Of Surface Portion Only Patents (Class 264/74)
  • Patent number: 9061178
    Abstract: A bowling ball wherein one or more sacrificial molds are encapsulated in said bowling ball and methods for manufacturing same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Ebonite Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Kosby, Randy Schickert, Randy Teitloff
  • Patent number: 9017585
    Abstract: A method for decorating a composite placed in a mold in a resin transfer molding process includes selectively depositing unbonded pigments on one or more areas of a preform of the composite, and injecting a resin into the mold via one or more resin input ports operably connected to the mold. The injected resin carries the selectively deposited unbonded pigments on a path on one or more areas of the preform of the composite along a direction of flow of the injected resin, thereby creating ornamental pigment flow patterns in the composite for decorating the composite. The method also creates bands of ornamental pigment flow patterns by depositing the unbonded pigments on a transfer medium positioned on the composite, positioning the transfer medium in proximity to the resin input ports, and selectively injecting the resin onto the transfer medium deposited with the unbonded pigments, via the resin input ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Gosakan Aravamudan
  • Publication number: 20140366430
    Abstract: A decorative molded candle and method of making the candle is disclosed in which coloring agents are limited to the outer peripheral surface of the candle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: RAREEARTH, LLC
    Inventors: Sherri L. Jobelius, Brian T. Paulsen
  • Patent number: 8485814
    Abstract: A decorative molded candle and method of making the candle is disclosed in which coloring agents are limited to the outer peripheral surface of the candle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: rareEARTH, LLC
    Inventors: Sherri L. Jobelius, Brian T. Paulsen
  • Patent number: 8333916
    Abstract: An apparatus for forming desired patterns on ceramic tile from a slurry comprising: a means for preparing a slurry; at least one slurry holding tank for holding at least one type of slurry; at least one pattern forming tray; at least one means for connecting said at least one tank to at least one pattern forming tray and a filter pressing unit; wherein the pattern forming unit dispenses a predetermined type, amount, colors of slurry at a predetermined order into the pattern forming tray to form a desired pattern, said slurry with desired pattern is pressed with the filter pressing unit to form ceramic tiles or slabs with a desired pattern running though its entire thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: SCG Building Materials Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Terdwong Jamrussamee, Arag Himtong, Wittaya Chuajiw, Watthanakun Phabutta
  • Publication number: 20120181719
    Abstract: An assembly for molding and demolding hardened cementitious products comprises a flexible mold and a demolding apparatus. The flexible mold has a top side with separate openings for receiving cementitious material therein for hardening thereof, an opposite closed rear side and a perimeter. The apparatus for demolding the hardened cementitious products from the flexible mold comprises a conveyor, a holding member, a clamp, and a movable member. The conveyor conveys the flexible mold. The clamp grips a portion of the perimeter. The holding member engages the mold. The ovable member moves the clamp and the clamped portion of the mold about the holding member thereby disengaging the flexible mold from the cementitious material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Inventor: Horacio CORREIA
  • Publication number: 20120052455
    Abstract: A decorative molded candle and method of making the candle is disclosed in which coloring agents are limited to the outer peripheral surface of the candle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Applicant: DeepHaven Design, LLC
    Inventors: Sherri L. Jobelius, Brian T. Paulsen
  • Publication number: 20110283657
    Abstract: A decorative column comprising a rigid center post, a plurality of pre-cast pieces with each piece having a hole extending therethrough so the pre-cast piece slides onto the center post and remains in place on the center post. Each pre-cast piece being stacked upon another pre-cast piece, the pre-cast pieces being of a predefined shape, and a compressible center core liner filling a portion of the hole of the pre-cast piece. The compressible center core including a cutout shape consistent with the cross sectional shape of the rigid center post thereby allowing passage of the center post through the compressible center core.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Inventors: David Barrett, Derek Zimmerman, David Jacobson, Randy Quaintance, John C. Purvis
  • Patent number: 8017051
    Abstract: The artificial marble with good natural pattern and color in accordance with the present invention is prepared mixing ununiformly at least two liquid resins through a line mixer 1, feeding the ununiformly mixed resin on a moving steel belt 4 at a constant speed through a flexible hose 2 and an exit nozzle 3, and reciprocating the exit nozzle perpendicularly to the steel belt by a predetermined program for the exit nozzle to stop at different positions for different durations. The line mixer used in this invention is a Kenics type and has inner elements of eight or less than eight. A line mixer with four to eight elements can be more preferably used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Cheil Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Sung Mook Choi, Dong Choon Chung
  • Patent number: 7935284
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for the production of concrete blocks or concrete slabs of varying formats and sizes, whereby concrete is filled into molds for several blocks or slabs, the surface layer of which or the facing concrete layer of which has a base color and the surfaces, which have regions of difference colors, is puddled by means of vibration and/or compacting and subsequently hardened, whereby, before puddling, at least one portion of a pigmented and/or variously-pigmented and/or a color- and/or various color-containing finishing material is projected or thrown by means of at least one application device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: METTEN Stein + Design GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Hans-Josef Metten
  • Patent number: 7820091
    Abstract: A method for providing embedded vinyl products comprises applying design material to a bottom or a top surface of a liquid vinyl substrate. When applying to the bottom surface liquid vinyl substrate, the design materials are applied to a conveyor and the vinyl substrate layer is applied over the design material. When applying to an exposed top layer of the vinyl substrate, the design material is applied so that at least a portion of it remains visible from the top surface of the exposed layers so that it creates a design therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Product Concepts Residential, LLC
    Inventor: Robert S. Weiner
  • Patent number: 7815827
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for manufacturing artificial stone boards with polymerizable resins with a “veined effect” by means of the vibro-compaction under vacuum system comprising a first grinding phase of the different materials forming the filler, a second phase containing a resin with the catalyst and optionally a third phase consisting of the mixing of the two previous phases until the homogenization of the materials with the resin, a fourth phase of moulding and compaction of the obtained paste by vibro-compression under vacuum, a fifth hardening phase by polymerization of the resin by means of heating and a last cooling, cutting and polishing phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Cosentino, S.A.
    Inventor: Juan Cruz
  • Publication number: 20100240500
    Abstract: A method for forming recess patterns in a handle of a skipping rope includes the steps of preparing materials for forming the handle and a filler made of rubber materials having a certain color, forming the recess patterns in the surface of the handle while making the handle with synthetic resins, and filling the recess patterns with the filler and solidifying the filler to form in a body with the handle. The filler is made of rubber materials and thereby it can be prevent the handle slipping from a user's hand. Further, the recess patterns can have various shapes and the filler can has various colors and thereby the appearance of the handle is beauty.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2009
    Publication date: September 23, 2010
    Inventor: Su Youl KIM
  • Patent number: 7736557
    Abstract: A system, method, and apparatus for constructing and installing a roofing tile having an arbitrary design of color, patterns, textures, and the like in accordance with the requirements of a user, a designer, an architect, or the like, and provides an ability to select a color scheme for a base tile, variegations within the color of the base tile, as well as accent medallions having color, textures, and the like. Moreover, a texture may be provided to improve adhesion of the accent medallions to the base tile. In alternative embodiments, no texturing is required, but may be provided simply as a design element affecting shading in varied lighting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Evans Brothers Investments
    Inventors: Michael M. Evans, Lewis M. Evans, James D. Brasher
  • Patent number: 7632444
    Abstract: A yarn to produce, in a synthetic grass, filiform formations reproducing natural grass comprising at least one layer of marbled (Moiriert, marbré) aspect given, for example, by the presence of stripes, streaks, bands or granular patterns each with at least marginally different coloration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: MONDO S.p.A.
    Inventor: Fernando Stroppiana
  • Publication number: 20090039538
    Abstract: A method of forming a thermoplastic article, including the steps of (a) forming a workpiece of a thermoplastic material of a first colour by injection molding; (b) applying a second colour on the workpiece by over-molding part of the workpiece with the thermoplastic material of the second colour by injection molding; (c) raising the temperature of the workpiece to at least the forming temperature of the thermoplastic material; and (d) enlarging the workpiece by blow molding.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2008
    Publication date: February 12, 2009
    Applicant: Sea Profit (Hong Kong) Limited
    Inventor: Chi Shing LAM
  • Patent number: 7381357
    Abstract: The present invention is the apparatus and method for producing a plastic sheet having a pattern produced in a layer therein. The plastic sheet is a single layer sheet or a multi-layer sheet. The pattern is produced by mixing two or more plastic extrudants together in a mixer. The pattern is visible in the layer containing the two or more plastic extrudants because an at least one of the plastic extrudants is at least partially transparent. The mixer used to produce the pattern includes a housing having an end configured to expel the mixture of the two or more extrudants through a plurality of outlets. The mixer further comprises a rotatable shaft and at least one projection coupled to the shaft and rotatable with the shaft, the at least one projection configured to orient the mixture of the two or more extrudants relative to the plurality of outlets in the housing. The mixer further comprising a thrust bearing configured to couple an end of the shaft to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Assignee: Primex Plastics Corporation
    Inventor: Robert Cramer
  • Patent number: 7303721
    Abstract: Method of glazing ceramic articles, consisting of preparing a glaze compound in liquid suspension, preferably aqueous; feeding the glaze compound in liquid suspension, preferably aqueous, into the forming cavity of a porous mould, for the time required to create a glaze film of desired thickness on the surface of the cavity by absorption of the liquid phase; feeding the slip into the same cavity for the time required to create the wall of the article by absorption of the liquid phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2007
    Assignee: Sacmi Cooperativa Meccanici Imola Societa′ Cooperativa
    Inventors: Vasco Mazzanti, Alessandro Bernabei
  • Patent number: 6910796
    Abstract: A process and equipment for producing multi-color concrete products, including architectural concrete blocks, concrete bricks, modular concrete products that are suitable for use in landscaping applications, such as retaining wall blocks, concrete pavers, and concrete slabs. The invention includes a spray mechanism that sprays liquid pigment onto concrete discharged from a hopper. The concrete then proceeds to a blending mechanism which blends the pigment into the concrete to produce a multi-color concrete blend. The concrete blend is then used to produce multi-colored concrete products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2005
    Assignee: Anchor Wall Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul W Bailey, Glenn C Bolles, Jeffrey C. Bader, David Matthew LaCroix
  • Patent number: 6908585
    Abstract: A method and composition for providing a colored high performance wear surface for floor coverings is disclosed. Specifically, the floor covering includes a substrate and a high performance layer comprising a radiation cured pigmented composition. The exposed surface of the floor covering has a stain resistance of less than about 150 Delta E units. A pigmented high performance wear layer can be added in register with a printed design on the substrate or in register with an embossed texture of the substrate. Additionally, a high performance topcoat wear layer may be added. The pigmented high performance layer may include a nacreous pigment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Assignee: AWI Licensing Company
    Inventors: Ralph W. Wright, Jr., Gary A. Sigel, Jennifer W. Sager, William J. Kauffman
  • Publication number: 20040183234
    Abstract: A method of forming a three-dimensional sculpture comprises the steps of providing a mold having a lining and a casting cavity, applying a powder to the mold lining, pouring a casting material into the casting cavity and curing the casting material to form a casting object, said powder being transferred to said casting object during curing of said casting material, and removing said casting object from said casting cavity to form a powder-laden three-dimensional sculpture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2003
    Publication date: September 23, 2004
    Inventor: Ovidiu Colea
  • Patent number: 6773643
    Abstract: A series of three-dimensional burls are formed in a filled-acrylic solid surface material by curing partially mixed steams of acrylic resin casting compositions with defined parameters of viscosity, density and surface tension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Assignee: E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventors: Carl P. Beitelshees, Rolf Thomas Weberg, Shitong Zhu, Elizabeth R. Walter
  • Patent number: 6719812
    Abstract: A method of infusing a dye into the surface of an article formed of a plastic material comprises contacting the surface with a solution including one or more solvents each aggressive to the plastic material, one or more dyes and one or more substances each capable of plasticizing the plastic material. If the plastic material is polycarbonate, then the aggressive solvent may be one or more chlorinated hydrocarbons. The dye may be a photochromic dye, a cosmetic tinting dye, dyes for absorbing infrared, laser and ultraviolet radiation, or combinations thereof. A wide range of plasticizers has been investigated. The article is contacted by the solution for ten seconds to one minute; and nearly all the infused solvent is then evaporated from the article by heating. The use of one or more plasticizers reduces or eliminates bubbling or hazing of the contacted surface during solvent evaporation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2004
    Assignee: Gentex Optics, Inc.
    Inventors: Paresh V. Kitchloo, Robert A. Sallavanti
  • Patent number: 6699415
    Abstract: A process for the production of a manufactured article for coatings, for components of sanitary ware, kitchen fittings, etc., in polymerized transparent resin in which marble and other stones are embedded. The surface of the product is worked by brushing with abrasives, so as to obtain depressions corresponding to the resin, and slight projections with substantially uniform distribution corresponding to the inserts; advantageously, the inserts are “decapitated” to give smoothed surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Inventor: Silena Gaggini
  • Patent number: 6685868
    Abstract: A colored substrate is positioned between a material and a laser, and the material is scribed with a laser that has been directed through the colored substrate. By so doing, color is transferred to the material to form the color graphic without undesirably carbonizing, melting or burning through the material. The energy density per unit time can be defined as continuous power divided by the area of the spot and the speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Inventor: Darryl Costin
  • Patent number: 6669876
    Abstract: A method of preparing a smooth watertight concrete in-ground pool surface that eliminates the use of a plaster outer surface layer that includes allowing the concrete pool body to cure for at least thirty days at which time a grinder is used to grind the surface to a smoothness and depth that is watertight and that exposes aggregates within the pool surface resulting in an aesthetically desirable permanently finished pool surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2003
    Inventor: Bruce Torrance
  • Publication number: 20030034581
    Abstract: A method and equipment for making plastic floor tiles of different thickness includes polyvinyl chloride (PVC) of one color or different colors heated first and then moved to a first press roller unit of a compress extending machine to be compressed into a first half-finished product. Then this first half-finished product get through a second and a third press roller units to be respectively compressed into a second half-finished product and a third half-finished (or finished) product. Further, a heating device is provided respectively beside the second and the third press roller units for heating the half-finished products with balanced temperature. Thus, the half-finished product is properly fused to make finished plastic floor tiles with different thickness from 0.5 mm to 3 mm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2001
    Publication date: February 20, 2003
    Applicant: DELIGHT PLASTIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kuang Pao Lo
  • Patent number: 6503424
    Abstract: A multicolored, patterned floor covering is disclosed along with a method for its manufacture. The floor covering is made of a sheeting which has a first color, and a granular material dyed differently from the sheeting which is embedded in the sheeting along at least in the area of the top side. The sheeting and the granular material consist of cross-linkable, elastomeric materials, the granular material comprising particles which have at least two subregions dyed differently from each other and from the sheeting. The quantity and color of the fractions of each component as selected so that the mixed color resulting from an homogeneous intermixing of all the components contained in the floor covering agrees with the first color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2003
    Assignee: Firma Carl Freudenberg
    Inventors: Gerhard Graab, Klaus Heckel, Dieter Rischer, Thorsten Nahe, Helmut Grünhag
  • Patent number: 6461552
    Abstract: A device and a method for producing concrete paving stones. These paving stones can be made from coarse grained concrete and a series of layers of colored concrete material. These layers of colored concrete material are placed in a container on top of a slider that is transversely displaceable. There is also an additional slider and a closing member disposed at the bottom of the container. The first slider, can be moved to form a passage slot between the first slider and the housing. The second slider can be moved to form a passage slot between the second slider and the housing. In addition, between the first slider and the second slider is a first deflecting curve for the colored concrete to mix around and between the second slider and the closing member is a second deflecting curve for further mixing of the colored concrete. This colored concrete is then added to the coarse grained concrete and compacted with it to create paving stones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2002
    Inventor: Peter Geiger
  • Publication number: 20020081398
    Abstract: A visual effect, such as a granite-look, is produced in a thermoplastic product by directly applying a sufficient amount of at least one color-containing thermoplastic resin system to the surface of an extruded sheet of a thermoplastic resin. The color-containing thermoplastic resin system is applied onto the extruded sheet after it emerges from the die and prior to it entering the rollstack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2001
    Publication date: June 27, 2002
    Applicant: BASF Corporation
    Inventors: James H. Bennett, Steve Wasson, Gary Kogowski
  • Patent number: 6387304
    Abstract: A method for producing artificial marble having a stripe pattern comprising injecting liquid resins having different colors into a molding cell so that they are laminated to form two or more layers; then moving a comb-like tool through the laminated liquid resins while allowing the teeth to contact the bottom surface of the molding cell, then curing the liquid resins to form artificial marble, wherein, the comb-like tool is allowed to move through the liquid resins while the interval between teeth of the comb-like tool is allowed to vary. Artificial marble can be produced having a natural marble-like appearance in which the interval of stripe varies in a natural fashion or having a radial cut moire stripe pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2002
    Assignee: Du Pont-MRC Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nobuhiro Mukai, Masaaki Shibazaki, Sotaro Sasano
  • Publication number: 20020053750
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for making a composite article that includes a soft trim component employs a pair of mold halves, wherein a suitable skin material is sprayed onto a first mold cavity surface to obtain an in-mold coating, and a substrate is positioned between the mold halves such that a first area of one side of the substrate is located in opposition with the in-mold coating. A sprue defined in the second mold half, in opposition with the other side of the substrate, directs injected foam through an aperture in the substrate and into a gap defined between the one side of the substrate and the in-mold coating. A portion of the first mold half includes a layer of a sealing material that is harder than the substrate material to thereby eliminate the need to otherwise trim the overmolded soft trim component upon release from the mold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2001
    Publication date: May 9, 2002
    Applicant: Lear Corporation
    Inventor: Armin Schwaighofer
  • Publication number: 20020055008
    Abstract: A visual effect, such as a granite-look, is produced in a thermoplastic product by directly applying a sufficient amount of at least one color-containing thermoplastic resin system to the surface of an extruded sheet of a thermoplastic resin. The color-containing thermoplastic resin system is applied onto the extruded sheet after it emerges from the die and prior to it entering the rollstack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2001
    Publication date: May 9, 2002
    Applicant: BASF Corporation
    Inventors: James H. Bennett, Steve Wasson, Gary Kogowski
  • Patent number: 6372164
    Abstract: A visual effect, such as a granite-look, is produced in a thermoplastic product by directly applying a sufficient amount of at least one color-containing thermoplastic resin system to the surface of an extruded sheet of a thermoplastic resin. The color-containing thermoplastic resin system is applied onto the extruded sheet after it emerges from the die and prior to it entering the rollstack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Assignee: BASF Corporation
    Inventors: James H. Bennett, Steve Wasson, Gary Kogowski
  • Patent number: 6015519
    Abstract: A method of forming a simulated stone and solid color plastic molded article includes a densified surface coating material that is sprayed on the surface of a mold. A glass fiber preform is inserted into the mold and the mold is filled with resin at low pressure. The densified coating material includes a matrix-forming resin and large and small densifier particles in a prescribed size ratio. Articles made in accordance with the method are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2000
    Assignee: Pyramid Composities Manufacturing Limited Partnership
    Inventors: James S. Lapikas, John B. O'Connor
  • Patent number: 6015604
    Abstract: An impressed emblem is disclosed which includes a cover sheet which is used together with heat and pressure to impress a desired pattern on an emblem. The emblem can also be impressed with a pattern and simultaneously heat-sealed onto a desired substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2000
    Assignee: Stahls', Inc.
    Inventor: Brett A. Stahl
  • Patent number: 5868993
    Abstract: A process for applying color to an article made of clay. Color can be applied to such diverse articles as pottery, earthenware, figurines, ceramics, porcelains, china, tiles domes and other decorative roofings. The application of color to clay articles is easily adapted to industrial, commercial or artistic uses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1999
    Inventors: Igor Mintchenko, Irina Ilina
  • Patent number: 5855958
    Abstract: A method of making a cast concrete stepping stone whose exposed upper surface has the appearance of two or more grouted attractive natural stepping stones. A liquid release agent is applied to the mold which is then placed on a vibrator table and filled with wet concrete. The mold is vibrated for about 30 seconds and the surface of the concrete troweled smooth. Dry body color is sprinkled over the concrete surface and troweled to completely cover the concrete. A dry release agent containing powdered color having a darker shade than the body color is sprinkled over the dry body color covering the concrete. The desired pattern is then pressed into the surface of the concrete and after a six hour drying time, the cast stepping stone is removed from the mold. Excess body color and release agent are washed away and the washed surfaces totally dried. Finally a clear concrete sealer is applied to the exposed upper surface of the concrete stepping stone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1999
    Inventor: Lawrence Edward Nash
  • Patent number: 5833906
    Abstract: A method for molding a novelty candle having flat sides incorporating a plurality of defined shapes located at the outer surface of the flat sides of the candle and a method of making same are provided. The method has the steps of: forming a sheet of wax to a desired thickness; heating the sheet of wax to below the melting temperature of the wax; cutting a plurality of shapes from the heated sheet of wax; arranging the plurality of shapes in a mold having an interior defined by flat sidewalls flush against the flat sidewalls and filling the interior of the mold with wax. In another embodiment, a novelty candle having a tree-like wax ornamentation on the surface thereof and a method of making same are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Inventor: Michael R. Widmer
  • Patent number: 5648030
    Abstract: A method for achieving high definition graphics in the surface of a body molded from plastic powders. The method is specifically described for use in achieving high definition graphics in the surfaces of kayaks formed by rotational molding using plastic powders, with the kayak mold being heated to above the transition temperature of the plastic powders. The high definition graphics are achieved by preplacing a stencil containing cut-outs for the desired design against the surface of the kayak body mold. The openings of the stencil are filled with a plastic powder corresponding to the color(s) of the design. After removal of the stencil, an overlayer of plastic powder corresponding to the main kayak hull is applied. Local heating is achieved to form a skin on the combination of these pre-placed powders. Subsequent heating of the entire mold in a heated oven, with appropriate rotation of the mold, distributes the bulk powder for the hull, melts the powders, and forms the entire hull.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 15, 1997
    Assignee: Dagger, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric S. Pemberton, Brent E. Howard
  • Patent number: 5637236
    Abstract: A method for producing a wall, roadway, sidewalk or floor of cementitious material having the appearance of natural stone and mortar including a base with an outer surface with a plurality of irregular shaped protrusions disposed in a random pattern to simulate natural stones and a plurality of simulated grout lines formed therebetween, the method including the steps of preparing a cementitious material, pouring the cementitious material into a form, vibrating the cementitious material, allowing the cementitious material to cure forming the base with the outer surface, releasing the base with the plurality of irregular shaped protrusions disposed in the random pattern to simulate natural stones and the plurality of simulated grout lines formed therebetween from the form, coloring the outer surface and accenting the plurality of simulated grout lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 10, 1997
    Inventor: Michael Lowe
  • Patent number: 5603878
    Abstract: A decorative sheet for construction is disclosed. The decorative sheet for construction comprises a thermoplastic polyester resin foam forming a surface layer, a large number of inorganic aggregates scattered over the surface of the foam in the presence of an adhesive, said inorganic aggregates forming a decorative face layer by the medium of the adhesive, and a backing layer formed on the decorative face layer. The decorative sheet of the present invention enablesits decorative face layer with a backing layer to be reliably and readily transferred to the surface of concrete construction or products, and yet which enables a foam layer as a protective layer for the decorative face layer with a backing layer to be readily removed after application. A decorative concrete product for construction using the same, and processes forpreparing them are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1997
    Assignees: Sekisui Kaseihin Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha, Nippon Preston Kabushiki Kaisha, Eslen Chemical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chitoshi Jinno, Hiroyuki Toyohara, Hikaru Mimura, Takashi Murohashi
  • Patent number: 5372676
    Abstract: A method of producing replicated paving stone including a base having a shaded and stratified layered upper surface with a plurality of simulated grout lines formed therein including the steps of preparing a cementitious mortar, applying a release agent to the interior of a forming mold, pouring the cementitious mortar into the forming mold, leveling the mortar, vibrating the forming mold and cementitious mortar therein, allowing the cementitious mortar to cure forming a base with an upper surface, releasing the base from the forming mold, applying an acid stain to the base, allowing the acid stain to etch the base to shade the upper surface, accenting the plurality of simulated grout lines with a pigment and sealing the replicated paving stone with an acrylic polymer sealer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 13, 1994
    Inventor: Michael Lowe
  • Patent number: 5342565
    Abstract: Simulated granite articles manufactured by coating a mold with a gel coat and then a spray composition including a gel coat material and crushed natural granite, crushed synthetic granite and mixtures thereof. Backing material fills the remainder of the mold. Gel coat and crushed synthetic granite may be sprayed directly on the mold, with a modified spray gun being used to efficiently and uniformly spray the granite composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 30, 1994
    Inventor: Jacob Goren
  • Patent number: 5320790
    Abstract: A patterned tool and method for producing a durable tactile warning surface for sidewalks and other walkways including pouring a concrete base, applying pigmented or colored hardener to the upper surface of the concrete base, stamping the upper surface of the concrete base with the patterned tool including a substantially flat member having a plurality of symmetrically disposed recesses of a predetermined diameter and depth formed on the lower surface thereof and a plurality of corresponding vent channels formed through the substantially flat member in communication with each corresponding recess and curing the concrete base to form a durable tactile warning surface including a plurality of symmetrically disposed raised elements of a predetermined diameter, height and spacing corresponding to the plurality of recesses to produce an uneven surface visually contrasting with adjacent surface areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 14, 1994
    Inventor: Michael Lowe
  • Patent number: 5028459
    Abstract: There is provided an imitation stone counter material and a method of making the same. In one embodiment, the material consists of a layer of gel coat over a stone matrix layer. The matrix layer mixture consists of a hardenable resin, a thickening agent, and a crushed stone aggregate. To the stone matrix layer is applied a layer of fiberglass and curable resin. In an alternative embodiment, alternating layers of foam and fiberglass are applied to the stone matrix layer to provide the desired structural integrity to the final imitation stone counter material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1991
    Assignee: Bayliner Marine Corporation
    Inventor: Richard L. Lathrop
  • Patent number: 4451420
    Abstract: A process and apparatus for producing a mixture of polymeric phases wherein a plurality of fluid material having different phases are fed into a phase programmer, and said phase programmer separately and sequentially injects pulses of said polymeric materials into a reservoir. The material may be passed through an extrudate shaping device so as to provide a moasic structure comprising an agglomeration of a plurality of said polymeric phases, each of which phases are substantially non-continuous in any dimension and which are interrupted with substantially no intermixing between phases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1981
    Date of Patent: May 29, 1984
    Inventor: Herbert W. Keuchel
  • Patent number: 4355808
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for preparing an inlay in golf irons which includes preparing an iron having a large cavity in its back and placing a preselected number of small weights in the bottom inner spline of the club and covering said weights with a first layer of epoxy. A second layer of epoxy having a decorative material included is placed over the first layer shortly after the first layer has set. During the setting of the second layer it is swirled a number of times. A protective coating is applied over the second layer after it has substantially cured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1981
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1982
    Assignee: Golf Division, Wood-Arts Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Doyle D. Jernigan, Margaret Caskey
  • Patent number: 4343752
    Abstract: A synthetic onyx material and method of preparation having veined coloring marks, within a matrix, in a smoothly flowing, variegated pattern resembling the flow of colored contaminants in natural onyx; the patterns are in juxtaposed portions revealing an optical boundary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1980
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1982
    Inventor: Irving Cann
  • Patent number: H827
    Abstract: A process for manufacturing a molded outer covering, comprising the steps of mixing two or more powder resin materials having different colors at a desired mixing ratio to prepare a powder mixture, and then heating the powder mixture in a preheated molded die, so that the powder mixture melts, resulting in a formation of a molded product having a pepper and salt pattern on the outer surface thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1985
    Date of Patent: October 2, 1990
    Inventor: Kouichi Yamagishi