Three-dimensional Folded Figure Patents (Class 446/388)
  • Patent number: 10363490
    Abstract: The three-dimensional paper bird toy is a simple cut, bend, twist, and paste assembly technique of integrating two field planes found from the same one piece of flat, foldable paper like recyclable “green” material. It can be used as a toy for children as well as an advertising aid for promotions. The toy bird shape is first a flat symmetrical die cut shape that is either indicated by a line which is where it should be punched or cut out. It is capable of being folded and pasted into a scalable three-dimensional toy or package display. The paper bird toy causes amusement & awareness and creates fun for involved users. The differences with this present invention is it's “green” toy value, meaning it is made from renewable resources, and it's symmetrical die cut design that creates a very dynamic and sturdy shape that has simple and understandable assembly instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventor: Sarah Thurmond
  • Patent number: 7943211
    Abstract: An improved three dimensional display such as a Holiday decoration having collapsible constructions having a shape memory internal frame. In one embodied form, the unique display includes a collapsible internal frame formed, in part, from metal wire imparted with suitable memory characteristics. Such metals are referred to as “shape memory alloys” (SMAs) because much metals “remember” their original shapes. Accordingly, the present invention uses a deformable internal metal frame supporting an outer sheath formed from suitable materials such as fabric, or plastic film for the skin of the inventive three dimensional displays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Willis Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Johnny Chen
  • Patent number: 7727045
    Abstract: A paper doll in which a trunk portion is hollow and disposed with its axial line directed in a longitudinal direction. Right and left shoulder joint members each formed in an approximately U-shape are rotatably coupled with the trunk portion by a first metal coupling passing through the trunk portion and the intermediate wall portions of the shoulder joint members. The base end portion of each of hollow upper arm members is held between a pair of side wall portions of the shoulder joint member and the upper arm members are rotatably coupled with the shoulder joint members by a second metal coupling passing through the side wall portions and the upper arm members, and femoral members each formed to be hollow are rotatably abutted against the trunk portion through the portions where the femoral members are abutted against sides of the trunk portion by a third metal coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Butterfly. Stroke. Inc.
    Inventor: Tomohiro Yasui
  • Patent number: 7029364
    Abstract: A geometric craft and educational kit having a punch-out sheet that has cut therein a plurality of faces. Each face is comprised of a plurality of rhombi having two opposite ends, a first end and a second end. The rhombic first ends are connected upon the face. The rhombic second ends are connected to adjacent rhombic second ends upon adjacent faces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Inventor: Daniel E. Thomasson
  • Patent number: 6626111
    Abstract: Method of producing multi-dimensional print media, comprising the following steps: Providing a substantially flat sheet of print media. Providing an image for printing on a first side of the sheet; the image including an active area that eventually separates from the rest of the sheet; the active area being bounded by a periphery. Performing one or both of cutting and microperfing a substantial portion of the periphery that adjoins an adjacent portion of the sheet. Scoring the first side of the sheet in the active area to provide at least one fold line for facilitating folding of the sheet into a multi-dimensional shape using only the at least one fold line for folding. Printing the image on the first side of the sheet with a printing device. The foregoing performing step is carried out in such manner as to keep the sheet sufficiently intact while passing through a printing device so as to prevent malfunction of the printing device. Die-pressed print media is also provided for use in the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2003
    Inventor: Harvey L. Hirsch
  • Patent number: 6439953
    Abstract: A three-dimensional built-up toy with freely connectable bases mainly includes at least one base in the form of a flat piece having a plurality of insertion slots formed thereon, and at least one figure and a plurality of matching decorations formed on and removable from the at least one base. The at least one figure and the plurality of matching decorations are integrally provided at lower ends with connecting sections adapted to insert into any of the insertion slots on the at least one base to hold the figure and the decorations to the at least one base in an upright position. The at least one base is provided along peripheral edges with coupling means. Two or more of the bases could be connected together to provide a large flat plane by engaging the coupling means on different bases with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Inventor: Kuo-Ching Liu
  • Patent number: 6311142
    Abstract: An interactive development environment for design and placement of tiered geometrical objects, such as objects used in pop-up card designs. Relations between objects are represented mathematically, allowing computerized modeling and enforcement of design constraints. For example, in the context of pop-up cards, a card that cannot close will not be allowed. A dependency hierarchy is used to track different objects of a card. Card objects are instantiated as related to other card objects so that changes to one card object can be appropriately propagated to related objects. If all card objects are defined with respect to a base card, an entire card design can be animated by only adjusting, e.g., “opening” and “closing,” the base card. A graphical interface provides drag-and-drop and manual forms of placing card parts. For drag-and-drop, design constraints can be used to automatically determine proper positioning of card pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2001
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Andrew S. Glassner
  • Patent number: 6136400
    Abstract: On one surface of a normal paper sheet 1, patterns 2 are printed, and tabs 3 for sticking are printed at the outside portions of the outlines of the patterns 2. On the reverse sides of the patterns 2, sticky surfaces 4 are provided at corresponding portions to which the tabs 3 for sticking are to be stuck. On the side having sticky surfaces 4 are provided a release sheet 6 whose size is substantially the same as the paper sheet 1. Lines 7 for clipping are provided along the outlines of the patterns 2 and the tabs 3 for sticking. Lines 8 and 9 for folding are provided in an inside area of the lines for clipping. The patterns 2 and the tabs 3 for sticking are clipped along the lines 7 for clipping. The clipped patterns are fabricated into a three-dimensional toy by folding along the lines for folding. Then the tabs 3 for sticking are fixedly stuck to the sticky surfaces 4 which are on the reverse sides of the patterns 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Assignee: Shogakukan Inc.
    Inventors: Satoshi Katayose, Ryo Usami
  • Patent number: 6120344
    Abstract: A three-dimensional action figure is formed from flat sheet material. The torso of the action figure is a folded carton formed of sheet material. The action figure includes jointed movable members which are pivotally attached to the torso by means of a novel joint. The joint allows the movable members to pivot without disengagement from the torso, and with no additional support or connection such as a rivet. The characters may include animal, cartoon or human characters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2000
    Inventor: Jerry L. Brown
  • Patent number: 5981005
    Abstract: A decorated animal having the trunk of said animal simulated by a piece of carpeting folded with the side containing the fibers on the outside of the folded carpet to simulate the trunk of an animal. One or more appendages are attached to the carpeting to represent heads, necks, arms, legs, and tails. And one or more additional appendages are connect to the appendages to simulate ears; manes; eyes; beaks; noses; and heads, when a neck has been attached to the carpet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Inventor: Robert C. Schiess
  • Patent number: 5775971
    Abstract: A three-dimensional action figure is formed from flat sheet material. The torso of the action figure is a folded carton formed of sheet material. The action figure includes jointed movable members which are pivotally attached to the torso by means of a novel joint. The joint allows the movable members to pivot without disengagement from the torso, and with no additional support or connection such as a rivet. The characters may include animal, cartoon or human characters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1998
    Inventor: Jerry L. Brown
  • Patent number: 5458521
    Abstract: A storage container for use in a child's room to store toys or other items, wherein the container includes removable components that may be assembled to and removed from the container to form different objects, such as vehicles, animals, and the like, thereby making the container, itself, an entertaining and educational toy. At least some of the components of the combined storage chest and toy may be used interchangeably to make a plurality of different objects, thereby minimizing the number of pieces that must be manufactured to form a plurality of different objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1995
    Assignee: Union Camp Corporation
    Inventor: Robert S. Todd
  • Patent number: 5225255
    Abstract: Ornamental bird devices, each comprising a first blank to simulate or be representative of head and body of a bird, and a second blank to simulate or be representative of wings for the head and body of the bird of the first blank. The blanks are of thin, flexile, foldable, creasable and resilient stock. Each blank defines a plurality of indents, and a first blank and a matched second blank are adapted to be assembled in mutual engagement with each indent of the one in hooking relationship with a corresponding indent of the other. An assembled device may comprise, for example, a mobile. Blanks for one or for several devices may be presented on one sheet of stock, and, so presented, each blank is readily and selectively hand-removable from the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1993
    Assignee: Kaulfuss Designers, Inc.
    Inventors: William P. Kaulfuss, Robert H. Kaulfuss
  • Patent number: 5171014
    Abstract: A magic folding game includes a plurality of different folders each in the form of a combination of two right polygons having a joining line in the middle, in which the joining line is a side of both the polygons. From each side of the joining line, lateral edges are extended symmetrically and, the inclined angle between the joining line and each of the lateral edges is the internal angle of the pentagons, the extension of each of the lateral edges passing through the center of a pentagon to form a junction. Assembly of a plurality of folders can form a spheroid through interlacing of their respective connection arcs in either a clockwise or counterclockwise direction such that a lateral edge of one folder is aligned with the joining line of another folder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1992
    Inventor: Jung-Yao Hsieh
  • Patent number: 4976652
    Abstract: A handcraft construction element comprising a substantially square central engagement portion defining a diagonal slit therethrough and two oppositely disposed triangular integral flaps extending on opposite sides of said engagement portion and separated therefrom by integral hinges, wherein each of said flaps defines an extended tongue adapted to engage said diagonal slit of another such element; and a sheet having a plurality of handcraft construction elements pre-cut for punching out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 11, 1990
    Inventor: Idan Schwartz
  • Patent number: 4957786
    Abstract: A method of making a doll includes the steps of forming a skirt portion from a substantially circular, flat, formable sheet by cutting three closely spaced substantially parallel radially extending slits in the sheet, forming the main portion of the sheet into a substantially conical configuration, and bending the elongated strips defined by the slits outwardly in opposite directions so that the main portion of the sheet and the bases of the strips define an aperture in the skirt portion. The method further includes the steps of forming a character figure portion including head, neck and body portions, and assembling the character figure portion with the skirt portion so that the body portion is received in the interior of the conical skirt portion and so that the neck portion extends through the aperture in the skirt portion to position the head portion above the skirt portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 18, 1990
    Inventor: Lorraine Barboza
  • Patent number: 4798317
    Abstract: A mannequin providing a small scale model of a living or fanciful figure, the mannequin being created from a blank of non-woven, synthetic plastic, flexible sheet material having paper-like qualities. The blank is die-cut to define a predetermined pattern of interconnected sections. Each section is contoured to provide the form of a particular member of the figure and includes locking tabs projecting from one edge thereof and complementary slots adjacent the opposing edge to receive the tabs. Each section is convertible into a locked tubular element by rolling the section and inserting the tabs thereof into the slots. The sizes and shapes of the resultant tubular elements simulate the members of the figure. By means of different pattern designs, blanks may be provided each capable of creating a unique three-dimensional figure formed by interconnected tubular elements whose sizes and shapes are appropriate to the figure implicit in the picture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 17, 1989
    Inventor: John Lonczak
  • Patent number: 4555236
    Abstract: A hand-actuated puppet is fabricated of resilient thin flat sheet material which permits the puppet to be compacted to a flat storage configuration amenable to packaging within the cover of a book. The puppet is comprised of upper and lower panels interconnected by a W-shaped hinge which permits the forward extremities of the panels to be brought together and flexibly deformed so as to meet in a coplanar abutment site. The abutment site is capable of gripping flat objects.Flat objects, having an appearance associated with the appearance of the puppet, may be packaged with the puppet as a kit. Still another kit encompasses the combination of the puppet with related literary material such as a book.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1984
    Date of Patent: November 26, 1985
    Inventor: Jeffrey L. Peyton