Direct Application Of Electrical Or Wave Energy To Work (e.g., Electromagnetic Wave, Particulate, Magnetic, Induction Heat, Sonic, Electrostatic Energy, Etc.) Patents (Class 264/405)
  • Patent number: 10933581
    Abstract: A method of selectively combining particulate material, comprising: (i) providing a layer of particulate material to a part bed; (ii) providing radiation to sinter a portion of the material of the layer; (iii) providing a further layer of particulate material overlying the prior layer of particulate material including the previously sintered portion of material; (iv) providing radiation to sinter a further portion of the material within the overlying further layer and to sinter said further portion with the previously sintered portion of material in the prior layer; (v) successively repeating blocks (iii) and (iv) to form a three-dimensional object; and wherein at least some of the layers of particulate material are pre-heated with a heater prior to sintering a portion of the material of the respective layer, the heater being configured to move relative to, and proximate, the particulate material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Loughborough University
    Inventors: Neil Hopkinson, Helen Rhiannon Thomas
  • Patent number: 10239260
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention relate to systems and methods for customizing microwave energy distribution within a chamber to accommodate various load characteristics. Aspects of the present invention customized configurations of ports, deflectors, waveguides, conducting rods, and slots to shape and distribute energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: David Heineck, Zakaryae Fathi
  • Patent number: 10220579
    Abstract: A processing apparatus such as a heating and/or debulking apparatus that may be used to debulk a plurality of uncured composite layers to form an article such as an aircraft component may include a plurality of interconnected smart susceptor heater blankets. The plurality of smart susceptor heater blankets may be connected in series or in parallel, and may be controlled to uniformly heat the component during formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Andrew M. Hopkins, Donald J. Sutkus, James M. Kestner, Jennifer S. Noel, Robert J. Miller, Marc R. Matsen, Christopher J. Hottes, Mark E. King, Darren R. Walker
  • Patent number: 10203276
    Abstract: A method for non-destructively testing the heating of a determined zone of a part made of a polymer material, comprising: a) taking at least one colorimetric measurement on said determined zone to be tested and obtaining the values ap, bp and Lp of the parameters a, b and L of the CIELAB colorimetric space; b) taking at least one colorimetric measurement on said reference zone of the part and obtaining the values ap/ref, bp/ref and Lp/ref of the parameters a, b and L of the CIELAB colorimetric space; c) calculating the colour difference ?Ep between the colorimetric measurements obtained in steps a) and b); and d) from the value ?Ep, determining the time period during which said zone to be tested of the part has been subjected to a determined heating temperature, by using a reference database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Safran Aircraft Engines
    Inventors: Jean-Louis Romero, Jean-Pierre Coulette, Angélique Melody Marine Alexia Mainczyk
  • Patent number: 10137627
    Abstract: The unit (1) for processing hollow-body plastic blanks (2) includes a chamber (6) wherein the blanks (2) move along a predetermined path. The chamber (6) is defined, on both sides of the path, by two side walls (3, 4) having inner surfaces (5) that face each other. The chamber (6) includes a main section (9) wherein at least one of the walls (3, 4) is provided with a plurality of electromagnetic radiation sources (10). The side walls (3, 4) define therebetween, on at least one end of the chamber, an opening (8) for the preforms to pass therethrough. The chamber (6) includes at least one optical confinement section (12) that extends between the main section (9) and the opening (8) and wherein the inner surfaces (5) of the side walls (3, 4) are optically reflective and converge toward the opening (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: SIDEL PARTICIPATIONS
    Inventors: Yoann Lahogue, Guy Feuilloley
  • Patent number: 9856359
    Abstract: A low viscosity polysulfide sealant composition. The composition comprises a curable polysulfide polymer; a crosslinking agent; and a plurality of core-shell particles. The core-shell particles comprise: a core comprising a ferromagnetic material; and a shell comprising silica treated with an organic sulfur containing compound. The shell is capable of bonding with the polysulfide polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Andrew P. Nowak, Sophia S. Yang, Thomas I. Boundy, Darrin M. Hansen, Alain A. Adjorlolo, Carissa A. Pajel, Eliana V. Ghantous
  • Patent number: 9828679
    Abstract: An apparatus and a process for removing a support structure from a 3D printed part, where the 3D printed part along with the support structure is placed in an acid solution and the part is surrounded by an induction heater. The acid solution is recirculated through the acid tank to prevent the acid solution from heating up too much. Small surfaces of the part are heated up by the induction heater before larger pieces are heated so that the acid will remove the smaller pieces first. After enough time, all of the support structure is removed by the acid and the heater to leave the finished 3D printed part with the support structure removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Florida Turbine Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen M Brooks
  • Patent number: 9597836
    Abstract: There is provided a manufacturing method of the three-dimensional shaped object, the method being capable of suitably reducing the local raised portion which can occur during the light beam irradiation under the condition of the divided sub-irradiation paths. The manufacturing method of the present invention is performed by repetition of a powder-layer forming and a solidified-layer forming, wherein an irradiation path of the light beam is divided into a plurality of sub-irradiation paths including a short sub-irradiation path with its length being shorter than a predetermined length and a long sub-irradiation path with its length being the predetermined length or longer, and wherein an irradiation mode of the light beam is changed depending on the lengths of the sub-irradiation paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Satoshi Abe, Isamu Matsumoto, Masataka Takenami, Masaki Kondo, Isao Fuwa, Yoshiyuki Uchinono
  • Publication number: 20150139720
    Abstract: A joining process is proposed for connecting a first component to a second component, whereby in a first process the first component and the second component and an adhesive material arranged between the first and the second component are prepared, whereby in a second process the first and the second components are pressed together and whereby in a third process the adhesive material is hardened and further whereby spacing means are added to the adhesive material and these are at least partially resorbed in the third process by the adhesive material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: Johnson Controls GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas DANNHEISIG, Carina Schulze, Dustin Flock, Bernd Gross
  • Publication number: 20150137428
    Abstract: Methods of stabilizing the molecular weight of polymer stents scaffolds after E-beam sterilization are disclosed. The molecular weight of the polymer of the irradiated scaffolds is stabilized through exposure to gas containing oxygen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Yunbing Wang, Kerek Mortisen, Xiao Ma, Fuh-Wei Tang, Byron Lambert
  • Patent number: 9017590
    Abstract: Solid-state deformation processing of crosslinked high molecular weight polymers such as UHMWPE, for example by extrusion below the melt transition, produces materials with a combination of high tensile strength and high oxidative stability. The materials are especially suitable for use as bearing components in artificial hip and other implants. Treated bulk materials are anisotropic, with enhanced strength oriented along the axial direction. The material is oxidatively stable even after four weeks of accelerated aging in a pressure vessel containing five atmospheres of oxygen (ASTM F2003). Because of its oxidative stability, the deformation processed material is a suitable candidate for air-permeable packaging and gas sterilization, which has thus far been reserved for remelted crosslinked UHMWPE.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Biomet Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventors: David W. Schroeder, Jordan H. Freedman, James E. Gunter, Brian D. Salyer, H. Gene Hawkins
  • Patent number: 9017425
    Abstract: A textile comprising a diacetylene compound which is capable of changing color when irradiated with light energy. Methods of imparting color to textiles comprising irradiating the textile with light energy are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Datalase Ltd.
    Inventor: Anthony Jarvis
  • Patent number: 9005604
    Abstract: A scaffold assembly and related methods of manufacturing and/or using the scaffold for stem cell culture and tissue engineering applications are disclosed which at least partially mimic a native biological environment by providing biochemical, topographical, mechanical and electrical cues by using an electroactive material. The assembly includes at least one layer of substantially aligned, electrospun polymer fiber having an operative connection for individual voltage application. A method of cell tissue engineering and/or stem cell differentiation uses the assembly seeded with a sample of cells suspended in cell culture media, incubates and applies voltage to one or more layers, and thus produces cells and/or a tissue construct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventors: Lisa A. Scott-Carnell, Emilie J. Siochi, Nancy M. Holloway, Kam W. Leong, Karina Kulangara
  • Patent number: 8998853
    Abstract: A syringe body/needle assembly and a method for producing such a syringe body/needle assembly are provided that if free of an organic adhesive bond.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Schott AG
    Inventors: Bernd Hoppe, Daniela Seiler, Andreas Roters, Katrin Schellenberg
  • Publication number: 20150086376
    Abstract: A method of fabricating a near-net shape erosion shield, a method of forming a shielded article, and a near-net shape erosion shield are provided. The method of fabricating a near-net shape erosion shield includes providing a base, positioning an energy source relative to the base, and depositing at least one wear resistant material over the base with an energy beam from the energy source. The at least one wear resistant material deposited on the base forms the near-net shape erosion shield configured to be positioned on a turbine component. The method of forming a shielded article includes removing the base from the near-net shape erosion shield, and securing the near-net shape erosion shield to a turbine component. The near-net shape erosion shield includes a near-net shape erosion-resistant portion configured to be positioned on a turbine component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: Theodore William Fandrei, II
  • Publication number: 20150072524
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, in a method of repairing a defect on a template substrate for imprint lithography using a charged particle beam, a drift correction mark to correct drift of the charged particle beam is formed on the template substrate. The defect on the template substrate is repaired while correcting the drift of the charged particle beam with reference to the drift correction mark. The drift correction mark is removed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventor: Shingo KANAMITSU
  • Publication number: 20150069665
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are presented for automatically fabricating arbitrary materials and objects from raw components, using a combination of simple chemical, electrical, and mechanical operations. The invention will automatically generate machine control instructions for controlling automated fabrication devices and equipment from simple instructions in natural language. The invention also allows the sharing, remote execution, scheduling, and automatic ingredient ordering for such instructions to allow the creation of new materials and professional object fabrication with little or no human intervention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Rusty S. Lee
  • Patent number: 8975562
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are disclosed for a safety door of an oven having glass therein with a plastic laminate. The safety door retains glass within the door in order to prevent glass from falling or being forced outside of the oven, which may cause injury.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Patrick D. Galbreath, Brian Henninger
  • Patent number: 8974687
    Abstract: A piezoelectric ceramic is expressed by the composition formula 100[(Sr2?xCax)1+y/4Na1?yNb5?2/5zMnzO15]+?SiO2 (in the formula, 0?x<0.3, 0.1<y<0.6, 0<z<0.1 and 1<?<8) and constituted by polycrystal of tungsten bronze structure, wherein the degree of orientation of axis c of the polycrystal is 60% or more in Lotgering factor. The piezoelectric ceramic offers excellent temperature characteristics and supporting high-power driving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Taiyo Yuden Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Shimizu, Yutaka Doshida
  • Patent number: 8968627
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for the manufacturing of continuously shaped cured silicone articles, particularly extrusions articles and the use of silicone compositions containing a photoactivatable metal catalyst in said process, wherein the curing is initiated by visible or UV-light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Momentive Performance Materials GmbH
    Inventors: Uwe Irmer, Dieter Wrobel, Yi-Feng Wang
  • Publication number: 20150054200
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method manufacture three-dimensional objects by selective solidification of a build material applied in layers. In order to improve the manufacturing process and in particular to optimize heat input, a heating element is provided that has at least two functional openings. One of the at least two functional openings serves as a material pass-through and another of the at least two functional openings serving simultaneously as a radiation pass-through.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: CARL FRUTH
  • Publication number: 20150054203
    Abstract: This disclosure provides economical and effective methods and apparatus for repairing scratches and scuffs on refillable bottle surfaces that minimally contaminates the bottle during the refurbishing process. In one aspect, the method comprises the steps of: a) adding at least one fluid into the polymeric packaging material such as a bottle to form at least a partially filled packaging material; and b) applying at least one heat source to an exterior surface of the at least partially filled packaging material to form a repaired polymeric packaging material. Apparatus and recycling systems that incorporate this method are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: THE COCA-COLA COMPANY
    Inventors: Ronald D. Moffitt, Yu Shi, Xiaoyan Huang
  • Patent number: 8961889
    Abstract: A devulcanization apparatus for devulcanizing a plurality of cross-linked elastomer particles. The apparatus includes a first conveyor functioning as a high voltage electrode and a second conveyor functioning as a ground electrode. A generator is operable to apply an alternating electric field between the first and second conveyors. A devulcanization region is provided between the first and second conveyors in which the cross-linked elastomer particles are placed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Novation IQ LLC
    Inventor: Michel Marc
  • Patent number: 8956563
    Abstract: A molding method includes drawing cross-section elements of a three-dimensional object as a molding target on a drawing surface of a drawing stand with a liquid whose curing is precipitated by receiving activation energy as cross-section patterns; applying the activation energy to the liquid configuring the cross-section patterns in a state in which the cross-section patterns is pinched between the drawing stand and a molding stand; and detaching the cross-section patterns after being applied with the activation energy from the drawing stand and transferring the cross-section patterns to the molding stand side, wherein the drawing surface has a liquid repellent area that is an area representing liquid repellency for the liquid and a lyophilic area that is independently formed in an island shape within the liquid repellent area and is an area representing lyophillicity stronger than that of the liquid repellent area for the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Eiji Okamoto, Toshimitsu Hirai, Kohei Ishida
  • Patent number: 8932512
    Abstract: The present invention relates to polymers comprising absorption pigments, which are distinguished by the fact that they have high absorption in the near IR region, and to the use thereof, in particular in thermoforming and in IR light welding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Merck Patent GmbH
    Inventors: Gerhard Edler, Rainer Linzmeier
  • Publication number: 20140377503
    Abstract: A method for making a fiber board includes the steps of, providing a fiber sheet and positioning the fiber sheet in a mold, providing at least one plastic sheet and locating the plastic sheet on a surface of the fiber sheet. Heating and melting the plastic sheet to make the molten plastic penetrate into the fiber sheet, and hot pressing the fiber sheet and the molten plastic to form the fiber board. A fiber board made by the method is also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicants: FIH (Hong Kong) Limited, SHENZHEN FUTAIHONG PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: YU-TSAI WANG, WU LI, DA-QING HUANG, XUAN-ZHAN ZENG, ZHI-WEI HU, JIE CUI, QIANG ZHANG
  • Publication number: 20140378661
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides methods for fabricating various regenerated silk geometries using temperature control. In addition to temperature control, mechanical processing can be used to enhance properties of the fabricated article. The present disclosure also provides silk foam and paper-like materials molded using freezer processing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: TRUSTEES OF TUFTS COLLEGE
    Inventors: Tim Jia-Ching Lo, Gary G. Leisk, Lei Li, David L. Kaplan
  • Patent number: 8901197
    Abstract: A modified fluorocarbon resin composition and a modified molded product of fluorocarbon resin composition having an excellent abrasion resistivity and low friction property under high pressure, are provided. The modified fluorocarbon resin composition comprises a blend of fluorocarbon resin and aromatic engineering plastic, which is modified by irradiation of ionizing radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Hitachi Metals, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuaki Yamamoto, Etsuo Fukuchi, Hiroo Kusano
  • Patent number: 8894906
    Abstract: Medical devices and related methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael S. Arney, Scott R. Schewe
  • Publication number: 20140312534
    Abstract: Method of making a droplet-generating device. In the method, a first droplet-generating device may be produced. The first droplet-generating device may include a molded portion created at least in part with a mold and also may include a plurality of droplet generators each formed at least in part by the molded portion. A set of droplets may be generated with each of one or more of the droplet generators. A property of at least one set of generated droplets may be determined. The mold may be modified based on the property. A second droplet-generating device may be produced that includes a molded portion created at least in part with the modified mold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: Thomas H. Cauley, III
  • Publication number: 20140302996
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and apparatus for strongly enhancing vortex pinning by conformal crystal arrays. The conformal crystal array is constructed by a conformal transformation of a hexagonal lattice, producing a non-uniform structure with a gradient where the local six-fold coordination of the pinning sites is preserved, and with an arching effect. The conformal pinning arrays produce significantly enhanced vortex pinning over a much wider range of field than that found for other vortex pinning geometries with an equivalent number of vortex pinning sites, such as random, square, and triangular.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: University of Notre Dame du Lac
    Inventors: Boldizsar Janko, Cynthia Reichhardt, Charles Reichhardt, Dipanjan Ray
  • Patent number: 8852491
    Abstract: In a method of manufacturing an electroforming mold, a first photoresist layer is formed on an upper surface of a bottom conductive film of a substrate, and the first photoresist layer is divided into a first soluble portion and a first insoluble portion. A conductive material is thermally deposited on an upper surface of the first photoresist layer within a predetermined temperature range, to thereby form an intermediate conductive film. An intermediate conductive film is patterned. A second photoresist layer is formed on an exposed upper surface of the first photoresist layer after the intermediate conductive film is removed, and on an upper surface of the intermediate conductive film remaining after patterning. The second photoresist layer is divided into a second soluble portion and a second insoluble portion. Next, the first and second photoresist layers are developed, and the first and second soluble portions are removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Instruments Inc.
    Inventors: Takashi Niwa, Matsuo Kishi, Koichiro Jujo, Hiroyuki Hoshina
  • Publication number: 20140265039
    Abstract: The invention relates to an assembly (1) consisting of at least one preform (12) and a decontamination device (10) for decontaminating the interior of a preform (12) by irradiation by means of at least one ultraviolet radiation emitted by semi-conductor components (22); relates to a facility (100) for producing a sterile container (120) comprising at least one decontamination device (10) and a method for producing a sterile container (120) from a decontaminated preform (12).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: SIDEL PARTICIPATIONS
    Inventors: Caroline Bellec, Guy Feuilloley
  • Publication number: 20140272101
    Abstract: Devices and methods for using and manufacturing microstructure arrays are described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Corium International, Inc.
    Inventors: Guohua Chen, Zhongli Ding, Esi Ghartey-Tagoe, Ashutosh Shastry, Robert Wade Worsham, Parminder Singh
  • Publication number: 20140265038
    Abstract: Method for the preparation of carbon fiber from fiber precursor, wherein the fiber precursor is subjected to a magnetic field of at least 3 Tesla during a carbonization process. The carbonization process is generally conducted at a temperature of at least 400° C. and less than 2200° C., wherein, in particular embodiments, the carbonization process includes a low temperature carbonization step conducted at a temperature of at least or above 400° C. or 500° C. and less than or up to 1000° C., 1100° C., or 1200° C., followed by a high temperature carbonization step conducted at a temperature of at least or above 1200° C. In particular embodiments, particularly in the case of a polyacrylonitrile (PAN) fiber precursor, the resulting carbon fiber may possess a minimum tensile strength of at least 600 ksi, a tensile modulus of at least 30 Msi, and an ultimate elongation of at least 1.5%.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: UT-BATTELLE, LLC
    Inventors: Amit K. Naskar, Soydan Ozcan, Claude C. Eberle, Mohamed Gabr Abdallah, Gail Mackiewicz Ludtka, Gerard Michael Ludtka, Felix Leonard Paulauskas, John Daniel Kennedy Rivard
  • Patent number: 8815144
    Abstract: Polymer composites directed to single wall carbon nanotubes (SWNT) dispersed within poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) and their methods of synthesis. Composites of the present invention are also formulated as films and spun coat onto desired substrates. Advantageously, both the composites and films of the present invention exhibit resistance to radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: University of South Florida
    Inventors: Julie P. Harmon, Patricia Anne O. Muisener, LaNetra M. Clayton, John D'Angelo
  • Patent number: 8793872
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for manufacturing a closed impeller that has a simple configuration and enables fusion in a very accurate position. The method includes: forming a frustum-shaped front plate and a disk-shaped base plate formed therebelow, upper surfaces of a plurality of unit impeller blade plates made from a synthetic resin extending in radial directions which are formed as impeller blade tip surfaces, with sharp-pointed ridge-like protrusions having an acute upper end and a width less than a width of the impeller blade tip surface being integrally formed on the impeller blade tip surfaces. In the method, an inner surface of the front plate and the plurality of impeller blade tip surfaces are formed as parts of conical surfaces and formed so that the cone apex angles of the two conical surfaces are equal to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Yamada Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryouhei Adachi, Song Fei, Hisayoshi Ono
  • Patent number: 8790534
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for the precision fabrication of Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS), Nano-Electro-Mechanical Systems (NEMS), Microsytems, Nanosystems, Photonics, 3-D integration, heterogeneous integration, and Nanotechology devices and structures. The disclosed system and method can also be used in any fabrication technology to increase the precision and accuracy of the devices and structures being made compared to conventional means of implementation. A platform holds and moves a substrate to be machined during machining and a plurality of lasers and/or ion beams are provided that are capable of achieving predetermined levels of machining resolution and precision and machining rates for a predetermined application. The plurality of lasers and/or ion beams comprises a plurality of the same type of laser and/or ion beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Corporation for National Research Initiatives
    Inventor: Michael A. Huff
  • Patent number: 8765036
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a semiconductor is disclosed. A mold is providing having an interior defining a planar capillary space. A measure of precursor is placed in fluid communication with the capillary space. The precursor is then melted, and the melted precursor is allowed to flow into the capillary space. The melted precursor is then allowed to cool to form a semiconductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Mossey Creek Solar, LLC
    Inventor: John Carberry
  • Publication number: 20140162033
    Abstract: A fabrication process and apparatus for producing three-dimensional objects (36) by depositing a first polymer layer, printing a first ink layer on to the first polymer layer (34), depositing a second polymer layer on to the first ink layer, and printing a second ink layer on to the second polymer layer. The deposition and printing steps may be repeated until a three-dimensional object (36) is formed. The inks used to form at least one of the first and second ink layers may include dyes or pigments so that the three-dimensional object may be a colored three-dimensional object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventor: Eugene Giller
  • Publication number: 20140158943
    Abstract: A method of producing at least one of microscopic and submicroscopic particles includes providing a template that has a plurality of discrete surface portions, each discrete surface portion having a surface geometry selected to impart a desired geometrical property to a particle while being produced; depositing a constituent material of the at least one of microscopic and submicroscopic particles being produced onto the plurality of discrete surface portions of the template to form at least portions of the particles; separating the at least one of microscopic and submicroscopic particles comprising the constituent material from the template into a fluid material, the particles being separate from each other at respective discrete surface portions of the template; and processing the template for subsequent use in producing additional at least one of microscopic and submicroscopic particles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventor: Thomas G. Mason
  • Patent number: 8747093
    Abstract: A spinneret for producing nanofibers from a viscous liquid using electrostatic spinning in an electric field is described. The spinneret includes one or more narrow annular bodies radially centered about and axially spaced along a central axis. The annular bodies may be discs, rings, or coils.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Deakin University
    Inventors: Tong Lin, Xungai Wang, Xin Wang, Haitao Niu
  • Patent number: 8741204
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for hot embossing of a magnetic nanoparticle (N)-containing polymer layer and a method for hot embossing of a magnetic nanoparticle-containing polymer layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: EV Group E. Thallner GmbH
    Inventor: Michael Kast
  • Publication number: 20140134382
    Abstract: A method for thermally processing and curing unprocessed components within a thermal processing and consolidation system which includes upper and lower chamber assemblies configured to couple to one another and a first tool, the method including positioning the first tool on the lower chamber assembly moving the lower chamber assembly relative to the upper chamber assembly and coupling the upper chamber assembly and the lower chamber assembly to form a plenum, thereby completely enclosing the first tool in the plenum, the plenum operable to maintain a pressurized and/or temperature controlled environment about the first tool, providing services to the first tool and the plenum via a service interface, and thermally processing and curing the first set of unprocessed components within the first tool wherein the services are supplied to the first tool as directed by a set of process parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: GLOBE MACHINE MANUFACTURING COMPANY
    Inventors: Ronald M. JACOBSEN, Antonin PELC, Calvin D. BAMFORD, JR., Terrance William COOKE, Victor Wayne CROSTON, Russell Carver WARRICK
  • Publication number: 20140117588
    Abstract: A method for forming a three-dimensional structure includes depositing a first pattern of thermoplastic toner particles onto a first surface of a receiver to form a plurality of spaced-apart stacks of toner particles that extend above the first surface of the receiver. The receiver is bent so that non-overlapping first and second portions of the receiver are defined. At least part of a surface of the receiver in the second portion is brought into contact with the deposited stacks of toner particles. The toner particles are fused to bind the second portion to the first portion and provide a selected spacing between the first portion and the second portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventors: Roland R. Schindler, II, Donald Saul Rimai
  • Patent number: 8696344
    Abstract: A molding method includes: drawing cross-section elements of a three-dimensional object as a molding target on a drawing surface of a drawing stand with a liquid whose curing is precipitated by receiving activation energy as cross-section patterns; applying the activation energy to the liquid configuring the cross-section patterns in a state in which the cross-section patterns is pinched between the drawing stand and a molding stand; and detaching the cross-section patterns after being applied with the activation energy from the drawing stand and transferring the cross-section patterns to the molding stand side, wherein the drawing surface has a liquid repellent area that is an area representing liquid repellency for the liquid and a lyophilic area that is independently formed in an island shape within the liquid repellent area and is an area representing lyophillicity stronger than that of the liquid repellent area for the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Eiji Okamoto, Toshimitsu Hirai, Kohei Ishida
  • Patent number: 8672661
    Abstract: An imprint apparatus that includes a holding unit, and performs an imprint process, including molding of an imprint material on a substrate held by the holding unit using a mold, curing of the molded imprint material, and releasing of the cured imprint material from the mold, to form a pattern on the substrate. The apparatus includes a first cure device configured to perform a first cure process for the imprint material molded by the mold prior to the releasing; and a second cure device configured to perform a second cure process for the imprint material on the substrate conveyed out from the holding unit after the releasing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ken Minoda
  • Patent number: 8668859
    Abstract: A conveyor or other transport mechanism is provided to support multiple, sequential builds from a three-dimensional fabrication machine. The conveyor may be heated/cooled, coated, or otherwise treated to assist in adhesion during a build, as well as removal of objects after a build. Each fabricated object may be automatically removed from the conveyor as the conveyor moves in order to restore a buildable surface for fabrication of additional objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: MakerBot Industries, LLC
    Inventor: Nathaniel B. Pettis
  • Publication number: 20140054827
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of producing color change in a substrate. The substrate includes an activatable colorant and a region that is heated prior to activating the activatable colorant. The substrate is exposed to electromagnetic radiation producing a first activated color region in the heated region and a second activated color region in a non heated region. The first activated color region appears in a different shade than the second activated color region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Timothy Ian MULLANE, Kelyn Anne ARORA
  • Patent number: RE45206
    Abstract: Lithography system, sensor and method for measuring properties of a massive amount of charged particle beams of a charged particle beam system, in particular a direct write lithography system, in which the charged particle beams are converted into light beams by using a converter element, using an array of light sensitive detectors such as diodes, CCD or CMOS devices, located in line with said converter element, for detecting said light beams, electronically reading out resulting signals from said detectors after exposure thereof by said light beams, utilizing said signals for determining values for one or more beam properties, thereby using an automated electronic calculator, and electronically adapting the charged particle system so as to correct for out of specification range values for all or a number of said charged particle beams, each for one or more properties, based on said calculated property values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Mapper Lithography IP B.V.
    Inventors: Pieter Kruit, Erwin Slot, Tijs Frans Teepen, Marco Jan-Jaco Wieland, Stijin Willem Herman Karel Steenbrink