With Measuring, Testing, Or Inspecting Patents (Class 264/40.1)
  • 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
  • Patent number: 11162194
    Abstract: A device for melt-spinning, drawing, and winding a thread group includes a spinning device having a row of spinning nozzles. The threads produced by the spinning nozzles are drawn by means of a godet device with multiple drivable godets. The device is paired with a winding device with multiple winding stations arranged in a row. The row of winding stations is arranged orthogonally to the row of spinning nozzles. The different thread spacings within the spinning device and the godet device are bridged by a thread deflecting device having a first group of thread guides and a second group of thread guides. The thread guides of the first group are arranged next to one another in a horizontal row with a spinning spacing. It is possible to obtain large deflections with a low height. The thread guides of the two groups are made of freely rotatable rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Oerlikon Textile GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Martin Fischer, Jörg Hegenbarth, Marc-André Herrndorf, Linda Koormann
  • Patent number: 11157668
    Abstract: A method of determining a life defining quantity of a production component manufactured by an additive manufacturing process. The method includes the step of defining a plurality of components to be manufactured by an additive manufacturing technique. The plurality of components has a first test piece and a first production component. The method further includes manufacturing the components in the same manufacturing batch using an additive manufacturing process and with nominally the same material composition and build parameters. A characteristic mechanical property of the first test piece is then determined. The method further includes determining a value of a life defining quantity of the first production component as a function of the first test piece characteristic mechanical property. The first production component and first test piece are then provided with indicators which associate the first production component with the determined life defining quantity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Siemens Energy Global GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Quentin Luc Balandier, Mark Osborne
  • Patent number: 11141922
    Abstract: Methods and systems according to the invention may be used to modify a manufacturing plan for an object manufactured by an additive manufacturing process. A digital representation of a desired object and a manufacturing plan may be compared to manufacturing information generated via an evaluation of such an object. Based on that comparison, the manufacturing plan may be modified so that that object or a subsequent object is highly similar to the desired object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: PostProcess Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Joshua Hutchinson
  • Patent number: 11141881
    Abstract: A method for designing and manufacturing a building system in regards to environmental factors including, acquiring a visual image for determining topographic characteristics of a surface, generating a set of architectural geometries in a computing system, creating design models representing an architectural design of the building system, geometric comparison and evaluation of the topographic characteristics with the architectural geometries, selecting a design model for manufacturing the building system, manufacturing a plurality of interlockable building bricks, obtaining a plurality of interlockable modular structure by combining the interlockable building bricks, each of said bricks having a shell portion formed on the inner core of the interlockable building bricks so that the modular structure has common outer surface formed from said shell portion of each brick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Inventor: Sevil Yazici
  • Patent number: 11135766
    Abstract: Provided herein according to some embodiments is a method of forming a three-dimensional object comprising nylon 6 by additive manufacturing, as well as objects so produced. Also provided is a polymerizable liquid composition useful for producing a three-dimensional object comprising nylon 6 by additive manufacturing, which composition may include: (a) a light polymerizable first component, and (b) a heat polymerizable second component; said heat polymerizable second component comprising: (i) caprolactam monomers, (ii) a catalyst for anionic polymerization of caprolactam, and (iii) an initiator for anionic polymerization of caprolactam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Carbon, Inc.
    Inventors: Lloyd M. Robeson, Jason P. Rolland
  • Patent number: 11135762
    Abstract: A manufacturing method for a shaped article is provided and includes manufacturing the shaped article by stacking a plurality of layers on one another, wherein the shaped article comprises a light reflective layer, being formed from an ink having light reflectiveness; a decorative layer; and a transparent layer, being formed from a transparent ink, wherein the decorative layer is formed on an outer side of the light reflective layer, and the transparent layer is formed on an outer side of the decorative layer; and a layer forming process, forming a part of the transparent layer and a part of the decorative layer in this order from an end side toward a center side of at least two of the plurality of layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Inventors: Kunio Hakkaku, Hirofumi Hara
  • Patent number: 11130278
    Abstract: The invention relates to a print head (100) for an additive fused deposition modelling method having a thermoplastic construction material, comprising:—at least one inlet (10) for receiving a construction material (11) into the print head;—at least one melt region, for melting the construction material (11), which is arranged downstream of the inlet (10) and is fluidically connected, at least temporarily, to the inlet (10); and—at least one first outlet (30) that is fluidically connected, at least temporarily, to the melt region (20), for discharging melted construction material (12) out of the melt region (29) at a first discharge rate; wherein—the print head (100) also comprises at least one second outlet (40) that is fluidically connected, at least temporarily, to the melt region (20) for discharging melted or non-melted construction material (11, 12) out of the melt region (20) at a second discharge rate; and—the first discharge rate can be influenced by a first discharge rate influencing device (50) for
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Covestro Deutschland AG
    Inventors: Dirk Achten, Thomas Büsgen, Levent Akbas, Nicolas Degiorgio, Jonas Künzel
  • Patent number: 11130292
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including medium-encoded computer program products, for estimating the physical properties of 3D printed objects that include: obtaining a three dimensional (3D) model of a 3D object to be manufactured by a 3D extrusion printer; obtaining at least a portion of tool path data for the 3D extrusion printer to build the 3D object in accordance with the 3D model; creating unit cell geometry from the at least a portion of tool path data using at least one limitation on one or more unit cells of the unit cell geometry with respect to an aspect of the 3D extrusion printer's build of the 3D object; generating a numerical simulation of one or more microstructural properties of the 3D object to be built using the unit cell geometry; and estimating one or more macroscale properties, of the 3D object to be built, from the numerical simulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Autodesk, Inc.
    Inventors: Jaesung Eom, Ravi Kumar Burla
  • Patent number: 11125706
    Abstract: A magnetic resonance device for monitoring growth of tissue in one or more bioreactors. The device can include a first magnet and a second magnet that can form a uniform magnetic field of desired strength around at least one sample of effluent from at least one bioreactor. At the command of a controller, an RF signal can illuminate the at least one magnetized sample, and sensors can detect at least one echo signal from the at least one magnetized sample. The controller can characterize the at least one sample based on the at least one echo signal. A resonator can shape the at least one echo signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: David Blumberg, Jr., Michael C. Tilley, Derek G. Kane, David C. Nivens
  • Patent number: 11119466
    Abstract: A method for flexible functionally tailorable slicing for additive manufacturing includes the steps of receiving and parsing an input model of an object to be additively manufactured; reconstructing a domain boundary of the object; computing individual layer boundaries of the object; constructing, for each layer, layer domains from respective enclosing boundaries; computing, for each layer, a perimeter shell and a volumetric infill by finding level sets of a field function selected by a user; collecting and arranging into a coherent sequence each perimeter shell and volumetric infill; and formatting the coherent sequence as motion commands for an additive manufacturing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: The Government of the United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: John Michopoulos, Athanasios Iliopoulos, John Steuben
  • Patent number: 11097468
    Abstract: A build material management apparatus for a three dimensional printing system is provided having a plurality of conduits to connect to a respective plurality of ports of at least one build material container. Processing circuitry is provided to control coupling of a 5 pump interface to the plurality of conduits to independently set, for at least two of the plurality of conduits, a given air flow parameter for cooling build material in the at least one build material container. A build material container and machine executable instructions are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Justin M. Roman, Xavier Alonso Becerro, Ismael Chanclon Fernandez
  • Patent number: 11097496
    Abstract: Porosity causing gas-based defects are detected, located, identified, and/or characterized by the use of defect information generated from gas flow data corresponding to gas flow characteristics measured by one or more sensors on a composite part processing piece such as a mould or membrane used during a composite manufacturing process. The defect information is generated using techniques including one or more of profiling the gas flow data, fingerprinting, line leak detection, analytical triangulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Convergent Manufacturing
    Inventors: Malcolm David Lane, Anoshiravan Poursartip, Goran Fernlund, Anthony Michael Floyd, David Andrew Van Ee, Morgan Edwin John Hibbert
  • Patent number: 11092943
    Abstract: An in-process real-time method, system and device is provided for monitoring the quality of an article made by additive manufacturing processes. The invention involves the transmission and reception of waves into a test artifact while it is being built. The properties of received waves depend on the parameters of the additive manufacturing process, the properties of materials involved, and their irregularities as well as geometric deviations, as its structural periodicity and defects leads to the dispersion of waves. Based on the features of the artifact, the test artifact is designed to capture deviations in all or a sub-set of process, material, and geometric parameters. A computing device in communications with operators, the control unit of the additive manufacturing machine and other computing facilities is used for creating and analyzing waveforms. The disclosed system may initiate real-time actions based on the properties of the obtained waveforms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Inventor: Cetin Cetinkaya
  • Patent number: 11086295
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer programs for multi-tool additive manufacturing include a method including: slicing a received model into a series of layers; determining one or more separation starting points, each being a location of two adjoining portions of the model that are to be manufactured by respective additive manufacturing robots; and determining an offset for each of the one or more separation starting points in each layer of the series of layers based on a threshold acceptable print time, each offset in a layer determining a seam location in the layer that is different from a seam location in at least one adjacent layer in the series of layers, and seam offsets determined for the series of layers increase an estimated print time, for manufacturing of the series of layers by the two or more additive manufacturing robots, to no more than the threshold acceptable print time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Autodesk, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory David Meess, Kenneth Lawrence Mejia, Matthew Hovanec, Andreas Linas Bastian, Cory Mark Bloome, Peter J. Schmehl, Joseph Isaac Sadusk, James Sherwood Page
  • Patent number: 11084213
    Abstract: A method for producing a control signal for positioning a holder of a solid freeform fabrication device that is height-adjustable relative to a working surface, comprising arranging a structural platform on the holder; capturing a plurality of images of the working surface in the region of the holder, an image-specific height of the holder being adjusted before the detection of one of the plurality of images, and depending on the change of direction in the height, a powder layer is applied or removed; determining a powder boundary line between a powder-free region and a powder-covered region of the structural platform for at least two of the plurality of images, captured for differently adjusted image-specific heights of the holder, and producing a control signal for positioning the holder on the basis of the at least two powder boundary lines. The holder can be aligned according to the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: TRUMPF Laser- und Systemtechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Markus Pieger, Damien Buchbinder, Frederik Schaal
  • Patent number: 11052591
    Abstract: In a method for operating an injection moulding machine in the absence of a backflow barrier, plastic melt is injected by a plasticising device into a cavity in a screw antechamber of a plasticising screw adapted to rotate about a longitudinal axis and to move translationally by a drive unit during an injection phase and a holding-pressure phase. A rotational drive of the drive unit is controlled such that a speed of the plasticising screw causes overlay of a backflow of the plastic melt from the screw antechamber back into screw threads of the plasticising screw by an opposing delivery flow as a result of a rotation of the plasticising screw due to a translational injection movement of the plasticising screw. A differential flow is established from the backflow and the opposing delivery flow and influenced at least during the injection phase by influencing the speed of the plasticising screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Inventors: Reinhard Schiffers, Stefan Kruppa, Stefan Moser, Matthias Busl, Johannes Wortberg
  • Patent number: 11046013
    Abstract: Extruder calibration methods and systems for a dual-extruder 3D printer are disclosed. In an embodiment, an extruder calibration method for a dual-extruder 3D printer having a left extruder and a right extruder includes the following steps: (1) building up a rectangular coordinate system on a heat bed of a 3D printer; (2) obtaining a first offset by calculating an offset between the left extruder and the right extruder in an X-axis direction; (3) obtaining a second offset by calculating an offset between the left extruder and the right extruder in a Y-axis direction; and (4) calibrating the left extruder and the right extruder according to the first offset and the second offset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Shanghai Fusion Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hua Feng, Jianzhe Li, Jinjing Zhang, Xi Cao, Xiaoyu Wu, Zhongwei Yu, Wangping Long
  • Patent number: 11046578
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to an apparatus for forming nano-structures with tailored properties on objects while fabricating the objects. The apparatus includes a reservoir that holds compositions therein. Each of the compositions includes a nano-structural material, a plurality of grain growth inhibitor nano-particles, and at least one of a tailoring solute and a plurality of tailoring nano-particles. A nozzle is operatively coupled to the reservoir and a translatable stage is positioned proximate to the nozzle. The stage includes a substrate holder adapted to hold a substrate. A surface profile determination device is positioned proximate to the stage to obtain profile data of the substrate. A control unit is operatively coupled to the device and the stage and regulates manufacture of a pinned nano-structure. The control unit forms deposition layers positioned proximal to the substrate with the compositions through electrospray techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Inventor: Joseph G. Birmingham
  • Patent number: 11045979
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing bulked continuous carpet filament that includes providing a polymer melt and separating the polymer melt from the extruder into at least eight streams. The multiple streams are exposed to a chamber pressure within a chamber that is below approximately 25 millibars, or another predetermined pressure. The streams are recombined into a single polymer stream. Polymer from the polymer stream is then formed into bulked continuous carpet filament.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Aladdin Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas R. Clark
  • Patent number: 11034076
    Abstract: Provided is a machine and method for reshaping plastic parisons into plastic containers, with a mold which has a cavity for the plastic parison to be reshaped, wherein this mold has at least two blow mold parts, wherein each of these blow mold parts has an inner wall which is suitable for forming a region of the plastic parison to be reshaped, wherein these blow mold parts are mounted movably with respect to one another between an open position, in which the blow mold parts are at least partially separated from one another, and a closed position, in which the blow mold parts abut one another, in order together to form the cavity for reshaping the plastic parisons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Klaus Voth, Armin Buess, Simon Moewes, Konrad Senn, Andreas Brunner, Thomas Hoellriegl
  • Patent number: 11036895
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a first extraction unit and a second extraction unit. The first extraction unit extracts a pouch-shaped portion from drawing information on a mold. The second extraction unit extracts a site from which heat is not easily released from the pouch-shaped portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshitomo Shirabe, Yasuaki Yamakawa, Masanori Yoshizuka
  • Patent number: 11030738
    Abstract: A method, a device and a computer program product for image processing are proposed. In the method, whether a first image indicates a defect associated with a target object is determined. In response to determining that the first image indicates the defect, a second image absent from the defect is obtained based on the first image. The defect is identified by comparing the first image with the second image. In this way, the defect associated with the target object in the image can be accurately and efficiently identified or segmented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Fan Li, Guo Qiang Hu, Sheng Nan Zhu, Jun Zhu, Jing Chang Huang, Peng Ji, Yuan Yuan Ding
  • Patent number: 11020908
    Abstract: Method for additively manufacturing three-dimensional objects (1) based on build data, in particular via successive layerwise selective irradiation and consolidation of layers of a build material which can be consolidated by means of an energy source, which build data define at least one part of an object (1) to be built in the additive manufacturing process, in particular a geometrical structure of the object (1), wherein build data are generated comprising at least two sub-data sets (3, 4) relating to different geometrical parts of the object (1); at least one sub-data set (3, 4) is defined as open sub-data set (4); all sub-data sets (3) except the at least one open sub-data set (4) are locked, wherein the locked sub-data sets (3) are unchangeable and the at least one open sub-data set (4) is changeable; and at least one three-dimensional object (1) is additively manufactured based on the build data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Inventors: Philipp Schumann, Timo Voigt
  • Patent number: 11014290
    Abstract: An additive manufacturing system is disclosed. The additive manufacturing system may include a moveable support, and a print head connected to the moveable support. The print head may be configured to discharge a continuous reinforcement that is wetted with a liquid matrix. The additive manufacturing system may also include an auto-threader configured to thread the continuous reinforcement through the print head, and a controller in communication with the moveable support, the print head, and the auto-threader. The controller may be configured to selectively activate the auto-threader at a start of a manufacturing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Continuous Composites Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Lyle Tyler, Ryan C. Stockett
  • Patent number: 11014307
    Abstract: A method for determining and optimizing manufacturing of an object by additive manufacturing. One or more computers access a three-dimensional digital model of the object and automatically generate a selected number of versions of supports for manufacture of the object. An image of the generated supports is displayed along with the object for visual perception by a user. The user visually observes the displayed versions of supports and object and uses the images to evaluate whether manufacturing the object by additive manufacturing is viable and whether the additive manufacturing supports are optimized. When viable, the object may be built by additive manufacturing using the optimized additive manufacturing supports to support the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Inventors: Gregory Colvin, Michael Dillard, Samir Nayak, Robert De Mers, Melissa Bush, Johnathon Wright
  • Patent number: 11002530
    Abstract: An additive manufacturing apparatus for forming a polishing pad for chemical mechanical polishing includes a platform, an actuator system coupled to the platform to adjust a tilt of the platform, one or more printheads supported above the platform, the one or more printheads configured to dispense successive layers of feed material on the platform to be form the polishing pad, a sensing system to detect a height of a surface on or above the platform at each of a plurality of horizontally spaced points, and a controller configured to selectively operate the actuator system to adjust the tilt of the platform based on the detected height of the platform at each of the points such that the surface is moved closer to horizontal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Hou T. Ng, Nag B. Patibandla, Sivapackia Ganapathiappan
  • Patent number: 10994490
    Abstract: A method for additive fabrication includes determining numerical calibration transforms for calibrating an imaging sensor and a printhead assembly to a common coordinate system, where at least some of the numerical calibration transforms include nonlinear transforms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Inkbit, LLC
    Inventors: Wojciech Matusik, Aaron Weber, Desai Chen, Harrison Wang
  • Patent number: 10987842
    Abstract: The invention describes a method of determining and visualizing process parameter values of an injection moulding process, which method comprises the steps of determining geometric data of the injection mould (1F) and/or of a form part (1, 1?, 1?) to be manufactured in the injection mould (1F), carrying out an injection moulding process using the injection mould (1F) and recording measurement values as a function of the injection time and/or an actuator position (s), determining, as process parameter values on the basis of the measurement values and geometry data of the injection mould (1F), a flow front position inside the injection mould (1F) or the form part (1?, 1?) as a function of the injection time and/or an actuator position. The invention further describes a corresponding process parameter value determining apparatus (20) and an injection mould arrangement (10) with such a process parameter value determining arrangement (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: BTMT GmbH
    Inventors: Holger Mensler, Josef Maertl
  • Patent number: 10974460
    Abstract: Tracking of measured depth with intervening depositing of one or more layers provides a way of improving the accuracy of surface reconstruction. For example, knowledge of the desired or expected thickness of each layer, in combination with the scan data is combined to yield higher accuracy than is available from scan data of a single scan alone. One application of such an accurate surface reconstruction is in a feedback arrangement in which the desired thickness of one or more subsequent layers to be deposited after scanning is determined from the estimate of the surface depth and a model of the object that is being fabricated, and by increasing accuracy of the surface depth estimate, the precision of the fabrication of the object may be increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Inkbit, LLC
    Inventors: Desai Chen, Wojciech Matusik
  • Patent number: 10967553
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to extrusion die systems. In particular, the present disclosure relates to a specialty pin cam nut designed for the ease of assembly and disassembly of extrusion dies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Guill Tool & Engineering Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Jacob Macure, Michael E Langlais
  • Patent number: 10960591
    Abstract: A method for carrying out a cyclical manufacturing process produces parts within a predefined quality tolerance. After at least one process adjustment variable is changed, a quality feature of the parts produced with a changed process adjustment variable is checked against the range of the quality tolerance of the produced parts. A process characteristic variable zone is formed in an automated manner using at least one determined process characteristic variable variant that is process-stable and for which the process adjustment variable produces acceptable parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Kistler Holding AG
    Inventors: Daniel Fick, Guenter Haag, Dirk Meyer, Philipp Liedl
  • Patent number: 10960595
    Abstract: A method for operating a system for handling containers, wherein said system for handling containers has a first handling device which handles the containers in a first predetermined manner, and at least one second handling device which handles the containers in a second predetermined manner, and a transport device which transports the containers from the first handling device to the second handling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventors: Markus Zoelfl, Robert Aust
  • Patent number: 10946551
    Abstract: In-line inspection and control system to in-situ monitor an extrudate during extrusion. A light beam illuminates a line on the outside circumference of the extrudate skin recording the curvature. A master profile of the illuminated defect-free skin is recorded and compared to successive monitoring of the illuminated skin. Differences from the comparison indicate skin and/or shape defects. A real-time feedback to automatically adjust process control hardware reduces or eliminates the skin and shape defects based on the monitoring and comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Joseph Henry Citriniti, Conor James Walsh
  • Patent number: 10951446
    Abstract: Examples described herein include devices and systems utilizing backscatter communication to generate transmissions in accordance with wireless communication protocols. Examples are described including single sideband operation, generation of a carrier wave using Bluetooth, downlink communication to a backscatter device, and combinations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: University of Washington
    Inventors: Bryce Kellogg, Joshua R. Smith, Shyamnath Gollakota, Vamsi Talla, Vikram S. Iyer
  • Patent number: 10933580
    Abstract: A method of making a three-dimensional object (31) is carried out by: (a) providing a carrier (15) and an optically transparent member (12) having a build surface, the carrier (15) and the build surface defining a build region therebetween, the optically transparent member (12) carrying a polymerizable liquid (21); (b) advancing the carrier (15) and the optically transparent member (12) away from one another to draw the polymerizable liquid (21) into the build region; then (c) optionally, partially retracting the carrier (15) and the optically transparent member (12) back towards one another; and then (d) irradiating the build region with light to form a growing three-dimensional object (31) from the polymerizable liquid (21); and then (e) cyclically repeating steps (b) to (d) while maintaining a continuous liquid interface (22) between the growing three-dimensional object (31) and the optically transparent member (12) until at least a portion of the three-dimensional object (31) is formed, while during at le
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Carbon, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald A. Truong
  • Patent number: 10906248
    Abstract: An additive manufacturing method for improved core structure includes splitting a computational model into sequentially queued individual model segments based on a predetermined number of slices with a predetermined orientation, and building a part in layers applied sequentially to form a final part having a core portion supported with a custom in-fill pattern. An additive manufacturing system for providing an improved core structure supported by a custom in-fill pattern includes a controller having instructions for individual model segments based on slices of a solid model, and a 3D printer for sequentially printing individual model segments in adjacent layers. A 3D-printed part includes a first exterior surface separated by a gap from a second exterior surface, and an internal core structure within the gap for mechanically connecting the first exterior surface to the second exterior surface. The internal core structure includes a custom in-fill pattern of support members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Textron Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip Anthony Kendrick, Lawrence Arthur Gintert, Michael Preston McKown
  • Patent number: 10901386
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for use in additively manufacturing a structure. The system may include an additive manufacturing machine, a memory having computer-executable instructions stored thereon, and a processor. The processor may be configured to execute the computer-executable instructions to determine a plurality of tension vectors to be generated within the structure, and to generate a plan for manufacturing the structure. The plan may include tool paths that arrange continuous fibers within the structure to generate the plurality of tension vectors. The processor may also be configured to execute the computer-executable instructions to cause the additive manufacturing machine to follow the plan and manufacture the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Continuous Composites Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan C. Stockett, Kenneth L. Tyler, Blake L. Alfson, Josiah D. Coad
  • 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
    Inventors: Katsutoshi Sakai, Tadashi Hattori
  • Patent number: RE48424
    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: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A
    Inventors: Philippe Depallens, Joseph A. Saggio, Jr.