Polyhedral Patents (Class 403/171)
  • Patent number: 10781838
    Abstract: A connector device for connecting to one or more pipes. The connector device having one or more arms with static and flexible portions. The connector device connects pipes or other types of tubing by inserting the arms of the connector device into the openings of the tubing. A flexibility of the flexible portions enables the connector device to accommodate varying dimensions of inside diameter of pipes or tubing and to provide a friction fit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Inventor: Lawrence V. Koepke
  • Patent number: 10745929
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes a base structural building module employing a core structural member having an array of upwardly and outwardly and downwardly and outwardly extending braces or arms extending therefrom. Tubular cans are mounted at the ends of each of the upper and lower arms to receive piles. One upper arm is aligned and paired with one lower arm and the pair's respective cans are aligned about their can axis. The modules employ flexible design by varying the lengths of the arms and their respective inclination or declination angles. Modules can be stacked one on top of another (and secured) to form multi-tiered structural building jackets for building vertical structures such as, for example, oil and gas platforms used onshore or offshore as well as other structures. Each tier can also comprise multiple modules joined laterally together to provide a wide variety of potential template configurations and building applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: iSIMS LLC
    Inventors: Justin R. Bucknell, Kaisheng Chen
  • Patent number: 10661192
    Abstract: A connector joint device for connecting rods or arms at a joint or intersection. The connector joint includes more than one hexagon shape faces, more than one octagon shape faces, more than one 4-sided polygon shape faces. A first face among the more than one octagon shape faces has a hole extending in a direction at an angle with respect to a perpendicular line to the first face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventor: Fariborz Moshfeghi-Nejad
  • Patent number: 10570609
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include a structural assembly having a first panel having a first edge and a first aperture adjacent to the first edge, and a clamp having a first piece that passes through the first aperture, a second piece, and a fastening portion that fastens together the first piece and the second piece. The structural assembly may include a second panel having a second edge and a second aperture adjacent to the second edge, and the second piece passes through the second aperture, and the clamp holds the first panel and the second panel together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventors: Saif Sultan, Sean R. Cysewski, John N. Keune
  • Patent number: 10561959
    Abstract: A building block system includes a block body having four side faces offset 90 degrees from an adjacent side face and having a side edge intermediate adjacent side faces. The block body includes a top face perpendicular to the side faces and a bottom face opposite and parallel to the top face that is perpendicular to the four side faces, the top and bottom faces having a plurality of upper and lower edges, respectively, intermediate the four side faces, respectively. The system includes a plurality of receiver members, a single receiver member being positioned on a respective the side edge and on a respective the upper edge and on a respective the bottom edge. The system includes a plurality of connector members positioned intermediate the plurality of receiver members, respectively. Each receiver member has a configuration operable to receive a respective connector member in a locking engagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Inventor: Walter Tasbas
  • Patent number: 10531995
    Abstract: The invention provides a patient supporting plate (2) consisting of at least one first and one second patient supporting components (3, 4) and an accessory part (7). The first or the second patient supporting component (3, 4) is provided with a hinge (5) having a swivel axis (6). The hinge (5) has a drive element (11) for swiveling the patient supporting components (3, 4), as well as at least one coupling element (8) for coupling the first patient supporting component to the second patient supporting component (3, 4). The drive element (11) and the coupling element (8) are arranged juxtaposed in the direction of the swivel axis (6) and can be fastened to one another by means of at least one first detachable fastening element (17).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Inventors: Kevin Fiedler, Arnd Kuchenbecker, Carmen Ludwig
  • Patent number: 10518190
    Abstract: A module for a toy construction kit includes an elongated, monolithic body made from a non-magnetic material and having a central section, a pair of opposed ends, and a pair of tapered neck sections, one of which is positioned between the central section and one end of the body and the other of which is positioned between the central section and the other end of the body. One end of the body is at least partially covered by a pair of dome-shaped shells positioned on opposed sides thereof. The other end of the body is at least partially covered by another pair of dome-shaped shells positioned on diametrically opposed sides thereof. Each one of the shells is made from a magnetic material and is provided with a receptacle for receiving a plug of the non-magnetic material which forms a corresponding end of the body to thereby secure the shells to the body when the body and shells are integrated by way of a co-molding process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: LaRose Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Lawrence Rosen, Parviz Daftari
  • Patent number: 10458114
    Abstract: A modular building structure, obtained by assembling a plurality of module frames to obtain a complex frame is provided. The structure includes walls and floors implemented by cladding panels, and the module frames have a substantially parallelepiped shape. The structure includes connecting knots joining module frames adjacent on a same plane, on the lower side or upper side, at angles, or which provides for the connection of the module frames to a basement or to a roof structure. Each knot has a box-like structure with an inner core shaped like a hollow straight parallelepiped, formed by six walls facing two by two, each wall has an opening that form respective channels opened according to orthogonal axes. At each opening, the knot includes a corresponding supporting plate, parallel or orthogonal therebetween; each supporting plate, extending beyond the plane defined by one or more adjacent supporting plates, defines a respective rest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: EMMEALLAENNE S.R.L.
    Inventors: Federico Lestini, Luca Pofi
  • Patent number: 10375905
    Abstract: A detachable frame of a light-small sprinkling machine includes angle steel pieces, tiepieces, support bars, support upright rods, top rod with slots, and wheels. The components of the frame are connected through threaded connections, so that the frame can be disassembled and removed easily. The distance between sprinkler heads and the mounting height of the sprinkler heads may be changed by means of free movement of turning hooks in the top rod with slots. The number of spans of the rod of the machine are be selected according to the topographic structure and can be changed by means of threaded holes in the two ends of the top rod with slots, and thereby the length of the rod can be changed. Employing low-pressure sprinkler heads and utilizing the turning effect of movable swivel shafts, the irrigation sprinkling machine can be turned to any direction freely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Jiangsu University
    Inventors: Xingye Zhu, Shouqi Yuan, Junping Liu, Kun Tian, Jinghong Wan, Ya Bao, Xingfa Liu
  • Patent number: 10328355
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to toy construction kits and assemblies and, more particularly, to connectors that are mechanically attached to and extend from the corners of geometric frame-like modules. The connectors are also adapted to interface with and magnetically connect to linear magnetic modules, whereby a user can create multiple construction platforms upon which a number of diverse and interesting structures can be assembled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventors: Lawrence Rosen, Parviz Daftari
  • Patent number: 10217388
    Abstract: A display system including a first display frame including a plurality of frame members interconnected by junction connectors. The plurality of frame members each have a hollow interior. One or more diametrically polarized magnets is disposed to rotate freely within the hollow interior of at least one of the frame members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Nimlok Chicago
    Inventor: Dean Alkas
  • Patent number: 10174498
    Abstract: Deck components comprising a post sleeve and flanges extending away from side walls of the post sleeve are described. The post sleeve includes a rectangular cross section. Interior flanges can comprise attachment holes for affixing the interior flanges to box-frame-segments having square-cut edges. Box-frame-segments and box-frame-segment attachments with square-cut edges can abut the exterior surface of a post sleeve side wall. Use of the post sleeve can reduce or eliminate the need to produce beveled joints box-frame-segments and box-frame-segment attachments. Post sleeves can comprise a post sleeve extension extending above box-frame-segments that attach to the flanges of the post sleeve. The post sleeve and post sleeve extension can comprise a single metal extrusion. Alternatively, the post sleeve extension can be attached to the post sleeve. In one example, a post sleeve extender is placed into a post sleeve and the post sleeve extension is placed onto the post sleeve extender.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventor: Roger Winter
  • Patent number: 10161125
    Abstract: A spatial structure that enables the assembly and disassembly of architectural elements quickly and easily, ensuring the necessary structural robustness and which basically comprises a node (1) with a plurality of sockets (2), a bar (3) intended for insertion at either of the two ends thereof in said sockets (2), a perforated screw (5) whose inner surface (6) allows the insertion of the end of the bar (3) and whose outer surface is coupled to the sockets (2), and a portion of flexible washer (8) suitable for insertion into the socket (2) of the node (1) and closing by compression as a result of the thrust exerted by the perforated screw (5) to adopt the shape of a substantially closed washer such that said bar (3) is locked inside the perforated screw (5), preventing the disassembly of the structure but not the rotation of the bar (3) inside the socket (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventors: Eduardo Herrezuelo De La Sierra, Juan Pablo Molina Valderrama
  • Patent number: 10077561
    Abstract: The corner cover for a trim member of a building wall siding or cladding may have first and second panels each with opposed substantially planar faces inclined at an included substantially right angle to each other with a longitudinally extending vertex. Each panel may have a substantially linear bottom end extending substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal vertex. The lower portion of each panel may have a first edge portion spaced from and extending substantially parallel to the longitudinally extending vertex and an upper portion with a second outer edge portion at least in part spaced from and closer to the longitudinally extending vertex than the first edge portion and at least in part may be inclined to both the bottom and first edge portions of its associated panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Inventor: Scott C. Steinmetz
  • Patent number: 9984181
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including medium-encoded computer program products, for designing three dimensional lattice structures include, in one aspect, a method including: calculating a radius of incidence for respective pairings of beams of different sizes that converge at a junction in a lattice; determining a maximized radius of incidence for each of the beams based on the radii of incidence for the pairings with that beam; comparing the maximized radii of incidence to find a global radius for the junction; calculating local intersection points and global intersection points, respectively, for each of the beams with a local sphere defined by the maximized radius of incidence for that beam and with a global sphere defined by the global radius for the junction; and generating meshing with sockets for the beams at the junction using the local intersection points and the global intersection points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Within Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Hooman Shayani, Srikanth Reddy Bethi
  • Patent number: 9896860
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes a base structural building module employing a core structural member having an array of upwardly and outwardly and downwardly and outwardly extending braces or arms extending therefrom. Tubular cans are mounted at the ends of each of the upper and lower arms to receive piles. One upper arm is aligned and paired with one lower arm and the pair's respective cans are aligned about their can axis. The modules employ flexible design by varying the lengths of the arms and their respective inclination or declination angles. Modules can be stacked one on top of another (and secured) to form multi-tiered structural building jackets for building vertical structures such as, for example, oil and gas platforms used onshore or offshore as well as other structures. Each tier can also comprise multiple modules joined laterally together to provide a wide variety of potential template configurations and building applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: iSIMS LLC
    Inventors: Justin R. Bucknell, Kaisheng Chen
  • Patent number: 9823459
    Abstract: A triangular frame metering structure includes three side beams and three end pieces each connected between two of the side beams. Each end piece top and bottom is configured for connection of support loads, with all support loads connecting to the metering structure at the top or bottom of one of the end pieces. Secondary mirror focusing mechanisms mounted on the end piece tops support pairs of secondary mirror struts. Strut mounts on the end piece bottoms provide connections to pairs of primary mirror struts, base struts, and instrument struts. All support loads connected to the metering structure are thus connected only to the corners of the metering structure and are connected at a same radial distance from a central longitudinal axis. The metering structure has reduced mass with high stiffness for supporting large aperture telescopes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Andrew L. Bullard, Maciej D. Makowski
  • Patent number: 9724617
    Abstract: A snap-fit connector includes a female component and a male component. The female component has a retaining hole and two through bores communicating spatially with the retaining hole. The male component has two spaced-apart hooks inserted into the retaining hole. Each of the hooks has a resilient arm, and a protrusion retained in a respective one of the through bores. The protrusion of each of the hooks has an abutment surface abutting against the female component, and a positioning recess formed in a guide surface thereof and accessible via the respective one of the through bores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Genius Toy Taiwan Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Wen-Bang Lin
  • Patent number: 9638229
    Abstract: A connection device for assembling together a receiver first section member presenting an inner cavity, and a fastener second section member presenting a groove having a constricted opening. The connection device includes a cage forming a pair of jaws for coming into engagement in the groove. The device also including a resilient drive mechanism for urging a spacer member between the jaws so as to space them apart in such a manner as to come into engagement with the groove through the constricted opening; and a pivotable lever that pivots about a pivot pin, the pivotable lever including a lever arm and a thrust head that engages the spacer member so as to move it against the force exerted by the resilient drive mechanism on the spacer member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: AGAM Group, Ltd
    Inventor: Claude Gamain
  • Patent number: 9452309
    Abstract: A modular structure for gymnasiums or similar, includes at least one pair of supports (2) for positioning near facing walls of a room, a beam (4, 30, 60) connected at its ends (4a) to the supports, the supports being provided with connection elements (6) configured to be shifted from a tightened position in which they make the beam (4, 30, 60) integral with the supports (2), to a released position in which they allow the beam (4, 30, 60) to translate with respect to the supports (2), connection elements (10) for exercise equipment being provided on the beam (4, 30, 60), the elements being configured to translate along the beam (4, 30, 60).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Amer Sports Italia S.P.A.
    Inventor: Silvia Scaramucci
  • Patent number: 9427644
    Abstract: Low cost, durable, reusable, lightweight, inexpensive, simple, easy to assemble/disassemble, transportable goal posts. Each goal posts may be composed of single piece T reinforcements and a single piece cross bar reinforcement, as well as readily available construction materials, such as PVC pipe. The bodies of the single piece reinforcements are sized so that the pipes forming the upright posts and crossbar have the same length. Assembly, disassembly, and transportation are simplified. The disassembled components can be carried in vans and SUVs. Internal reinforcements allow flexible, low cost materials such as PVC pipe to be used while maintaining a professional, aesthetic appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Inventor: Kendyl A Roman
  • Patent number: 9212479
    Abstract: The invention is about a supporting framework, having nodes and at least one framework component. The framework components are either panels or diagonal braces or a combination of them. At least one node has a connector and at least one bar. At least one connector has a plurality of bar receiving members that are located in a corresponding plurality of faces of an imaginary polyhedron and at least one bar has a first end, fixed to the one of the bar receiving members of the connector of a first node and a second end, fixed to the corresponding bar receiving member of the connector of another node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Inventor: Devrim Pacaci
  • Patent number: 8978680
    Abstract: An erectable canopy framework comprising a base frame and a roof frame. The roof frame is operative to support a canopy above the base frame and is removably mountable to the base frame. The base frame includes a plurality of upright support members, a plurality of cross members, each interconnecting adjacent upright support members, and a plurality of mounts disposed on the upright support members. Each mount includes a mount opening and each cross member includes a scissor assembly to permit movement of the base frame between expanded and a collapsed states. The mounts are operative to fasten the cross members to the upright support members. The roof frame includes a plurality of rafters each connectable to a corresponding mount opening. The framework comprises a plurality of rafter fittings each adapted for insertion into a corresponding mount opening and connectable to a corresponding rafter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: KD Kanopy Inc.
    Inventor: Matt Kayser
  • Patent number: 8915390
    Abstract: A joint for use in making a shipping crate includes a base and a pair of orthogonal channels which extend upwardly from the base and are open from above. Each channel has an inner closed end and an outer open end, and has a width, along a length of the channel between the inner and outer ends, which is greater than the width at the inner and outer ends. The channel is preferably defined by an outer wall, an inner wall, and a pair of reinforcement members located at the inner and outer ends to define the region of smaller width at each end. The reinforcement members are preferably hollow vertical members which are rectangle or square in cross-section and which extend from the inner wall towards the outer wall. Preferably, at their inner ends, the channels share a reinforcement member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Groupe Dusogat
    Inventor: Félix Meyer-Horn
  • Publication number: 20140286694
    Abstract: The invention relates to a double assembly system that can be used for pivoting, rotating or folding operations. The invention is suitable for use in the production of furniture or other construction elements and structures, for the purposes of folding and unfolding, opening and closing, and, depending on the spatial orientation thereof, for securing a part in its use position. The invention can be used to join generally planar parts. The invention is formed by a group of elements (1) which are interlocked with other elements and which, when joined, allow a rotational movement through a specific, pre-defined angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventor: Francisco Couceiro Nuñez
  • Patent number: 8707653
    Abstract: A modular truss system includes six-way box connectors to which truss beams can be bolted and pinned together in a wide variety of configurations and to any or all of the six identical faces. Each box connector face and each truss beam endplate is fitted with matching center holes for bolts and spring pin arrangements on the peripheral corners. These make aligning and attaching the truss beams and box connectors to one another a quick and simple job that does not require any tools. The truss beam endplates have one or more spring pins and a center hole that matches the ones in each of the six faces of the box connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: Michael J. Calleja
  • Publication number: 20140072363
    Abstract: An apparatus for connecting at least one elongated element is provided. The apparatus include a spherical connection member. The apparatus further includes a plurality of connection mechanisms disposed on the spherical connection member and configured to connect to the at least one elongated element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Inventor: Calvin B. BOZE
  • Patent number: 8650741
    Abstract: Various embodiments of an invention regarding universal fence gates are described including a specially shaped fence gate connector that may act as an elbow and/or a T-member, a universal fence gate kit with parts for assembling a universal fence gate including a specially shaped fence gate connector, a universal fence gate assembled using a specially shaped fence gate connector, and methods for assembling fence gates using a uniquely shaped fence gate connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Barrette Outdoor Living, Inc.
    Inventors: Krystal J. Piper, Robert Sonnabend
  • Publication number: 20140037367
    Abstract: A corner insert and facing, finishing, protecting, reinforcing, stabilizing and structurally supporting member for establishing and finishing a transition between a first surface, a second surface and a third surface, the first, second and third surfaces forming an inside corner in furniture. One corner insert embodiment includes a rear face portion oriented inwardly in relation to the inside corner, which is securable to the inside corner, and from which integrally extends an external frontal or basal face portion, the lateral edges of which are securable alone or with the addition of an integral pin or barb to the inside corner, positively locking and engaging with the interior corner surfaces so as to firmly anchored therein and thereto.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Inventor: Andreas Diener
  • Publication number: 20140037366
    Abstract: A sheet metal clip for connecting the ends of three or four grid runners with their longitudinal axii intersecting at a common center and at obtuse or acute angles relative to each other, the clip having a leg for each one of the grid runners, each leg, in use, extending in a vertical plane from the center and being permanently bendable at the center to allow the leg to be adjusted to a desired angle of a respective grid runner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: USG INTERIORS, LLC
    Inventors: Peter B. Groza, Peder J. Gulbrandsen, Mark R. Paulsen, Abraham M. Underkofler
  • Patent number: 8590216
    Abstract: A locking collar that surrounds a hub of a space frame structure. Struts radiating from the hub pass through openings in the locking collar. The openings each have a size relative to a width of each of the struts that provides a locking action to the struts and limits movement of the struts, which gives support to a shape of the space frame. The locking collar provides support to beams of wood or other materials that are attached to the struts without placing stress on the hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventor: John Morgan Hurt, III
  • Patent number: 8585312
    Abstract: A three dimensional polyhedron frame structure formed by a plurality of rigid rods and a plurality of hubs in which each rod has a retractable bolt at at least one end for assembly into a socket of a hub having a plurality of sockets that accept a plurality of rods with the rods being assembled to the hubs in different directions to form frames of various polyhedron shapes. A board is attached to at least one horizontal rod forming a vertical face of a prism frame so that its angle of inclination can be adjusted to demonstrate a principle of gravity. Preferably the rods are electrically conductive and the hubs are non-conductive so that wires can be connected to selected rods to form an electrical circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Kid Knowledge, Inc.
    Inventor: Marjan Kosak
  • Patent number: 8528291
    Abstract: The present invention includes a system for connecting tubes or rods, which are preferably uni-directional pultruded, filament wound, or roll-wrapped carbon-fiber tubes or rods, together to form trusses and other structures using a series of connector pieces preferably bonded together with adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Allred & Associates Inc.
    Inventors: Jimmie B. Allred, III, Michael D. Griswold, Michael J. Hall, Matthew A. Bush, Joseph Kummer
  • Patent number: 8485208
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a connection device installed on a top of a canopy tent, comprising: a main body having a hollow interior, a sliding member having an interior with a downwardly protruding cylinder, support poles each having one end hinged to the main body, and the other end connected to a tent pole for standing the tent fabric upright, a joint bar having one end hinged to the sliding member, and the other end having one side hinged to a first connection bar hinged to the support pole and the other side hinged to a second connection bar hinged to the main body; The hollow interior of the main body is equipped with a compression spring and a spring holder. The cylinder of the sliding member is fitted into the hollow interior of the main body from the top of the hollow interior to be movable in the upward and downward directions to set up or taken of the tent canopy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Inventor: Jung Woo Seo
  • Publication number: 20130108355
    Abstract: Box shaped device for joining cylindrical rods and flat panels having multiple orthogonal holes on three axis allows quick joint of two or more rods or panels or combination thereof in two or three axis. The holes are threaded to allow screws to lock the rods or panels in position. The rods being slightly smaller than the size of the holes, can be inserted thru the holes and locked at any position, allowing flexibility to construct any frame structure of any size, and do not require rods or panels with specially shaped attachment points. Special purpose blocks can be made with holes at different angles or special shapes for mounting panels etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Inventor: JOHN T.S. LEE
  • Patent number: 8418710
    Abstract: A tent top assembly is mounted on top of a tent for connecting with a plurality of tent poles. The tent top assembly includes an upper module and a lower module. The upper module includes an upper seat, an upper press member and an upper lid which are separately formed and connected with each other. The lower module includes a lower seat, a lower press member and a lower lid which are separately formed and connected with each other. The upper seat and the lower seat each have a plurality of engaging grooves which are spaced and arranged in a radial form for connection of connecting heads of the tent poles. There is no need for rivets or other fasteners when assembling the present invention, saving the cost and the time of assembly. The tent top assembly can be assembled and disassembled quickly and easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Q-Yield Outdoor Gear Ltd.
    Inventor: Nanqing Zhou
  • Patent number: 8408225
    Abstract: A collapsible shelter is described herein. One embodiment includes at least three leg members, at least three base members, wherein the each base member includes an opening to receive one of the at least three leg members at an angle less than 90° relative to the bottom surface of the base member, at least two accordion-type collapsible truss assemblies connected to each leg via an upper corner connection mechanism and a lower corner connection mechanism, each accordion-type truss including at least four truss members interconnected by at least two pivotal v-joints and at least two pivotal x-joints, wherein the at least two pivotal v-joints each include two truss members coupled together with a coupling mechanism through openings in the two truss members, wherein the openings in the two truss members are configured to reduce shearing forces in the truss members by the coupling mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Go Papa, LLLC
    Inventors: Steven E. Mallookis, Steven B. Mallookis
  • Publication number: 20130045042
    Abstract: A multi-directional structural joint for interconnecting the ends of tubular structural pipes that contains a base member having rigid intersecting perpendicular planar plates of circular or polygonal shape where each of the plates terminate in a peripheral edge on which are fixedly mounted a plurality of radially positioned and spaced apart cylindrical connecting studs, where the longitudinal axis of each stud is coplanar with the plate on which it is mounted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Inventor: Stuart A. Ohlson
  • Patent number: 8347561
    Abstract: A domed structure (500) comprises a plurality of struts (505) of equal or a reduced number of differing lengths. The struts are held in place by hubs (510, 515, 1400). In one aspect, a first hub secures the ends of inserted struts at a constant distance from its center, while other hubs secure the ends of inserted struts at predetermined distances from their centers. The differences between the various predetermined distances is the difference in strut lengths required by the design of the structure. Thus all struts are of equal length and identical, or a reduced number of lengths, resulting in an economy of scale and ease of construction. A cover can be added after the structure is built. Alternatively, the hubs can be sewn into a fabric or plastic cover for further ease of construction. The struts can be glued in place, or removed from the hubs to disassemble the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: Robert H. Howe
  • Patent number: 8192105
    Abstract: A set (10), including a first component (12) having one or more stub portions (16) extending from the first component (12), the one or more stub portions (16) being formed with at least one set of radially extending teeth (22) separated circumferentially by troughs (24), and a second component (14) having a socket portion shaped to receive one of the stub portions (16), wherein peripherally spaced formations (30) are provided on an interior surface of the socket portion. The stub portion (16) is able to be received within the socket of the second component (14) by aligning the teeth (22) of the stub portion (16) between the formations (30) of the socket, and wherein the stub portion and socket are thereafter connected by relatively rotating the first (12) or second components (14) such that the teeth (22) of the stub portion engage the formations (30) of the socket to couple the first and second components together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Inventor: Aydin Keyvanloo
  • Patent number: 8176703
    Abstract: The object of the present invention is a shelter structure, in particular for electrical equipment, totally modular, simple and inexpensive to make, and extremely quick to assemble, also on the place of use. Such structure comprises angular connecting joints (11), horizontal bars (13) and vertical uprights (14) that connect to said joints, and a series of panels (16, 17) of suitable materials suitable for forming the walls, the roof and the floor of the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Smitt Carpenteria S.r.l.
    Inventor: Alfredo Tremacchi
  • Patent number: 8152403
    Abstract: A three-way connector for a cabinet frame, including a body 1, multiple positioning columns 4, 8, a pair of M6 tapping holes 7, a pair of M6 tapping holes 11, a M12 tapping hole 3, a ten-folded section 6, and a fifteen-folded section 10. A pair of triangular corners 2 is disposed on both sides of the body 1. The M12 tapping hole 3 is disposed at the top of the body 1. The positioning columns 4 are fit with a cavity of the ten-folded section 6. The M6 tapping holes 7 are disposed on the positioning columns 4, and fit with an installation hole of the ten-folded section 6. The positioning columns 8 are fit with a cavity of the fifteen-folded section 10, and are parallel to each other. The M6 tapping holes 11 are disposed on the positioning columns 8.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Inventor: Suizhang Shen
  • Patent number: 8061375
    Abstract: The present inventions relate generally to connectors for interconnecting members of shade structures (e.g. umbrellas and pavilions), such as support ribs and hubs. The connectors can be incorporated or attached to support ribs of shade structures to enable the support ribs to extend from the hubs at various angles to accommodate different shaped canopies. The connectors include an adjustable portion that enables the support ribs to extend to desired points on the periphery of the canopy at an angle that deviates from the angle of the hub channels, which are disposed around the periphery of the hubs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Inventor: Oliver Joen-an Ma
  • Publication number: 20110280649
    Abstract: A connector for use in a construction joint including a first plate having respective first and second ends, and a first slit extending from the first end to a predetermined depth on the first plate, and a second plate having respective first and second ends, and a second slit extending from the second end of the second plate to a predetermined depth on the second plate. When assembled, the first and second plates intersect through the first and second slits such that the connector has a cross-section that is, at least in part, generally cruciform-shaped. The connector may also include a bearing plate. The first plate further includes a bearing plate slit formed between an end of the first slit and the second end of the first plate, and extending generally perpendicular to the first slit, such that the bearing plate slit is adapted to receive the bearing plate. The bearing plate is positioned such that the second end of the second plate abuts against the bearing plate when assembled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Inventors: William Dewson, David Bowick
  • Patent number: 8047473
    Abstract: A connecting node comprises a polyhedral structure comprising a plurality of panels joined together at its side edges to form a spherical approximation, wherein at least one of the plurality of panels comprises a faceted surface being constructed with a passage for integrating with one of a plurality of elements comprising a docking port, a hatch, and a window that is attached to the connecting node. A method for manufacturing a connecting node comprises the steps of providing a plurality of panels, connecting the plurality of panels to form a spherical approximation, wherein each edge of each panel of the plurality is joined to another edge of another panel, and constructing at least one of the plurality of panels to include a passage for integrating at least one of a plurality of elements that may be attached to the connecting node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventors: Christopher J. Johnson, Jasen L. Raboin, Gary R. Spexarth
  • Patent number: 7926225
    Abstract: Joint element for a pneumatic structural element (1) according to the prior art, comprising a sleeve (2), a compression member (3), two tension members (4) and two spherical caps (5). In each case one joint element is fitted for the spherical caps (5) such that an opening (10) accommodates the spherical cap (5). The joint elements serve for introducing tensile and compressive forces, in a manner free of bending moments, into the pneumatic structural element (1), the compressive forces being absorbed by the compression member (3) and the tensile forces being absorbed by the tension members (4). The joint element has holes (12) for fastening the compression member (3) with a screw (15), on the one hand, and holes (11) for accommodating the tension members (4), on the other hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Prospective Concepts AG
    Inventor: Mauro Pedretti
  • Patent number: 7886758
    Abstract: The corner brace of a framework of a quickly erectable canopy shelter is connected between portions of a perimeter truss assembly connected to a leg of the framework of the canopy shelter. The corner brace includes a corner brace mounting pin on a first link member of an outer truss of the perimeter truss assembly, and a support truss tube member pivotally and rotatably connected at one end to an outer truss on one side of the leg. The other end of the support truss tube member is removably connected to an outer truss on the other side of the leg. The support truss tube member of the corner brace may include a support truss clip that fits to a link member of the framework. The framework may also include a canopy framework support assembly for supporting a canopy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Inventor: Mark C. Carter
  • Patent number: 7887247
    Abstract: An underground earth retention strut construction method using a horizontal frame structure is disclosed, in which since a vertical member is formed after a horizontal frame structure is first installed and completed, it is possible to minimize any interference between the vertical member and the horizontal frame structure for thereby achieving an easier construction and enhancing a construction quality. The interval of the temporary vertical member is widened during an underground excavation work, so that the ground excavation work is easy. The improved horizontal frame structure of an architecture comprises a pair of straight members which are connected by at least one plate; and a “#”-shaped connection member which is connected at a portion in which the straight members cross with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Baro Construction Key-Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kwang-Man Kim
  • Patent number: 7883288
    Abstract: A connector (11) for connection to a hollow frame member (12) the connector having at least one projection (17) for receiving a complimentary end of the hollow frame member, the projection having raised portions (19) on an outer surface thereof and the projection is dimensioned relative to the hollow frame member such that force is required to fit the hollow end over the projection and during fitting the hollow end of the frame member is deformed about the projection so as to be internally engaged by the raised portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Minnis & Samson Pty, Ltd.
    Inventor: Joannes Hendricus Maria Jorna
  • Patent number: 7780371
    Abstract: A supporting framework with connection node and struts has at least two strut receiving elements, each strut receiving element being arranged centrally on an imaginary cube face of the connection node. Arms extend from the strut receiving elements and run parallel to the edges of the imaginary cube face and extend up to an edge of the imaginary cube face that is perpendicular to the arms. The arms of one strut receiving element meet arms of an adjacent strut receiving element arranged orthogonal thereto and form at least one loop. A connection element can be hooked into the loop for producing a diagonal connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Burkhardt Leitner Constructiv GbmH & Co., KG
    Inventor: Michael Daubner