With Measuring, Testing, Or Inspecting Patents (Class 264/40.1)
  • Patent number: 11541587
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method (100) for controlling a film production in which at least one film is produced depending on at least one specific recipe information (R), where the following steps are performed: providing different fingerprints (F), the fingerprints (F) characterizing different method executions (210) for producing a film, providing in each case at least one result information (E) for the respective fingerprint (F), the result information (E) being specific for at least one product property (D) of the produced film, storing the fingerprints (F) and result information (E) as data in a data system (200) so that the data is provided as a basis for evaluation for controlling at least one subsequent method execution (210).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: Windmöller & Hölscher KG
    Inventors: Martin Backmann, Markus Bussmann
  • Patent number: 11535956
    Abstract: Plant for producing non-woven fabric, which comprises a cooling chamber provided with a first and with a second cooling section traversed by filaments of non-woven fabric. In addition, the plant comprises a feed duct connected to the cooling chamber in order to convey, within the latter, a cooling gas by means of the action of a fan, and provided with a first and with a second valve arranged for determining corresponding flows of the cooling gas to be introduced, respectively, in the first and in the second cooling section. A pressure sensor is employed in order to determine the pressure in the cooling chamber, by controlling the fan in a feedback manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: RAMINA S.R.L.
    Inventor: Graziano Ramina
  • Patent number: 11534955
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for processing plastic preforms (10) and/or plastic containers (20) by means of at least one first processing apparatus (2), which processes the plastic containers (10, 20) in a first specified manner, and by means of at least one second processing apparatus (4), which processes the plastic containers (10, 20) in a second specified manner and which is arranged before or after the first processing apparatus (2), wherein the plastic containers (10, 20) are transported from one processing apparatus (2, 4) to the other processing apparatus (2, 4) by means of a transport apparatus (5) and the at least first processing apparatus (2) and the at least second processing apparatus (4) are coupled to each other, the first treatment apparatus (2) is a blow-molding machine (25) for shaping plastic preforms (10) to form plastic containers (20), and the process speed of the blow-molding machine (25) is defined by means of a specification, which contains a plurality of process parameters tha
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Erik Blochmann, Jochen Forsthoevel
  • Patent number: 11498265
    Abstract: A three-dimensional printing apparatus includes a liquid tank. The liquid tank includes a release layer and a plate. The release layer has a workpiece curing area, and the plate supports the release layer and has a first area corresponding to the workpiece curing area and a second area adjacent to the first area; the second area has at least one fluid passage extending from a first surface of the plate contacting the release layer to a second surface of the plate. The embodiments of the present invention facilitate the separation of workpieces from the release layer. Another three-dimensional printing apparatus and a three-dimensional printing method are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Young Optics Inc.
    Inventor: Li-Han Wu
  • Patent number: 11472097
    Abstract: An imprint apparatus includes a deforming mechanism for deforming a pattern region of a mold, and performs, after first processing for applying a first deformation amount, second processing for curing an imprint material in a state where the imprint material and the pattern region are in contact with each other and where a second deformation amount is given to the mold by the deforming mechanism to reduce an overlay error between each shot region and the pattern region. A magnitude relation between a driving force of the deforming mechanism required to set a deformation amount of the mold to the first deformation amount and a driving force of the deforming mechanism required to set the deformation amount of the mold to the second deformation amount varies depending on a magnitude of the driving force of the deforming mechanism for setting the deformation amount to the second deformation amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Atsushi Kusaka
  • Patent number: 11465338
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an apparatus (100) for making a stereolithographic object (122). Also disclosed herein are methods for making a stereolithographic object (122), a method for locating the position of debris, a method for characterising the viscosity of the material (104), and a method for monitoring consumption of a material (104) for making a stereolithographic object (122).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Inventor: Justin Elsey
  • Patent number: 11458659
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for producing hollow articles made of injection moulded plastic material by a mould having a die within which there is inserted a core, and at least one injector including a pin valve displaceable between a closing position and an opening position for injecting the pressurized plastic material into a space comprised between the die and the core. During the injection, any flexural deflection of the core is detected and the pin valve of the or of each injector is displaced in a controlled fashion to adjust a pressure and a flow rate of the injected plastic material, so as to reduce or eliminate such deflection of the core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Inventors: Maurizio Bazzo, Massimo Rossi
  • Patent number: 11446917
    Abstract: An additive manufacturing device is provided with a beam irradiation unit irradiating a conductive powder disposed in a layered shape with a beam, a nondestructive inspection unit detecting a flaw in a surface layer of an additively manufactured article formed of the hardened conductive powder, and an energy control unit controlling energy of the beam. The energy control unit increases energy of a beam when a repairing region set in accordance with results of flaw detection by the nondestructive inspection unit is irradiated with the beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: IHI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Riku Shimizu
  • Patent number: 11442361
    Abstract: The present invention provides an imprint method of forming a pattern on an imprint material on a substrate using a mold, comprising: performing preliminary curing of irradiating the imprint material with light to cure the imprint material to a first target hardness; and performing main curing of irradiating the imprint material with curing light to cure the imprint material to a second target hardness, wherein the preliminary curing includes a first process of irradiating the imprint material with first light to which the imprint material has first reaction sensitivity, and a second process of irradiating the imprint material with second light to which the imprint material has second reaction sensitivity lower than the first reaction sensitivity, and is controlled such that an end timing of the second process is later than an end timing of the first process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tatsuya Arakawa
  • Patent number: 11428367
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a pressure vessel that includes heating a preform formed of a thermoplastic polymer, inserting a blow pin assembly that includes a bung portion and a plunger portion into an opening of the heated preform, clamping the heated preform between the bung portion and sections of a blow mold, extending the plunger portion into an interior of the heated preform to stretch the heated preform in the blow mold, and blowing air into the stretched preform under pressure to form the pressure vessel such that: (a) the pressure vessel includes a tank having a neck portion, a cylindrical body portion having a diameter of at least about 200 mm, and a bottom portion, (b) at least the thermoplastic polymer in the cylindrical body portion is biaxially oriented, and (c) threads are formed in the neck portion. Also a pressure vessel formed in accordance with the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: ENPRESS LLC
    Inventor: Douglas M. Horner
  • Patent number: 11426940
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus for and method of determining spreading behavior of a powder material during an additive manufacturing process. The method deposits a powder mound, moves a spreader to distribute a layer of powder over a build supported on a build area, operates an energy source to cast intercept the powder mound in the path of the source and onto an optical sensor during displacement of the powder mound, and analyzes an output of the optical sensor to identify features relating to the spreading behavior of the powder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: EOS of North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Ankit Saharan, Erling Richard LaSalle, III
  • Patent number: 11426907
    Abstract: Disclosed is a mold assembly comprising: a cavity forming an inner space to be filled with resin containing metallic particles, and having a protruding part corresponding to a hole of a molded object; a first gate disposed at any one side of the cavity so as to inject the resin into the inner space; and a second gate disposed at another side of the cavity, and injecting the resin, which flows in a second direction intersecting with a first direction, into the inner space so as to change the arrangement of the metallic particles such that a weld line, formed according to the orientation of metallic particle in the first direction, is blurred in an area at which the flow of the resin is separated by the protruding part and then comes back together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Joonsang Yang, Kyungdo Kim, Seokjae Jeong, Youngkyu Kim
  • Patent number: 11419726
    Abstract: A blank for use in manufacturing a surgical implant is provided. The blank includes a shape based, at least in part, on one or more features common to a specific type of patient-adapted implants. The blank has dimensions that are equal to or larger than corresponding dimensions of each patient-adapted implant included in the specific type of patient-adapted implants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: ConforMIS, Inc.
    Inventors: Bob Miller, Ernest A. Dion, David P. Hesketh, Manuel J. Salinas, Philipp Lang
  • Patent number: 11413807
    Abstract: A multi-extruder includes a passive height control mechanism that adjusts the relative height of its extruders without the use of additional, active components. Further, the height control mechanism may employ ramped control surfaces that mitigate noise and vibration by gradually transferring vertical loads while transferring from one active extruder to another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: MakerBot Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Taylor S. Goodman, Christopher James Yarka
  • Patent number: 11413809
    Abstract: A three-dimensional shaping device includes a plasticization unit configured to plasticize a material into a shaping material using a rotating screw; a drive unit configured to rotate the screw; a supply flow path through which the shaping material flows; a nozzle configured to discharge the shaping material; a discharge amount adjusting mechanism configured to switch between stop and restart of discharge of the shaping material from the nozzle by a valve portion provided in the supply flow path; a pressure measuring portion configured to measure a pressure of the shaping material in the supply flow path between the plasticization unit and the valve portion; and a control unit configured to adjust rotation of the screw by controlling the drive unit according to a measured value of the pressure which is measured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Inventors: Taki Hashimoto, Kohei Yuwaki, Atsushi Majima
  • Patent number: 11396120
    Abstract: A rubber extrusion device includes a sensor which detects a deviation from a preset reference position of a rubber extrudate extruded from an extrusion port. Based on this detection data, a control unit provides control for correction of the deviation by adjusting a position of a die relative to a head along a leading end surface of the head or a rotational speed of a screw. A rubber material is mixed and kneaded while being extruded forward by a screw installed inside a cylinder. Resultant unvulcanized rubber is fed into an extrusion flow path and extruded from the extrusion port formed in the die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., LTD.
    Inventors: Satoru Nishio, Yuki Furubayashi
  • Patent number: 11397550
    Abstract: A display device to be attached to a die, the display device including a display to rewrite and display die management information obtained in an information acquisition section to obtain the die management information for managing the die. The display uses electric power when display content is rewritten, and the display uses no electric power for keeping the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: MATSUI MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Satoru Tojyo, Hironobu Matsui
  • Patent number: 11390036
    Abstract: A three-dimensional printing system is for fabricating or manufacturing a three-dimensional article. The three-dimensional printing system includes a substrate, a light engine, a radiation sensor, and a controller. The substrate has a surface positioned proximate to a build field. The surface supports a calibration target which includes or defines elongate light modulating bars disposed at two different orientations and including a Y-bar aligned with a Y-axis and an X-bar aligned with an X-axis. The light engine includes a plurality of projection modules including at least a first projection module and a second projection module. The first projection module configured to project an array of pixels onto a first image field. The second projection module configured to project an array of pixels onto a second image field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: 3D Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Kirt Winter
  • Patent number: 11384241
    Abstract: According to examples described herein, methods, compositions, and parts comprising an antistatic agent are described. According to one example, a method of three-dimensional printing can comprise: (i) a layer of build material being deposited; (ii) a first fusing agent being selectively applied on the build material, wherein the first fusing agent can comprise at least one first antistatic agent; and (iii) repetition of (i) and (ii) at least once to form a core of a three-dimensional part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Graciela Emma Negri Jimenez, Alexey S Kabalnov, Jacob Wright
  • Patent number: 11383438
    Abstract: A system for additive manufacturing includes a nozzle configured to translate along a first axis, a second axis perpendicular to the first axis, and a third axis orthogonal to the first and second axes, wherein the nozzle is operably coupled to: an extruder having an outlet and including a screw disposed within a barrel, and a pump having an inlet and an outlet. The inlet is coupled to the extruder, and the outlet is in fluid communication with the nozzle. The system also includes a controller configured to adjust a speed of the pump with respect to a speed of the screw to apply a target pressure at the outlet of the extruder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: THERMWOOD CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Susnjara, Nicolas Vote, Robert Gaesser, Brian S. Smiddy, Scott G. Vaal
  • Patent number: 11388056
    Abstract: An information management system includes a first information storage configured to store first attribute information regarding a communication device, a second information storage configured to store second attribute information regarding the communication device, a related information storage configured to store information representing a relationship between the first attribute information and the second attribute information, a detector configured to detect update, addition, or deletion of the first attribute information or the second attribute information, and an updater configured to output a command for the update of the second attribute information associated with the first attribute information to the second information storage when the update of the first attribute information is detected, and to output a command for the update of the first attribute information associated with the second attribute information to the first information storage when the update of the second attribute information is de
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: NIPPON TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keita Nishimoto, Tomoya Hatano, Kota Asaka
  • Patent number: 11376793
    Abstract: A system and method for providing three dimensional printing production quality prediction is described herein. The system may include logic to scan a region of interest associated with a layer of a plurality of parts during printing to obtain an input for the region of interest and compute an input metric associated with the layer based on the input. In response to an initial set of print jobs, at least a portion of the plurality of parts is mechanically tested to determine at least one output. In response to a production print job, a likelihood of a part of the plurality of parts to satisfy a quality specification is predicted by inputting the input metric to at least one machine learning function comprising the at least one output, wherein the at least one machine learning function is trained during the initial set of print jobs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Sunil Kothari, Jun Zeng, Gary J. Dispoto, Viseth Sean
  • Patent number: 11370029
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a method of additive manufacturing a three-dimensional object, which can prevent a blade from being caught by a deformed part that is generated due to an unpredictable change of a sintering condition. In the method of additive manufacturing the three-dimensional object, if a deformed part having any height is generated on the upper surface of the nth sintered layer, when the next n+1th sintered layer is formed, the n+1th powder layer is irradiated with laser by avoiding the region where the deformed part is generated. Then, after the n+2th powder layer is formed, the unsintered part is sintered together with the n+2th powder layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Sodick Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Toshio Kaji
  • Patent number: 11360053
    Abstract: Non-destructive evaluation (NDE) systems and methods are provided for monitoring objects being manufactured during a cure or consolidation process and for detecting defects that occur during the cure or consolidation process or to detect conditions of the process that can lead to the occurrence of defects. Information acquired by the NDE system during the cure or consolidation process can be used to adjust one or more parameters of the process in real-time to prevent defects from occurring or to reduce the number and/or severity of defects that occur during the cure or consolidation process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AS REPRESENTED BY THE ADMINISTRATOR OF NASA
    Inventors: Tyler B Hudson, Frank L. Palmieri, Trenton B. Abbott, Jeffrey P. Seebo, Eric R. Burke
  • Patent number: 11358317
    Abstract: In order to improve the consistency of molded products as viscosity shifts throughout a run, a controller of an injection molding machine executes a calibration cycle in accordance with a mold cycle. The controller analyzes a plurality of sensed melt pressure values during the calibration cycle to determine one or more calibration metrics. The controller then uses the calibration metrics when executing each mold cycle of the run. More particularly, during each mold cycle of the run, the controller detects a plurality of sensed melt pressures prior to and during a fill phase of the mold cycle and compares the plurality of sensed melt pressures to the one or more calibration metrics to predict cavity pressure for a pack and hold phase of the mold cycle. The controller then adjusts a set point pressure for the pack and hold phase based on the predicted cavity pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: IMFLUX INC.
    Inventors: Bryler Collins, Gene Michael Altonen, Chow-Chi Huang, Brandon Michael Birchmeier, Brian Matthew Burns
  • Patent number: 11358319
    Abstract: A linear drive for a stretch and/or blow moulding machine has a force sensor for detecting actual force absorption of the linear drive during operation, a storage device in which data for a desired force absorption during operation are stored, and a comparison device for comparing actual force absorption with desired force absorption and a signal emitter for outputting a signal if a previously defined deviation between desired force absorption and actual force absorption is exceeded. Also provided is a method for determining a friction coefficient of a linear drive for a stretching and/or blow moulding machine, by determining a desired force absorption of the linear drive during operation, detecting using a force sensor, actual force absorption of the linear drive during operation, comparing actual force absorption with desired force absorption, and outputting a signal if a previously defined deviation between desired force absorption and actual force absorption is exceeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Inventor: Johannes Strauss
  • Patent number: 11351770
    Abstract: According to some aspects, a method of additive fabrication is provided wherein a plurality of layers are formed on a build platform, each layer contacting a container in addition to the build platform and/or a previously formed layer, the method comprising calculating, using at least one processor, one or more forces to be applied to a first layer of the plurality of layers subsequent to the first layer being formed, said calculating being based at least in part on a determined area of at least one portion of the first layer that overhangs a second layer of the plurality of layers, forming the first layer, the first layer being in contact with the container and in contact with a previously formed layer of the plurality of layers, and separating the first layer from the container by applying the calculated one or more forces to the first layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Formlabs, Inc.
    Inventors: Ben FrantzDale, Steven Thomas, Nicholas M. Sohn
  • Patent number: 11351722
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a stereolithography device (100) comprising a light source (101) for emitting light to cure a light-curing material (121); a sensor (103) for determining an actual value of the light intensity of the emitted light; and a control unit (105) for adapting the electric current through the light source (101) until the actual value of the light intensity reaches a specified desired value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Ivoclar Vivadent AG
    Inventors: Markus Wettstein, Stefan Geissbuehler
  • Patent number: 11351711
    Abstract: An adjustment system coupled to a die, and a die including an adjustment system, includes first and second adjustment modules. The first adjustment module includes a first body, a first plurality of studs, and a first actuator. Each of the first plurality of studs is slidably positioned within the first body. The first actuator is coupled to the first plurality of studs and is configured to move each of the first plurality of studs. The second adjustment module includes a second body, a second plurality of studs, and a second actuator. Each of the second plurality of studs is slidably positioned within the second body. The second actuator is coupled to the second plurality of studs and is configured to move each of the second plurality of studs. The number of studs composing the first plurality of studs is different from a number of studs composing the second plurality of studs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventors: Dale Pitsch, Mike Dudley, Kerry Reetz
  • Patent number: 11338495
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a device and a method for controlling the throughflow of blow-molding fluid during the blow molding of containers. It is the intention to provide a control device and a control method which permit a controlled or defined growth and a defined propagation of the container bubble formed by the expanding preform in the pre-blowing phase of the blow molding process without the specification of a specific setpoint value profile or of a setpoint value curve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Aventics GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Busch, Heinz-Herrmann Meyer, Theo Paulus, Francis Petitjean
  • Patent number: 11338480
    Abstract: A method including steps of (1) heating, with a heating system, an apparatus comprising an enclosure assembly and a temperature emulation assembly positioned within said enclosure assembly; (2) thermally isolating said temperature emulation assembly from said heating system with said enclosure assembly; (3) permitting conductive heat transfer to said temperature emulation assembly only through an enclosure assembly-leading end of said enclosure assembly; and (4) representing a hottest temperature and a coldest temperature of an article being emulated by said apparatus with said temperature emulation assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: John M. Griffith, Steven M. Shewchuk, George E. Bible, Steven J. Plummer, Ryan M. Trella, Ronald J. Byington
  • Patent number: 11331848
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for altering the bead profile for using 3D printing to improve the shear strength of a so manufactured product by altering the bead height of adjacent beads or in adjacent layers such that either the height or the centers of the beads between adjacent layers are altered. This is achieved by either height reduction or by flow rates to alter the height or positioning of the beads by altering the bead profiles the shear strength between adjacent layers in the X-Y plane is improved. The present invention is equally applicable to increasing shear strength in the Y-Z plane or the X-Z plane as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Inventor: Mark Saberton
  • Patent number: 11333971
    Abstract: There is provided that an imprint apparatus that forms a pattern on a substrate by curing an imprint material in a state in which a mold and the imprint material on the substrate are in contact with each other, the apparatus including a control unit configured to control a movement of a stage configured to hold the substrate and the supplying of a gas by a gas supplying unit, wherein the control unit removes charges from the mold by starting the supplying of the gas by the gas supplying unit before starting to move the stage below a dispenser after the mold and the cured imprint material are separated, and making a peripheral member face the mold via the gas during the movement of the stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazuki Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 11325293
    Abstract: An insert molding includes a lithium-ion battery, temperature measurement element and a pressure measurement element disposed close to the lithium-ion battery to sense temperature and pressure around the lithium-ion battery during insert molding; and a molding resin that covers the lithium-ion battery, the temperature measurement element, the pressure measurement element and a cover member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takanori Ishihama
  • Patent number: 11325774
    Abstract: A polymeric aerosol dispenser that is recyclable. The recyclable polymeric aerosol dispenser including all polymeric components. These components being selectively either fixedly joined or separably joined based on the material composition of the component. Further, components may be selected for their density and, thus, their ability to float or sink during the recycling process. The recyclable polymeric aerosol dispenser is designed to minimize its impact on the PET recycling stream and to align with industry recyclability guidelines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Jennifer Elizabeth Hosmer, Robert Earl Magness
  • Patent number: 11312073
    Abstract: Apparatus (1) for additively manufacturing of three-dimensional objects by means of successive layerwise selective irradiation and consolidation of layers of a build material which can be consolidated by means of an energy source, which apparatus (1) comprises a tool carrier device (2) adapted to position at least one tool unit (3) inside a process chamber (4) of the apparatus (1), wherein the tool carrier device (2) comprises at least one, in particular exchangeable, tool unit (3) that is moveable between a retracted position in which the tool unit (3) is received in a tool housing (6) enclosing the tool unit (3) and an extended position in which the tool unit (3) is at least partly extended from the tool housing (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: CONCEPT LASER GMBH
    Inventor: Viktor Kremer
  • Patent number: 11312077
    Abstract: The embodiments of the present disclosure provide a 3D printing apparatus, a production line using the apparatus, and a cyclical printing method thereof. The 3D printing apparatus includes a frame assembly, and a powder spreading unit, a powder spreading movement system, a powder supply device, an inkjet unit, an inkjet movement system, a working box, a transfer unit, an inner lifting mechanism, an outer lifting mechanism, an accessory unit and an auxiliary unit that are mounted on the frame assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: KOCEL INTELLIGENT MACHINERY LIMITED
    Inventors: Fan Peng, Yi Liu, Zhijun Zhou, Nanhua Meng, Zhengjie Li
  • Patent number: 11298863
    Abstract: An injection molding system includes: an injection molding machine; a screen setting storage unit provided in the injection molding machine and storing a setting state of the injection molding machine; an operation limiting unit provided in the injection molding machine and limiting operation of the injection molding machine; and a management unit including a storage unit that stores a list of a correct combination of screen settings and limiting operation of the injection molding machine, a confirmation unit that compares information of the screen setting storage unit and information of the storage unit to confirm a propriety of a combination of the screen settings of the injection molding machine, and a limiting operation determination unit that determines a limiting operation upon receiving a result confirmed by the confirmation unit to issue an operation limiting command to the operation limiting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi Tanaka, Junpei Maruyama
  • Patent number: 11260593
    Abstract: A shaping device that shapes a 3D object, including: a discharging head that discharges an ultraviolet curing type ink as a material of shaping; an ultraviolet light source; a main scanning driving unit; a sub-scanning driving unit, a flattening roller serving as a flattening unit, and a controller, where the controller causes the inkjet head to carry out the main scanning operation for plural times with respect to each position in a plane orthogonal to a layering direction, and when an integrated light amount of the ultraviolet ray irradiated per unit area in one main scanning operation is defined as a unit area light amount, the unit area light amount in some main scanning operations is made smaller than the unit area light amount in the other main scanning operations in the plural times of main scanning operations carried out with respect to each position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Ochi, Masakatsu Okawa
  • Patent number: 11230055
    Abstract: An additive manufacturing system may include a fluid ejector. The fluid ejector may be movable across a build material distributor at a maximum speed of less than or equal to 40 inches per second. The fluid ejector may include a nozzle having a non-circular bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Oriol Borrell Carbonell, Melinda M Valencia, Andre Garcia, Thomas M Sabo
  • Patent number: 11231223
    Abstract: An appliance includes an outer wrapper and an inner liner placed within the outer wrapper and spaced apart from the outer wrapper to define an insulating space. A trim breaker extends between the inner liner and the outer wrapper to define a structural cabinet. The trim breaker defines a front face of the cabinet. The trim breaker defines a gas conduit disposed within a wall of the structural cabinet proximate the insulating space. The gas conduit is adapted to define selective communication between the insulating space and an exterior of the structural cabinet. An insulating material is disposed within the insulating space, wherein the gas conduit is substantially free of the insulating material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Alberto R. Gomes, Lynne F. Hunter, Abhay Naik, Lorraine J. Westlake
  • Patent number: 11230043
    Abstract: A system for setting injection-molding conditions and a method for setting actual molding conditions of an injection-molding machine are disclosed. The system includes a computer and an injection-molding equipment. The computer is configured to simulate, via computer-aided simulation software, a virtual molding using a plurality of design parameters to generate a plurality of provisional molding conditions. The injection-molding equipment is associated with the computer and configured to perform at least one trial molding using the provisional molding conditions to obtain a plurality of intermediate molding conditions. The computer optimizes the provisional molding conditions to obtain actual molding conditions in accordance with the intermediate molding conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: CORETECH SYSTEM CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Rong-Yeu Chang, Chia-Hsiang Hsu, Chuan-Wei Chang
  • Patent number: 11225005
    Abstract: A system for setting injection-molding conditions and a method for setting actual molding conditions of an injection-molding machine are disclosed. The system includes a computer and an injection-molding equipment. The computer is configured to simulate, via computer-aided simulation software, a virtual molding using a plurality of design parameters to generate a plurality of provisional molding conditions. The injection-molding equipment is associated with the computer and configured to perform at least one trial molding using the provisional molding conditions to obtain a plurality of intermediate molding conditions. The computer optimizes the provisional molding conditions to obtain actual molding conditions in accordance with the intermediate molding conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: CORETECH SYSTEM CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Rong-Yeu Chang, Chia-Hsiang Hsu, Chuan-Wei Chang
  • Patent number: 11220037
    Abstract: Provided is a device for reshaping plastic parisons into plastic containers, including a plurality of blow moulding stations each having blow mould devices which form a cavity, inside which the plastic parisons can be reshaped into plastic containers, and including at least one application device by which a flowable medium can be applied to the plastic parisons for expansion thereof, and at least one valve device which is arranged between at least one pressure reservoir and at least one application device and by which the supply and/or removal of the flowable medium, in particular under high pressure, in particular the blowing pressure and/or volume flow thereof, to the application device can be influenced or controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Dieter Finger, Gerald Huettner
  • Patent number: 11213986
    Abstract: A method for determining an actual volume Vr of an injection-moldable compound during an injection-molding process is disclosed. The injection-moldable compound is introduced into at least one cavity of the mould. The method includes the steps of: a) determining a theoretical volume Vt from process variables at least during a filling phase of the injection-molding process, b) determining and/or measuring at least one value for at least one compound pressure pM, c) selecting a material-specific compression k (p), corresponding to the value of pM, of the injection-moldable compound, and d) calculating an actual volume Vr by taking into account the compression k (p).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: KraussMaffei Technologies GmbH
    Inventors: Reinhard Schiffers, Stefan Moser, Stefan Kruppa, Matthias Busl
  • Patent number: 11192305
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes a window cassette for a bottom-up additive manufacturing apparatus. The window cassette includes an optically transparent semipermeable member, on which the semipermeable member a three-dimensional object can be produced, a frame surrounding and connected to the semipermeable member, and a fluid supply bed in or adjacent the semipermeable member and configured to feed a polymerization inhibitor through the semipermeable member. The fluid supply bed has at least two opposing sides and includes a first channel array having an inlet orifice and an outlet orifice and a second channel array interdigitated with but separate from the first channel array, and the second channel array having an inlet orifice and an outlet orifice. An apparatus for producing a three-dimensional object by additive manufacturing utilizing a window cassette is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Carbon, Inc.
    Inventors: R. Griffin Price, Bob E. Feller
  • Patent number: 11194249
    Abstract: A molding apparatus that molds a composition on a substrate with a mold includes a mold holding unit configured to hold the mold, a substrate holding unit configured to hold the substrate, a first elastic member configured to apply a first elastic force to the mold holding unit in a direction away from the substrate holding unit, and a control unit configured to cause the mold holding unit to move in the direction away from the substrate holding unit in a case where the control unit determines that an abnormality has occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Atsushi Kimura
  • Patent number: 11181094
    Abstract: The disclosed subject matter provides a system and method for facilitating bonding of various turbine blade components, including trailing edge inserts, or flatbacks, to the trailing edge of a wind turbine blade. The system disclosed herein ensures a consistent force is applied from root to top thereby preventing defects, e.g. paste voids, from forming. Additionally, a consistent bonding gap can be achieved due to the consistent application of force from the root to tip of the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: TPI Composites, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Villar
  • Patent number: 11172734
    Abstract: A gaging apparatus and method for automation of a shoemaking process are provided for automating a shoemaking process. According to the method, the gaging apparatus obtains operation data according to the gaging process of drawing a gaging line on a boundary between the upper and the sole for shoe manufacturing, and generates trajectory data for the boundary based on the operation data. Based on the trajectory data, the gaging apparatus generates robot trajectory data for performing a buffing and bonding process after the gaging process and transmits it to a shoemaking robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventor: Hyun-Woo Oh
  • Patent number: 11161284
    Abstract: A method for producing a molded part, in particular a component of a sporting good, includes providing a mixture of a polymer melt and a foaming agent and injecting the mixture into a mold. The method includes solidifying at least a first portion of the molded part without foaming and at least a second portion of the molded part after foaming inside the mold, wherein the mixture includes a polymer having an average molecular mass corresponding to a viscosity number ?130 ml/g, preferably ?170 ml/g, more preferably ?190 ml/g and most preferably ?225 ml/g, wherein the viscosity number is determined via solution viscometry according to the ISO 307 standard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventors: Christopher Edward Holmes, Daniel Stephen Price, Giridharan Kirupanantham, Rowan John Boyd