With Step Of Making Mold Or Mold Shaping, Per Se Patents (Class 264/219)
  • Patent number: 11190062
    Abstract: The moldability of the stator of an axial gap type rotating electric machine improved. The axial gap type rotating electric machine has: a stator comprising core members disposed about a rotating shaft in a ring shape with a predetermined space from adjacent core members, said core members each having a core around which a coil is wound, the number of the turns of the coil being less on the outer perimeter side than on the inner perimeter side, the core members being molded with mold material; and a rotor facing an end surface of the core in the shaft direction through a predetermined gap. The core members comprise: a first core member in which the number of coil winding layers on one side in the shaft direction is larger than the number of winding layers on the other side; and a second core member in which the number of coil winding layers on one side in the shaft direction is less than the number of winding layers on the other side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Hitachi Industrial Equipment Systems Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toru Sakai, Tomonori Kawagoe, Daisuke Kitajima, Katsuyuki Yamazaki, Toshifumi Suzuki, Shuuichi Takahashi, Hirooki Tokoi
  • Patent number: 11092132
    Abstract: A method and mould system for manufacturing at least a root section of a wind turbine blade is described. The method and system utilise a mould inlay which is arranged on top of a mould surface of a mould part so as to change the radius of curvature of the mould part and thereby also the diameter of a root section manufactured via the mould part and mould inlay. Further, blades manufactured via the method and mould system are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Inventors: Peter Quiring, Michael Schafer
  • Patent number: 11035577
    Abstract: An appliance includes an outer shell and an inner shell, wherein the outer shell and the inner shell are engaged to define an insulating cavity therebetween, and wherein the inner shell includes an inner surface that defines an interior cavity. An insulation member includes a plurality of layers, each layer of the plurality of layers including an insulative sheet defining first and second surfaces and a plurality of microspheres at least partially disposed within the insulative sheet, wherein at least a portion of the plurality of microspheres extends outward from each of the first and second surfaces to define a plurality of protrusions, and wherein the engagement of two adjacent layers of the plurality of layers causes a portion of the plurality of protrusions to engage and define a plurality of insulating air pockets between the adjacent layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Frederick A. Millett
  • Patent number: 11000982
    Abstract: A method of setting a shaping machine includes identifying values for setting parameters, which setting parameters at least partially establish control of controllable components of the shaping machine during the shaping process. A plurality of simulations of the shaping process are performed on the basis of a first parameter and a second parameter. The first parameter describes physical factors of the shaping process. The second parameter is suitable as a basis for at least one of the setting parameters of the shaping machine. The simulation is carried out on the basis of various combinations of values of the first parameter and the second parameter. Values of at least one quality parameter are calculated from results of the simulations for the various combinations of values of the first parameter and the second parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Inventors: Anton Frederik Stoehr, Josef Giessauf
  • Patent number: 10988568
    Abstract: Provided is a curable composition which has chargeability into silicone molds and curability at excellent levels, less causes the silicone molds to swell, and allows the silicone molds to have better durability and a longer service life in repeated use. The curable composition according to the present invention contains curable compounds and a cationic initiator and is used for production of an optical component by molding using silicone molds. The curable compounds include (A) a cycloaliphatic epoxy compound in a content of 10 weight percent or more of the totality of all the curable compounds contained in the curable composition. Of the totality of all the curable compounds contained in the curable composition, 10 to 50 weight percent is a curable compound or compounds having a molecular weight of 400 or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Inventors: Takeshi Fujikawa, Sadayuki Fukui
  • Patent number: 10982105
    Abstract: Methods of printing a three-dimensional object using co-reactive components are disclosed. Thermosetting compositions for three-dimensional printing are also enclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignees: PPG Industries Ohio, Inc., UT-Battelle, LLC
    Inventors: David R. Fenn, Kurt G. Olson, Reza M. Rock, Cynthia Kutchko, Susan F. Donaldson, Hao Sun, Orlando Rios, William G. Carter
  • Patent number: 10960630
    Abstract: Methods for manufacturing at least a portion of an upper for an article of footwear that include thermo-forming a pattern on the upper. The methods may include disposing a skin for forming an upper over and inflatable bladder and disposing a mold insert between the skin and a surface of a mold cavity. The mold insert may include a mold pattern including surface features formed in the mold insert. The inflatable bladder may be inflated such that the skin is pressed against the mold insert within a heated mold cavity to form a pattern on an exterior surface of the skin and cause the skin to take on the shape of at least a portion of an upper. In some embodiments, the surface features may be disposed in a gradient pattern configured to provide varying degrees of one or more characteristics to different areas of an upper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventors: Andrew Jacob Schneider, Keith Alexander Blume, Ian James Hennebery, Benjamin William Kleiman, Matteo Edmond Padovani, Edward John Musho, Carl Arnese
  • Patent number: 10953594
    Abstract: The present invention is a printing device using multiple inks and a printing method using thereof, and more specifically, relates to a three-dimensional printing method of a printed product with a cross-sectional pattern comprising a step of providing different inks into each partitioned spaces and applying the same pressure condition to the inks retained in the ink-receiving part, thereby extruding the inks into a single extruding port to prepare and print an extruded ink product, using the printing device comprising an ink extruding member comprising an ink-receiving part receiving the multiple inks in each partitioned space, and an ink-extruding part equipped with a single passage in which the multiple inks received in the ink-receiving part are passed together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: T & R BIOFAB CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Geunseon Ahn, Songwan Jin, Jinhyung Shim, Wonsoo Yun, Donggu Kang
  • Patent number: 10933602
    Abstract: A tire vulcanization mold including a sector mold divided into a plurality of pieces along a circumferential direction of a green tire, the sector mold configured to vulcanization mold a tread portion of the green tire into a predetermined shape, and an upper mold and a lower mold disposed on both sides of the green tire so as to sandwich the green tire therebetween in an axial direction of the green tire, the upper mold and lower mold configured to vulcanization mold a side portion of the green tire into a predetermined shape. The sector mold has a weir portion in a vicinity of a fitting portion between the sector mold, and the upper mold and the lower mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventor: Tomonori Ueno
  • Patent number: 10926510
    Abstract: The present invention provides an antifouling film that is excellent in antifouling properties, adhesion, rubbing resistance, and reliability, and reduces fingerprint emergence at high humidity. The antifouling film includes a substrate; and a polymer layer disposed on a surface of the substrate and including on a surface thereof an uneven structure provided with projections at a pitch not longer than a wavelength of visible light, the polymer layer being a cured product of a polymerizable composition, the polymerizable composition containing, in terms of active components, 20 to 90 wt % of a polyfunctional acrylate containing an ethylene oxide group, 5 to 25 wt % of a monofunctional amide monomer, and 0.5 to 10 wt % of a fluorine-based release agent, the polymerizable composition containing, in terms of active components, a total of 40 to 65 wt % of the ethylene oxide group in the polyfunctional acrylate and the monofunctional amide monomer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Shibai, Ken Atsumo, Kenichiro Nakamatsu
  • Patent number: 10898703
    Abstract: Provided are a microneedle template including: a substrate on which at least one microneedle shapes are formed; and a diamond layer formed on the surface of the at least one microneedle shapes, a method for preparing the microneedle template, a microneedle prepared using the microneedle template, and a method for preparing the microneedle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: S-SKIN. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jeong Gun Lee, Shin Hee Cho, Bo Young Shin
  • Patent number: 10888919
    Abstract: A core forming device is equipped with a kneading tank in which raw materials of a core are kneaded, a raw material supply unit that supplies the raw materials to the kneading tank, a mold that accommodates a kneaded material including the raw materials kneaded in the kneading tank and that forms the core, a piston that injects the kneaded material into the mold, a position sensor that detects a position of the piston, and a control unit that controls a supply amount of the raw materials supplied to the kneading tank from the raw material supply unit. The control unit determines the supply amount of the raw materials based on a difference between the position of the piston upon completion of injection and a reference position of the piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, Sintokogio, Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsutoshi Okumura, Hirotsune Watanabe, Shogo Izumi, Hirotaka Kurita, Katsushige Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10870229
    Abstract: A mold stack for a mold comprises a mold core configured for reception in a mold cavity plate with an outer molding surface. The mold core comprises an inner core with a first tapered guide surface and an outer core with a second tapered guide surface. The inner core is received through a passage in the outer core. A spacer slidably supports the outer core on the inner core. The outer core is movable relative to the inner core between a molding position in which the inner and outer cores define a mold cavity with the outer molding surface, and an open position in which the outer core is extended relative to the inner core. In the molding position, the first and second tapered guide surfaces engage one another to align the inner and outer cores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Inventor: Arnold Heinz Mai
  • Patent number: 10870239
    Abstract: This disclosure provides various systems and methods for three-dimensional printing in which data describing an object as a plurality of voxels is transferred as a print material to form the three-dimensional object independent of locking. That is, various systems and methods are provided herein in which the three-dimensional printing step is to transfer data representing various voxels into a corresponding physical object via a three-dimensional printer. The first step is repeated until all of the voxels are printed without waiting for any of the voxels of print material to lock. Accordingly, the three-dimensional printer can be used to print at least one subsequent object while the first object finishes locking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Inventor: John Fenley
  • Patent number: 10843821
    Abstract: A method and system may be provided for determining a set of parameters for preparing a skin for assembly to a substructure. The skin may be nondestructively inspected to gather a data set relating to the skin thickness. Sets of as-built thickness values for the skin and of deviations from a nominal map of the skin thickness may be calculated. A mating area for the skin and substructure and a set of one or more locations for fastener holes in the mating area may be determined. A set of parameters for the one or more fastener holes and a set of one or more fastener lengths may be generated using the deviations. A tool may cut the one or more fastener holes using the set of parameters and the skin and substructure may be fastened using fasteners selected according to the generated set of one or more fastener lengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Roger W. Engelbart, John William Adams, James C. Kennedy
  • Patent number: 10843377
    Abstract: A method for preparation of a mold (10) intended to form a slab from a mixture of agglomerate comprising the steps of depositing over the mold surfaces a sheet (15) of PVA-based plastic material so as to form with it a surface for subsequent contact with the mixture introduced into the mold for forming the slab, whereby in at least some areas a layer (14) of a fluid agent containing PVA in a solution is interposed between the sheet (15) and the mold surfaces. A plant for carrying out the method and a method for production of a slab are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventor: Luca Toncelli
  • Patent number: 10825694
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for manufacturing an electronic component having an electromagnetic shield, comprising: a bonding step of bonding a temporary protective material on a workpiece with unevenness on the surface thereof; a photocuring step of curing the temporary protective material by light irradiation; a icing step of singulating the workpiece and the temporary protective material; a shielding step of forming a metal film on the portion of the singulated workpiece, the portion having no temporary protective material bonded thereon; and a peeling step of peeling the temporary protective material from the workpiece having the metal film formed, wherein the temporary protective material is formed from a resin composition for temporary protection with an elastic modulus at 25° C. of 3 MPa or less and an elastic modulus at 25° C. of 40 MPa or more after light irradiation with an exposure dose of 500 mJ/cm2 or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Inventors: Yushi Yamaguchi, Ryoji Furutani, Takuji Ikeya, Shogo Sobue, Yasuyuki Ooyama
  • Patent number: 10730101
    Abstract: Provided is a method of producing foamed sand (s) for forming a sand mold. The foamed sand (s) includes sand particles (p) and foam (f) adhering to surfaces of the sand particles (p). The foam (f) contains water glass (b), water (w), and a surfactant (c). According to the method, an aqueous surfactant solution (e) in which the surfactant (c) is dissolved is frothed to generate froth (d) from the aqueous surfactant solution (e). Then, the generated froth (d), the water glass (b), and the water (w) are kneaded with the sand constituted by the sand particles (p).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventors: Takumi Maegawa, Masashi Morikawa, Kenichiro Mori, Yusuke Kato
  • Patent number: 10710278
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for producing an elastomeric grained skin which comprises at least an elastomeric skin layer and a coating layer overlying the skin layer. The skin has at least a portion which hasa grained surface, which comprises at least one elastomeric skin layer and which has at least one coating layer overlying the skin layer. To produce the skin a coating composition is applied onto at least a portion of a mould surface, which portion is grained, to produce said coating layer; and the elastomeric skin layer is moulded at least against a back side of said coating layer to produce said portion of the elastomeric skin. In order to accent the grain texture so that it stands out more clearly and so that the visibility thereof is less dependent on the direction of the incident light and the position of the viewer use is made of a coating composition which comprises effect pigment particles contained in a transparent or translucent medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventors: Yvan Vanluchene, Yvan De Clercq, Linda De Doncker
  • Patent number: 10703040
    Abstract: [Object] It is an object to provide a method for forming a three-dimensional object that suppresses generation of streaks on the three-dimensional object, which streaks are parallel to a main scanning direction. [Means of Realizing the Object] A method for forming a three-dimensional object includes a slice information calculation step (step ST23) of dividing three-dimensional data of the three-dimensional object into a plurality of layers so as to calculate cross-sectional slice information of each of the layers; and a unit-layer formation step (step ST27) of forming each of the layers based on the cross-sectional slice information. The unit-layer formation step (step ST27) is repeated a plurality of times. The unit-layer formation step (step ST27) includes a printing step (step ST27A) of extruding inks onto a work surface while moving the extruders in the main scanning direction so as to form a single print path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventors: Masaya Nagahari, Hirofumi Hara
  • Patent number: 10682805
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatus are disclosed for making patterning tools from one or more discrete elements. Such tools can have one or more “seams” or joints where the individual elements abut which can limit the tools' performance and utility in roll-to-roll manufacturing. Methods are described herein for producing “near-seamless” tools, that is, tools having seams that exhibit minimum disruption of the tool pattern and thus improved material produced by such tools. The patterning tools can be cylindrical and/or closed in shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: MicroContinuum, Inc.
    Inventor: W. Dennis Slafer
  • Patent number: 10611070
    Abstract: A one-shot molding apparatus and method press-mold a trim component body between upper and lower molds, and injection-mold a plastic rim onto an edge of the trim component body using an additional edge molding tool, in a single molding apparatus in a single molding cycle. The edge molding tool may have a cutting edge that cooperates with a counter edge on the upper or lower mold to remove excess material and form a precise cut edge of the trim component body before forming the molded rim. The edge molding tool is movable relative to the upper and lower molds in a direction parallel or perpendicular or oblique relative to a motion direction of the upper and lower molds. Additional movable nested tools can be provided on the upper and/or lower mold to achieve greater adaptability of the injection-molding cavity. The rim can be molded onto the cut edge, and molded around the edge onto the back and/or front side of the trim component body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: OLBRICH GMBH
    Inventor: Albert Van Der Linde
  • Patent number: 10571894
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a vehicle control surface includes generating, using an electronic controller, a three-dimensional plan for the vehicle control surface. The three-dimensional plan includes, at least, non-vehicular support structure dimensions, for a non-vehicular support structure, and skin dimensions for a skin. The method further includes configuring the dimensions of the non-vehicular support structure based on build environment characteristics associated with an additive manufacturing process of the control surface. The additive manufacturing process is based on the three-dimensional plan. The method further includes fabricating the vehicle control surface, using the additive manufacturing process, based on the three-dimensional plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Richard W. Aston, Michael J. Langmack, Matthew J. Herrmann, Russell W. Cochran, Philip R. Munoz, Nicole M. Hastings
  • Patent number: 10434846
    Abstract: A plastic glazing of a tailgate of a vehicle is provided, the plastic glazing comprising: a translucent component, wherein a portion of the translucent component forms a rear window of the vehicle; a non-transparent component molded onto the translucent component, wherein an overlapping portion of the translucent component and the non-transparent component forms a blackout region proximate to the rear window, wherein the plastic glazing is of one-piece molded plastic construction, wherein the translucent component comprises a first textured surface in a region adjacent to the blackout region, where the first textured surface is configured to conceal a component of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventors: Geert Jan Schellekens, Matteo Terragni
  • Patent number: 10415331
    Abstract: Solid polymer objects have size at least 0.5 mm in each of three orthogonal dimensions and shape such that each object has one or more edges, points or corners and/or has a plurality of projections which extend out from a core portion. Such objects may be included in a drilling fluid as a lost circulation additive intended to bridge fractures and mitigate fluid loss. Their angular shape features make it harder for them to slide over fracture faces or each other and helps them to bridge a fracture. A method of making these objects provides a travelling endless belt made of elastomer and defining mould cavities. The mould cavities are filled with a polyerisable liquid composition, which is cured in the mould as the belt advances, and the cured objects are ejected from a mould as the belt bends around a roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventor: David Snoswell
  • Patent number: 10399911
    Abstract: The disclosure describes techniques for forming a surface layer of an article including a CMC using a cast. In some examples, the surface layer includes three-dimensional surface features, which may increase adhesion between the CMC and a coating on the CMC. In some examples, the surface layer may include excess material, with or without three-dimensional surface features, which is on the CMC. The excess material may be machined to remove some of the excess material and facilitate conforming the article to dimensional tolerances, e.g., for fitting the article to another component. The excess material may reduce a likelihood that the CMC (e.g., reinforcement material in the CMC) is damaged by the machining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignees: Rolls-Royce Corporation, Rolls-Royce High Temperature Composites, Inc.
    Inventors: Sungbo Shim, Robert Wesley Thibault, Robert Shinavski, Kang N. Lee
  • Patent number: 10350074
    Abstract: A patient-specific porous metal prosthesis and a method for manufacturing the same are provided. The orthopedic prosthesis may be metallic to provide adequate strength and stability. Also, the orthopedic prosthesis may be porous to promote bone ingrowth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Zimmer, Inc.
    Inventors: Jia Li, Scott V. Cron, Jeffrey Bassett, Edward M. Willis
  • Patent number: 10343301
    Abstract: A method for producing molded parts (16), a water-soluble casting mold (6) being produced in a first step using a layering method, in particular using a powder bed-based layering method. In a second step, the surface of the casting mold (6) is sealed with the aid of a material (9; 10). A casting of the molded part (16) is then formed by filling the casting mold (6) with a free-flowing, hardenable material (13), in particular a hydraulically setting material. After the casting has solidified, the casting mold (6) is dissolved with the aid of an aqueous solution (18), in particular a heated aqueous solution (18). The present application furthermore relates to a material system for producing a water-soluble casting mold (6), comprising at least one water-soluble material for building a casting mold (6) in a layering method, as well as comprising at least one material (9; 10) for sealing the surface of the casting mold (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventors: Daniel Günther, Ingo Gnüchtel, Beat Karrer
  • Patent number: 10339253
    Abstract: A method of yield prejudgment and bump re-assignment for a die is provided. The die includes a plurality of areas. Each area is electrically connected to a substrate through a corresponding bump. The successful-connection probability of each area is prejudged. The die is divided into a signal region and a short-circuit region according to the successful-connection probabilities. The positions of the bumps are arranged so that signal bumps are disposed in the signal region and power bumps are disposed in the short region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventors: Chi-Han Lee, Ding-Ming Kwai, Chang-Tzu Lin, I-Hsuan Lee
  • Patent number: 10317322
    Abstract: A method for determining material failure that includes the steps of: fabricating a coupon made of a material; applying first force and second forces on the coupon, where the second force is different than the first force; and characterizing a material failure due to the application of the first force and the second force to the coupon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventors: Max U. Kismarton, Samuel Eric Cregger
  • Patent number: 10300653
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is presented. A portion is cut from a thermoplastic sheet of a first thermoplastic material based on a three dimensional model. The portion is secured to a mold. The portion and the mold are heated under vacuum to form a structure. The structure may take the form of a protective covering. In some illustrative examples, the mold may be formed of a second thermoplastic material based on the three dimensional model using additive manufacturing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Andrew Roy Hackett, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10287794
    Abstract: A collar assembly of or for a tower being formed by progressively higher concrete composition pours into reinforcement including formwork defined cavities, the assembly comprising or including; a higher subassembly adapted as a collar to selectively index to a zone of the tower being formed, a lower subassembly adapted as a collar to selectively index to a zone of the tower being formed, and a jacking arrangement whereby (I), when the lower subassembly is zone indexed and the higher subassembly is not, the higher subassembly can be raised relative to the lower subassembly and the zone to a fresh indexing height and (II), when the higher subassembly is zone indexed and the lower subassembly is not, the lower subassembly can be raised to a fresh indexing height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventor: Gregory John Neighbours
  • Patent number: 10189187
    Abstract: In exemplary implementations of this invention, a nozzle sprays foam, layer by layer, to fabricate a fabricated object according to a CAD model, and a subtractive fabrication tool removes material from the fabricated object according to a CAD model. The fabricated object comprises a mold or an interior form. The foam may be low-density, high strength and fast-curing. The foam may be used for large-scale 3D printing. For example, the foam may be used to 3D print molds for walls of homes. The foam molds may be left in place, after casting concrete in the molds, to serve as insulation. Or for example, the foam may be used to 3D print on site an internal form for a large wind turbine blade. The wind turbine blade may then be produced on site by depositing fiberglass on the outside of the internal form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Steven Keating, Neri Oxman
  • Patent number: 10137602
    Abstract: A method for fabricating an artificial skin system such as skin for use with a robotics assembly. The method includes forming or accessing a digital three dimensional (3D) model of an object. The digital 3D model defines a topography of an exterior surface of the object. The method includes processing the 3D model to generate a 3D model of a core, including defining an exterior surface of the core with a topography that is an inverse copy of the topography of the exterior surface of the object. The method includes fabricating the core based on the core model, whereby the core has an exterior surface corresponding to the exterior surface of the core model. The core is used in dipping processes or injection molding processes to form a skin in which the exterior surface is formed of material that abutted the inverse topography of the exterior surface of the core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventors: Philip John Jackson, Maeis Heshmati
  • Patent number: 10099254
    Abstract: A particulate water absorbent resin is obtained by polymerizing an unsaturated monomer so as to form a cross-linked polymer hydrogel and drying and pulverizing the cross-linked polymer hydrogel, and plural classification steps different from each other are carried out so as to remove fine powder. In this manner, the present invention provides the method for classification of particulate water absorbent resin which method allows particulate water absorbent resin having a desired particle diameter range to be efficiently obtained at low cost while securing the high productivity even in case where a larger production equipment is used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventors: Kazumasa Konishi, Kenji Kadonaga, Yorimichi Dairoku, Shinichi Fujino
  • Patent number: 10083633
    Abstract: A three-dimensional topography representation generating hardware device includes a plurality of movable pins. A converting logic converts a topographic map of a region of a physical topography into a set of commands to individually control each of the plurality of movable pins, wherein each of the plurality of movable pins is selectively movable to create a three-dimensional representation of the region of the physical topography based on the topographic map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: James E. Bostick, John M. Ganci, Jr., Sarbajit K. Rakshit, Kimberly G. Starks
  • Patent number: 10071546
    Abstract: An apparatus for hybrid manufacturing comprising a frame, a build plate that is adapted to move relative to the frame, a material pump that is adapted to pump one or more materials, a mixing head that is adapted to mix the one or more materials, a mixing hose that is in fluid communication with the material pump and the mixing head, a vacuum pump that is adapted to remove air from a mold, a vacuum hose that is in fluid communication with the vacuum pump and the mold, a vat that is adapted to retain a liquid, and a radiation source that is disposed adjacent to the vat. The apparatus prints the mold and fills the mold. A method comprising printing the mold with one or more mold materials, removing air from the mold, filling the mold with one or more primary materials, and dissolving the mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Collider, Inc.
    Inventors: Graham Bredemeyer, James Matthew Barron
  • Patent number: 10052682
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a multi-stage method for producing one or multiple molded bodies, the method comprising the following steps: a) constructing one or multiple molded bodies in layers by repeatedly applying particulate material by the 3D printing method; b. a presolidification step for achieving a presolidification of the molded body; c. an unpacking step, wherein the unsolidified particulate material is separated from the presolidified molded body; d. a final solidification step, in which the molded body receives its final strength due to the action of thermal energy. The invention also relates to a device which may be used for this method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: VOXELJET AG
    Inventors: Ingo Ederer, Daniel Günther
  • Patent number: 10029422
    Abstract: A uniquely featured addition to previous three dimensional prototyping machinery without any traversing X and Y coordinate moving parts, thus saving time by focusing on only an incrementally regular Z stage and the rapidity of chemical deposition via electrically localized reaction nodes through a porous/channeled plane called the build/extrusion platen. Processes for making objects using such machine and platen are also disclosed as well as features and further indexing of extrusion location inventions. Other features including chemistry, curing material, and curing control as well as activation methods and machines are also disclosed in combination with the feature of a simultaneous two-dimensional layer-wise deposition machine and process for “growing” the object in the Z direction using the displaceable platen or object supporting stage in a rapid manner. Further due to the rapid growth and deposition manner, additional benefits to the object creation and curable material, e.g. a monomer can be realized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: VOXEL LLC
    Inventors: Milton Dale Meisner, Robin Wynne Nack Meisner
  • Patent number: 9956747
    Abstract: A composite includes a multilayer polyethylene terephthalate (PET) film having a base layer and an adjacent skin layer. The PET of the skin layer has inherent viscosity of about 0.70-0.90 and carboxyl endgroup concentration of less than 25 eq/T. The base layer can be affixed to a thin metal sheet. Optionally, the base layer of a second multilayer PET film with a skin layer inherent viscosity of about 0.70-0.90 and carboxyl endgroup concentration of less than 25 eq/T can be affixed to the opposite side of the metal sheet. The composite is suited for making food and chemical containers such as food storage cans that resist blush discoloration from steam contact during container formation and age degradation during extended storage of harsh chemical products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Toray Plastics (America), Inc.
    Inventor: Jan Moritz
  • Patent number: 9919505
    Abstract: In one or more aspects of the present disclosure, a mandrel is disclosed. The mandrel having a shape memory alloy (SMA) shell having a longitudinal axis, an interior extending along the longitudinal axis and an exterior contour, the SMA shell being configured to interface with a structure to be cured, and at least one SMA actuation member disposed within the interior and connected to the SMA shell, where the at least one SMA actuation member is configured to exert pressure against the SMA shell effecting an interface pressure between the exterior contour of the SMA shell and the structure to be cured where the exterior contour has a predetermined actuated shape that corresponds to a predetermined cured shape of the structure to be cured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Moushumi Shome, Sahrudine Apdalhaliem, Frederick T. Calkins, Waeil M. Ashmawi, Kimberly Meredith
  • Patent number: 9874248
    Abstract: A shaft coupling and roller arrangements with a shaft coupling for the coupling a shaft journal having a polygonal cross-section to a drive or a bearing axle. The shaft coupling has a rotatably drivable coupling body, which has a coupling opening for receiving the shaft journal. The coupling body has a as multipart configuration and is openable along a dividing line, which intersects the coupling opening. A clamping apparatus is provided for non-positive holding of the shaft journal in the coupling opening. The coupling opening is formed at least in part by clamping jaws, which in the closed position are pressed onto the shaft journal, preferably areally flush against the shaft journal, via the clamping apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Haas Food Equipment GmbH
    Inventors: Johannes Haas, Josef Haas, Christoph Jiraschek, Stefan Jiraschek
  • Patent number: 9855146
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to arthroscopic resurfacing techniques for treating diseased bone. The techniques include passing a graft into a joint and fixating the graft against an articulating surface of a bone of the joint. A method for resurfacing a bone according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, sizing a graft based on a replicate of a bone, arthroscopically positioning the graft against an articulating surface of the bone, and securing the graft to the bone using at least one suture anchor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: ARTHREX, INC.
    Inventor: Reinhold Schmieding
  • Patent number: 9849271
    Abstract: A needle-shaped structure includes a needle-shaped projection and a support substrate supporting the projection wherein the projection contains at least a chitosan and an organic acid, places a low burden on a living body and is able to keep the microscopic form after puncture into the skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Kato, Takako Yamamoto, Yoshikazu Taroura
  • Patent number: 9844904
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is presented. A portion is cut from a thermoplastic sheet of a first thermoplastic material based on a three dimensional model. The portion is secured to a mold. The portion and the mold are heated under vacuum to form a structure. The structure may take the form of a protective covering. In some illustrative examples, the mold may be formed of a second thermoplastic material based on the three dimensional model using additive manufacturing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Inventor: Andrew Roy Hackett, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9840038
    Abstract: Described is a resinous structure derived from fluorine-containing polymers useful as a mold having excellent dimensional stability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: TOYO GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Risa Wada, Takeshi Osaki
  • Patent number: 9809002
    Abstract: A three-dimensional lattice architecture with a thickness hierarchy includes a first surface and a second surface separated from each other with a distance therebetween defining a thickness of the three-dimensional lattice architecture; a plurality of angled struts extending along a plurality of directions between the first surface and the second surface; a plurality of nodes connecting the plurality of angled struts with one another forming a plurality of unit cells. At least a portion of the plurality of angled struts are internally terminated along the thickness direction of the lattice structure and providing a plurality of internal degrees of freedom towards the first or second surface of the lattice architecture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: Jacob M. Hundley, Tobias A. Schaedler, Sophia S. Yang, Alan J. Jacobsen
  • Patent number: 9808982
    Abstract: A polymeric stent has an inner surface with an inner diameter that tapers continuously in size. A method for manufacturing a stent includes blow molding a polymeric tube within a mold having a tapered, cylindrical cavity such that the polymeric tube attains a corresponding tapered shape. The tapered tube is used as a substrate from which a laser cuts interconnecting stent struts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Abbott Cardiovascular Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Klaus Kleine, David C. Gale
  • Patent number: 9802093
    Abstract: A lacrosse head pocket includes a plug unit having first and second plugs disposed on a cross lace. The plugs are overmolded by first and/or second runners constructed from a polymeric material so that the plugs are joined with the first and/or second runners. The cross lace extends outwardly from the plug and the overmolded first and/or second runners. Some plug units can have cross laces that cross one another, while other plug units might not include cross laces that cross one another. A method is also provided including: forming a first plug on a first cross lace, placing the first plug in a mold, overmolding a first runner over at least a portion of the plug so the plug and first runner are joined, and optionally overmolding a second plug joined with the cross lace with a second runner or the same first runner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Warrior Sports, Inc.
    Inventors: Jessica L. Hanson, Adam D. Paquette, Richard J. Janisse
  • Patent number: 9731442
    Abstract: A mold clamping apparatus includes a mold clamping cylinder. The mold clamping cylinder has, in a region thereof located below left and right lower tie bars and above left and right sliders, a left grooved portion opened leftward and elongated horizontally, a right grooved portion opened rightward and elongated horizontally, and a leg portion formed between the left and right grooved portions. The leg portion and the left and right grooved portions together form a constricted part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Inventors: Atsushi Murata, Daiki Tanemura