With Measuring, Testing, Or Inspecting Patents (Class 264/40.1)
  • Patent number: 10894349
    Abstract: A method of monitoring and controlling a sequential valve gate molding apparatus in an injection molding or other molding process is disclosed. The method includes creating a target strain profile, receiving a deviation limit, receiving a change in strain relating to a first valve gate from a first strain gauge, identifying whether a deviation exists from a first portion of the target strain profile based on the output from the first strain gauge, determining whether any existing deviation exceeds the deviation limit, and adjusting the position of a first valve gate pin in the first valve gate if it does. The method may further include control of subsequent valve gates. Multiple strain gauges may be used to control a single valve gate, and/or each strain gauge may control more than one valve gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: IMFLUX INC.
    Inventors: William Francis Lawless, III, Chow-Chi Huang, Gene Michael Altonen, Brandon Michael Birchmeier
  • Patent number: 10890934
    Abstract: A control system that performs VEE on consumption streams, including: data stores that provides data sets, each of the data sets comprising groups of contiguous values that correspond to correct data; a rules processor that reads the data stores and, for the each of the data sets, that creates anomalies having different durations using only the groups of contiguous values, that generates estimates for the anomalies by employing estimation techniques for each of the different durations and, for the each of the different durations, that selects a corresponding one of the estimation techniques for subsequent employment when performing VEE of subsequent energy consumption data associated with the each of the different durations for the corresponding one of the consumption streams; a peak prediction element that estimates future cumulative energy consumption and that predicts a brown out time; and a peak controller that triggers exceptional measures to manage the cumulative energy consumption in order to preclude
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Enel X North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Elizabeth J. Main, Wendy Chen
  • Patent number: 10876261
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for use with a thermoplastic road marking system (e.g., paint truck). The systems and methods control an insertion or replenishment rate of unmelted thermoplastic paint feed stock into a thermoplastic melter based, at least in part, on the rate that thermoplastic melt is being applied to a marking surface. By substantially matching the replenishment rate into the thermoplastic melter with the application rate, thermal variance within the thermoplastic melter is reduced, which improves the consistency of marking lines applied to surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Inventors: Jeffrey Arnold Wilkens, Timothy John Marthe, Jonathan Robert Gonitzke, James Peter Spielman
  • Patent number: 10875226
    Abstract: An injection molding system comprising: a first selected valve, one or more downstream valves, delivering a fluid to a mold cavity, at least one fluid property sensor, each valve associated with a position sensor that detects opening of a gate at an actual open gate time to the controller, the controller automatically adjusting time of instruction to open the gates on a subsequent injection cycle by an adjustment time equal to any delay in time between a predetermined open gate target time and an actual open gate time, wherein the system forms a first one or more parts or objects, the user inspecting or measuring the first one or more parts or objects and manually adjusts the predetermined open gate target time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Synventive Molding Soliutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Moss
  • Patent number: 10871709
    Abstract: The present invention provides an imprint apparatus which forms a pattern of an imprint material on a substrate by using a mold, the apparatus including a mold holding unit configured to hold the mold, a substrate holding unit configured to hold the substrate, an image capturing unit configured such that a field of view of the image capturing unit includes a pattern region of the mold held by the molding unit, and a control unit configured to determine, based on an image obtained by capturing at least one of the mold and the substrate by the image capturing unit after a mold separating operation for separating the mold from a cured imprint material on the substrate, whether an abnormality is generated in the mold separating operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Katsutoshi Sakai, Tadashi Hattori
  • Patent number: 10864680
    Abstract: A method for fabricating an integrated heat pipe is disclosed. The integrated heat pipe includes a porous wick structure, a solid conducting structure, and an integrated part. In a CAD model, the porous wick structure is represented as a simple solid having a finite amount of mechanical interference; the solid conducting structure and the integrated part are represented as simple solids. After incorporating the CAD model into a 3D-printer build file, 3D-printer parameters representing the porous wick structure of the integrated heat pipe are assigned to a porous region component model within the 3D-printer build file, and standard 3D-printer parameters representing the solid conducting structure and the integrated part are assigned to a solid region component model within the 3D-printer build file. The 3D-printer build file is utilized to print the integrated heat pipe on a 3D printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventors: Geoffrey K. Torrington, Michael J. Shaw, Michael P. Mitchell, Timothy Whalen
  • Patent number: 10857713
    Abstract: A display unit of an injection molding machine that displays an order of operations of elements operating during clamp close or open of the injection molding machine, the display unit including a condition setting unit that sets a start condition of the operation; a group setting unit that sets the elements operating in conjunction with each other to be associated with the same group, based on the set start conditions; an order setting unit that sets the order of the operations of the elements associated with the same group, based on the set start conditions; and a display control unit that controls a display unit to display a field showing the group, and to display symbols indicating the operations of the elements associated with the groups in the fields, to show a before and after relationship in accordance with the set order of the operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Junpei Maruyama, Kazuyoshi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10831098
    Abstract: The present invention provides an imprint apparatus which forms a pattern of an imprint material on a substrate using a mold, the apparatus comprising: a deformation device configured to deform the mold to a convex shape; a detector configured to detect interference fringes for light reflected from the mold and light reflected from the substrate; and a controller configured to control the deformation device to deform the mold to the convex shape, and control a pressing process so that a contact area between the mold and the imprint material on the substrate gradually increases, wherein the controller, in the pressing process, estimates an error for a pressing direction between the mold and the imprint material based on the interference fringes detected by the detector, and corrects the pressing direction so that the error is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Norikazu Baba
  • Patent number: 10828818
    Abstract: An extrusion die includes a plurality of studs, a tuning assembly and a restrictor member. The tuning assembly comprises a wedge member, first and second adjustment members, and an adjustment control having a rotatable single point adjustment member. The wedge member is coupled to first ends of the studs and includes a first and second plurality of channels within. The first and second adjustment members have a plurality of protrusions, each of which is positioned within a respective one of the first and second plurality of channels. The restrictor member extends in the longitudinal direction and is coupled to second ends of the studs. Rotation of the single point adjustment causes each of the protrusions to move within each respective channel forcing the wedge member, the studs, and the restrictor member to move in a direction that is substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventors: Salvatore G. Iuliano, Dale P. Pitsch
  • Patent number: 10807306
    Abstract: A three-dimensional-object forming apparatus includes a platform that includes a support surface for a three-dimensional object. An extrusion head is movable relative to the platform in main scanning and sub-scanning directions to extrude a build material to the support surface. A measurer measures an environment temperature around the object on the support surface. A controller includes a storage and a processing unit. The storage stores data of a forming condition in correlation with the environment temperature. The forming condition specifies a condition for a forming operation to form the object. The processing unit causes the platform and the extrusion head to perform the forming operation, updates the forming condition during the forming operation based on the measured environment temperature and the data stored in the storage, and causes the platform and the extrusion head to perform the forming operation under the updated forming condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Ochi
  • Patent number: 10806605
    Abstract: A mechanical interface connecting a biological body segment, such as a limb, portion of a limb or other body segment, to a wearable device such as a prosthetic, orthotic or exoskeletal device, is fabricated by quantitatively mapping a characterized representation of the body segment to form a digital representation of the mechanical interface shape and mechanical interface impedance. The mechanical interface includes a continuous socket defining a contoured inside surface and a contoured outside surface, and includes a material having an intrinsic impedance that varies through the material, so that the intrinsic impedance varies along the contoured inside surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Hugh M. Herr, Andrew Marecki, David M. Sengeh
  • Patent number: 10792732
    Abstract: A mobile additive manufacturing installation (10) comprises a main self-supporting frame (12), a main manufacturing housing (14), at least one main additive manufacturing machine (M1) installed inside the main manufacturing housing, a main inerting device (26), a main circulation path and a main airlock (34). The mobile installation also comprises at least one auxiliary manufacturing housing connected to the main manufacturing housing (14), at least one auxiliary additive manufacturing machine (M2, M3) being installed in this auxiliary manufacturing housing, an auxiliary self-supporting frame (112) supporting this auxiliary manufacturing housing and independent of the main self-supporting frame (12), and an auxiliary circulation path (132) being provided in the auxiliary manufacturing housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: AddUp
    Inventor: Jean-Pierre Nicaise
  • Patent number: 10786827
    Abstract: A liquid material is discharged in a constant amount per unit time regardless of a relative moving speed. The liquid material application apparatus includes a discharge head, a robot moving the discharge head relative to a workpiece, a movement control unit controlling relative movement of the discharge head and the workpiece, and a discharge control unit controlling an operation of discharging a liquid material from a discharge head, wherein the discharge control unit executes, in a switchable manner in accordance with an application program, first mode discharge control of changing a discharge amount of the liquid material, which is discharged from the discharge head per unit time, depending on a relative moving speed between the discharge head and the workpiece, and second mode discharge control of operating the discharge head to discharge the liquid material in a predetermined discharge amount per unit time regardless of the relative moving speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: MUSASHI ENGINEERING, INC.
    Inventor: Kazumasa Ikushima
  • Patent number: 10780629
    Abstract: According to some aspects, an additive fabrication device is provided. The additive fabrication device may be configured to form layers of material on a build platform, each layer of material being formed so as to contact a container in addition to the build platform and/or a previously formed layer of material, and may comprise a build platform, a container, and a plurality of mechanical linkages each independently coupled to the container and configured to move the container relative to the build platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Formlabs, Inc.
    Inventor: Benjamin FrantzDale
  • Patent number: 10773444
    Abstract: A continuous screen changer, including: an external shell having an internal cavity, and an internal drum. The external shell is provided with a feed port, a screen changing port, and a discharge port. The internal drum is provided with at least four filter screen mounting grooves and material flow passages correspondingly communicating with the filter screen mounting grooves. A sealing wall hermetically connected with the internal cavity is formed between each two adjacent filter screen mounting grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: ZHE JIANG HOUPU TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Xiaohe Shi
  • Patent number: 10773459
    Abstract: A three-dimensional shaping method utilizing a powder layer forming step, and a sintering step with a laser beam or electron beam, the method including the steps of a) measuring a light intensity of sparks and photographing the sparks generated with fly-off of powder caused by irradiation of the beam over the entire periphery of the sintering region, b) commanding to continue sintering within the next time unit or the next powder layer forming step, when it is detected that the region width and light intensity are within the standard ranges for a given time unit, and c) commanding to cancel sintering in the next time unit or the next powder layer forming step when a sintering defect has occurred, when it is detected that a condition has occurred in which the region width and light intensity deviate from the standard ranges for a given time unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Matsuura Machinery Corporation
    Inventors: Kouichi Amaya, Kousuke Ishimoto, Takeshi Yamada
  • Patent number: 10766170
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a device (100) for making an object. The device (100) comprises a vessel (44) for receiving a radiation hardenable material (42). The device (100) comprises a fabrication platform assembly (7) comprising a fabrication platform (8) and having a first mode in which an orientation of the fabrication platform (8) is adjustable and a second mode in which the orientation of the fabrication platform (8) is fixed, and configured for positioning at the vessel (44) in the second mode to form a layer of the radiation hardenable material when so received between the fabrication platform (8) and a wall (46) of the vessel (44). The device (100) comprises a radiation source (48) arranged to illuminate the layer of radiation hardenable material when so formed to form one of a plurality of layers of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventor: Justin Elsey
  • Patent number: 10766197
    Abstract: A method of producing an object from a polymer powder using a laser sintering system, whereby the laser sintering system introduces heat energy to solidify select points of a layer of polymer powder according to build data of the object and adjusts the heat energy according to solidification of select points of other layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Hexcel Corporation
    Inventors: Scott DeFelice, Anthony DeCarmine
  • Patent number: 10759117
    Abstract: A method for producing a three-dimensional component by means of a laser melting process, in which the component is produced by consecutively solidifying individual layers made of building material by melting the building material, wherein said building material can be solidified by the action of radiation, wherein the melting area produced by a punctiform and/or linear energy input is detected by a sensor device and sensor values are derived therefrom in order to evaluate the component quality. The sensor values detected in order to evaluate the component quality are stored together with the coordinate values that locate the sensor values in the component and are displayed by means of a visualization unit in two- and/or multi-dimensional representation with respect to the detection location of the sensor values in the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignees: Concept Laser GmbH, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
    Inventors: Frank Herzog, Florian Bechmann, Sebastian Berumen, Jean Pierre Kruth, Tom Craeghs
  • Patent number: 10761316
    Abstract: The present invention provides an illumination apparatus which performs oblique illumination, the apparatus including a first optical element formed with an array of a plurality of optical components each configured to generate a point light source, and a second optical element configured to receive light from the first optical element and form an illumination region, with a power thereof in one direction being different from a power thereof in a direction perpendicular to the one direction, wherein at least one of the first optical element and the second optical element has a rotation angle about an optical axis thereof so as to perform compensate for distortion of the illumination region by the oblique illumination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takafumi Miyaharu, Ken-ichiro Shinoda, Takahiro Matsumoto, Kazuhiro Sato
  • Patent number: 10754257
    Abstract: A method includes first step of forming first pattern in each of first region of a substrate by using scanning exposure apparatus, and second step of forming second pattern in each second region of the substrate having undergone the first step. Each second region includes at least two first regions, and in the first step, scanning direction in the scanning exposure apparatus is allocated to each of the at least two first regions. Combination of the scanning directions allocated to the at least two first regions is common to the second regions. The combination is determined such that the scanning directions of at least first regions, of the at least two first regions, which are arranged in a direction perpendicular to the scanning directions are alternately changed one by one.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Noburu Takakura
  • Patent number: 10751946
    Abstract: According to one example there is provided a build material measurement module to determine build material characteristics from a build material to be analyzed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Isabel Sanz Ananos, Santiago Sanz Ananos, Sergi Culubret
  • Patent number: 10744681
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing bulked continuous carpet filament, the method comprising: (1) reducing a chamber pressure within a chamber to below about 5 millibars; (2) after reducing the chamber pressure to below about 5 millibars, providing a polymer melt to the chamber; (3) separating the polymer melt into at least eight streams; (4) while the at least eight streams of the polymer melt are within the chamber, exposing the at least eight streams of the polymer melt to the chamber pressure of below about 5 millibars; (5) after exposing the at least eight streams of the polymer melt to the chamber pressure of below about 5 millibars, recombining the at least eight streams into a single polymer stream; and (6) forming polymer from the single polymer stream into bulked continuous carpet filament.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Aladdin Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas R. Clark
  • Patent number: 10737426
    Abstract: A method of making a bottle (1) made of at least one thermoplastic polymer of at least one FuranDiCarboxylic Acid (FDCA) monomer and at least one diol monomer, comprising the steps of: providing a preform, placing the preform in a mold, blowing the preform to form the bottle (1) comprising an envelop (2) defining a housing, wherein, at the step of blowing the preform, the mold is heated at a temperature greater than or equal to 50° C., preferably comprised between 50° C. and 100° C., more preferably between 65° C. and 85° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: SOCIETE ANONYME DES EAUX MINERALES D'EVIAN et en abrege, “S.A.E.M.E”
    Inventors: Francoise Poulat, Philippe Reutenauer
  • Patent number: 10717244
    Abstract: Presented are manufacturing control systems for composite-material structures, methods for assembling/operating such systems, and transfer molding techniques for predicting and ameliorating void conditions in fiber-reinforced polymer panels. A method for forming a composite-material construction includes receiving a start signal indicating a fiber-based preform is inside a mold cavity, and transmitting a command signal to inject pressurized resin into the mold to induce resin flow within the mold cavity and impregnate the fiber-based preform. An electronic controller receives, from a distributed array of sensors attached to the mold, signals indicative of pressure and/or temperature at discrete locations on an interior face of the mold cavity. The controller determines a measurement deviation between a calibrated baseline value and the pressure and/or temperature values for each of the discrete locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignees: GM Global Technology Operations LLC, University of Southern California
    Inventors: Roger G. Ghanem, Venkateshwar R. Aitharaju, Hamid G. Kia
  • Patent number: 10717100
    Abstract: A liquid material is discharged in a constant amount per unit time regardless of a relative moving speed. The liquid material application apparatus includes a discharge head, a robot moving the discharge head relative to a workpiece, a movement control unit controlling relative movement of the discharge head and the workpiece, and a discharge control unit controlling an operation of discharging a liquid material from a discharge head, wherein the discharge control unit executes, in a switchable manner in accordance with an application program, first mode discharge control of changing a discharge amount of the liquid material, which is discharged from the discharge head per unit time, depending on a relative moving speed between the discharge head and the workpiece, and second mode discharge control of operating the discharge head to discharge the liquid material in a predetermined discharge amount per unit time regardless of the relative moving speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: MUSASHI ENGINEERING, INC.
    Inventor: Kazumasa Ikushima
  • Patent number: 10710161
    Abstract: A method of fabricating a functionally graded turbine engine component is disclosed and includes the step of depositing layers of powder onto a base and solidifying/fusing each layer with a first directed energy beam to define a component. The method further includes varying a process parameter between deposited layers to define different material properties within the component. The method also proposes surface enhancement approach that can be used after depositing each layer to locally customize the material properties. The method also proposes machining the different internal surfaces to achieve the proper surface finishing required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Raytheon Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Tahany Ibrahim El-Wardany, Matthew E. Lynch, Daniel V. Viens, Robert A. Grelotti
  • Patent number: 10710376
    Abstract: The inkjet position adjustment method includes the following steps. A three-dimensional digital model is obtained, and a slicing processing is performed on the three-dimensional digital model to generate a layer object having a cross-sectional contour. A normal direction of an object surface corresponding to the layer object is obtained from the three-dimensional digital model. When the normal direction points to a negative direction of a first axis, a surface tilt degree of the object surface corresponding to the layer object is obtained, and an inner-shift amount of an inkjet position of the layer object is calculated according to the surface tilt degree. An inkjet region of the layer object is obtained according to the inner-shift amount and the cross-sectional contour. After controlling a print module to print the layer object, an inkjet module is controlled to inject ink on the layer object according to the inkjet region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignees: XYZprinting, Inc., Kinpo Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Ko-Wei Shih, Hsin-Ta Hsieh, Yu-Ting Huang, Kuo-Yen Yuan
  • Patent number: 10710036
    Abstract: An installation and a method for treating a plastic melt includes a reactor that has a reactor housing consisting of first and second reactor housing parts, a mixing element being arranged in the second reactor housing part and mounted thereupon so as to rotate about a rotational axis. The reactor, together with a discharge device and with at least one weighing device connected between these, is supported on a contact area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Next Generation Recyclingmaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Helmut Behoun, Klaus Brzezowsky, David Hehenberger, Bernhard Pichler, Thomas Pichler
  • Patent number: 10705510
    Abstract: An additive manufacturing support device includes reading circuitry that reads shaped article data that is data indicating the three-dimensional shape of a shaped article, first generating circuitry that generates primary data that is data indicating the three-dimensional shape of a primary separated portion provided in a region where a cutting part of a cutting apparatus passes between the plate and the shaped article, and second generating circuitry that generates, based on a machining allowance between the cutting part and an object to be cut in a process in which the cutting part passes between the plate and the shaped article, secondary data for reducing change in the machining allowance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hidetaka Katogi, Nobuyuki Sumi
  • Patent number: 10695953
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing bulked continuous carpet filament from recycled polymer. In various embodiments, the method includes: (1) reducing recycled polymer material into polymer flakes; (2) cleansing the polymer flakes; (3) melting the flakes into a polymer melt; (4) removing water and contaminants from the polymer melt by dividing the polymer melt into a plurality of polymer streams and exposing those streams to pressures below 25 millibars or another predetermined pressure; (5) recombining the streams; and (6) using the resulting purified polymer to produce bulked continuous carpet filament.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Aladdin Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas R. Clark
  • Patent number: 10700520
    Abstract: An energy control system includes training data stores, a facility model processor, a post VEE readings data stores, a VEE configuration engine, and a global model module. The facility model processor employs interval based energy consumption streams corresponding to a facility to develop and maintain weather-normalized baseline energy consumption data for the facility. The post VEE readings data stores tagged energy consumption data sets that are each associated with a corresponding one of said interval based energy consumption streams, each of said tagged energy consumption data sets comprising groups of contiguous interval values tagged as having been validated, wherein said groups correspond to correct data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: ENEL X NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Elizabeth J. Main, Wendy Chen
  • Patent number: 10695975
    Abstract: A shaped object formed by using a layering scheme, the shaped object including: a color region 11 having a uniform thickness from a surface toward an inside of the shaped object; and a light reflective region 12 arranged on an inner side of the color region 11, wherein, at a portion where ink in the color region does not satisfy a predetermined ink density by a sole use of color ink, an ink density of the color region 11 is supplemented with white ink. As the white ink, ink with 20% to 70% light transmittance of visible light is used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kunio Hakkaku
  • Patent number: 10675684
    Abstract: A system for inspecting a part while said part is produced by additive manufacturing, includes an additive manufacturing apparatus having a build tray, the apparatus being configured to fabricate the part layer-by-layer on the tray; an automated tool holder carrying a tool configured to deposit, add or weld layer-upon-layer of material; the tool holder and tray are configured to move relative to one another along a defined path; and an inspection device attached to the tool holder and configured to scan a layer of material in situ. The tool holder alternately arranges the tool and inspection device in a working position so that the tool holder fixes the tool in the working position for depositing, adding, or welding the layer of material and thereafter the tool holder switches said tool with the inspection device into the working position for scanning and detecting defects in the layer of material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Hexcel Corporation
    Inventors: Scott DeFelice, Anthony DeCarmine
  • Patent number: 10675784
    Abstract: A method is disclosed of controlling a plant for dehumidifying and/or drying plastic material in granular and/or micro-granular and/or powder and/or flake or similar form, this plant including a process fluid generator and at least one dehumidifying/drying hopper for feeding a respective user machine associated with the plant and including a melting device for melting the plastic material and a moulding device for moulding, in particular by injection moulding and/or blow moulding and/or compression moulding, the plastic material. The method of controlling includes the steps of detecting in the user machine a pressure (Ppwp) of the plastic material in melted state and modifying at least one process parameter (Dp) of the plant on the basis of the detected value of this pressure (Ppwp).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Piovan S.p.A.
    Inventor: Enrico Bellio
  • Patent number: 10668656
    Abstract: In a molding die, movable die elements are respectively received in die element receiving holes formed in a frame plate. An end surface of the frame plate, which faces a cavity at a location that is other than locations of the die element receiving holes, forms a frame portion compression surface. An end surface of each movable die element, which faces the cavity, forms a split compression surface. Die element drive devices respectively drive the split compression surfaces of the movable die elements. A whole compression plate commonly supports an opposite end part of the frame plate and opposite end parts of the movable die elements, which are opposite from the cavity. When the whole compression plate is moved forward, the whole compression plate integrally drives the frame plate and the movable die elements forward. A whole drive device drives the whole compression plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Atsushi Kawamura, Youhei Yoshimura, Tsuyoshi Arai, Yuka Hori, Mitsuhiro Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10669393
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a powder for three-dimensional shaping that allows shaping a three-dimensional shaped object having excellent mechanical strength. The powder for three-dimensional shaping provided by the invention includes non-hydration reactive base particles and water-soluble bonding particles. Upon preparation of a slurry through addition of 50 parts by mass of water to 100 parts by mass of the powder, the viscosity of the slurry after 1 minute from addition of the water ranges from 30 mPa·s to 8000 mPa·s.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: NORITAKE CO., LIMITED
    Inventors: Akihiro Okashimo, Daishi Yoshikawa
  • Patent number: 10668526
    Abstract: An injection assembly (1) of a die-casting machine is provided with electronic control means (300) of the valves, configured and programmed for carrying out a plurality of diagnostic tests on said valves. The test management program provides for the execution of a test for each valve and the comparison of parameters detected during said test with a predefined interval or with a threshold value. Furthermore, means are provided for displaying the results of the diagnostic tests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: ITALPRESSE INDUSTRIE S.P.A.
    Inventor: Andrea Pezzoli
  • Patent number: 10661553
    Abstract: A processor imports a 3D object, performs a 3D route slicing on the 3D object for generating printing routes respectively corresponding to printing layers of the 3D object, and performs a 2D image slicing on the 3D object for generating image files corresponding to each printing layer. The processor stores one printing route of one printing layer into a route file; stores a jetting command of the image files of the same printing layer into the route file; and stores a jetting route of the same printing layer into the route file. The processor, according to a slicing order of the multiple printing layers, stores the printing route, the jetting command, and the jetting route of each printing layer respectively into the route file, so as to complete record the route file and then outputs the route file and the multiple image files.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignees: XYZPRINTING, INC., KINPO ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Hsin-Ta Hsieh, Ko-Wei Shih
  • Patent number: 10647103
    Abstract: A method of printing a three-dimensional structure onto a base having irregularities on the surface is disclosed. A sensing device determines the depth of the irregularity on the surface. A computing system receives an image file including a predetermined thickness of a layer to be printed onto the base. The predetermined thickness is adjusted based on the depth of the irregularity. A printing device prints a layer onto the base having the adjusted predetermined thickness print on the irregularity to make the surface substantially smooth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd W. Miller, Jeremy D. Walker
  • Patent number: 10647070
    Abstract: Producing an object (2), comprising: providing a tool (10) having a mould surface (14); applying uncured composite material (12) to the mould surface (14) to form an assembly (8); curing the assembly (8) to produce cured composite material (12?) having a surface (16?) the same shape as the mould surface (14); providing a digital model (24) of the object (2) specifying a first surface (4) and a second surface (6) of the object (2), the first surface (4) being the same shape as the mould surface (14); and, while the cured composite material (12?) is held against the mould surface (14), machining, using the digital model (24), a further surface (18?) of the cured composite material (12?) such that it has the same shape as the second surface (6) and the same position relative to the mould surface (14) as the second surface (6) relative to the first surface (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: BAE Systems plc
    Inventors: Steven Neil Sanderson, Vanessa Germaine Bickerstaff
  • Patent number: 10647046
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing bulked continuous carpet filament which, in various embodiments, comprises: (A) grinding recycled PET bottles into a group of flakes; (B) washing the flakes; (C) identifying and removing impurities, including impure flakes, from the group of flakes; (D) passing the flakes through a PET crystallizer; (E) passing the group of flakes through an MRS extruder while maintaining the pressure within the MRS portion of the MRS extruder below about 18 millibars; (F) passing the resulting polymer melt through at least one filter having a micron rating of less than about 50 microns; and (G) forming the recycled polymer into bulked continuous carpet filament that consists essentially of recycled PET.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Aladdin Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas R. Clark
  • Patent number: 10639820
    Abstract: A photocuring type 3D printer (4) includes a sink (41) for containing a forming liquid (40), a glass layer (42) disposed on the sink (41), a membrane (43) disposed above the glass layer (42), an emitting unit (46) disposed below the sink (41), and a forming platform (45) arranged to immerse in the forming liquid (40) for constructing a model (5). The 3D printer (4) further includes an adjusting unit (44) disposed at one side of the sink (41). One end of the membrane (43) is connected to the adjusting unit (44), and another end of the membrane (43) is connected to the other side of the sink (41) opposite to the adjusting unit (44). The 3D printer (4) controls the adjusting unit (44) to execute homing for tightening the membrane (43) before solidifying the model (5) and controls the adjusting unit (44) to move for relaxing the membrane (43) after the model (5) is solidified, and controls the forming platform (45) to move after the membrane (43) is relaxed for peeling the model (5) from the membrane (43).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignees: XYZPRINTING, INC., KINPO ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Wei-Chun Jau, Tsung-Hua Kuo, Ming-Hsiung Ding
  • Patent number: 10642171
    Abstract: An imprint apparatus includes a substrate holding unit. A generation unit generates heating distribution data indicating distribution of a heat value to be applied to a region to be processed. A heating unit gives heat to the region to be processed to deform the region. An obtaining unit which obtains first information defined based on a difference of shapes of the region and a pattern portion of the mold, and second information about a deformation amount of the region. The second information is obtained, by trying deformation of the region to be processed by the heating unit while the substrate holding unit attracts the substrate. A patterning unit forms the pattern while the heating unit is deforming the region to be processed based on the heating distribution data generated, in which the generation unit generates the heating distribution data based on the obtained first and second information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takahiro Matsumoto, Kenichi Kobayashi, Takafumi Miyaharu, Yosuke Murakami, Tatsuya Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10639853
    Abstract: A three-dimensional object that maintains a satisfactory visual color quality when the object is observed at different positions or through different angles, and a three-dimensional shaping apparatus for and a three-dimensional shaping method of shaping such a three-dimensional object are provided. The three-dimensional object includes: a shaping base having a first and second outer surfaces adjacent to each other at an adjacent angle; a first colored layer formed on the first outer surface and including a transparent material colored in a first color; a second colored layer formed on the second outer surface and including a transparent material colored in a second color different from the first color; and a partition layer interposed between the side surfaces of the first colored layer and the second colored layer. The partition layer is opaque and has one of the first color, the second color, and an achromatic color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyoshi Ohi, Kazuhiro Ochi, Masakatsu Okawa
  • Patent number: 10625469
    Abstract: A controller may be to receive temperature data representing a temperature distribution of at least part of a current layer of build material that is measured by a temperature sensor. The controller may be to determine one or more weighting factors representing a degree of influence of each of one or more previous layers of the build material beneath the current layer on a property of the current layer. The controller may be to identify one or more regions in the current layer based on the one or more weighting factors and based on how the property is exhibited by each of the one or more regions. The controller may be to cause the current layer to achieve a target temperature if the temperature data in a selected region of the identified one or more regions does not match the target temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Alejandro Manuel De Pena, Fernando Juan Jover, Sebastia Cortes i Herms
  • Patent number: 10611138
    Abstract: A nozzle system and method of manufacturing a nozzle system for use in an additive manufacturing system for fabricating an object is disclosed. The nozzle system includes a monolithic nozzle head designed such that the thermal locking member, neck member, and nozzle member of the nozzle head are manufactured into one component. The nozzle head is made of a material that has a high specific heat capacity but low thermal heat conductivity. The result is a nozzle system design that virtually eliminates heat migration from the nozzle head to the heat sink, and thereby improves the overall quality of polymer filament deposition during printing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Cosine Additive Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Miller, Andrew McCalip
  • Patent number: 10611076
    Abstract: In a method for operating an apparatus for transforming plastic preforms into plastic containers, the apparatus acts upon a flowable medium to plastic preforms in order to expand these plastic preforms to form the plastic containers, and the apparatus carries out this transforming operation while taking account of a plurality of process parameters. The plurality of process parameters is determined on the basis of a machine model, wherein a predefined number of input parameters are transferred to this machine model and at least one processor unit determines the process parameters and/or values characteristic of these process parameters on the basis of these input parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventor: Markus Haller
  • Patent number: 10611142
    Abstract: An inkjet width adjustment method adapting to three-dimensional printing equipment is provided. The method in one of exemplary embodiments is provided hereafter. A three-dimensional digital model is obtained, and a slicing procedure is performed on the three-dimensional digital model to produce a layer object, wherein the layer object has a cross-sectional contour. A surface tilt degree corresponding to the cross-sectional contour is obtained from the three-dimensional digital model, and an ideal inkjet width of the layer object is calculated according to the surface tilt degree corresponding to the cross-sectional contour. After a print module is controlled to print the layer object, an inkjet module is controlled to spray ink along the cross-sectional contour of the layer object according to the ideal inkjet width. In addition, the three-dimensional printing equipment is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignees: XYZprinting, Inc., Kinpo Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Ko-Wei Shih, Hsin-Ta Hsieh, Yu-Ting Huang, Kuo-Yen Yuan
  • Patent number: RE48214
    Abstract: A custom-fit in-ear-monitor (IEM) is provided that utilizes a plurality of drivers and a single piece driver module that significantly simplifies fabrication while insuring that the completed IEM achieves the desired acoustic performance. The driver module, which is fit within a custom-fit ear mold shell, includes a plurality of driver ports to which the drivers are coupled. The driver module also includes an acoustic output member that includes one or more sound bores that acoustically couple the acoustic output surface of the custom-fit ear mold shell to the plurality of driver ports via a plurality of sound ducts within the driver module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A
    Inventors: Philippe Depallens, Joseph A. Saggio, Jr.