Plural Layers Formed By Uniting Randomly Associated Particles Patents (Class 264/113)
  • Patent number: 10792839
    Abstract: According to a manufacturing method and device for manufacturing a composite material having reinforced base materials with a resin impregnated in the reinforced base materials. An unactivated powdered adhesive is applied to at least one surface of a plurality of carbon fiber sheets. The carbon fiber sheets are laminated to form a laminate. At least a portion of the unactivated powdered adhesive that is applied between layers of the laminate is removed using an airflow that flows from one exterior surface of the laminate to an opposite exterior surface of the laminate to form a preform having a first region in which the activated adhesive is impregnated in the laminate, and a second region in which a content density of the activated adhesive is less than that in the first region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shinichi Kuroda
  • Patent number: 10786945
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method, a device and a binding agent system for producing three-dimensional models.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: VOXELJET AG
    Inventors: Ingo Ederer, Daniel Günther, Ulrich Recknagel, Florian Mögele
  • Patent number: 10780500
    Abstract: Provided is a three-dimensional shaped article with relatively high strength and relatively high accuracy. A sintering and shaping method includes: a shaping layer forming process of forming a shaping layer by using a sintering and shaping material in which inorganic particles are included; a process of applying a liquid binding agent, in which a thermoplastic resin and inorganic particles are included, to a desired region of the shaping layer; a process of curing the liquid binding agent, which is applied, to form a shaping cross-sectional layer (shaping portion); a process of removing a region (non-shaping portion) of the shaping layer to which the liquid binding agent is not applied; and a process of heating the shaping cross-sectional layer that is laminated for a sintering treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Koki Hirata, Shinichi Kato, Hiroshi Fukumoto, Chigusa Sato
  • Patent number: 10767071
    Abstract: Provided is a liquid material for forming a three-dimensional object used for forming a three-dimensional object made of a powder material for forming a three-dimensional object containing an organic material and a base material, wherein the liquid material contains a cross-linking agent cross-linkable with the organic material and a water-soluble resin having a weight average molecular weight of greater than or equal to 50,000.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Keiko Osaka, Takeo Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 10744687
    Abstract: In general, in various embodiments, the present disclosure is directed systems and methods for producing a porous surface from a solid piece of polymer. In particular, the present disclosure is directed to systems that include a track assembly, mold assembly, press assembly, and methods for using the same for producing a porous surface from a solid piece of polymer. In some embodiments, the present systems and methods are directed to processing a polymer at a temperature below a melting point of the polymer to produce a solid piece of polymer with an integrated a porous surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Vertera, Inc
    Inventors: Wei-Hsiang Chang, Stephen Lee Laffoon, Christopher S. D. Lee
  • Patent number: 10569331
    Abstract: A three-dimensional printer (1) includes a material supply device (3) that supplies material powder to a table which is movable vertically, a powder retaining wall (26) that surrounds the table and retains the material powder, a material-recovery bucket (30) that accommodates excess material powder and impurities discharged from the powder retaining wall, an impurity removing device (43) that removes the impurities from the material powder, and a material drying device (47) that dries the material powder. The material powder from which the impurities have been removed and which has been dried is returned and recycled to the material supply device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Sodick Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shuichi Kawada, Shuji Okazaki
  • Patent number: 10549518
    Abstract: Apparatus, computer readable medium, or method to determine a layer volume change in a processed layer of powder, and distribute an additional amount of powder in a subsequent layer based on the determined layer volume change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Sergio Puigardeu Aramendia, Alejandro Manuel De Pena, Sebastia Cortes Herms
  • Patent number: 10538030
    Abstract: A method of forming a three-dimensional object useful as a casting mold is carried out by providing a carrier and an optically transparent member having a build surface, the carrier and the build surface defining a build region therebetween; filling the build region with a liquid photocurable ceramic resin; irradiating the build region through the optically transparent member to form a solid polymer from the polymerizable liquid and advancing the carrier away from the build surface to form the three-dimensional object from the solid polymer, while also concurrently with the irradiating and/or advancing steps: (i) continuously maintaining a dead zone of polymerizable liquid in contact with the build surface, and (ii) continuously maintaining a gradient of polymerization zone between the dead zone and the solid polymer and in contact with each thereof. The gradient of polymerization zone comprises the polymerizable liquid in partially cured form (e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Carbon, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph M. DeSimone, Edward T. Samulski, Alexander Ermoshkin, Philip M. DeSimone
  • Patent number: 10507548
    Abstract: An apparatus for fabricating a part, comprising a curved shaft; a build plate connected to the curved shaft; a motor; and a transmission connecting the motor and the curved shaft. The build plate moves along a curved path having a radius of curvature originating on an axis when the transmission transfers power from the motor to the curved shaft. Material deposited on the build plate along the curved path forms the part comprising a solid of revolution around the axis. In one or more examples, the part is an aircraft engine inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Eric D. Bol
  • Patent number: 10507614
    Abstract: A method and device of providing a replica masturbation device is disclosed. Users upload images of their body parts to a central database, and other users use data sets generated based on these images from the central database to produce replica masturbation devices of the user's body parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: THIKA HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventor: Vivien Johan Cambridge
  • Patent number: 10486414
    Abstract: A print system and a method for curing marking material on an object using an active transparent display in a three dimensional (3D) object printer are disclosed. For example, the print system includes a plurality of printheads, a curing light source, a movable member to hold an object, an active transparent display and a controller to control movement of the movable member to move the object past the array of printheads, to operate the plurality of printheads to eject the marking material onto the object as the object passes the two-dimensional array of printheads, to control movement of the movable member, to control the active transparent display and to operate the curing light source to apply energy to cure the marking material, wherein the amount of energy that is applied to the object is controlled by a mask that is displayed on the active transparent display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas K. Herrmann, Michael Jon Levy, Seemit Praharaj, Paul McConville, Jason Matthew LeFevre
  • Patent number: 10488039
    Abstract: Methods of burning combustible gas mixtures on a surface of a permeable matrix providing surface stabilized combustion (SSC) with increasing amounts of radiation energy emitted by the surface of the permeable matrix and decreasing concentrations of pollutant components in the combustion products are provided. The gas mixture is fed to a burner that includes a permeable matrix material having a first thermal conductivity. The gas mixture is preheated as it travels through the permeable matrix material. The gas mixture is then combusted at or near exit pores and channels formed at a combustion surface of the permeable matrix material, the combustion surface at least in part coated with a coating material having a thermal conductivity less than the permeable matrix material thermal conductivity and a high optical transmittance in the infrared spectrum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: GAS TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Vladimir Shmelev, Nikolay Vasilik, Mark Khinkis, Aleksandr Kozlov, David Cygan, David Kalensky, Brian Sutherland
  • Patent number: 10472048
    Abstract: A spinner for a gas turbine engine is disclosed. The spinner may include a body extending between a first and second end comprised of a cured chopped unidirectional fiber pre-impregnated material. The body may have a generally conical shape and may further be plated with a metal or metal alloy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Colin J. Kling, Shari L. Bugaj, James T. Roach
  • Patent number: 10456723
    Abstract: A fluid purification system capable of removing contaminants from significant volumes of fluids under low pressure conditions and at reasonable flow rates is provided. The system comprises a first fluid purification media comprising a rigid porous purification block. The rigid porous purification block includes a longitudinal first surface; a longitudinal second surface disposed inside the longitudinal first surface; and a porous high density polymer disposed between the longitudinal first surface and the longitudinal second surface. The system further includes a second fluid purification media, comprising a fibrous, nonwoven fabric disposed adjacent to the first surface of the first fluid purification media, the second surface of the first purification media, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: SELECTO INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Ehud Levy
  • Patent number: 10449730
    Abstract: When manufacturing three-dimensional electronic device by layering multiple layer cross sections sliced at a predetermined thickness of three-dimensional electronic device which is the target for forming, first, each layer cross section using multiple types of materials is formed by being layered on top of the layer cross section underneath, and each time a layer cross section is formed, the cross section is cured or sintered by being exposed to ultraviolet light, a laser beam, visible light, and so on. The forming method for each cross section may be forming cross section by discharging a binder via a droplet discharge method such as inkjet printing or dispensing, or by spreading a layer of powdered material and bonding the powdered material by discharging a binder or sintering it by exposing it to a laser beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Seigo Kodama, Kenji Tsukada, Masatoshi Fujita
  • Patent number: 10435535
    Abstract: A material system and method for bonding refractory powders in a three dimensional printer. A first particulate component including a refractory material is mixed with a first reactive component to form a particulate mixture. A flat layer of the particulate mixture is dispensed onto a build surface. A liquid binder, which may include a furan monomer and a surfactant, is dispensed by an ink-jet printhead onto the particulate mixture. The particulate mixture may contain a furan-soluble polymer that imposes a capillary attraction for the liquid binder, keeping it situated in the immediate vicinity of where the binder is dispensed. Additionally it provides a sufficient catalytic power to co-polymerize with the furan monomer and form a solid structure. This enables a 3D printer to build strong, accurate parts with high packing density, and to reuse the feed material many times in the printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: 3Dbotics, Inc.
    Inventors: James F. Bredt, Kenneth R. Strausbaugh, Michael Thomas Woods Lis
  • Patent number: 10439260
    Abstract: A battery that can inhibit temperature rising when generating heat due to a short circuit etc., while inhibiting degradation of the battery output performance, includes a plurality of unit batteries stacked together; and an endothermic layer arranged between the unit batteries adjacent in a stacking direction, the layer including an endothermic material, wherein each unit battery includes: a pair of current collectors; and at least one electrode body, wherein: the pair of current collectors are arranged to both ends of the unit battery in the stacking direction respectively, the electrode body includes a first pole active material layer, a second pole active material layer which is different from the first pole active material layer, and a solid electrolyte layer; the first and second pole active material layer are arranged between the pair of current collectors; and the current collectors have contact with the first or second pole active material layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hideyo Ebisuzaki, Hideaki Nishimura, Yuki Matsushita
  • Patent number: 10416623
    Abstract: After the manufacturing of an object by layer-wise solidification from a powder, this object is displaced into a container together with the powder surrounding the object, and is closed by a plate, which is positioned below the object during the manufacturing of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: EOS GmbH Electro Optical Systems
    Inventors: Martin Heugel, Georg Fey, Andreas Baumann, Hans Klingel
  • Patent number: 10399145
    Abstract: An additive manufacturing apparatus for building objects by layerwise consolidation of material. The apparatus includes a build chamber containing a working area, a plurality of high energy beams for consolidating material deposited in the working area in layers and an optical unit for controlling transmission of the high energy beams onto material in the working area. The optical unit includes a plurality of independently controllable optical elements each optical element for controlling transmission of at least one of the high energy beams onto the material in the working area, the optical unit movable in the build chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: RENISHAW PLC
    Inventors: David Roberts McMurtry, Geoffrey McFarland, Nicholas John Weston, Ben Ian Ferrar
  • Patent number: 10391755
    Abstract: A solid freeform fabrication material set includes a material A for solid freeform fabrication and a material B for solid freedom fabrication. The material A includes a polymerization initiator A and at least one of an organic particle and an inorganic particle. The material B includes a polymerizable compound B.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaki Watanabe, Tatsuya Niimi, Teruki Kusahara, Yoichi Sakurai, Kohichiroh Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10363702
    Abstract: A three dimensional printing apparatus including a tank, an injecting module, a leveling module, a curing module, and a control module is provided. The injecting module is disposed at the tank to inject a liquid forming material into the tank. The leveling module is movably disposed in the tank. The curing module is disposed above the tank. The control module is electrically connected to the injecting module, the leveling module, and the curing module. The leveling module is controlled by the control module to be moved in the tank, so as to level a surface of the liquid forming material. The curing module is controlled by the control module to cure the leveled liquid forming material to form a solidification layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignees: XYZprinting, Inc., Kinpo Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Bo Pang
  • Patent number: 10350873
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a three-dimensional object facilitates the removal of support material from the object. The method includes forming at least a portion of a support for the object with support material containing nanoparticles of a material that readily converts microwave energy into heat. The object and support are moved to a position opposite a microwave radiator and the microwave radiator is operated to begin a change of the phase of the portion of the support material containing the nanoparticles before beginning a change of the phase of a portion of the support made from the support material alone. A controller either monitors the expiration of a predetermined time period or a temperature of the object to determine when the microwave radiator operation is terminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Ron E. Dufort, Linn C. Hoover, Erwin Ruiz, Patrick J. Howe, Andrew W. Hays
  • Patent number: 10322491
    Abstract: A method of fabricating a polishing layer of a polishing pad includes successively depositing a plurality of layers with a 3D printer, each layer of the plurality of polishing layers deposited by ejecting a base material from a first nozzle and an additive material from a second nozzle and solidifying the base and additive material to form a solidified pad material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Mahendra Christopher Orilall, Timothy Michaelson, Kasiraman Krishnan, Rajeev Bajaj, Nag B. Patibandla, Daniel Redfield, Fred C. Redeker, Gregory E. Menk
  • Patent number: 10272620
    Abstract: A fiber-reinforced composite material and a method for manufacturing the same. A first binder resin is applied to a first portion for forming a deformed part of a fiber base material, and a second binder resin is applied to a second portion excluding the first portion. The fiber base material is then heated so that the degree of melting of the first binder resin during shaping is less than the degree of melting of the second binder resin, and the second binder resin is softened. Shaping is then performed so that a deformed part is formed in the fiber base material, and a preform is obtained. A fiber-reinforced composite material is obtained using the preform as a molding precursor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kenichi Chujo, Shoichiro Negishi, Susumu Horinaka, Chiaki Mori
  • Patent number: 10265890
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a fiber reinforced composite material lid for an utility vault including mixing an unsaturated polyester thermosetting matrix in to a resin paste, compounding the resin paste into a fiber reinforced composite material, maturing the compounded fiber reinforced composite material, cutting the matured compound into a charge pattern, molding the charge pattern in a mold cavity of a heated mold under low pressure to form the lid and cooling and machining the lid. The mold includes a cavity die and a core die having a shear angle for interfacing the core die within the cavity die and a steam pot for heating the cavity die and the core die, wherein the lid is molded between the cavity die and the core die and removed from the mold by a lid ejection mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignees: Channell Commercial Corporation, PRC Composites, LLC
    Inventors: Edward J. Burke, Thomas Atkins, Brian Anthony Beach, Robert Gwillim, John A. Neate
  • Patent number: 10252334
    Abstract: A laser sintering system and method for speeding up and reducing the cost of the build platen process also because of the interchangeability of the size in the build chamber which allows for greatly reduced cost of power materials that are required when loading the machine. The laser sintering system and method includes a build assembly including a build chamber base and a plate in communication with the build chamber base; and a wiper assembly including a planar member with opposed ends and movable bi-directionally upon the plate and having a material mover attached to the planar member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventor: James J. Bombardo
  • Patent number: 10213938
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing a part using a deposition technique. A layered composite is built up in layers, the individual layers each containing particulate material and binding material as well as optionally, a treatment agent. The layers maintain a predetermined porosity. The layer composite is built up in the absence of hardening agent. Once construction is complete, the layer composite is hardened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: VOXELJET AG
    Inventors: Ingo Ederer, Rainer Hochsmann
  • Patent number: 10189081
    Abstract: An additive manufacturing system for producing metal parts from pure metal or eutectic alloys. The system includes an additive manufacturing print head, a print head heater system, an agitation system, a nozzle in the additive manufacturing print head, a reservoir for melting the metal, and a long heated tube for conditioning the alloy for extrusion in the semi-solid state through a nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew J. Pascall, Geoffrey H. Campbell, Eric B. Duoss, Ryan M. Hunt, Joshua Kuntz, Christopher M. Spadaccini
  • Patent number: 10166603
    Abstract: A metal 3D printer includes: a housing (1) forming a molding chamber (1B); a recoater head (3) reciprocating in the direction of a horizontal U axis in the molding chamber to form a powder layer of a metal; a laser irradiation device (9) irradiating an irradiation region in the powder layer with a laser beam to form a sintered layer; and an inert gas supply device (4). The inert gas supply device includes: a first suction port (V1) disposed on one (14) of the side walls facing each other in the direction of the U axis, which is far away from the irradiation region; a first blowout port (F1) disposed on a side of the recoater head to face the first suction port; and a second blowout port (F2) disposed to face the first suction port across the irradiation region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Sodick Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shuichi Kawada, Shuji Okazaki
  • Patent number: 10166718
    Abstract: A three-dimensional fabrication apparatus includes a fabrication chamber, a supply chamber, a flattening unit, and a powder collector. The powder collector is disposed forward from the flattening unit in a transfer direction of the flattening unit. The powder collector is movable with movement of the flattening unit. The powder collector includes a body container, a collection port, and a discharge port. When the flattening unit transfers and supplies powder, the powder collector collects a portion of the powder from the collection port and contains the portion of the powder in the body container. When the flattening unit returns to the supply chamber, the powder collector discharges and supplies the powder from the body container to the supply chamber through the discharge port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Soyoung Park, Yasukazu Ono
  • Patent number: 10137092
    Abstract: The invention discloses a double-layer tablet, wherein one layer has hole in which the ingredients of the other layer are filled; the number of said hole is 1-3, the diameters of the holes are 1-10 mm. Each layer of the double-layer tablet includes the active ingredients and the adjuvant materials and can be the rapid-release layer or sustained-release layer respectively. The preparation method: Preparing respectively a component I and a component II, both of them containing the active ingredients and the pharmaceutical excipients, and preparing the tablet having holes from component I; Forming the double-layer tablet composed of the component I layer and the component II layer after pressing said tablet having holes with the component II together; and filling the component II into the holes during compressing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventor: Xiaoguang Wen
  • Patent number: 10124412
    Abstract: A cutting element (50) having a front face (52T), an opposite rear face (52B) and at least one side (52S) face extending therebetween, and comprising a cooling cavity (60) defined by a cavity surface. The cutting element (50) comprises at least one shell-like cutting zone defined by an external surface (54, 56, 58) and an internal surface. The external surface (54, 56, 58) is constituted by a cutting edge (54) defined at the intersection between the front face (52T) and the at least one side face (52S) and corresponding rake (56) and relief (58) surfaces constituted by portions of the front face (52T) and at least one side face (52S) respectively. The internal surface is constituted by a portion of the cavity surface (60), wherein the maximal distance between the cavity surface (60) and the external surface (54, 56, 58) at the cutting zone is considerably smaller than the distance between the front face (52T) and the opposite rear face (52B).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: NO SCREW LTD.
    Inventor: Gershon Harif
  • Patent number: 10105901
    Abstract: A rapid prototyping apparatus with a page-width array printing module is disclosed. The rapid prototyping apparatus includes a construction platform, a movable platform and a page-width array printing module. The construction platform has a construction chamber. The length of the construction chamber is ranged from 0.8 m to 1.5 m, the width of the construction chamber is ranged from 0.8 m to 1.5 m, and the height of construction chamber is ranged from 0.8 m to 1.2 m. The movable platform is disposed above the construction platform. The page-width array printing module is installed on the movable platform and synchronously moved along a single direction in a reciprocating motion. The page-width array printing module has plural inkjet head structures disposed thereon, so that a rapid prototyping width-page printing operation is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: MICROJET TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hao-Jan Mou, Kwo-Yuan Shi, Yung-Lung Han, Chi-Feng Huang
  • Patent number: 10106932
    Abstract: A multi-ply paper substrate is provided, which comprises at least two plies bonded to one another by an adhesive; a basis weight of 80-200 gsm; an internal bond of 10-180 milli-ft.-lb/sq. in. as measured by TAPPI method 541; an MD tensile of 20-300 lbf/inch width as measured by TAPPI method 494; and a CD tensile of 10-300 lbf/inch width as measured by TAPPI method 494. Methods of making and using the paper substrate, products made therefrom, and uses of the paper substrate are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL PAPER COMPANY
    Inventors: Dennis W. Anderson, James E. Sealey
  • Patent number: 10100466
    Abstract: A sheet manufacturing apparatus includes a crusher unit, a defibrator unit, a second web forming unit, and a shaping unit. The crusher unit coarsely crushes a raw material that contains fibers into coarsely crushed pieces. The defibrator unit defibrates coarsely crushed pieces into defibrated material. The second web forming unit forms a web by accumulating defibrated material. The shaping unit forms a sheet from the web. The crusher unit is positioned vertically below the shaping unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Katsuhito Gomi, Shigeo Fujita
  • Patent number: 10090072
    Abstract: One or more metal printing techniques are described for generating a three-dimensional metal structure, such as a one-dimensional or two-dimensional anti-scatter grid. The techniques comprise applying a thin layer of powdered metal onto a printing area and using a binder (which is printed onto the printing area according to a specified pattern) to bind the powdered metal particles together. The acts of applying powdered metal and a binder may be repeated a plurality of times until a three-dimensional metal structure having a specified height is created. Moreover, in one embodiment, once the layering is complete, another binder is applied to the one or more layers to provide strength and/or support. While heat may be used in some embodiments to activate one or more of the applied binders the three-dimensional metal structure is generally not heated to a melting point of the powdered metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: ANALOGIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ruvin Deych, Daniel Abenaim
  • Patent number: 10090628
    Abstract: There is provided a cylinder including a first cylinder having an inner surface exposed; and a second cylinder joined to an outer surface of the first cylinder, the second cylinder containing alumina as a main component, the first cylinder containing yttrium-containing oxide as a main component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventor: Yukio Noguchi
  • Patent number: 10087099
    Abstract: A method for the production of blanks for sintered glass bodies for glass seals, wherein with a 3D printing method, a number of layers are arranged one above the other. In a first step, a first layer of a glass powder is spread on a surface, a computer-controlled stream of a printing fluid is directed to selected areas of the first layer in a pattern prescribed by the computer. In a second step, a further layer of the glass powder is spread over the first layer and on it, a computer-controlled stream of printing fluid is directed to selected surfaces of the second layer in a pattern prescribed by the computer, the two steps are repeated until the blank is formed. The glass powder components contain SiO2, Na2O, K2O, CaO, MgO, B2O3, BaO, Al2O3, PbO, Li2O and SrO as well as a solid binder made of dextrin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: IL Metronic Sensortechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Wolf-Joachim Hummel, Katja Nicolai
  • Patent number: 10066119
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods, processes, and systems for the manufacture of three-dimensional articles made of polymers using 3D printing. A layer of prepolymer is deposited on a build plate to form a powder bed. The deposited powder bed is heated to about 50° C. to about 170° C. Then, a solution of activating agent is printed on the powder bed in a predetermined pattern, and a stimulus is applied converting the prepolymer to the final polymer. After a predetermined period of time, sequential layers are printed to provide the three-dimensional article. The three-dimensional object can be cured to produce the three-dimensional article composed of the final polymers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignees: Ricoh Co., Ltd., University of Washington
    Inventors: Andrew J. Boydston, Mark A. Ganter, Duane Storti, Adam Edward Goetz, Mete Yurtoglu, Michael Byrnes Larsen, Gregory Isaac Peterson, Di Zhang
  • Patent number: 10061302
    Abstract: A waste removal and transfer assembly for a 3D printing system comprises a waste material remover and a waste material collector. The waste material remover comprises a movable waste removing element selectively movable into contact with a planerizer roller to remove 3D printing waste material from the planerizer roller. The waste material remover is coupled to translate with the planerizer roller and comprises an opening leading to a waste material receptacle configured to receive waste material and at least one port selectively operable to transfer waste material from the waste receptacle. The waste material collector has a receiving position that is stationary relative to the waste material remover. The waste material collector comprises an opening and a waste material storage recess to receive waste material transferred from the waste material remover via the at least one port and to store the received waste material for subsequent disposal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: 3D Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jos Wim Jacobs, Nathan Hult, Keith Newell, Keaton Jonathan Daniel Snyder, Jasper Kent Wong, Gustavo Fricke, Scott Summit
  • Patent number: 10040216
    Abstract: Three-dimensional printing processes are disclosed which utilize printable fluids comprising a carrier fluid, a polymeric binder, and nanoparticles. The three-dimensional printing processes are useful for making articles from a build material powder, e.g., a ceramic, metal, metal alloy, or intermetallic powder. The nanoparticles enable low temperature interparticle bonding of the build material powder particles, e.g., by forming bridging bonds between adjacent powder particles, and/or increasing the interparticle friction between the build material powder particles to enhance the structural strength of the as-built article during a thermal treatment over at least a part of the temperature range which has as its low end the temperature at which the structural strength due to the binder becomes insubstantial and as its high end the temperature at which the structural strength due to interparticle sintering of the build material powder becomes substantial, i.e., the article's debile temperature range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: The ExOne Company
    Inventors: John A. Bai, Kevin D. Creehan, Howard A. Kuhn
  • Patent number: 10036169
    Abstract: Floor panels include: an upper face, a lower face and two pairs of opposite side edges; a base coat layer, a primer layer, at least one decorative layer and a wear-resistant layer are applied at least to a press skin on the upper face; a base coat layer and a counteracting layer are applied to the lower face of the core; the upper face and the lower face of the core have the press skin that arose during pressing; the base coat layer has at least partly penetrated into the press skin on the upper face; the primer layer is arranged between the base coat layer and the decorative layer; the wear-resistant layer contains corundum particles and cellulose fibers; the decorative layer consists of a water-based paint; connecting mechanism and locking mechanism are attached to the side edges in order to connect and lock a plurality of panels without glue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: FLOORING TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
    Inventors: Axel Siebert, Frank Oldorff
  • Patent number: 10011079
    Abstract: Some aspects provide a method of generating a support structure for an object, the support structure and the object to be fabricated via one or more additive fabrication techniques, comprising identifying one or more regions of the object as one or more regions to which mechanical support is to be provided, identifying one or more support points within at least a first region of the one or more regions, and generating the support structure for the object, the support structure comprising one or more support tips coupled to the object at the one or more support points, the support tips being generated based at least in part on a direction normal to the surface of the object at the respective support point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Formlabs, Inc.
    Inventors: Shane Wighton, Maxim Lobovsky, Matthew Keeter, Akimitsu Hogge
  • Patent number: 9987799
    Abstract: A curing device includes a curing platform having at least one curing component arranged on a surface of the curing platform facing a print direction and at least one actuator connecting the curing platform to a dispensing tip. A three dimensional printing system includes a reservoir of curable material, a dispensing tip connected to the reservoir, a curing platform surrounding the dispensing tip, the curing platform having at least one curing component arranged on a surface of the curing platform facing a print direction, and at least one actuator connecting the curing platform to the dispensing tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: PALO ALTO RESEARCH CENTER INCORPORATED
    Inventor: David Mathew Johnson
  • Patent number: 9962767
    Abstract: The present disclosure various apparatuses, and systems for 3D printing. The present disclosure provides three-dimensional (3D) printing methods, apparatuses, software and systems for a step and repeat energy irradiation process; controlling material characteristics and/or deformation of the 3D object; reducing deformation in a printed 3D object; and planarizing a material bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: VELO3D, INC.
    Inventors: Benyamin Buller, Tasso Lappas, Rueben Mendelsberg, Alan Rick Lappen
  • Patent number: 9943908
    Abstract: A method of fabricating a part (10) having a housing (20) that includes an opening (25) opening out in a free surface (15) of the part (10). The method comprises the following steps: (a) closing the opening (25) with a sheath (30), the sheath having a vacuum orifice (31) and a filling orifice (32); (b) filling the housing (20) with an abradable material (50) constituted by particles by using the filling orifice (32), and evacuating the housing (20) using the vacuum orifice (31); (c) closing the orifices (31, 32) in leaktight manner; (d) deforming the sheath (30) so as to compress the abradable material (50) in the housing (20) and heating the abradable material (50) to a temperature higher than 150° C. so that the abradable material (50) becomes sintered; and (e) subsequently lowering the temperature and the pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES
    Inventor: Laurent Ferrer
  • Patent number: 9914169
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for producing three-dimensional objects based on computer-provided data, whereby a material is deposited in layers in a process chamber and the material is selectively solidified and/or bonded using a bonding apparatus and/or a solidifying apparatus in the process chamber, these steps being repeated. A conveyance of the material proceeds during the build process and proceeds continuously, sequentially and evenly up to an unpacking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: VOXELJET AG
    Inventors: Ingo Ederer, Daniel Gunther, Andreas Dominik Hartmann
  • Patent number: 9901977
    Abstract: A method of creating a sand mold for rapid casting, including the steps of determining a mold shape, providing a generally uniform thickness layer of sand, curing at least a portion of the layer of sand, machining the cured portions of the layer of sand based on the desired mold shape, and repeating the layer-forming, curing and machining steps until the sand mold is complete. Another aspect includes a machine for creating the sand mold having a build envelope defined by side walls, a movable build platform and at least one movable tool assembly, the movable tool assembly having a single or plurality of tools chosen from the group consisting of a sand dispenser, a sand leveling device, a curing device, and a machining device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of Western Michigan University
    Inventors: Hemant Bohra, Sam N. Ramrattan, Margaret K. Joyce, Paul D. Fleming, III, Pavel Ikonomov
  • Patent number: 9877852
    Abstract: The disclosure lies in the field of regenerative medicine and relates to an implant having a matrix material, and a method for manufacturing an implant having matrix material. The disclosure further relates to a crimped implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignees: Xeltis, BV, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
    Inventors: Tom Lavrijsen, Anandkumar Nandakumar, Martijn Antonius Johannes Cox, Franciscus Petrus Thomas Baaijens, Anton Bosman, Carolina Victoria Catharina Bouten, Tristan Mes, Patricia Yvonne Wilhelmina Dankers, Serge Hendrikus Mathijs Söntjens, Henricus Marie Janssen
  • Patent number: 9878494
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for constructing models in layers. A region for constructing models, preferably a construction platform, and a material applying device (4, 5) for applying material onto the region are provided. The material applying device (4, 5) is arranged in a movable manner over the region. The material applying device (4, 5) is designed as a portal (1, 1?) such that the material applying device can be moved over the region at least via two linear guides (2) arranged at opposite sides of the region, and the material applying device is arranged around the region such that a portal (1, 1?) is formed by at least two portions that extend laterally with respect to the region. At least one additional material applying device (4, 5) for applying an additional material onto the region is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: VOXELJET AG
    Inventors: Andreas Dominik Hartmann, Ingo Ederer