranged in different configurations without the necessity of interlocking the blocks together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Inventors: Edward J. Anderson, Geoffrey S. Parrington, Dion T. DeMeyer
  • Patent number: 9061805
    Abstract: A device for cooling and flavoring a beverage having a tube with a closed first end and an open second end. Between the first and second end is a plurality of openings. A cap is removably attached to the open end. A cover strip is attached to the cap and extends into the tube such that as the cap is rotated in relation to the tube, the cover strip selectively covers and uncovers the plurality of openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Inventor: Brandon Adams
  • Patent number: 8961163
    Abstract: An apparatus for making frozen comestibles including a base having a plurality of apertures formed within said first site thereof, and a plurality of molds attached to or formed integrally with the base. Each of the molds includes a receiving surface and an opening aligned with a corresponding one of the apertures of the base. Each of the molds is moveable between a first position, in which a substantial portion of at least one mold is positioned within the interior portion of the base and said receiving surface forms a molding cavity that is adapted to receive a comestible to be frozen, and a second position, in which a substantial portion of the mold extends outwardly from the first side of the base and the receiving surface of the mold is exposed externally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Propeller, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth D. Zorovich, John C. Earle, Yos Kumthampinij, William Nickley
  • Patent number: 8951034
    Abstract: A modular mold system for manufacturing a shell part of an oblong composite structure having a longitudinal direction from a fiber reinforced matrix material. The modular mould system includes a number of mold sections, which are adapted to being assembled to an assembled mold part. The number of mold sections includes a first mold section having a first molding surface with a contour that defines a surface of a first longitudinal part of the shell part and a first end section; and a second mold section having a second molding surface with a contour that defines a surface of a second longitudinal part of the shell part and a second end section; which, when the modular mold system is assembled to the assembled mold, the second end section of the second mold section abuts the first end section of the first mold section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: LM Glasfiber A/S
    Inventors: Per Kjaer Christiansen, Finn Johansen
  • Patent number: 8911224
    Abstract: An assembly for molding and demolding hardened cementitious products comprises a flexible mold and a demolding apparatus. The flexible mold has a top side with separate openings for receiving cementitious material therein for hardening thereof, an opposite closed rear side and a perimeter. The apparatus for demolding the hardened cementitious products from the flexible mold comprises a conveyor, a holding member, a clamp, and a movable member. The conveyor conveys the flexible mold. The clamp grips a portion of the perimeter. The holding member engages the mold. The movable member moves the clamp and the clamped portion of the mold about the holding member thereby disengaging the flexible mold from the cementitious material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventor: Horacio Correia
  • Patent number: 8883063
    Abstract: A means to prepare bone cement pellets comprising bone cement paste which hardens through hydration a flexible mold mat having pellet cavities on both sides and a scraper for pasting the bone cement paste in to the pellet cavities where the paste is allowed to harden.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Biocomposites Limited
    Inventors: Phillip Laycock, John Cooper, Russell Waters, John Colclough, Gerhard Maale
  • Patent number: 8858207
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method for treating an infected implant area of a knee joint comprises surgically accessing the implant area, and inserting a tibial component into the tibia using an antibiotic-impregnated material. A femoral component is formed that is configured to interact with the tibial component by stable knee joint articulation and motion. The femoral component is formed of an antibiotic-impregnated material using a mold. The femoral component is attached to the femur using an antibiotic-impregnated material, and the tibial component is interfaced with the femoral component to form a stable temporary knee joint capable of reducing the spread of infection while permitting movement of the knee joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventor: Richard Parker Evans
  • Patent number: 8857783
    Abstract: A cement block mold which includes a base, a top cap and a flexible sidewall strip. The base has an upstanding peripheral sidewall with a single slotted engagement. The top cap has a downwardly extending peripheral sidewall with a single slotted engagement. The flexible sidewall strip having a first engagement at a first end and a second engagement at a second end. The sidewall strip is secured in position by bending the sidewall strip to form one of a circle or an oval, and then engaging the first engagement and the second engagement with the slotted engagement of the base, and then engaging the first engagement and the second engagement with the slotted engagement of the top cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Swail Developments Ltd.
    Inventor: Steve Thorpe-Doubble
  • Publication number: 20140197300
    Abstract: An apparatus for making frozen comestibles including a base having a plurality of apertures formed vithin said first site thereof, and a plurality of molds attached to or formed integrally with the base, Each of the molds includes a receiving surface and an opening aligned with a corresponding one of the apertures of the base. Each of the molds is moveable between a first position, in which a substantial portion of at least one mold is positioned within the interior portion of the base and said receiving surface forms a molding cavity that is adapted to receive a comestible to be frozen, and a second position, in which a substantial portion of the mold extends outwardly from the first side of the base and the receiving surface of the mold is exposed externally.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: Propeller Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth D. Zorovich, John C. Earle, Yos Kumthampinij, William Nickley
  • Publication number: 20140079852
    Abstract: Each of a plurality of silicone rubber molds is covered by a holder structure which has a flanged body, a handle extending from one side of the body, and an anchor structure extending from the other side of the body into the interior of the mold. The anchor structure has an enlarged outer end which engages with and tends to hold the frozen confection onto the handle for removal from the mold, and while the confection is being eaten.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: Silicone Zone (HK) Ltd.
    Inventor: Chan King Ho
  • Publication number: 20130341820
    Abstract: A means to prepare bone cement pellets comprising bone cement paste which hardens through hydration a flexible mould mat having pellet cavities on both sides and a scraper for pasting the bone cement paste in to the pellet cavities where the paste is allowed to harden.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: BIOCOMPOSITES LIMITED
    Inventor: Biocomposites Limited
  • Patent number: 8516835
    Abstract: An ice tray in accordance with the present disclosure has an ice cavity formed on a first side for receiving water and creating an ice cube and a water cavity formed on a second side, the water cavity adjacent the ice cavity such that when warm water is poured in the water cavity, heat transfers to the ice cavity and melts the ice cube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Inventor: Edward Carl Holter
  • Publication number: 20130184609
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for creating a beveled needle or a blade. The method employs a side wall surface of an angled post as a base to control beveled tip geometry. The invention provides needles, microneedle arrays, blades and microblade arrays with sufficient sharpness and toughness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: University of Utah Research Foundation
    Inventors: Sung K. Lee, Charles L. Thomas
  • Patent number: 8431059
    Abstract: A mosaic-style art kit is provided. The art kit includes a frame, modeling material, and a guide sheet. The frame includes a peripheral surface operably configured to overlie the guide sheet, and a mosaic-style internal structure having partitions forming cavities for receiving and retaining the modeling material. A front side of the frame is placed on the guide sheet such that the mosaic-style internal structure is aligned with a design on the guide sheet. The design thereby instructs a color of modeling material to be inserted into each cavity of the internal structure. The modeling material is inserted accordingly, and the frame and guide sheet are separated to produce a mosaic-style art product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Crayola LLC
    Inventors: Steve Menow, Anthony Wyzen
  • Patent number: 8430658
    Abstract: A frozen comestible maker suitable for home use includes single or multiple molding cavities for forming frozen comestibles, a heat exchanger for maximizing the heat transfer away from the fluid that is being frozen in the molding cavities, a refrigerant solution with a depressed freezing point in contact with the heat exchangers, a base container to seal the refrigerant solution from the fluid that is being frozen, and a bezel piece to retain spills and aid with handling. The refrigerant solution is captured between the molding cavities and the base container. One or more sticks, a drip cup, and an extraction tool may be provided with the frozen comestible maker for preparing and extracting shaped frozen comestibles, such as ice pops and popsicles, therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Propeller, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Daniel Zorovich, Yos Kumthampinu, John Chandler Earle, Jesse Pierce Delgigante
  • Patent number: 8393485
    Abstract: There is provided a food container for use in freeze storage of a food portion. The food container comprises a body defining a compartment for receipt of the food portion; a sealing lid for reversible sealing of the compartment; and provided to the body, one or more connectors, each connector arranged for reversible mating connection to a mating connector provided to a second body of a second similar food container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Brother Max Limited
    Inventors: Jonathan Morris Gold, Daniel Jason Tyler
  • Patent number: 8348223
    Abstract: A flexible mold for a smoking device having a cup-shaped outer wall, a cup-shaped inner wall, and a third cup-shaped wall. The outer wall has a continuous sidewall connected to a bottom wall containing a central opening. The sidewall of the outer wall extends from the bottom wall of the outer wall to an open end and contains an opening in the sidewall spaced between the bottom end and the open end. The inner wall has a continuous sidewall, a cover closing one end. The sidewall of the inner wall is attached to the bottom wall of the outer wall surrounding the central opening. The third wall has a continuous sidewall and a closed end. The sidewall of the third wall is connected to the sidewall of the outer wall surrounding the opening in the outer wall. The closed end abuts a surface of the inner wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: Douglas J. Evans
  • Publication number: 20120145879
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to methods and containers for forming ice units. Embodiments relate to a container for forming ice units, the container including an elongated, enclosed body portion for receiving fluid. The body portion including an exterior wall defining an interior volume; one or more compartments along the length of the body, one or more constricted sections along the length of the body and separating compartments; a first end; and a second end opposite the first end, wherein at least one of the first and second ends are in fluid communication with at least one of the compartments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Inventor: Vishaal B. Verma
  • Patent number: 8144077
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for a visual display structure having a fade resistant surface finish. The visual display structure is three-dimensional and may be used to recreate a naturally occurring structure, such as rocks, coral or vegetation. The visual display structure may also be used to produce a scenic element, such as an underwater castle, sunken ship or ruins. The visual display structure is created by providing a base, a binder over the base, and crushed glass particles to the binder. The crushed glass particles may be selected from a plurality of colors and are arranged so as to imitate the naturally occurring structure and its surface features. Once the crushed glass particles are applied to the base, thereby assuming the shape of the base, the visual display structure is ready for use. The visual display structure may be exposed in part to an underwater environment as, for example, a component in a theme park attraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Susan Dain
  • Publication number: 20120006970
    Abstract: A flexible mold for a smoking device having a cup-shaped outer wall, a cup-shaped inner wall, and a third cup-shaped wall. The outer wall has a continuous sidewall connected to a bottom wall containing a central opening. The sidewall of the outer wall extends from the bottom wall of the outer wall to an open end and contains an opening in the sidewall spaced between the bottom end and the open end. The inner wall has a continuous sidewall, a cover closing one end. The sidewall of the inner wall is attached to the bottom wall of the outer wall surrounding the central opening. The third wall has a continuous sidewall and a closed end. The sidewall of the third wall is connected to the sidewall of the outer wall surrounding the opening in the outer wall. The closed end abuts a surface of the inner wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2010
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Inventor: Douglas J. Evans
  • Patent number: 8087634
    Abstract: The one handed ice cube tray is an ice cube tray with a large opening that works like a hand that holds the front edge of a kitchen counter top to secure that end of the ice cube tray to allow one hand to twist or flex the ice cube tray and hold it flexed to ensure the ice cubes remain elevated to allow the other free hand to take out the desired amount of ice cubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Inventor: Gilbert Robert Taylor
  • Patent number: 8057207
    Abstract: An apparatus for preparing frozen comestibles including a container having an interior portion holding a refrigerant solution, and a mold insert attached to the container. The mold insert includes a base, molding cavities extending therefrom, and a heat exchanger in communication with the molding cavities. The mold insert is received within the container such that the molding cavities are housed within the interior portion of the container and the heat exchangers are submerged within the refrigerant solution. The molding cavities include exposed openings that receive fluids to be frozen. When the refrigerant solution is at a sufficiently cool temperature, the fluids freeze into a shaped frozen comestible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Propeller, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Daniel Zorovich, Yos Kumthampinij, John Chandler Earle, Jesse Pierce Delgigante
  • Patent number: 8047500
    Abstract: The baking tin comprises a hollow part (1a) made of a flexible material having a side wall (3) whose upper end defines an opening (5), and a rigid reinforcement (7). Another annular or disk-shaped reinforcement (11?) is linked to the bottom (2), close to the join with the side wall (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: SEB SA
    Inventor: Nathalie Bergeret
  • Patent number: 8033816
    Abstract: A molding tray and system for making molded structures using a moldable material. The molding tray includes an outer tray and a resilient inner mold fitted therein. The outer tray includes a hole in a bottom wall thereof to provide access to a bottom face of the inner mold such that pressure may be applied to the bottom face through the hole so as to dislodge a molded structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Rinox Inc.
    Inventor: Horacio Correia
  • Publication number: 20110175256
    Abstract: An apparatus configured to form masonry siding products is provided. The apparatus includes a mold having a mold bottom and a plurality of mold walls defining a mold cavity. A mold carrier is configured to support the mold bottom and the mold walls. The mold carrier has a first member that extends upwardly from a base member and a second member that extends upwardly from the base member. The first member forms an internal first angle of about 90° with the base member. The second member forms an internal second angle in a range of from about 100° to about 110° with the base member. The internal first angle formed by the first member and the base member and the internal second angle formed by the second member and the base member are configured to allow for easy removal of the mold from the mold carrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Inventors: Daryl P. Wernette, Wayne J. Buoni, Jonathan A. Verhoff
  • Patent number: 7971748
    Abstract: A flexible, silicone mold having a container and a peripheral rim that defines an opening to the container. Grasping zones are disposed along the rim and the grasping zones have sufficient dimensions to permit control of the geometry of the rim and also to permit control of the horizontal positions of the two grasping zones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Mastrad SA
    Inventor: Mathieu Lion
  • Patent number: 7931248
    Abstract: A mold for manufacturing a corner-shaped simulated stone product has a mold cavity configured to imprint a stone texture on at least a first side face and a front face of the corner-shaped product. The mold also provides a back face with a desirable molded interior angle. The mold cavity can have a flexible edge around a perimeter of the mold cavity to impart a textured surface to a second side face of the corner-shaped product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Boral Stone Products LLC
    Inventors: Michelle L. Korwin-Edson, Douglas H. Walden, Robert E. Embrey, Larry E. Targett
  • Patent number: 7913970
    Abstract: A mold 10, 30, 40 particularly for use in food preparation comprising a base 11, and a collar 12 having a continuous wall 14 that upstands from the base with a lower edge 16 of the collar abutting the base 11. The mold may be for single use with the base and the collar being formed from fiberboard and in a particular form the collar wall incorporates a releasable connection to enable opening of the collar. In one form, the collar includes tabs 25 that extend from the lower edge 16 and retaining means (18, 19, 31) which are operative to retain the tabs in relation to the base so as to retain the lower edge 16 of the collar in proximity with the base. The mold further includes in one form an insert 19 which is locatable within the mold cavity 17 and in another form a support arrangement (29, 42, 43) is provided to support the collar wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Kent Paper Co. Pty. Ltd.
    Inventors: Barry K. Bennet, Barry Ashley Bennett, legal representative, Geoffrey R. Hamblin, Robert Moran
  • Patent number: 7887317
    Abstract: A system and method of separating a cast concrete product from a mold is provided. The system includes a rotating drum arrangement, a catch arm attached to rotate with the drum arrangement, and a mold having at least one cavity to form the concrete product. The mold includes a lead end opposite a trail end relative to a sequence of engagement by the rotating drum arrangement. The mold further includes a grab bar inserted through the mold. The rotating catch arm is configured capture the grab bar in a manner so as to cause the mold to wrap around the drum arrangement and separate the concrete product from the mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Inventor: David J. Barrett, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7731150
    Abstract: A mold device including a body having a hollow, three-dimensional shape with at least one opening therein; the body being made from a material having a malleable characteristic, and having an axis extending vertically there through, wherein the inner surface of the body is, optionally, topographically contoured, with an upper limit of about five hundred (500) thousands of inch, has a reusable means for releasably positioning a wick stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Inventor: Bruce M. Campbell
  • Patent number: 7687006
    Abstract: A form for casting concrete blocks and other products having a resilient insert defining a cavity in which the block is cast and a rigid support or frame for the resilient insert. After the block has cured, the block is removed from the insert either by inverting the form to allow the block to fall from the insert or by lifting the block from the insert. One or more areas of the insert are tethered to the support with at least one generally flat flexible strap so that at least a portion of the insert is allowed to move a limited distance relative to the support and to deform to release the block. One end of each tether strap is embedded in the insert. After the cast block is separated from the insert, the insert is returned to a position wherein it is supported for casting another block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Rosetta Hardscapes, LLC
    Inventors: James A. Manthei, Jeremy L. Manthei
  • Publication number: 20100065719
    Abstract: A flexible mud pan or trough constructed from a structurally supporting material, within which is held a volume of a viscous and settable compound. Upon setting and drying of remnants of the compound not applied, the pan is collapsed or otherwise folded/twisted, causing the flaked remnants to be forcibly disengaged from the flexible surfaces of the pan, the pan subsequently returning to a pre-existing physical configuration reconditioned for future use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2008
    Publication date: March 18, 2010
    Inventor: Jordan E. Szasz
  • Patent number: 7618578
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for forming a concrete block in form having a resilient insert forming a cavity in which the block is cast and a rigid support for the resilient insert. After the block has cured, the form is inverted. One or more areas of the insert are tethered to the support so that at least a portion of the insert can fall a short distance from the support. The weight of the cast block sufficiently deforms the insert to allow the block to fall free from the insert. When the form is again inverted to its upright position, the insert falls back into the support and returns to its original shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: Rosetta Hardscapes LLC
    Inventors: James A. Manthei, Jeremy L. Manthei
  • Patent number: 7549616
    Abstract: A molding device is provided that includes outer and inner rubber molds that define a space therebetween for forming a column. Inserted within the inner mold is an elongated rigid member. A multisectional housing surrounds the outer mold and includes a plurality of sections that in a molding mode are secured together by fasteners. Once the column has been molded between the outer and inner molds, the fasteners are released allowing the sections of the housing to be relaxed or removed from around the outer mold. This permits the outer mold to expand or move slightly outwardly and in response to that outward movement, the pressure or force on the molded column lying between the outer and inner molds is reduced. This facilitates the extraction of the column from between the outer and inner molds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Assignee: Column & Post, Incorporated
    Inventor: Robert Douglas Koren
  • Publication number: 20090008529
    Abstract: Presently described are (e.g. flexible) molds, methods of making such molds, as well as methods of making microstructured articles. In particular, the present invention is directed to molds suitable for making ceramic microstructures on a substrate using a mold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2005
    Publication date: January 8, 2009
    Applicant: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Takaki Sugimoto, Akira Yoda
  • Patent number: 7409794
    Abstract: A powered fishing line casting system utilizing compressed air is provided to cast a projectile provided with fishhooks and bait, and to which the fishing line to be cast is attached, to greater distances than could be achieved using conventional casting methods. The system includes a hollow launch tube sized to accommodate insertion of the projectile. A reducer is disposed adjacent to one end of the launch tube and is adapted to receive a flow of compressed gas from an accumulator tank and to discharge a stream of high-velocity air that impinges upon the projectile disposed within the launch tube in order to launch the projectile. A manually-operable valve is interposed between the reducer and the accumulator tank to control the flow of air to the reducer. Spaced-apart front and rear support legs provide stable support for the system during and between launches of a fishing line carrying projectile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2008
    Inventors: Daniel Triano, Thomas Heyer, Douglas Osenbauch
  • Publication number: 20070295887
    Abstract: A lipstick making device includes an elastic mold device having a mold cavity for filling and molding a lipstick element, three or more curved mold pieces movably disposed above the elastic mold device for forming a hole in the mold pieces when the curved mold pieces are moved radially inward and toward each other, and for receiving the lipstick material to form a root portion of the lipstick element. The root portion of the lipstick element may be exposed when the curved mold pieces are moved away from each other for allowing the slide of the lipstick housing to be easily and readily engaged onto the exposed root portion of the lipstick element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2006
    Publication date: December 27, 2007
    Inventor: Fu Chin Kuo
  • Patent number: 7285238
    Abstract: A reef artifact for simulating a coral reef includes a reef-like formation, which forms a base structure for simulating coral. The reef-like formation also has structures on it that simulate reef organisms. The reef-organism structures enhance the varied and diverse coral-like surface of the reef-like formation. The reef artifact is also configured to be mounted on a sea wall or a sea floor. The reef artifact dampens the force of waves and water currents thereby reducing erosion of the sea wall. The reef artifact also provides a suitable marine environment for microorganisms and small marine animals, thereby creating a diverse marine habitat. In yet another use, the reef artifact is suited for use as a sculpture in a garden or on a patio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Assignee: Reefmatters,LLC
    Inventors: Felix R. Buchenroth, III, William D. Moore
  • Patent number: 7185508
    Abstract: A refrigerator/freezer with an ice maker having an ice cube tray in which are formed multiple ice cube recesses. The ice cube tray is movable between a fill position and a harvest position. The ice cube tray has a composite construction comprising a base layer and a top layer, with the base layer being made of a flexible material and the top layer being made of a low friction material. The ice cubes are harvested by deflecting or deforming the ice cube recesses to expel the ice cube therefrom when the tray is moved into the harvest position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2007
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald L. Voglewede, Jerry M. Visin, Douglas D. LeClear
  • Patent number: 7118701
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mold for manufacturing a stick, in particular for cosmetic use. The side wall of said mold has zones of weakness for making the mold easier to deform radially, said zones of weakness being obtained by means of recesses formed in the side wall of the mold and extending longitudinally over substantially the entire height of the mold starting from its bottom end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventor: Francois Smolarek
  • Patent number: 7093816
    Abstract: The sealed container filled with liquid is designed for making ice. It comprises a tray having a peripheral wall closed on one side by a base and defining on the other side an opening for extracting the ice. The container comprises a seal for sealing the tray, which is sealed above the opening. The base has a deformation protruding inside the tray, which defines externally a transverse groove extending from one edge of the base to the other and opening at each of its extremities on the peripheral wall of the tray, this base having two ridges extending on both sides of the groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Inventors: Thierry Lacan, Bruno Ledoux
  • Patent number: 7090189
    Abstract: A compliant cantilevered three-dimensional micromold is provided. The compliant cantilevered micromold is suitable for use in the replication of cantilevered microparts and greatly simplifies the replication of such cantilevered parts. The compliant cantilevered micromold may be used to fabricate microparts using casting or electroforming techniques. When the compliant micromold is used to fabricate electroformed cantilevered parts, the micromold will also comprise an electrically conducting base formed by a porous metal substrate that is embedded within the compliant cantilevered micromold. Methods for fabricating the compliant cantilevered micromold as well as methods of replicating cantilevered microparts using the compliant cantilevered micromold are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: Sandia National Laboratories
    Inventors: Alfredo Martin Morales, Linda A. Domeier, Marcela G. Gonzales, Patrick N. Keifer, Terry Joseph Garino
  • Patent number: 7068282
    Abstract: An object may be colored to indicate draft angles of a pull direction at various locations of the object. The coloration advantageously employs a color map specifying a color spectrum for a range of trigonometric values of the draft angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: Autodesk, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Hanau
  • Patent number: 7014162
    Abstract: An ice cube tray having a rigid support structure for easy handling and manipulation includes plural ice cube compartments, the ice cube compartments including deformable, flexible bottoms to enable ejection of ice cubes by application of a small force on each ice cube compartment's bottom. The tray may be used with a cover that can be utilized as a server. The tray when used with the cover is spill proof. To use as a server, the tray and cover are turned upside down, the ice cubes are ejected by applying force to the flexible bottoms of the ice cube compartments. Once ejected, the tray is removed to reveal the ejected ice cubes within the underside of the cover. Multiple ice cube trays can be stacked on top of the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Assignee: Mastrad S.A.
    Inventors: Mathieu Lion, Lucas Bignon
  • Patent number: 7010934
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an icemaker in which an ice cube tray is twisted by rotation of an actuator to easily and effectively release ice from the ice cube tray. The icemaker comprising an ice cube tray formed with cube compartments; an actuator rotating the ice cube tray; and a stopper coming into contact with the ice cube tray being rotated and allowing the ice cube tray to be twisted, the cube compartments being diagonally arranged with respect to a lengthwise direction of the ice cube tray. With this configuration, the present invention provides an icemaker in which an ice is easily released from an ice cube tray and minimally cracked or broken while being released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sang-keun Choi, Eui-young Chang