Incremental Layer Molding Type Patents (Class 264/308)
  • Patent number: 11573543
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of the present invention control a forming unit of a 3D printer so as to additionally form a second object in a free space in the forming unit when receiving an instruction to form the second object and forming data in the middle of a forming process for a first object by the forming unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kotaro Matsuda, Takeshi Ishikura
  • Patent number: 11559935
    Abstract: A method and printing system for printing a three-dimensional structure, in particular an optical component, by depositing droplets of printing ink side by side and one above the other in several consecutive depositing steps by means of a print head. In each depositing step a plurality of droplets is ejected simultaneously by a plurality of ejection nozzles of the print head. The print head is moved relative to the deposited droplets in a moving step performed between at least two consecutive depositing steps in such a manner that the droplets deposited in the same position in the at least two consecutive depositing steps are ejected at least partly from two different ejection nozzles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: LUXEXCEL HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Ricardo Blomaard, Joris Biskop
  • Patent number: 11554543
    Abstract: A three-dimensional printing system includes a print bed and a shelf insertion mechanism for inserting a shelf of one or a plurality of auxiliary shelves into a print volume between the print bed and a printer head. A printer assembly is configured to deposit layers of material within the print volume to form one or more objects on a support platform, the support platform including the print bed or an auxiliary shelf that is inserted into the print volume by the shelf insertion mechanism. A controller is configured to control the shelf insertion mechanism to insert an auxiliary shelf between the print bed and a printer head of the system after formation of the objects on that support platform by the printer assembly is complete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: ASSEMBRIX LTD.
    Inventors: Dan Halperin, Lior Polak
  • Patent number: 11554552
    Abstract: Systems and methods for forming an object using additive manufacturing. One method includes receiving a digital model of the object, predicting a shrinking characteristic or receiving a predicted shrinking characteristic of the object that will occur during thermal processing of the object, once formed, and generating, based on the shrinking characteristic of the object, instructions for forming a raft on which the object will be formed. The instructions for forming the raft are configured to form a raft having a shrinking characteristic that reflects the shrinking characteristic of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: Desktop Metal, Inc.
    Inventors: Jay Tobia, Aaron M. Preston, Alexander C. Barbati
  • Patent number: 11548218
    Abstract: The extraction of a three-dimensional (3D) object is facilitated using a printed hint, which includes an additional shape that is printed along with the 3D object in a granular-based printer bed. In example implementations, the hint is indicative of a location of the 3D object. In one example, a hint has a dimension indicative of a depth to the object in the printer bed. In another example, a position of a hint is indicative that the object is below, and a size of the hint is based on a size of the object. Some hints can also protect the object. Examples include plate and shell-shaped hints. The object is located under a plate hint or within a shell hint. Further, an appearance of the object or indications of the sturdiness of different parts of the object can be printed on the hint to facilitate a safe extraction of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Adobe Inc.
    Inventors: Naveen Prakash Goel, Shivang Mittal, Sahil Gera, Harsh Vardhan Chopra, Ashutosh Tripathi
  • Patent number: 11534169
    Abstract: Stapling assemblies for use with a surgical stapler are provided. In one exemplary embodiment, the stapling assembly includes a cartridge having a plurality of staples disposed therein and a non-fibrous adjunct formed of at least one fused bioabsorbable polymer and configured to be releasably retained on the cartridge. Adjunct systems for use with a surgical stapler are also provided. Surgical end effectors using the stapling assemblies are also provided. Methods for manufacturing stapling assemblies and using the same are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Jason L. Harris, Michael J. Vendely, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Hardik Kabaria, Farhad Javid
  • Patent number: 11534978
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for working with three-dimensional object models for printing. One of the methods includes determining a plurality of infill structures in a slice of an object; and determining a path for the tool-head to create the plurality of infill structures including: determining a first portion of the path for deposition of a first infill structure during a first time period; determining a second portion of the path for deposition of one or more second infill structures that are not adjacent to the first infill structure during a second time period; and determining a third portion of the path for deposition of a third infill structure that is adjacent to the first infill structure, wherein the second time period is determined to allow the first infill structure to cool before deposition of the third infill structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: Autodesk, Inc.
    Inventors: Andreas Linas Bastian, Gregory David Meess
  • Patent number: 11511494
    Abstract: A manufacturing installation for the additive manufacturing of components, each provided with at least one material overhang, has at least one building platform on which the particular component can at least partially be additively manufactured. In order to reduce the material consumption and the time to produce additively manufactured components, the manufacturing installation has at least one preferably electrically controllable support device with at least one movable support arm for the at least temporary holding of at least one support element, arranged on the support arm, during the additive manufacture of the particular component above the building platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Guenter Hans Grosch, Andreas Kuske, Bas van den Heuvel, Richard Fritsche, Wilbert Hemink, Rainer Lach
  • Patent number: 11504914
    Abstract: A system determines an object part density relative to a build region in a layer of build material used in an additive manufacturing machine, the object part density based on a relative portion of the build region where an energy absorbing agent is applied. The system controls a thermal characteristic of the build region in the layer of build material based on the determined object part density.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Xin Cheng, Vanessa Verzwyvelt, Arthur H. Barnes, Michael Crockett, Jake Wright, Morgan T. Schramm
  • Patent number: 11491717
    Abstract: A method for 3D printing of a robot element, more particularly a finger for use in robotics. At least one sensor is concomitantly printed by means of multi-material printing during the printing of the robot element. A gripping element produced by a method of this kind includes a number of printed layers of robot element material and a concomitantly printed sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Hochschule Offenburg
    Inventors: Nikolai Hangst, Stefan Junk, Thomas Wendt
  • Patent number: 11485068
    Abstract: A manufacturing method for a shaped object for manufacturing the shaped object used as a parts when creating a three-dimensional object assembled by combining multiple parts, where the shaped object including a surface region, an end region, and an inner region is shaped. A surface colored portion, which is a portion to be colored in the surface region, is formed, so that a light entering from a side opposite to the inner region is reflected by the inner region to an outside of the shaped object. And, an end colored portion, which is a portion to be colored in the end region, is formed to have a light reflectivity higher than that of the surface colored portion using a coloring material and a light reflective material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kenji Harayama
  • Patent number: 11478983
    Abstract: An additive manufacturing apparatus includes: first and second spaced apart side walls extending along a pre-defined path and defining a build chamber therebetween; one or more build units mounted for movement along the pre-defined path, the one or more build units including at least one of: a powder dispenser positioned above the build chamber; an applicator configured to scrape powder dispensed into the build chamber; and a directed energy source configured to fuse the scraped powder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Gregory Muster Morris, Guenter Helmut Wilfert, Todd Jay Rockstroh
  • Patent number: 11441003
    Abstract: The present invention is a composition of an agent for treating a precursor of a three-dimensional object for removing a support material from the precursor of the three-dimensional object containing a three-dimensional object and the support material containing a (meth)acrylic acid-based copolymer having a hydrophilic monomer and a hydrophobic monomer as a monomer unit; the composition of the agent for treating the precursor of the three-dimensional object having at least one or more type of organic amine compounds selected from the group consisting of a secondary monoamine compound, a tertiary monoamine compound, a secondary diamine compound, and a tertiary diamine compound; in which a total content of alkali metal hydroxide and alkali metal carbonate is less than a content of the organic amine compound and less than 2.5% by mass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: KAO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryouichi Hashimoto, Eiji Kashihara
  • Patent number: 11433600
    Abstract: The invention shows a material provision device for a stereolithography apparatus to provide print material (16), in particular a photopolymer, to be cured, wherein the material provision device (10) surrounds an in particular limp material cartridge (12) which receives the print material (16) on all sides and (UV) light-proof, and the material cartridge (12) comprises an outlet (20) via which the print material (16) may be dispensed and which is received in a connection (43) or a spout in the material provision device (10) and is at least partially supported thereon or therein or seals against it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Ivoclar Vivadent AG
    Inventors: Johannes Lorünser, Walter Pokorny, Rudolf Jussel, Jörg Ebert
  • Patent number: 11420382
    Abstract: Methods for additive manufacturing using a three-dimensional printer including at least one linear feed mechanism and a print head positioned proximate a build platen are disclosed. The methods include a step of providing and/or feeding an unmelted fiber reinforced composite filament at a feed rate by the at least one linear feed mechanism. The methods include heating the filament to a temperature at which a matrix material therein flows within at least one rounded outlet of the print head. The methods include moving the print head and the build platen relative to one another at a printing rate. The methods include applying a spreading force to the filament between the at least one rounded outlet of the print head and the build platen. The methods include a step of controlling a differential in the feed rate and printing rate using the at least one linear feed mechanism so that the feed rate and the printing rate are substantially the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: MARKFORGED, INC.
    Inventors: Gregory Thomas Mark, Antoni S. Gozdz
  • Patent number: 11390032
    Abstract: According to one aspect there is provided a three-dimensional printer. The printer comprises a controller to obtain data relating to a layer of a build model, to process non-empty layers according to a first operating mode and to process empty layers according to a second operating mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Sergio Puigardeu Aramendia, Pablo Dominguez Pastor, Sebastia Cortes Herms
  • Patent number: 11370913
    Abstract: A thermoplastic elastomer composition having: at least one elastomer component selected from the group made of elastomeric polymers (A) each of which has a side chain containing a hydrogen-bond cross-linkable moiety having a carbonyl-containing group and/or a nitrogen-containing heterocycle and has a glass-transition point of 25° C. or below, and elastomeric polymers (B) each of which contains a hydrogen-bond cross-linkable moiety and a covalent-bond cross-linking moiety in a side chain and has a glass-transition point of 25° C. or below; an organically modified clay, a content ratio of which is 20 parts by mass or less relative to 100 parts by mass of the elastomer component; and a polymer (Z) which is a polymer other than the elastomeric polymers (A) and (B), and an SP value of which is 9.0 or more and is greater by 0.5 or more than an SP value of the elastomer component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: ENEOS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keisuke Chino, Hiroaki Suzuki, Zhengzhe Jin, Yusuke Matsuo
  • Patent number: 11364678
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an object comprises applying a layer of building material in powder form having a predetermined thickness onto a layer of the building material already previously applied which has been solidified in a region corresponding to a cross section of the object. A recoater is moved in a direction across the layer already previously applied, and the building material is solidified in a shape corresponding to a cross section of the object. Prior to the application of a layer, for a solidified region having a thickness in the layer applied before, the maximum of the product of the extension of this region in movement direction of the recoater and the thickness is determined and during the application of the layer, at least an additional powder amount proportional to the value of the maximum is additionally provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: EOS GmbH Electro Optical Systems
    Inventors: Andrë Danzig, Rainer Salzberger, Jochen Philippi, Andreas Baumann, Gerd Cantzler, Robert Jelin
  • Patent number: 11351726
    Abstract: Apparatus (1) for additively manufacturing three-dimensional objects (2) by means of successive layerwise selective irradiation and consolidation of layers of a build material (3) which can be consolidated by means of an energy source (4), which apparatus (1) comprises an application unit (6) with at least one application element (7) adapted to apply build material (3) on a build plane (8), characterized in by a determination unit (12) that is adapted to determine contact information relating to a force acting on the at least one application element (7), preferably during an application process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: CONCEPT LASER GMBH
    Inventor: Jürgen Werner
  • Patent number: 11338523
    Abstract: An additive manufacturing system has a controller configured to modify numerical control programming instructions to form interlocking structures that improve object structural integrity in the Z-direction. The interlocking structures are produced by forming one layer with swaths that are separated by gaps and another layer that is formed over the gaps to fill the gaps and lay over the swaths forming the gaps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: David A. Mantell, Christopher G. Lynn, Jason O'Neil, Priyaanka D. Guggilapu, Peter J. Nystrom
  • Patent number: 11332628
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a filamentary structure manufactured during 3D printing by liquid deposition modelling, the filamentary structure comprising a continuous strand comprising a matrix material and filler particles, wherein the filler particles comprise hexagonal boron nitride particles comprising hexagonal boron nitride platelets. The present disclosure further relates to a 3D printable ink composition for manufacturing said filamentary structure, to a 3D printed component part formed from said filamentary structure, to a 3D printing method for making said 3D printed component part, and to the use of said component part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Robert M. Schädel, Krishna B. Uibel, Stefanie Wildhack
  • Patent number: 11325278
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and systems for optimizing printing of a ceramic isolation layer. In some embodiments, the method includes the following steps: preparing a workpiece before printing; printing the workpiece by an optimal printing solution, the optimal printing solution satisfying a setting of key data when printing the ceramic isolation layer; and processing the workpiece after printing to obtain a finished workpiece. In other embodiments, the optimal printing solution is determined by the following steps: printing and processing the ceramic isolation layer and the workpiece isolated by the ceramic isolation layer for multiple times; adjusting the key data by determining a strength of the ceramic isolation layer after printing and deformation data of the workpiece; selecting the ceramic isolation layer parameters and the printing parameters; and taking the setting of the key data as the optimal solution when the deformation data reaches a preset threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Suzhou Fusion Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Wang, Hanshen Wang, Jingwei Hu, Hua Feng, Jianzhe Li, Jinjing Zhang, Xiaoyu Wu, Wangping Long
  • Patent number: 11312070
    Abstract: The object of the invention is a print head for three-dimensional printing comprising an extrusion assembly (1) functionally coupled to a drive assembly (3), and a nozzle assembly (2), functionally coupled to the extrusion assembly (1), providing filament (10) transfer, wherein there is a cooling assembly (18) disposed between the extrusion assembly (1) and the drive assembly (2), containing a fluid cooling system, comprising an inlet (15), an outlet (17) and a system of cooling ducts (14) disposed inside the cooling assembly (18), distributing the cooling medium (11), providing maintenance of the preset temperature of the extrusion assembly (1) and the drive assembly (3). The object of the invention is also a print head assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: OMNI3D SP. Z.O.O.
    Inventors: Piotr Sydow, Tomasz Michalski, Piotr Maslej, Piotr Nawrocki, Kamil Wojtko, Krzysztof Kardach, Konrad Sierzputowski
  • Patent number: 11298716
    Abstract: An additive manufacturing (AM) system includes a housing defining a chamber, a build platform disposed within the chamber, and an upper gas inlet configured to supply an upper gas flow in a first direction parallel to the build platform. The AM system includes a lower gas inlet disposed in the chamber and configured to supply a lower gas flow in a second direction toward a bottom wall of the chamber, and a flow directing system configured to receive the lower gas flow and redirect the lower gas flow in the first direction parallel to the build platform. The AM system includes one or more gas delivery devices fluidly coupled to the upper and lower gas inlets and configured to regulate one or more flow characteristics of the upper and lower gas flows and a gas outlet configured to discharge the upper and lower gas flows from the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Christian Thomas Wakelam, Rene du Cauze de Nazelle
  • Patent number: 11292059
    Abstract: A process for the additive manufacture of a part within a machine, the machine including a working surface, a device for spreading the powder layer along at least one longitudinal horizontal direction, at least one injector of powder over the working surface, the injector being movable with respect to the working surface along at least one transverse horizontal direction, and a system for regulating the amount of powder dispensed by the injector, the process including the following stages: moving the injector along a trajectory comprising at least one component parallel to the transverse horizontal direction; and regulating the amount of powder dispensed by the injector at any point of the trajectory of the injector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: ADDUP
    Inventors: Jean-Pierre Nicaise, Jean-François Sartori
  • Patent number: 11279079
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a cell electrochemical sensor based on a 3D printing technology and application thereof and belongs to the technical field of electrochemical sensors and toxin detection. The cell electrochemical sensor of the disclosure is constructed based on a 3D printing technology, and the construction method comprises the following steps: precisely depositing a cell/carbon nanofiber/GelMA composite hydrogel on a working electrode of a screen-printed carbon electrode through 3D printing, and carrying out curing to obtain the cell electrochemical sensor. The disclosure constructs a cell electrochemical sensor with a three-dimensional cell growth environment and rapid and sensitive response. The cell electrochemical sensor constructed by the disclosure can be used for quickly and effectively determining the combined effect type and effect degree of deoxynivalenol family toxins by combining an electrochemical impedance method and a combination index method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Jiangnan University
    Inventors: Xiulan Sun, Jiadi Sun, Jian Ji, Yinzhi Zhang, Kaimin Wei
  • Patent number: 11267197
    Abstract: Examples of recoater carriages in an additive manufacturing system are described. In one case, a recoater carriage assembly has an elongate powder build material spreader, such as a roller, to spread powder build material in use. The recoater carriage assembly has a recoater carriage to support the spreader. The spreader is to engage and to disengage from the recoater carriage by movement of the spreader non-concentrically to a longitudinal axis of the spreader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Jordi Gimenez, Gerard Mosquera, Joaquim Brugue
  • Patent number: 11260449
    Abstract: A three-dimensional printing system includes a build platform comprising a build surface. The printing system also includes an enclosure system having a side portion extending entirely around the build surface, a top plate portion that abuts the side portion, and a bottom portion. The side portion, the top plate portion and the bottom portion form an enclosed space surrounding the build surface. The top plate portion is moveable so as to adjust a volume of the enclosed space. A 3D printer printhead is disposed adjacent to the enclosure system for depositing a print material onto the build surface. The printing system also includes a heating system for heating the enclosed space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: XEROX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Douglas K. Herrmann, Erwin Ruiz, Ali R. Dergham, Christopher D. Atwood, Daniel R. Knopp, Derek A. Bryl, Linn C. Hoover
  • Patent number: 11220052
    Abstract: One embodiment of the invention provides a three-dimensional printing apparatus including a light-transmissive plate having a first surface, a platform, a support frame, a supporting seat and a rotating shaft. The platform is disposed above the light-transmissive plate, and the support frame is disposed under the light-transmissive plate. The supporting seat is disposed under the support frame and defines an accommodation space under the light-transmissive plate for accommodating an image light source. The rotating shaft pivots on a point inside or on the support frame and has a shaft center, and the shaft center is disposed under an extending plane extending from the first surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: YOUNG OPTICS INC.
    Inventor: Chien-Hsing Tsai
  • Patent number: 11198250
    Abstract: A filament container for housing a spool of filament comprising a base and a lid that define an inner volume. The lid rotatably attached to the base and moveable between a closed position, wherein the inner volume is substantially sealed, and an open position, wherein the inner volume is accessible. First and second horizontal shafts are supported rotatably within the inner volume, parallel to and spaced from one another a distance, and rotatable about a respective longitudinal axis. The first and second horizontal shafts are adapted to support a spool of filament vertically within the inner volume and to allow the spool of filament to freely rotate about a horizontal axis that is parallel to and spaced from the longitudinal axis of each of the first and second horizontal shafts as filament is pulled from the spool and out of the filament container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: Essentium Inc.
    Inventors: Erik John Gjovik, Matthew Ross Mitchell, William Jack MacNeish, III
  • Patent number: 11192300
    Abstract: Disclosed are a system for and a method of manufacturing a three-dimensional (3D) structure. The method may include injecting a fluid with a first pressure toward a surface of a first output layer to form a softening layer in the first output layer, injecting the fluid with a second pressure toward the softening layer to form an uneven structure in the softening layer, the second pressure being higher than the first pressure, and forming a second output layer on the softening layer with the uneven structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Ji-Young Oh, Yong Suk Yang, Kyung Hyun Kim, Kyu Sung Lee
  • Patent number: 11186044
    Abstract: Techniques of optically sensing fiducial targets, such as calibration patterns, within an additive fabrication device are provided. In some embodiments, fiducial targets may be disposed on a structure configured to contact source material of the additive fabrication device, the source material being a material from which the device is configured to fabricate solid objects. Indirect sensing means may be employed such that light emitted from a light source of the additive fabrication device scatters from the surface of a fiducial target. At least some of this scattered light can be measured by a sensor and used to determine a position of the fiducial target. In some embodiments, the fiducial target may be configured to move relative to the light source and/or sensor to provide additional information on the target's position via the light scattered from its surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Formlabs, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin FrantzDale, Justin Keenan
  • Patent number: 11174403
    Abstract: An inkjet ink composition for 3D printing is disclosed herein. In some embodiments, the ink composition includes at least one radical curable compound selected from the group consisting of an acrylate-based monomer, an acrylate-based oligomer, and a vinyl-based monomer, and a light initiator, wherein the ink composition has dimensional precision an evaluation index of dimensional precision of 90% or more. The ink composition can implement a shape of a target sculpture more accurately by significantly reducing the flow of ink after a 3D printing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Inventors: Seunga Back, Sungeun Park, Joonhyung Kim
  • Patent number: 11167491
    Abstract: Multi-film containers for use in additive fabrication devices are provided. According to some aspects, a container may include multiple films that are at least partially detached from one another. In some embodiments, the multiple films may include films formed from different materials. As one example, an upper film may be formed so as to be relatively impermeable to substances within a source material of an additive fabrication device, whereas a lower film may be formed so as to provide desirable mechanical properties. In some cases, the multiple films may be commonly tensioned while being unattached to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Formlabs, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin FrantzDale, Konstantinos Oikonomopoulos, Shane Wighton, Dmitri Megretski, Adam Damiano, James Loomis, Christian Reed
  • Patent number: 11135777
    Abstract: The polymeric composition of this invention can be used as a temporary support material in the additive manufacturing of three dimensional articles without compromising the quality of the ultimate product, reducing printing speed, increasing cost, increasing the incidence of printer jamming, or requiring printers of increased complexity. This invention more specifically discloses a polymeric composition which is particularly useful as a temporary support material for utilization in three-dimensional printing, said polymeric composition being comprised of a first polymeric component which is suitable for use as a modeling material and a second polymeric component which is immiscible with the first polymeric component, wherein the polymeric composition has a continuous phase, wherein the continuous phase is comprised of the second polymeric component, and wherein the polymeric composition has a Shore A hardness of at least 80.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: JF POLYMERS (SUZHOU) CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Xiaofan Luo, Zhaokun Pei, Haiqing Yin
  • Patent number: 11126162
    Abstract: 3D printing slicing methods, apparatuses, devices, and storage mediums are disclosed. In an embodiment, a 3D printing slicing method includes the following steps: (1) acquiring a 3D model and a target texture picture; (2) obtaining a first model and obtaining a first picture; (3) establishing a mapping set between the first model and the first picture; (4) slicing a target layer of the first model by a slice plane to obtain at least one intersection point; (5) looking up at least one mapping point corresponding to the at least one intersection point in the first picture according to the mapping set, and obtaining corresponding outer contour points by revising coordinates of the at least one intersection point; and (6) obtaining an outer contour boundary line of the target layer by connecting the outer contour points successively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Shanghai Fusion Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jinjing Zhang, Jianzhe Li, Hua Feng
  • Patent number: 11117310
    Abstract: An additive manufacturing (AM) system includes a carriage that deposits material in a defined pattern and a building platform that receives material deposited from the carriage. The carriage includes a pre-heating assembly with a plurality of pre-heating chambers and a printing block with a plurality of slots for receiving a plurality of printing heads. The carriage is equipped with more pre-heating chambers than head slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Stratasys Ltd.
    Inventors: Gregory Brusilovski, Uri Grach, Boaz Max Perek
  • Patent number: 11110663
    Abstract: The invention belongs to the field of filament additive manufacturing, and discloses a polymer multi-material high-flexibility laser additive manufacturing system and a method thereof. The system comprises a first robot arm, a second robot arm, a positioner, a rotational extrusion nozzle in which a plurality of extrusion modules are disposed and a laser, each extrusion module is used for extruding one kind of filament, and the rotational extrusion nozzle is connected with the first robot which drives the rotational extrusion nozzle to move according to a preset trajectory; the laser is connected with the second robot, and is used for emitting a laser to fuse the filament extruded from the rotational extrusion nozzle, and through the cooperative motion of the first robot and the second robot, the extrusion and fusion of the filament are performed synchronously; the positioner serves as a forming mesa, and the rotation of the positioner cooperates with the motions of the two robots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Huazhong University of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Chunze Yan, Hongzhi Wu, Yusheng Shi, Shifeng Wen, Lichao Zhang
  • Patent number: 11110662
    Abstract: A method of printing a hollow part with a robotic additive manufacturing system includes extruding thermoplastic material onto a build platform movable in at least two degrees of freedom in a helical pattern along a continuous 3D tool path with an extruder mounted on a robotic arm, to thereby print a hollow member having a length and a diameter. The method includes orienting the hollow member during printing by moving the build platform based on a geometry of the hollow member wherein the movement of the build platform and the movement of the robotic arm are synchronized to print the part without support structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Stratasys, Inc.
    Inventor: Clint Newell
  • Patent number: 11104067
    Abstract: A three-dimensional shaping apparatus includes a control unit configured to control a supply unit, a leveling unit, and an ejection unit to repeat a set of processes of supplying powder, forming powder layer, and ejecting shaping liquid to shape a three-dimensional shaped object corresponding to the shaping target. The control unit is configured to stop the set of processes in response to reception of a stop signal, and in response to reception of a resume signal after the reception of the stop signal, control the supply unit, the leveling unit, and the ejection unit to eject the shaping liquid onto at least a part of a dot region on a surface of an outermost powder layer, the dot region being formed by at least one dot formed at the outermost powder layer, and then resume the set of processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kohta Matsubara
  • Patent number: 11090763
    Abstract: Build material application device (6) for an apparatus (1) for additively manufacturing three-dimensional components by means of successive layerwise selective irradiation and consolidation of layers of a build material (3) which can be consolidated by means of an energy beam (4), the build material application device (6) being configured to apply a layer of build material (3) in a build plane (7) of a respective apparatus (1), the build material application (6) device comprising at least one build material application member (10, 11), wherein the at least one build material application member (10, 11) is at least partially additively manufactured by means of successive layerwise selective irradiation and consolidation of layers of a build material (3) which can be consolidated by means of an energy beam (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: CONCEPT LASER GMBH
    Inventors: Daniel Winiarski, Jens Stammberger, Frank Pfister, Alexander Hofmann
  • Patent number: 11084273
    Abstract: An article of manufacture is disclosed that comprises an infill made from linear segments of filament, such as but not limited to continuous carbon fiber-reinforced thermoplastic filament. Approaches to tool path generation are addressed in which material runs of filament are applied that distribute where cuts, beginning, or ends of segments occur or points where two ends of segments are fused or the like to preserve filament continuity by reducing the number of short segments. Aspects of one approach include identifying long edges and eliminating short edges which acute angles with long edges and utilizing a clipping outline as part of the process of determining start and end points of material runs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Arevo, Inc.
    Inventor: Sohil Nandu
  • Patent number: 11027491
    Abstract: A method of making a part by an additive manufacturing process includes the steps of: (a) supporting a build platform on a support surface; (b) traversing a powder dispenser positioned above the support surface across the build platform, while dispensing powder from the powder dispenser, so as to deposit the powder over the build platform; (c) traversing the build platform with a scraper to scrape the deposited powder, so as to form a layer increment of powder; (d) using a directed energy source to fuse the layer increment of powder in a pattern corresponding to a cross-sectional layer of the part; and (e) repeating in a cycle steps (b) through (d) to build up the part in a layer-by-layer fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Steven Hubert Rengers, Christian Xavier Stevenson, Charles Michael Welsh
  • Patent number: 11000999
    Abstract: Build material application device (6) for an apparatus (1) for additively manufacturing three-dimensional objects (2), the build material application device (6) being adapted to apply an amount of build material (3) in a build plane (BP) of a respective apparatus (1), the build material application device (6) comprising: a first build material application element (6a), the first build material application element (6a) being moveably supported in a first motion path (MP1) in which the first build material application element (6a) is moved across the build plane (BP), and in a second motion path (MP2) in which the first build material application element (6a) is not moved across the build plane (BP); a second build material application element (6b), the second build material application element (6b) being moveably supported in a first motion path (MP1) and in a second motion path (MP2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: CONCEPT LASER GMBH
    Inventor: Domenik Braunroth
  • Patent number: 11000996
    Abstract: A secure extruder device includes a material delivery channel, a nozzle part, a parameter part, a thermal-control part, a material auto-destruction module and/or a parameter auto-destruction module. The material delivery channel is assembled with an extrusion part. The nozzle part is connected to the material delivery channel for ejecting material in the material delivery channel out. The parameter part provides parameters for a printing task to a microcontroller. The thermal-control part heats the nozzle part according to the parameters for the printing task. The material auto-destruction module destroys the material delivery channel after the printing task is completed. The parameter auto-destruction module destroys the parameters for the printing task after the printing task is completed. The microcontroller controls the extrusion part based on the parameters for the printing task so that the extrusion part delivers the material disposed inside the material delivery channel to the nozzle part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: ADVANCED BIOMEDICAL TECHNOLOGY INC.
    Inventors: Ding-Yuan Chen, Chun-Hung Chen, Chia-Chi Ho, Sheng-Nan Kuo
  • Patent number: 10994483
    Abstract: A dual roller powder spreader assembly for use in layerwise manufacture in a powder bed fusion additive manufacture process utilizes in an embodiment tilting of the dual roller assembly such that a lead roller is raised upwardly relative to the powder bed in a sweep. This is accomplished using a mechanical cam-like engagement initiated at each end of the assembly's travel, causing what will then be the lead roller to rise as a whole relative to the now following roller, the latter pushing the powder pile across the powder bed. The tilt process is reversed at each end of travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: EOS of North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy A. Beets, R. D. Jones, Lance B. Shanklin, Mike D. Conner
  • Patent number: 10953606
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a process of manufacturing a three-dimensional object by depositing and solidifying molten polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) to form a support structure depositing and solidifying a molten thermoplastic polymer on the support structure to form a three-dimensional preform dissolving the support structure to from the three-dimensional object characterized in that the polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) has an alkaline acetate content of less than 0.5 wght %.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: KURARAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yousuke Kumaki, Moritz Baier
  • Patent number: 10948897
    Abstract: A recoating unit (40) serves for equipping or retrofitting a device (1) for additive manufacturing of a three-dimensional object (2) by selectively solidifying a building material (15), preferably a powder, layer by layer. The device (1) comprises a recoater (16) movable across a build area (8) for applying a layer (31b, 32b) of the building material (15) within the build area (8) and a solidification device (20) for selectively solidifying the applied layer (31b, 32b) at positions corresponding to a cross-section of the object (2) to be manufactured. The device (1) is formed and/or controlled to repeat the steps of applying and selectively solidifying until the object (2) is completed. The recoating unit (40) comprises at least two recoating rollers (41, 42) spaced apart from each other in a first direction (B1) and extending into a second direction transversely, preferably perpendicularly, to the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: EOS GmbH Electro Optical Systems
    Inventors: Hans Perret, Stefanie Markl
  • Patent number: 10934120
    Abstract: A stacker component of an apparatus for automated manufacturing of three-dimensional composite-based objects for aligning registration of sheets. The stacker includes a sheet catcher; a frame having a base plate with the base plate having tapered registration pins to align a stack of substrate sheets. The registration pins are mounted in the base plate and project vertically to a location just below the sheet catcher. The stacker also has a presser with a press plate and a belt driver system that moves the press plate up and down allowing the press plate to exert downward pressure on the stack and a slide system with two guide rails that enable the base plate to be loaded and unloaded. A conveyor can be disposed so that after a substrate sheet exits a powder or printing system, the sheet is conveyed onto the sheet catcher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Impossible Objects, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Swartz, Eugene Gore, Len Wanger, Chris Wagner, Brian Conti
  • Patent number: 10926457
    Abstract: According to some aspects, a method of additive fabrication wherein a plurality of layers of material are formed on a build platform is provided. The method may comprise forming a layer of material in contact with a container, and subsequent to the forming of the layer of material, rotating the container relative to the build platform and moving the build platform relative to the container, thereby creating an effective fulcrum about an axis, wherein the rotating of the container and moving of the build platform causes the layer of material to separate from the container. According to some embodiments, the container may be configured to rotate about a fixed axis. According to some embodiments, moving the build platform may comprise moving the build platform toward the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Formlabs, Inc.
    Inventors: Maxim Lobovsky, Steven Thomas, Benjamin FrantzDale