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: 11966157
    Abstract: Imprint apparatus performs, on shot regions of substrate, imprint process for transferring pattern of mold to imprint material arranged on the substrate. The apparatus includes detector for detecting first mark of the substrate and second mark of the mold, and controller configured to control positioning of the detector based on driving amount, held in a storage, by which the detector is to be driven to fit the first mark and the second mark within specific region of field of view of the detector, and correction value held in the storage and used to correct the driving amount. The controller performs alignment between shot region selected from the shot regions and the mold based on output of the detector, and updates the correction value held in the storage based on the output of the detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Inventor: Kengo Kamei
  • Patent number: 11942666
    Abstract: This precursor sheet for a fuel cell separator comprises a conductive substrate sheet, a dense layer including first graphite particles, and a conduction layer including second graphite particles, wherein the dense layer and the conduction layer include a resin, the first graphite particles have a volume resistivity of 20 m?·cm or greater and a bulk density of 1.7 g/cm3 or greater when compressed at 30 MPa, and the second graphite particles have a volume resistivity of less than 20 m?·cm and a bulk density of 1.5 g/cm3 or greater when compressed at 30 MPa. This precursor sheet for a fuel cell separator provides a fuel cell separator that has excellent shapability and good mechanical strength, conductivity, and gas impermeability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Araki, Miho Iwai, Takehiro Okei, Kosuke Yasuda
  • Patent number: 11845200
    Abstract: Provided herein according to some embodiments is a dual cure additive manufacturing resin, comprising: (i) a light polymerizable component, (ii) a photoinitiator, (iii) a heat polymerizable component, and (iv) a non-reactive diluent, which resin is useful for the production of three-dimensional objects by additive manufacturing. Methods of using the same are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: Carbon, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Gordon Wright, Kai Chen, Bob E. Feller
  • Patent number: 11840903
    Abstract: A method includes locating a first set of electromagnetic field emitting devices in a vicinity of the pressure source, using the first set of electromagnetic field emitting devices to generate a first electromagnetic field in a first shape that forms an enclosure containing the pressure source, pumping a magnetic fluid into the enclosure at a pumping pressure, and increasing the pumping pressure to overcome the pressure from the pressure source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Inventors: Faris Hasan Tulbah, Rafael Adolfo Lastra
  • Patent number: 11701829
    Abstract: A process for support material removal for 3D printed parts wherein the part is placed in a media filled tank and support removal is optimized in a multi-parameter system through an artificial intelligence process which may include, but is not limited to, the use of historical data, parametric testing data, normal support removal data, and outputs from other support removal AI models to generate optimally efficient use of each parameter in terms of pulse repetition interval (PRI) and cycle time as defined by pulse width (PW). The input parameters may include heat, circulation, ultrasound and chemical reaction, which are used in sequence and/or in parallel, to optimize efficiency of support removal. Sequentially and/or in parallel, heat, pump circulation and ultrasound may vary in application or intensity. Selection of means of agitation depends on monitored feedback from the support removal tank and application of a statistically dynamic rule based system (SDRBS).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2023
    Assignee: PostProcess Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Joshua Hutchinson
  • Patent number: 11633907
    Abstract: Systems and methods for lens creations are disclosed. The method includes initiating light transmission from a light source through a diffuser into a container holding resin and a substrate. The light transmission is performed according to an irradiation pattern wherein each point in the resin is illuminated by at least 10% of the diffuser. This causes a lens to be formed. To achieve this illumination, at least 15% of the diffuser receives light from the light source. Further, a diameter of the diffuser is greater than or equal to a diameter of the substrate. The system performing the methods includes a polymerization apparatus and may include a resin conditioning and reservoir apparatus, a metrology unit, a resin drainage apparatus and an optional postcuring apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2023
    Assignee: Indizen Optical Technologies S.L.
    Inventors: Eduardo Pascual, José Alonso Fernández, Ignacio Canga, Juan Antonio Quiroga Mellado, Daniel Crespo Vázquez
  • Patent number: 11518089
    Abstract: Provided herein according to some embodiments is a dual cure additive manufacturing resin, comprising: (i) a light polymerizable component, (ii) a photoinitiator, (iii) a heat polymerizable component, and (iv) a non-reactive diluent, which resin is useful for the production of three-dimensional objects by additive manufacturing. Methods of using the same are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: Carbon, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Gordon Wright, Kai Chen, Bob E. Feller
  • Patent number: 11458679
    Abstract: In one example, a lighting device for an additive manufacturing machine includes an array of light sources each to emit monochromatic light within a band of wavelengths that includes a peak light absorption of a liquid coalescing agent to be dispensed on to a build material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: James Elmer Abbott, Jr., Alexander Govyadinov, Vladek Kasperchik, Krzysztof Nauka, Sivapackia Ganapathiappan, Lihua Zhao, Howard S. Tom, Jr., Yan Zhao, Hou T. Ng
  • Patent number: 11453163
    Abstract: Described are techniques for additive manufacturing with magnetic manipulation. The techniques including a method comprising performing additive manufacturing using a material containing a ferromagnetic additive to create a component. The method further comprises, during the additive manufacturing, generating a magnetic field near a portion the component, where the magnetic field causes the portion of the component to deform during the additive manufacturing based on the material containing the ferromagnetic additive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Sarbajit K. Rakshit
  • Patent number: 11440261
    Abstract: Systems for thermal control of additive manufacturing comprise a build volume within which a part is additively manufactured; a heat source positioned relative to the build volume and configured to actively deliver heat to discrete sections of the part as it is being additively manufactured; and a controller operatively coupled to the heat source and configured to direct delivery of heat from the heat source to discrete sections of the part as it is being additively manufactured to impart desired physical properties to the part. Methods of additively manufacturing a part comprise additively building a part from a feedstock material; and actively heating discrete sections of the part as the part is being additively built to impart desired physical properties to the part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Mark Stewart Wilenski, Faraón Torres, Nick Shadbeh Evans, Samuel F. Harrison, Michael Patrick Kozar
  • Patent number: 11376792
    Abstract: An additive manufacturing system includes: (a) a build platform dispensing assembly carrying a plurality of build platforms; (b) at least two additive manufacturing apparatus, each apparatus configured for receiving a removable build platform on which objects can be produced; (c) a build platform buffering assembly configured for removably receiving at least one build platform on which an object has been produced; (d) a cleaning apparatus; and (e) a robot operatively associated with each cleaning apparatus, the at least two additive manufacturing apparatus, the build platform dispensing assembly, and the build platform buffering assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Carbon, Inc.
    Inventors: Allan Ovadia Horn, Derek Bruce Young, Jens Schmidt, Kenji Kokaji, Ryan J. Hollowell
  • Patent number: 11338504
    Abstract: The present invention provides an online laser leveling detection method of a 3D printer. The method comprises: (1), arranging a bar-shaped triangular reflecting prism and a bar-shaped photoelectric receiver; (2), fixedly mounting a laser emitter and a plane mirror on the side face of a printer head; (3), with the aid of a detection laser beam, fine tuning the mounting azimuths of an X-axis guide rail, a Y-axis guide rail, and the printer head till the motion levelness of the printer head is adjusted to meet requirements of the design accuracy of the printer; (4), with the aid of the detection laser beam, fine tuning the mounting azimuth of a printing platform till the mounting levelness of the printing platform is adjusted to meet the requirements of the design accuracy of the printer; (5), starting the 3D printing program; (6), in the printing process, detecting in real time whether a nozzle of the printer head generates faults including material blockage, shortage, and breakage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Inventors: Yu Cao, Jialun Yang, Dehua Zhu, Wenwen Liu, Diqiang Xue, Xu Ji
  • Patent number: 11285540
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing parts or devices using additive manufacturing is provided. The method forms the parts or devices, and also forms a transition layer or transition layers of partially or incompletely sintered powder between a build-plate and/or supports provided on the build-plate, and/or a gap or gaps of unsintered powder, or partially or incompletely sintered powder between the supports and the parts. The transition layer(s) and the gap(s) facilitate separation of the parts or devices from the build-plate or the supports provided on the build-plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Inventors: Adriaan J. Kuyler, Dawin A. Rodriguez Santiago, Keith Miller
  • Patent number: 11154933
    Abstract: A three-dimensional shaped article production method according to the invention is a method for producing a three-dimensional shaped article by stacking layers formed in a predetermined pattern, wherein a series of steps including a composition supply step of supplying a composition containing a plurality of particles to a predetermined part, and a bonding step of bonding the particles by irradiation with a laser light is performed repeatedly, and the composition supply step includes a step of forming a first region using a first composition containing first particles as the composition, and a step of forming a second region using a second composition containing second particles which are different from the first particles as the composition, and the bonding of the particles in the first region and the bonding of the particles in the second region are performed by irradiation with laser lights with a different spectrum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Takeshi Miyashita
  • Patent number: 11090856
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for the preferential heating of a thermoplastic hollow body having at least one portion to be heated and another to be superheated, the portion that is to be superheated initially having a radiation absorption coefficient substantially identical to that of the portion to be heated. The method includes, in succession: a first step of marking the portions of the hollow body that are to be superheated, during which step isolated marks are made in the thickness of the wall of the portion that is to be superheated so as to increase its absorption coefficient; a second step of preferential heating of the hollow body by uniform exposure of the portions that are to be heated and of the portions that are to be superheated to the heating electromagnetic radiation. Also disclosed is a preform marked in accordance with the first step of the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Inventors: Guy Feuilloley, Cédric Bianchini
  • 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
    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
    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
    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
    Inventors: Satoshi Abe, Isamu Matsumoto, Masataka Takenami, Masaki Kondo, Isao Fuwa, Yoshiyuki Uchinono
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
    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
    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
    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: 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
    Inventors: Tim Jia-Ching Lo, Gary G. Leisk, Lei Li, David L. Kaplan
  • 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
  • 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
    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
  • 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