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20090222122Spectacle Lens Supply System, Ordering System, and Manufacturing Method - An ordering terminal (09-03-2009
20090048699System and Method for Detecting a Geometry of a Workpiece - There is described a system and method for detecting a geometry of a workpiece for the purposes of processing the workpiece. In order to simplify optimization of a manufacturing strategy for processing a workpiece, the system has at least one camera for producing at least one image of the workpiece before a processing step, a memory area for desired geometry values the workpiece should have after the processing step, determination means for determining workpiece geometry values the workpiece has before the processing step on the basis of the at least one image, and calculating means for calculating differential geometry values describing a difference between the workpiece geometry values and the desired geometry values.02-19-2009
20130085591METHOD AND ARRANGEMENT FOR FORMING A DENTAL MODEL - The invention relates to a method for forming a physical or virtual dental model as an aid to the production of a dental prosthesis taking account of the shape of at least one tooth stump present in an upper or lower jaw, of points of contact with the teeth adjacent to the at least one tooth stump, and of the occlusal surface of at least one opposing tooth in the region of the field of movement of the dental prosthesis to be disposed on the at least one tooth stump using digital data relating to the upper and lower jaw measured in a contact-free manner.04-04-2013
20130085590SYNTHETIC BONE MODEL AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING SAME - A method for providing a synthetic bone model of a subject bone includes providing a file with data representing a three-dimensional subject bone. Manufacturing instructions are generated based upon at least a portion of the data. The manufacturing instructions are transferred to a manufacturing device. A thin-walled outer shell of the synthetic bone model is created directly from the manufacturing instructions using the manufacturing device. The outer shell defines an inner cavity. A filler material is placed within at least a portion of the inner cavity. A synthetic bone model is also disclosed.04-04-2013
20100049351METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PRODUCING A DENTAL PROTHESIS - A method for producing a dental prosthesis, including obtaining data for the teeth that are to be replaced and for their surrounding area; compiling a database containing data for prefabricated tooth replacement parts; excluding those tooth replacement parts which, based on the data recorded for the teeth to be replaced and for their surrounding area, are unsuitable for functional and/or aesthetic and/or stability reasons; selecting the tooth replacement parts to be used; using imaging software to obtain a virtual representation of the tooth replacement parts integrated into the surrounding area in the patient's dentition in accordance with customary set-up rules; recording the data of an actual situation in a patient's mouth after preparation of the affected teeth and insertion of any implants; checking the compliance of the selected tooth replacement parts with the data of the actual situation after preparation; making available the selected tooth replacement parts; modifying the selected tooth replacement parts according to the data of the actual situation after preparation.02-25-2010
20100010655ASSEMBLY CONNECTION METHOD FOR ATTACHING VIRTUAL PARTS IN A COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN SOFTWARE ENVIRONMENT - A method and apparatus that allows the user of a computer aided design (CAD) system to connect three-dimensional parts to create a three-dimensional assembly using connections that completely define the attachment between the parts attached to each other by that connection. The user can simultaneously define the orientations of the parts and their behavior. “Behavior” includes whether parts are rigidly connected or allowed to move relative to one and other, and if allowed to move, the nature and limits on that movement. Within any movement allowed, the user may specify key discrete orientations known to be important to the function of the assembly, such as orientations that limit movement within the assembly. The connection method creates a smaller, more consistent representation of the underlying constraints of the assembly, improving the reliability, performance, and ease of use of a CAD system in which it is used.01-14-2010
20110202159COMPUTATIONAL METHOD FOR DESIGN AND MANUFACTURE OF ELECTROCHEMICAL SYSTEMS - A method for manufacturing an electrochemical cell. The method includes generating spatial information including an anode geometry, a cathode geometry, a separator geometry, and one or more current collector geometries. The method also includes storing the spatial information including the anode geometry, the cathode geometry, the separator geometry, and the one or more current collector geometries into a database structure. In a specific embodiment, the method includes selecting one or more material properties from a plurality of materials and using the one or more material properties with the spatial information in a simulation program. The method includes outputting one or more performance parameters from the simulation program.08-18-2011
20110202158METHOD OF DESIGNING AND MANUFACTURING CAM DEVICE AND THREE-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN-SUPPORT COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR THE SAME - There is provided a method of designing and manufacturing a cam device using a three-dimensional design-support computer program including a customer setup program for customers and a manufacture setup program for cam device manufactures being configured to generate different finenesses in 3D models and characteristic values of cam performance as a result of design of the cam device, and being configured to obtain a result which indicates the same cam device except for fineness and the required calculation items when the same parameters are loaded. The customer setup program is lent from the cam device manufacture to the customer, and detailed design to constructional details of the cam device is performed using the manufacture setup program on the basis of design data created using the customer setup program and handed to the cam device manufacturer, whereby the cam device is manufactured on the basis of a detailed design drawing.08-18-2011
20100076582System for making custom prototypes - A system for making custom prototypes including devices for making the prototype, logic, software, firmware, hardware, circuitry or other components and responsive to user input.03-25-2010
20100114351Method for manipulating a dental virtual model, method for creating physical entities based on a dental virtual model thus manipulated, and dental models thus created - A 3D virtual model of an intra oral cavity in which at least a part of a finish line of a preparation is obscured is manipulated in virtual space by means of a computer or the like to create, recreate or reconstruct finish line data and other geometrical corresponding to the obscured part. Trimmed virtual models, and trimmed physical models, can then be created utilizing data thus created. The virtual models and/or the physical models may be used in the design and manufacture of copings or of prostheses.05-06-2010
20130138234MEDIA-BASED SYSTEM FOR FORMING THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECTS - Embodiments described herein are directed to generating physical three-dimensional color-accurate objects based on a 3D computer-based color model using printed layers of media. Embodiments can slice a 3D computer-based color model into 3D cross-sectional components, which retain the color information of the model. The 3D cross-sectional segments can be converted into 2D page images and the color information can be included in a plan image corresponding to the cross-sectional segments. Embodiments can print the page images to form cross-sectional prints which can be layered and trimmed to shape the prints into a color accurate physical object that represents the model.05-30-2013
20090171491Rotor Assembly System and Method - A system for assembling a rotor stack having a plurality of rotor disks may include a measurement system for measuring characteristics of the rotor disks, a computer electronically connected to the measurement system for capturing data from the measurement system, and solid modeling software for creating a virtual stack of the rotor disks optimized for concentricity.07-02-2009
20130041494ALIGNMENT DATA BASED PROCESS CONTROL SYSTEM - Deformation of a substrate due to one or more processing steps is determined by measuring substrate alignment data at lithographic processing steps before and after the one or more processing steps. Any abnormal pattern in the alignment data differential is identified by comparing the calculated alignment data differential with previous data accumulated in a database. By comparing the abnormal pattern with previously identified tool-specific patterns for alignment data differential, a processing step that introduces the abnormal pattern and/or the nature of the abnormal processing can be identified, and appropriate process control measures can be taken to rectify any anomaly in the identified processing step.02-14-2013
20100042244METHOD OF DESIGNING TOOL AND TOOL PATH FOR FORMING A ROTOR BLADE INCLUDING AN AIRFOIL PORTION - A method of designing a tool for forming a rotor blade including an airfoil portion includes generating a computer model of a rotor blade having an airfoil portion, and determining a curvature and radius of curvature at sections of the rotor blade. An inner and outer diameter of a circumferential forming portion of a tool operable to form the rotor blade may then be calculated. A method of designing a tool path for forming a rotor blade including an airfoil portion includes generating a computer model of a cylindrical tool operable to form a rotor blade including an airfoil portion and of a rotor having a plurality of the rotor blades. The computer models of the rotor and tool are used to generate a first and second tool motion corresponding to airfoil suction and pressure portions. A method of forming a rotor with integral blades is also disclosed.02-18-2010
20100042243COMPUTER ASSISTED METHOD FOR THE ADVANCED DESIGN OF BENT PARTS OF COMPOSITE MATERIAL - Computer assisted method for the advanced design of bent parts of composite material using a computer assisted CAD system comprising the following stages: a) Supplying the 2D mesh model (02-18-2010
20100324714PROCESS INTEGRATION DETERMINING SYSTEM AND METHOD - An optimal process determining system executes a step of calculating a temporary process that includes information of a plurality of individual processes. According to an example, each process includes a tooling including of a tool, a holder, a tool projection length, and a sequence of the plurality of individual processes. A similarity between the toolings of two individual processes is calculated. In addition, a calculation is performed relating to a plurality of integrated processes for which the tooling of one of the individual processes having a high similarity is integrated into the tooling of the other one of the individual processes. In addition, an optimal process is determined from the plurality of integrated processes on the basis of an actual machining time in each of the integrated processes, a unit integration reduction time reduced as one of the toolings of the individual processes is integrated, and the number of the individual processes integrated.12-23-2010
20100324713PROCESS INTEGRATION DETERMINING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A machined shape determining step of determining a machined shape machined by a basic tooling or basic tooling template of each machining efficiency group from a material shape (S12-23-2010
20090157211PRODUCING A LOCALLY OPTIMAL PATH THROUGH A LATTICE BY OVERLAPPING SEARCH - A system and computer-implemented method for the creation of a structure using Lego building blocks is disclosed. Aspects of the methods are equally appropriate for numerous structures, including but not limited to, studs-up and studs-out configurations or a ‘wall’ style mosaic or a ‘floor’ style mosaic. Given the systems and methods disclosed, aspects of the invention are applicable to three-dimensional sculpture structures too. The system and method may use a recursive overlapping divide-and-conquer breadth-first search feature to improve the quality of the structures while only slightly, if at all, increasing the time and memory required. Furthermore, the system and method may use dithering algorithms and/or cost analysis to determine which building block can be used and placed to achieve high-quality structures. In another example, aspects of the invention may be used to more optimally schedule delivery trucks. In yet another example, aspects of the invention may be used to enhance handwriting recognition and speech recognition.06-18-2009
20100106275METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR OBTAINING DATA FOR A DENTAL COMPONENT AND A PHYSICAL DENTAL MODEL - Methods for obtaining data and for manufacturing a dental component and a physical dental model of at least a part of a dental structure are provided which can improve processing times and provide sufficient manufacturing accuracy. An embodiment of the method can comprise obtaining a first data record for manufacturing the dental component and a second data record for manufacturing the physical dental model. The first data record can comprise data based on a portion of a digital dental model. The second data record can comprise data based on at least the portion of the digital dental model. In this regard, the data upon which the first and second data records are based can be obtained using first and second scanning resolutions in order to improve processing times and provide sufficient accuracy.04-29-2010
20100106277PACKAGE DESIGN METHOD USING STRATODESIGN INTEGRATED IN THE METHOD FOR DESIGNING THE PRODUCT TO BE PACKAGED - The invention relates to a method for designing and producing a package intended for the protection and/or transportation of a product. All of the digital design steps for the package are integrated in the method for digitizing the product, which includes a step of laminating a virtual key form of the product used to define geometrical data of each layer of the package to be cut. Then, the cutting is carried out followed by the stacking of the layers of the package defined by the design steps for said package to form a real package. The invention also relates to the package obtained by the method.04-29-2010
20100106276METHOD FOR MODELLING OR PRODUCING A DENTURE SUPPLY, MACHINE-READABLE DATA CARRIER, AND COMPUTER - The invention relates to a method of modelling a denture supply, such as a bridge construction, a crown, a cap, a set of artificial teeth or the like, said method comprising the following steps: creating or loading a first data record recording the shape of an initial situation before any treatment, such as the extraction or grinding of one or of a plurality of teeth, and creating or loading a second data record recording the shape of a post-treatment situation, and using the first and second data records for modelling the denture supply. The invention also relates to associated computer-readable data carriers and a computer.04-29-2010
20100332006Method and Device for Visualizing an Installation of Automation Systems Together with a Workpiece - A method and a device for visualizing a workpiece in a visualized model of an automated installation. In accordance with the invention, the method comprises making available a selection device to the user of the visualized model of the automated installation, visualizing the automated installation together with the workpiece and centering the workpiece in the visualized model of the automated installation, where the selection device is used by the user to preselect the workpiece.12-30-2010
20100094446FEATURE DRIVEN RULE-BASED FRAMEWORK FOR AUTOMATION OF MODELING WORKFLOWS IN DIGITAL MANUFACTURING - A method for designing a prosthetic device includes acquiring a three-dimensional image of an anatomical surface. A rules script for automatically performing a plurality of image processing rules using a script interpreter is executed. For each particular rule of the plurality of rules, one or more anatomical features that are relevant to the particular rule using a surface shaping engine are determined, the one or more determined anatomical features are automatically segmented from the acquired three-dimensional image using a feature detector, and the particular image processing rule is performed on the acquired three-dimensional image based on the automatically segmented anatomical features using a CAD tool. A prosthetic device design is produced based on the three-dimensional image upon which the rules of the plurality of image processing rules have been performed.04-15-2010
20090306801PATIENT SPECIFIC ANKLE-FOOT ORTHOTIC DEVICE - The unique advantages of computer-controlled fabrication of a patient-specific orthotic device using an automated fabrication machine capable of following computer instructions to create 3D surface contours and new developments in non-invasive three-dimensional (3D) scanning have made it possible to acquire digital models of freeform surfaces such as the surface anatomy of the human body and to then fabricate such a patient-specific device with high precision. Such a patient-specific device brings significant improvement in patient-specific fit, comfort, and function of medical devices (and, in particular, to orthoses that require a close fit to the wearer's body to act effectively). The combination of these two technologies is ideally suited for the development of patient-specific orthotic devices.12-10-2009
20130073068SOLID FREEFORM FABRICATION USING A PLURALITY OF MODELING MATERIALS - A system and methods for solid freeform fabrication of an object is disclosed. The system comprises a solid freeform fabrication apparatus having a plurality of dispensing heads, a building material supply apparatus configured to supply a plurality of building materials to the fabrication apparatus, and a control unit configured for controlling the fabrication apparatus and the supply apparatus based on an operation mode selected from a plurality of predetermined operation modes.03-21-2013
20130060369METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR GENERATING INSTRUCTIONS FOR AN AUTOMATED MACHINE - A system and a method for generating instructions for an automated machine adapted for performing a given process on an object are disclosed. The method comprises providing process data representative of the given process to perform; acquiring 3D geometrical data of a portion of the object; generating a model of the portion of the object using the acquired 3D geometrical data; generating a set of instructions for the automated machine according to the generated model and the process data; and providing the set of instructions to the automated machine for performing the given process on the portion of the object. The method may be adapted for cost-effectively automating the manufacturing of a unitary object while taking into consideration actual deformations of the object prior to generate the instructions for the automated machine.03-07-2013
20130060368VOLUMETRIC CUT PLANNING - Methods for computer-aided manufacturing and design, and corresponding systems and computer-readable mediums. A method includes receiving a three-dimensional (3D) solid part model and an associated 3D solid blank. The method includes defining an initial in-process workpiece (IPW) as the same as the 3D solid blank, and defining a cut volume in-process feature to be removed from the IPW. The method includes removing the cut volume in-process feature from the IPW. The method can include calculating and storing the cut volume in-process feature or the updated IPW with the removed cut volume in-process feature. The updated in-process workpiece can be calculated and displayed for each state at all times, in various embodiments.03-07-2013
20100017007Apparatus and Method For Designing an Electrode Shape for an Electrical Discharge Machining Process - A computer readable storage medium includes executable instructions to obtain an orbital path shape. Each point on the orbital path shape represents a displacement of the tool shape when the tool shape is moved along the orbital path shape The tool shape, when moved along the orbital path shape, sweeps out a desired cavity shape. The executable instructions further include instructions to obtain an input solid model corresponding to the desired cavity shape to be swept out and derive a set of faces for a solid model of the tool shape based on the orbital path shape and a set of faces, a set of edges and a set of vertices corresponding to the input solid model. The executable instructions further include instructions to combine a subset of the set of faces derived for the tool shape to generate the solid model of the tool shape. In one embodiment, the tool shape corresponds to a Minkowski decomposition of the input solid model with respect to the orbital path shape.01-21-2010
20110066266INTERCONNECTION DESIGN METHOD, RECORDING MEDIUM CONTAINING PROGRAM AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF INTERCONNECTION SUBSTRATE - An interconnection design method for a multiplayer interconnection substrate having a power supply layer or a ground layer, interconnection layers having interconnections, vias connecting the interconnection layers mutually, and an opening surrounding a via in the power supply layer or the ground layer, the method including: specifying an interconnection for a specific signal as a specific signal interconnection; determining an approximate arrangement of vias; changing positions of the vias and obtaining approximate interconnection routes in respective approximate arrangement of the vias, and evaluating respective interconnectivity for an evaluation region; and obtaining a detailed interconnection route based on a result of the evaluation of the interconnectivity; the specific signal interconnection including one adjacent to a via, and the evaluating respective interconnectivity includes setting a position of one end of the evaluation region into a position associated with an outside end face of the opening.03-17-2011
20120116562Systems and methods Utilizing Patient-Matched Instruments - Patient-matched surgical instruments, and methods for making patient-matched surgical instruments, may include patient-matched surgical instruments having an anatomy facing side with several discrete, physically separate anatomy contacting portions configured to match the anatomy of a particular patient. The anatomy contacting portions may be one or more of non-uniform in distribution, non-uniform in shape or non-uniform in surface area.05-10-2012
20110046763PLANAR MANUFACTURING DRAWING PRODUCTION SUPPORT DEVICE, PLANAR MANUFACTURING DRAWING PRODUCTION SUPPORT METHOD, PLANAR MANUFACTURING DRAWING PRODUCTION SUPPORT PROGRAM AND BRANCH ANGLE DESIGN SUPPORT DEVICE - The present invention aims to improve accuracy of a planar manufacturing drawing used to instruct manufacture of a three-dimensional structure in a planar form. According to path plan information is acquired by a path plan information acquisition unit 02-24-2011
200900126403D object fabrication methods and systems - A 3D object fabrication method implemented in a fabrication system includes the following steps. A digital object model is retrieved. Sections of the digital object model are respectively printed on plural pieces of plane material. The pieces of plane material are combined to form a physical 3D object of the digital object model.01-08-2009
20100087939SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND TOOLS FOR PROOFING A COMPUTER-AIDED DESIGN OBJECT - Systems, methods, and tools for proofing computer-aided design (CAD) objects (e.g., CAD drawings or models). The objects are implemented with CAD software and represent an apparatus. An exemplary method includes receiving a CAD object representing the apparatus, determining criteria for proofing the CAD object, determining rules, extracting items of interest from the CAD object, comparing the extracted items with the rules, and tagging the extracted items based on the comparisons. An exemplary criterion for proofing the CAD object is the type of material (e.g., a type of plastic material) for the apparatus to be manufactured in.04-08-2010
20110282473System and method for image segmentation in generating computer models of a joint to undergo arthroplasty - A custom arthroplasty guide and a method of manufacturing such a guide are disclosed herein. The guide manufactured includes a mating region configured to matingly receive a portion of a patient bone associated with an arthroplasty procedure for which the custom arthroplasty guide is to be employed. The mating region includes a surface contour that is generally a negative of a surface contour of the portion of the patient bone. The surface contour of the mating region is configured to mate with the surface contour of the portion of the patient bone in a generally matching or interdigitating manner when the portion of the patient bone is matingly received by the mating region. The method of manufacturing the custom arthroplasty guide includes: a) generating medical imaging slices of the portion of the patient bone; b) identifying landmarks on bone boundaries in the medical imaging slices; c) providing model data including image data associated with a bone other than the patient bone; d) adjusting the model data to match the landmarks; e) using the adjusted model data to generate a three dimensional computer model of the portion of the patient bone; f) using the three dimensional computer model to generate design data associated with the custom arthroplasty guide; and g) using the design data in manufacturing the custom arthroplasty guide.11-17-2011
20120290115SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IMPROVED DENTAL GEOMETRY REPRESENTATION - A digital data set representing a pre-scanned tooth geometry, including generic crown data, is merged with data representing a scanned patient tooth crown image, which lacks sufficient data to completely represent a complete tooth crown.11-15-2012
20110125306PROCESS FOR PRODUCING A BONE COMPLEMENT - A process for producing a bone complement to to be carried out as a pre-operatory surgical procedure that includes the following steps: a) submitting the patient to a computerized tomography scan, in order to obtain images of the site of the defect to be grafted; b) analyzing the images obtained in a specific software; c) after the evaluation and diagnosis through the images, promoting the virtual treatment of the defect through a specific image manipulation software; d) transferring the manipulated images to 3D prototype producing equipment; e) generating the bone complement in a biomaterial; and f) promoting the cellular enrichment of the bone complement.05-26-2011
20110125305METHOD FOR AUTOMATICALLY FABRICATING A DENTAL SUPERSTRUCTURE FOR ATTACHMENT TO AN IMPLANT - A system for a dental superstructure to be attached to an implant using a digital model description of a shape of the superstructure, the superstructure including first and second elements. The system comprises a computing device arranged to (a) analyze a recorded real clinical situation or shaped clinical situation of an implant axis and insertion axis, (b) compute a shape of the dental superstructure based at least in part on the determined implant axis, (c) generate digital data representing the shape of the superstructure, and (d) separate the computed shape into first digital data representing a shape of the first element to be connected to the implant and second digital data representing a shape of the second element to be connected to the first element, the shape of the first element being optimized, at least in part, based on a tilt angle between the determined implant axis and insertion axis.05-26-2011
20110125304SYSTEMS, METHODS, APPARATUSES, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIA FOR DESIGNING AND MANUFACTURING PROSTHETIC DENTAL ITEMS - A dental CAD/CAM system performs structural analyses of a candidate prosthetic dental item that is to be created using design data representing the prosthetic dental item. The dental CAD/CAM system can recommend positioning of a surface of the prosthetic dental item within a volume of a milling block based on the design data and data representing desired aesthetic properties of the prosthetic dental item. The dental CAD/CAM system can generate and display simulated images of the aesthetic properties of the prosthetic dental item using the design data, data representing the surface of the prosthetic dental item, data representing the volume of the milling block, and data representing aesthetic properties of the milling block. The dental CAD/CAM system can be used to form prosthetic dental items having complex aesthetic properties, such as translucent regions and shades of colors that vary spatially.05-26-2011
20110125303METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CREATING A REPRESENTATION OF A PRODUCT OR PROCESS - A product lifecycle management system cannot interact with 3D models and data representing a product or process that lacks information for creating a three-dimensional model in a seamless and uniform manner. Such incompatible data includes legacy and conceptual data. Accordingly, a method and corresponding apparatus according to an embodiment of the present invention are provided to create from such data, an intermediary representation that is compatible with the three-dimensional model domain but differs from a three-dimensional model that has real-world geometry of the product or process. The intermediary structure is formed in a manner that enables the product lifecycle management system to interact with the intermediary representation and three-dimensional models in a seamless and uniform manner, and is capable of being updated with real-world geometry of the product or process.05-26-2011
20120290116METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR OBTAINING DATA FOR A DENTAL COMPONENT AND A PHYSICAL DENTAL MODEL - Methods for obtaining data and for manufacturing a dental component and a physical dental model of at least a part of a dental structure are provided which can improve processing times and provide sufficient manufacturing accuracy. An embodiment of the method can comprise obtaining a first data record for manufacturing the dental component and a second data record for manufacturing the physical dental model. The first data record can comprise data based on a portion of a digital dental model. The second data record can comprise data based on at least the portion of the digital dental model. In this regard, the data upon which the first and second data records are based can be obtained using first and second scanning resolutions in order to improve processing times and provide sufficient accuracy.11-15-2012
20110295402DENTAL PROSTHESIS CONNECTOR DESIGN - Presented herein are methods, systems, devices, and computer-readable media for dental prosthesis connector design. Embodiments include providing a computer-based interface for manipulating a connector that connects a first dental restoration component and a second dental restoration component in a dental prosthesis; providing, via a cross-sectional representation of the connector, an acceptability design constraint for the connector, such as whether the connector meets production constraints and/or encompasses the intersection between neighboring teeth; modifying the connector based on operator input; determining whether the modified connector is acceptable with respect to the acceptability design constraint; and providing an acceptability indication for the modified connector, wherein said acceptability indication is determined based at least in part on whether the modified connector is acceptable with respect to the acceptability design constraint.12-01-2011
20120022677SIMULATION METHOD, SIMULATION APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM - A simulation apparatus includes a storing unit that stores therein information about a shape of a blank piece to be cut out from raw wood, information about a final shape of a wooden piece obtained by compressing the blank piece, and image data of a surface of the blank piece. The apparatus also includes detecting unit that detects a knot appearing on the surface of the blank piece by image recognition using the image data; a shape estimating unit that estimates a shape of the detected knot using shape information on the blank piece; and a determining unit that determines, in accordance with the shape of the estimated knot, a cutting location and a cutting shape of the blank piece in such a manner that the cutting location and shape include a part and a thickness of the knot is substantially the same as that of the compressed blank piece.01-26-2012
20100138020CROWNING PROFILE - A contact element that is arranged to follow, i.e. slide or roll, against a mating part includes a contact surface having a crowning profile on at least a part thereof. The crowning profile is defined by the function Y(X)=AX6 where Y is the crowning quantity, X is the distance from the centre of the contact surface of the contact element, A and B are real numbers and B is greater than 2.06-03-2010
20120065757HONEYCOMB PACKING SYSTEM, METHOD AND APPARATUS - A system and method of forming a honeycomb structure includes selecting a desired honeycomb structure shape, forming a plurality of two dimensional sheets into desired two dimensional shapes corresponding to the selected honeycomb structure shape, stacking the plurality of two dimensional sheets, connecting the plurality of two dimensionally shaped sheets along corresponding connection lines and spreading the plurality of sheets apart.03-15-2012
20100114350METHOD OF DETERMINING MESH DATA AND METHOD OF CORRECTING MODEL DATA - A die fabricated based on reference model data is corrected, and the corrected die is measured with a measuring instrument to provide three-dimensional measured die data. Noise areas in the three-dimensional measured die data are identified and removed using a computer. The three-dimensional measured die data and the model data are placed in proximity to each other, and a stacking and deforming process is performed in order to project a model surface represented by the model data onto a measured data surface represented by the three-dimensional measured die data. The stacking and deforming process is performed only within a range of the model surface that corresponds to an area in which the die is corrected. Portions of the three-dimensional measured die data from which noise areas have been removed are complemented by the model data.05-06-2010
20090149977METHODS, SYSTEMS, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCTS FOR SHAPING MEDICAL IMPLANTS DIRECTLY FROM VIRTUAL REALITY MODELS - A virtual interactive environment enables a surgeon or other medical professional to manipulate implants, prostheses, or other instruments using patient-specific data from virtual reality models. The patient data includes a combination of volumetric data, surface data, and fused images from various sources (e.g., CT, MRI, x-ray, ultrasound, laser interferometry, PET, etc.). The patient data is visualized to permit a surgeon to manipulate a virtual image of the patient's anatomy, the implant, or both, until the implant is ideally positioned within the virtual model as the surgeon would position a physical implant in actual surgery. Thus, the interactive tools can simulate changes in an anatomical structure (e.g., bones or soft tissue), and their effects on the external, visual appearance of the patient. CAM software is executed to fabricate the implant, such that it is customized for the patient without having to modify the structures during surgery or to produce a better fit.06-11-2009
20090306802METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR OPTIMIZING THE VIBRATIONAL CHARACTERISTICS OF A STRUCTURE - A structural optimization engine generates a response profile based on a vibrational analysis of a three-dimensional (3D) structure. The structural optimization engine determines whether the 3D structure complies with one or more design goals set for the 3D structure based on the response profile. When the 3D structure does not comply with the design goals, the structural optimization engine retrieves dependency data from a structure database. The dependency data indicates various dependencies between response characteristics included in the response profile and specific regions of the 3D model. Based on the dependency data, the structural optimization engine determines structural modifications that can be made to the 3D structure to bring the 3D structure into compliance with the design goals. A multi-axis computer-aided manufacturing unit then makes the structural modifications to the 3D structure.12-10-2009
20090276070METHOD TO CONSTRUCT AND PHYSICALLY JOIN BUILDING BLOCKS INTO A NEAR-NET SHAPED PART USING AN INTERFACIAL REACTION-ACTIVATION MECHANISM - The disclosure provides a method to construct and physically join near-net shaped structural building blocks into a composite part using an interfacial reaction-activation mechanism.11-05-2009
20090281649METHOD FOR DETERMINING MEASURING POINTS - In a method for determining measurement points on a physical object, a number of measurement points are first selected in a graphical computer model of the object, until a sufficient number of measuring points have been selected so as to allow the position and orientation (lay) of the object to be determined relative to a reference system. A further measuring point of the object is then selected in the graphical computer model, and a check is automatically made to determine whether the further measuring point can determine the lay of the object relative to the reference coordinate system more accurately. If so, the further measuring point is used for this determination. Further measuring points are selected and checked in this manner, until the lay of the object can be determined better than with a predefined tolerance.11-12-2009
20100125355MODULAR CUSTOM WEAPON STOCK MANUFACTURING - A custom gun is fabricated by combining stock design modules. Using a common datum various stock modules can be combined to produce a unique stock configuration. Each of the modular stock components is chosen from the library stock design modules according to the characteristics and the intended use of the gun. This subset of design modules is processed in combination with the physical characteristics of a user to arrive at a customized three-dimensional model of a stock for a gun. The model can thereafter be modified and segmented before all or a portion of the model is output to a computer aided machining device which, using a unitary piece of stock material, can fabricate the stock according to the computer generated model.05-20-2010
20110172798Structured Porosity or Controlled Porous Architecture Metal Components and Methods of Production - A method of forming a product such as a biomedical implant of Mg or Al includes computationally designing the product including a controlled porous architecture, producing a positive model of the product, infiltrating the model with a salt-containing paste, drying the paste, removing the material comprising the positive model leaving a negative salt template, infiltrating the salt template with molten Mg or Al or alloy, allowing the Mg or Al or alloy to solidify, and removing the salt template to leave the Mg or Al or alloy product with the controlled porous architecture. In some embodiments the method includes controlling the Mg or Al infiltration pressure to control the extent to which a texture or pattern of the internal surfaces of the model is imprinted on the internal surfaces of the end product.07-14-2011
20110172797Method of Making An Article of Footwear - A method of making an article of footwear is disclosed. The method includes the steps of designing an article of footwear via a website, converting a footwear representation into a set of two-dimensional portions, printing the two dimensional portions onto a sheet material, cutting and assembling the two dimensional portions into a finalized article of footwear. The method further includes a step of shipping the article of footwear to a pre-designated shipping address. Systems for receiving an order for a customized article of footwear are also disclosed.07-14-2011
20110172796WELDABILITY PREDICTION AND RECOMMENDATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS - In one or more embodiments, a weldability of a stack-up for use in vehicle part production may be determined. The determination may include receiving general stack-up information, welding standards data for forming a stack-up, and one or more inputs defining one or more stack-up design variables. Additionally, standardized stack-up information may be generated based on the general stack-up information, the one or more design variables, and the welding standards data. Furthermore, historical welding data may be received for predicting a weldability of the stack-up. Predictive logic may be applied to the standardized stack-up information based on the historical welding data to obtain one or more weldability predictions for the stack-up. The one or more weldability predictions may be transmitted for use in vehicle part production.07-14-2011
20090287332SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING FULL AND PARTIAL DENTURES - There is provided a system for fabricating at least a portion of a denture. The system includes a three-dimensional scanning device for scanning a surface of a denture template, and a computer-readable medium including a computer program for receiving data from the scanning device, creating a 3-dimensional model of the surface, and optionally modifying the 3-dimensional model and/or adding features to the 3-dimensional model. The system also includes a fabricator for creating the at least the portion of the denture, from a selected material, based on the 3-dimensional model. The fabricator may be a device including a lathe, or a rapid prototyping machine. There is also provided a method for fabricating at least a portion of a denture.11-19-2009
20120296460Bonded Rework Template System - A method and apparatus for processing an inconsistency. A shape of the inconsistency is identified in a location having layers of composite materials. A model of the location is created with a portion of a number of layers in the layers of composite materials removed to form a section based on the shape of the inconsistency and a policy for rework.11-22-2012
20100138021MODELING SHEET METAL TRANSITIONAL SHAPES WITH MANUFACTURING INTENT AND RESULTS - A method, apparatus, and article of manufacture provide the ability to generate a lofted sheet metal model. User input is accepted that obtains two input profiles. A triangulated lofted shape is generated that transitions between the two profiles. The triangulated lofted shape is adjusted to reflect a manufacturing process. A manufacturable lofted sheet metal shape is then generated based on the adjusted triangulated lofted shape.06-03-2010
20080281452Automatic Three-Dimensional Model Construction System - To efficiently construct a three-dimensional model. A product is divided into two parts of a head portion and a neck portion. A head form 11-13-2008
20080312764METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR EXPLICIT REPRESENTATION OF COMPOSITE STRUCTURES - A three dimensional Computer Aided Design (CAD) model of a composite part to include a plurality of plies is described. The model includes an explicit representation for each individual ply utilized to form the composite part, where each individual ply is created as one of a solid or tessellated volume. Each ply representation is in a proper spatial orientation with related component definitions.12-18-2008
20090265025System and Method for Simulation, Modeling and Scheduling of Equipment Preparation in Batch Process Manufacturing Facilities - A method and system for simulating, modeling and scheduling equipment preparation procedures in the biopharmaceutical production process is described herein. The use of process vessels in batch process manufacturing is optimized through the use of peak load scheduling frames. The system and method includes the steps of identifying soiled process components and their associated equipment preparation procedures. After the soiled process components are identified, a master list of soiled process components and their associated equipment preparation procedures is generated. After the soiled process components and the equipment preparation procedures are identified, the equipment preparation procedures are scheduled out based on preparation equipment protocols to generate a equipment preparation load summary table. Next, the size and capacity of the preparation equipment is determined based on the information in the load summary table. After the size and capacity of the preparation equipment is determined, an equipment preparation time line is generated.10-22-2009
20100217417SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROTOTYPING BY LEARNING FROM EXAMPLES - A method for specifying design rules for a manufacturing process includes providing a training set of 3D point meshes that represent an anatomical structure, for each 3D point mesh, finding groupings of points that define clusters for each shape class of the anatomical structure, calculating a prototype for each shape class cluster, and associating one or more manufacturing design rules with each shape class prototype. The method includes providing a new 3D point mesh that represents an anatomical structure, calculating a correspondence function that maps the new 3D point mesh to a candidate shape class prototype by minimizing a cost function, calculating a transformation that aligns points in the new 3D point mesh with points in the candidate shape class prototype, and using the rules associated with the shape class prototype, if the candidate shape class prototype is successfully aligned with the new 3D point mesh.08-26-2010
20080215174METHOD OF CORRECTING DIE MODEL DATA - A die is produced based on die model data. The produced die is corrected. The corrected die is three-dimensionally measured by a measuring tool to produce measured three-dimensional die data. A polygonal surface represented by the measured three-dimensional die data and a model surface represented by the die model data are compared with each other. The polygonal surface is brought into proximity to the model surface, and the absolute values of the distances between a plurality of pairs of measuring points on the polygonal surface and corresponding points on the model surface are calculated. The die model data are corrected based on the absolute values of the distances.09-04-2008
20080269932DATA VISUALIZATION OF A DATACENTER - Methods and systems for data visualization in a datacenter are described herein. At least some illustrative embodiments comprise a method for monitoring a datacenter, comprising collecting a plurality of real-time data samples from a plurality of data sensors, generating a plurality of processed data values based at least in part on the plurality of real-time data samples, mapping each of the plurality of processed data values to one of a plurality of colors, and displaying the plurality of processed data values as regions of color on one or more two-dimensional (2-D) planes within a three-dimensional (3-D) space representing a datacenter.10-30-2008
20100274376Method and Apparatus for Performing Stress Modeling of Integrated Circuit Material Undergoing Material Conversion - A method, a computer medium storing computer instructions performing a method, and a computer with processor and memory perform stress modeling as follows. The stress model transforms a representation of a material conversion of a first material in the integrated circuit to a second material in the integrated circuit. Prior to the material conversion the first material occupies a first space having a first boundary. After the material conversion the first material and the second material together occupy a second space having a second boundary. The first space and the second space are different. The stress model performed by the computer system transforms the representation of the material conversion of the first material to the second material into: i) the first material occupying the first space having the first boundary, and ii) a strain displacement condition of the first material. The strain displacement condition is determined by a spatial change from the first boundary to the second boundary.10-28-2010
20100145490THREE-DIMENSIONAL (3D) MANUFACTURING PROCESS PLANNING - Manufacturing process planning is usually considered as not intuitive for non-expert user. This is because a user needs to deal with processes, describing a work to be done, and other abstract concepts that are loosely related to the real world. Accordingly, a method and corresponding apparatus according to an embodiment of the present invention are provided to describe a work to be done in response to a user interacting with a three-dimensional representation of one or more parts that form a product and to provide the user with feedback in the form of a graphical representation of the work to be done. This approach is very intuitive as it is close to how a user would, for example, in a real world, decompose a product into sub-assemblies that essentially results into a definition of a manufacturing process of the product.06-10-2010
20110208339CUSTOMIZED INSTRUMENT EVALUATION AND ORDERING TOOL - A tool is provided to allow a user to customize the components of a vehicle instrument panel from an Internet-enabled Web site. A user can navigate to a Web site and select a vehicle for configuration. From the Web site, input may be obtained regarding the components and appearance of an instrument panel such as selecting particular types of components (e.g., display panels, gauges, etc.) and arranging where the selected components are to be located. The input generated by a user is translated into a build specification for assembling the instrument panel at the manufacturer. Accordingly, the system and method serve as an interface between the Web site that obtains user configuration data and a manufacturer's system that manages assembly of the vehicle.08-25-2011
20090138113SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCTS FOR HOME AND LANDSCAPE DESIGN - This patent application relates generally to systems, methods, and computer program products for home and/or landscape design.05-28-2009
20090118852Virtual manufacturing of transmission elements - A software structure which when adapted in an apparatus is capable of virtual manufacturing of transmission elements for example gear means with chip formation, the software structure comprising a start module for loading the source file in a main editor-file that contains the computer program, an input module for providing input parameters that are essential for the configuration of a product and a cutting tool, a product design module for evolving the parameters for the manufacturing of the product; and a virtual manufacturing module having at least three sub-modules one each for tool generation, visualisation of machining operation, and disassembly of the product from the machine bed.05-07-2009
20090326694SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DEVELOPING AUTOMATED TEMPLATES FOR KNOWLEDGE CAPTURE - A system, method, and computer program product for automated development of templates for knowledge capture for use in computer aided design and manufacturing. A method includes receiving a user selection of one of a plurality of parts to be developed into a product template. The method also includes receiving data about the selected part, the data including a plurality of part components. The method further includes displaying parametric data relating to the part components and connections between the part components. The method still further includes receiving customizations to the parametric data from the user. The method also includes developing program code based on the customizations to the parametric data. The method also includes publishing the program code and the customized parametric data as the product template.12-31-2009
20110230993DIGITAL PROCESSING METHOD AND DEVICE OF LARGE OR MEDIUM-SIZE SAND MOLD - A digital processing method of a large or medium-size sand mold includes inverting a three-dimensional CAD model of a mold into a numeric controlling code, putting a prepared sand blank on a hollow grid-shaped processing platform to proceed the digital milling procedure, bringing away waste sand generated during processing by high pressure gas blown out from a nozzle near a cutter and the waste sand entering to a collecting device below the processing platform. A device for carrying out the method is disclosed. The method and the device reduce the processing steps.09-22-2011
20110029116SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETERMINING THE MECHANICAL AXIS OF A FEMUR - A method positions a profile of a prosthetic component on the three-dimensional model of a limb. Patient-specific anatomical data of the limb is gathered. First and second anatomical landmarks are identified to determine a first spatial relationship. A third anatomical landmark is identified to determine a second spatial relationship with respect to the first spatial relationship. The profile of the prosthetic component is positioned in all but one degree of freedom. A fourth anatomical landmark is identified to position the profile of the prosthetic component in the one remaining degree of freedom.02-03-2011
20090222121ENHANCED FLATTENING FOR CABLE AND WIRING HARNESSES IN COMPUTER-AIDED DESIGN DRAWINGS - Embodiments of the invention include a method for generating a two-dimensional (2D) flattened nailboard representation of a wiring harness in a three-dimensional (3D) computer-aided design (CAD) model. The nailboard representation invention may be used to provide a dimensionally accurate “flattened” view of a complex 3D wiring harness depicted in a CAD model, without cutting any of the wires included in the harness, and minimizing the overlap of multiple exposed wires present in wire loops.09-03-2009
20110144785SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GENERATING INSTRUCTIONS FOR CUSTOMIZATION - A method of creating a triangulated surfaces for generating machine readable instructions for customization is provided. The method comprises selecting text or symbols. The text or symbols are spaced. The text or symbols are mapped between first and second curves. Triangulated surfaces are generated from the mapped text or symbols. The triangulated surfaces are converted to machine readable instructions.06-16-2011
20110144784SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR EMBEDDING AND USING INTELLIGENT PRODUCT MANUFACTURING INFORMATION STORED IN CAD MODEL OBJECTS - A method and corresponding CAD system and computer-readable medium. The method includes receiving a part definition for a first part model, the part definition including intelligent part manufacturing information (IPMI) data that defines requirements for at least one second part model in an assembly model. The method also includes placing the first part model in the assembly model. The method also includes processing the IPMI data, including transferring at least one requirement from the first part model to the second part model. The method can also include loading the IMPI from the second part model, wherein the IPMI loaded from the second part model is used for manufacturing a physical part corresponding to the second part model.06-16-2011
20090187264Information processing system for producing building material, building material production method and production equipment, and building information distribution system - An information processing system for producing a building material has a design drawing generator, a list generator and a member production controller. The design drawing generator generates design drawing information of an objective building. The list generator generates list information of the members used for the objective building. The member production controller controls the production of the members used for the objective building, based on the list information.07-23-2009
20090248184Haptically enabled dental modeling system - The invention provides a digital dentistry system that utilizes a haptic interface and features a computer-based design application configured to allow the intuitive construction of irregular, amorphous three-dimensional structures typically seen in dental restorations, utilizing, where appropriate, the design skills of a user. In certain embodiments, the system provides a comprehensive digital solution for dental labs in the business of creating dental restorations such as partial frameworks, crowns, copings, bridge frameworks, implants and the like, with a sense of touch provided by a haptic interface device.10-01-2009
20120035756POST CURE TIRE SIPING FOR PREVENTING IRREGULAR WEAR - Tires in use wear in a host of ways. One negative manner in which tires, especially truck tires, may wear is in an irregular fashion. When this phenomenon happens, the tread of the tire may become unusable, forcing the user to replace the tire, which is undesirable. This patent application poses a new and useful way of preventing irregular wear involving the addition of a predetermined configuration of pipes, increasing the useful life of the tire tread.02-09-2012
20100152873LOCAL ENFORCEMENT OF ACCURACY IN FABRICATED MODELS - The systems and methods disclosed herein employ a combination of digital three-dimensional modeling and rapid fabrication technologies to provide pre-indexed, pre-registered, and/or precut components for articulated dental models. Dental articulators and components of dental models as described herein use a positioning key to encode positional information for components of the dental model, and/or a reference grid on mounting surfaces to enforce local accuracy of fabricated parts against a fixed reference array.06-17-2010
20100152872LOCAL ENFORCEMENT OF ACCURACY IN FABRICATED MODELS - The systems and methods disclosed herein employ a combination of digital three-dimensional modeling and rapid fabrication technologies to provide pre-indexed, pre-registered, and/or precut components for articulated dental models. Dental articulators and components of dental models as described herein use a positioning key to encode positional information for components of the dental model, and/or a reference grid on mounting surfaces to enforce local accuracy of fabricated parts against a fixed reference array.06-17-2010
20100152871LOCAL ENFORCEMENT OF ACCURACY IN FABRICATED MODELS - The systems and methods disclosed herein employ a combination of digital three-dimensional modeling and rapid fabrication technologies to provide pre-indexed, pre-registered, and/or precut components for articulated dental models. Dental articulators and components of dental models as described herein use a positioning key to encode positional information for components of the dental model, and/or a reference grid on mounting surfaces to enforce local accuracy of fabricated parts against a fixed reference array.06-17-2010
20090292379Automated machining of dental block grafts and machining of biocompatible material for bone augmentation - A method of fabricating dental block grafts using automated cad/cam machining from digital models generated from CAT scans; where the scans are generated into virtual three dimensional models using computerized software; such models allow for a virtual restoration to be generated; production of the solid grafts are fabricated by the cad/cam machines using the algorithms generated by the software.11-26-2009
20100161094CONFORMING COMPONENTS USING REVERSE ENGINEERING - A method for conforming components may comprise measuring a first component using a conforming tool, and recording position data for the first component based on the measuring. A path for the conforming tool may be provided using the position data, and a second component may be modified by moving the same conforming tool based on the provided path.06-24-2010
20120197422PRODUCT CUSTOMIZATION SYSTEM AND METHOD - A product customization system and method are provided in which a consumer can insert user content, such as images or text, onto a product, such as a skateboard, and then view the customized product before purchasing the customized product.08-02-2012
20090292380METHOD FOR CREATING PROFILE DATA USED TO PROCESS NON-CIRCULAR WORKPIECE - Lift data in which a lift amount is set based on a lift data rotation angle is read to identify the shape of a non-circular workpiece, and a profile point group that is formed of a plurality of profile points, each of which indicates a tool reciprocation position that corresponds to a spindle rotation angle, is calculated based on the read lift data. Then, the calculated profile point group is divided into a plurality of groups each of which is formed of the profile points that satisfy a group division condition, the two groups that satisfy a group comparison condition are selected, and the profile point that satisfies a specific point deletion condition that is set in advance for the combination of the selected two groups is deleted.11-26-2009
20100262271Method for Minimising Shrinkage and Warpage in Rotomoulding Applications - The present invention discloses a method for mapping and controlling the three-dimensional shrinkage and warpage occurring in rotomoulding applications.10-14-2010
20100185309PRODUCT CUSTOMIZATION SYSTEM AND METHOD - A product customization system and method are provided in which a consumer can insert user content, such as images or text, onto a product, such as a skateboard, and then view the customized product before purchasing the customized product.07-22-2010
20100191360SOLID FREEFORM FABRICATION USING A PLURALITY OF MODELING MATERIALS - A system and methods for solid freeform fabrication of an object is disclosed. The system comprises a solid freeform fabrication apparatus having a plurality of dispensing heads, a building material supply apparatus configured to supply a plurality of building materials to the fabrication apparatus, and a control unit configured for controlling the fabrication apparatus and the supply apparatus based on an operation mode selected from a plurality of predetermined operation modes.07-29-2010
20100161096METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING THE CUTTING PATTERN OF PIECES OF WOOD SUCH AS LOGS - A method for identifying the cutting pattern for pieces of wood such as logs comprises the operating steps of: 06-24-2010
20100161095Repairing Composite Structures - The design for a repair of an area of a composite structure is at least partially automated. Electronic data defining the boundaries of the area is used to calculate the boundaries of a cutout in the composite structure encompassing the area. Components used to repair the area are automatically designed based on the location of the cutout. Following removal of the cutout, the repair components are installed.06-24-2010
20100241262METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DESIGNING AND PRODUCING DENTAL PROSTHESES AND APPLIANCES - A virtual model of an intraoral cavity is provided, wherein this process is initialized by a dental clinic, and the design and manufacture of a suitable dental prosthesis for the intraoral cavity is shared between a dental lab and a service center.09-23-2010
20100222908PACKAGE GENERATION SYSTEM - A system for creating a package includes a processor, a memory, and computer-readable instructions that instruct the processor to receive a package description and generate content, formatting instructions, and a structural design features for a package. The system applies the content and structural design features to a substrate to convert a flat substrate into a three-dimensional package.09-02-2010
20090037011SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR INCREASING EFFICIENCY IN RAPID PROTOTYPING PROCESSES - A system and methods for batch sorting objects and mapping the objects on a tray having a fixed dimension along an x-axis and a fixed dimension along a y-axis. Certain aspects of the present embodiments include (a) storing the objects in a queue; (b) sorting the objects in the queue according to a dimension of the objects; (c) mapping the objects sequentially into a first column of a plurality of columns on the tray until the first column is filled; (d) mapping the objects into a subsequent column until the subsequent column is filled; (e) repeating step (d) until only a last column in the plurality of columns remains to be filled, or until no more objects remain in the queue; and (f) mapping the objects into the last column in accordance with a column organization plan. In certain embodiments, at least one of the columns, and not necessarily the last column, includes objects mapped in accordance with a column organization plan.02-05-2009
20100131090METHOD AND PROCESS FOR AUTOMATING THE DESIGN OF A LOCKING MECHANISM FOR A HEARING INSTRUMENT - In a method for automating design of a locking mechanism for a hearing instrument, a computerized 3D file of an ear impression shell surface is provided based on a 3D scan of a 3D ear impression of a patient's ear. The ear impression shell surface includes a locking surface comprising at least one of a helix or canal concha portion of the patient's ear. A 3D file is provided of a hearing aid shell. With a computer, the hearing aid shell is placed in a desired location in the ear impression shell surface where the hearing aid shell is to be locked in position. With the computer, a volume surface as a 3D file is created representing the locking mechanism by utilizing a profile of the ear impression shell surface to be used as the locking surface. The volume surface runs from the ear impression shell surface and along the profile of the locking surface.05-27-2010
20100324715DIRECT MANUFACTURING METHOD OF SELECTIVE LASER MELTING OF CUSTOMIZED TONGUE-SIDE ORTHODONTIC SUPPORT GROOVES - This invention has provided a direct manufacturing methodology of customized lingual orthodontic brackets by selective laser melting. The procedure is as follows. First of all, measure the dentition data and construct the 3D CAD model of the teeth through reverse engineering. Then a single soleplate of the lingual bracket contacting the tooth surface, as well as the ideal slot position is designed based on the teeth features. The designed models are later imported into the SLM machine and used to produce the brackets with desired materials directly. This method can actualize customized manufacture with highly accuracy, producing highly matched brackets all at once. The invention not only saves time and cost, but also has wide adaptation range and is able to adopt various raw materials. Different raw materials can be utilized in one step to accommodate specific capacity requirement of different parts of the brackets.12-23-2010
20100125356System and Method for Manufacturing - A method includes receiving a predetermined object pattern representing a portion of a three-dimensional object, modifying the predetermined object pattern to correct for geometric distortion of a pattern generator, and generating the modified pattern using the pattern generator. The generated pattern interacts with a reactive material to form the portion of the three-dimensional object defined by the predetermined object pattern.05-20-2010
20120143364SYSTEMS, METHODS, APPARATUSES, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIA FOR DESIGNING AND MANUFACTURING CUSTOM DENTAL PREPARATION GUIDES - A dental CAD/CAM system forms a custom dental preparation guide for guiding a dental tool that alters a shapes a tooth structure to which a custom prosthetic dental item is to be attached. The system acquires an optical measurement and an x-ray of at least one dental structure. The system correlates the acquired optical measurement and the x-ray to form a model of the at least one dental structure. The system generates a model of a reduced tooth structure based on the model of the at least one dental structure. The system also provides at least one dental preparation guide based on the model of the reduced tooth structure.06-07-2012
20090259329PROCESSING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR STRUCTURE DATA REPRESENTING A PHYSICAL STRUCTURE - A processing device and a method for processing structure data representing a physical structure are disclosed to obtain information about physical properties of the physical structure faster and with high quality and accuracy. The processing device for processing structure data representing a physical structure comprises an obtainer module for obtaining structure data representing a physical structure; a parts defining module for subdividing said structure data into at least two parts including a connection part and a material part; a meshing module for generating a mesh model approximating said physical structure by transforming said connection part and said material part into mesh elements having different sizes, wherein the mesh element sizes of said connection part are smaller than the mesh element sizes of said material part; and a processing module for processing said mesh model to estimate physical properties of said physical structure.10-15-2009
20090319069Reconfigurable Garment Definition and Production Method - Computer-aided design and manufacture software and hardware automate garment and fashion definition and production. Configurable garment includes ornamental element, pattern display, and personal identifier and wireless sensor electronics.12-24-2009
20080269933METHOD FOR SURFACE-BASED MACHINING OF DECORATIVE ARTICLES - A method for surface-based machining of a decorative article is provided. The method includes retrieving a first graphical representation of the decorative article, and deriving a surface representation therefrom. The surface representation may have one or more segments. The method also includes deriving a tool path for each of the segments of the surface representation. By machining a workpiece in accordance with the tool paths, the decorative article is produced.10-30-2008
20100312370METHOD AND APPARATUS TO IMPROVE DESIGN, MANUFACTURE, PERFORMANCE AND/OR USE OF WELL TOOLS - Methods and systems are provided to improve design, manufacture and performance of oilfield equipment and well tools using three dimensional (3D) scanning technology and one or more feedback loops. Manufacturing processes and techniques associated with a well tool may be evaluated based on comparing “as built” 3D data with a design data file for the well tool. Based on differences between “as built” 3D data and the design data file, one or more changes in associated manufacturing procedures and/or technique may be made. Computational fluid dynamic applications may be used to simulate fluid flow characteristics of a well tool using associated design data file, “as built” 3D data and/or after use 3D data. The associated design data file, manufacturing procedures and/or procedures for use of the well tool may be modified based on comparing simulated fluid flow data with desired fluid flow characteristics for the well tool.12-09-2010
20120123577CUSTOM ORTHODONTIC APPLIANCE FORMING METHOD AND APPARATUS - A method by which an orthodontic appliance is automatically designed and manufactured from digital lower jaw and tooth shape data of a patient provides for the scanning of the mouth of a patient to produce a three-dimensional digitized model of the shapes of the patient's teeth and their positions in the patient's mouth. The appliance is automatically designed according to the final design, which also can be interactively modified and approved by the orthodontist, with the computer recalculating the effects on the treatment as a result of the doctor's changes. Brackets are fabricated as an integrated set, either by cutting slots therein or by building the brackets in layers. Three-dimensional custom jigs are automatically made to exactly position the brackets on a patient's teeth.05-17-2012
20100217416APPARATUS, METHOD AND PROGRAM FOR CREATING TOOL REFERENCE PLANE - An apparatus for calculating a tool reference plane utilizes a machining plane model and an inversed tool model to create a collection of sphere regions having three dimensional grid points as their center, and identifies a nearest point on each of the model planes from the respective center point of the sphere regions. The positions within the tool reference plane can be accurately identified to the degree of the grid interval of the three dimensional grid points using the machining plane model and the inversed tool model consisting of the collection of sphere regions. By using the nearest point on each of the model planes, the position of the tool reference plane is identified using the accuracy created by the model planes. According to this apparatus, a tool reference plane can be created accurately irrespective of the shape of the machining plane model.08-26-2010
20110009994DESIGNING AND MANUFACTURING VEHICLE FLOOR TRAYS - A vehicle floor tray is molded from a multiple extrusion polymer sheet such that it has high shear and tensile strength, an acceptable degree of stiffness and a high coefficient of friction on its upper surface. The floor tray design is digitally fitted to a foot well of a particular vehicle such that large areas of at least two upstanding walls of the tray depart from respective surfaces of the foot well by no more than an eighth of an inch.01-13-2011
20110245951ASSISTED DENTAL IMPLANT TREATMENT AND REPLICATION SYSTEM - Embodiments of systems and methods for planning and/or delivering an oral or facial endosseous implantation in a patient are described. In certain embodiments, systems according to the invention include a processing module; a bone imaging module that communicates bone data about the patient to the processing module; a surface imaging module that communicates surface data about the patient to the processing module; and the processing module processes the bone data and the surface data into an output that includes three-dimensional (3-D) representation data indicative of at least one of an oral structure and a facial structure of the patient. In certain embodiments, a system includes a fabrication module that produces a physical model based on the 3-D representation data and indicating a planned location of an endosseous implant. In certain embodiments, a system includes a surgical module that guides implantation of an endosseous implant based on the 3-D representation data.10-06-2011
20100145491METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR THE CONTROLLED FABRICATION OF MICRO AND NANOSCALE STRUCTURES BY THERMOCAPILLARY LITHOGRAPHY - An apparatus and method of controllably stimulating the growth and evolution of 2D and 3D structures from a thin film mass transfer process such that complex devices can be designed and fabricated having engineered features of different heights and separation distances in a single or few process steps are provided. More specifically, the apparatus and method allows for the construction of engineered temperature gradient fields capable of controlling for, and taking into account, proximity effects during the growth and evolution of adjacent structures, which in turn allows for the production of technologically significant micro and nanoscale devices in a number of fields.06-10-2010
20110245950VEHICLE BODY STRUCTURE AND METHOD FOR MAKING SAME - A system and method of design and construction of an interlocking vehicle body structure is provided. Each of the braces can be laser or water cut to enhance efficiency, and accuracy, of the design. Additionally, the braces can be equipped with notches, slots or tabs as appropriate so as to effect ease of construction and installation.10-06-2011
20110213480PARAMETRIC PRODUCT CONFIGURATION SYSTEM - A generic, integrated, parametric, automated product configuration system for parametric configuration of products such as offices on a building space plan. The system can produce bills of materials, costings and manufacturing drawings in real-time at the request of a user as the user specifies and configures the product components and parameters values. The system provides for real time three-dimensional visualization and editing of the product as it is configured. It also includes a rule engine for validating the product and automatically incorporating missing necessary components in a configuration in real-time as the user configures a product.09-01-2011
20110087352SYSTEM, METHOD, AND APPARATUS FOR REPAIRING OBJECTS - A system is disclosed including a three-dimensional object having a non-conforming region, and a photogrammetry device adapted to scan the three-dimensional object. The system further includes optical reference targets and a controller structured to perform functions of repairing the three-dimensional object. The controller commands the photogrammetry device to scan the three-dimensional object, and calculates a nominal surface location and contour for the three-dimensional object. The controller further commands the photogrammetry device to scan the non-conforming region of the three-dimensional object, and calculates a material removal tool path comprising a path adapted to remove material from the object located beyond the nominal surface location and contour. The controller generates a solid model of the damaged region of the object based on the nominal surface location and contour, and computes a material addition tool path according to the solid model.04-14-2011
20100228369METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AUTOMATIC SUPPORT GENERATION FOR AN OBJECT MADE BY MEANS OF A RAPID PROTOTYPE PRODUCTION METHOD - The present invention is directed to an improved method for supporting an object made by means of stereo lithography or any other rapid prototype production method. The generation of the support begins by determining the region that requires support in each layer of the object and defines a number of support points in this region. In a next step, a support mesh is generated connected to the object using these support points. The present invention also discloses different techniques that reduce superfluous edges to further optimize the support mesh. Finally, a support is generated from this support mesh. The present invention may facilitate the generation of supports data by employing more automation and less user analysis.09-09-2010
20110082578Process and System for Manufacturing a Customized Orthosis - A process and system for fitting, customizing and manufacturing an orthosis for a subject. 3-dimensional coordinates for a plurality of landmarks corresponding to anatomical characteristics of the subject, means for attachment of the orthosis to the subject, and a reference plane are digitally acquired. Then, coordinates of one or more virtual landmarks corresponding to one or more anatomical joint centers or joint projection locations are calculated. The landmarks are clinically aligned in a reference position of one of the anatomical joint centers and a customized digital model of the orthosis is created using the clinically aligned landmarks. Finally, the orthosis is fabricated using a computer aided manufacturing process, based upon an output from the customized digital model.04-07-2011
20100131091A METHOD AND RELATIVE DEVICE FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF TECHNOLOGICAL RECIPE INFORMATION TO AID IN DEFINING PROCESS FLOWS, IN PARTICULAR FOR THE DEVELOPMENT AND PRODUCTION OF MICRO-AND NANOTECHNOLOGY DEVICES IN CLEANROOM LABORATORIES - There is described a method for managing information to actively support the definition of new process flows, in particular in the field of micro- and nanotechnology devices typically developed in cleanroom laboratories where one or more production batches can be executed according to one reference process flow. With the use of this method it is possible to store information suited to trace the reliability and the evolution of technological recipes used into one or more production batches based on a given reference process flow. Thanks to these storing and tracing capabilities, the method addresses the selection of appropriate and reliable recipes while designing new process flows, thus favoring the definition of highly reliable new processes. The method is general and transparent with respect to different recipe types, recipe structures and technologies.05-27-2010
20090216358ASSEMBLY INFORMATION MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, AND ASSEMBLY INFORMATION MANAGEMENT METHOD - An assembly information management apparatus includes a detection means for detecting an update of a selected part selected from a group of parts constituting any assembly information in the set, a first calculation means for calculating outline shape data of the selected part after being updated from the selected part detected by the detection means, an identification means for identifying a common assembly information group sharing the selected part from the set, a second calculation means for calculating outline shape data of common assembly information for each piece of common assembly information identified by the identification means based on outline shape data of remaining parts after excluding the selected part constituting the common assembly information and outline shape data of the selected part after being updated calculated by the first calculation means, and an association means for associating each piece of the common assembly information with outline shape data.08-27-2009
20090216357SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR AUTOMATIC GENERATION OF COMPONENT DATA - A method of manufacturing electronic circuits including generating CAD data, a bill of materials and an approved component vendor list for an electronic circuit and employing the CAD data, the bill of materials and the approved component vendor list for automatically generating a pick & place machine-specific component loading specification, a pick & place machine-specific component placement sequence and pick & place machine-specific component data for governing the operation of at least one specific pick & place machine in a manufacturing line.08-27-2009
20100070061Method for simulating the gauging of a liquid tank - Method for simulating the gauging of a hollow body intended to contain a liquid and that comprises the following steps: 03-18-2010
20110153052DESIGN-TO-ORDER PERFORMANCE EQUIPMENT - Customization systems and methods are described in relation to performance devices and apparatus using a closed-loop feedback process for exploration, design and improvement of devices including performance devices. Crowdsourced knowledge bases, iterative improvements and centralized statistical, semantical and other technical analyses are employed to modify a baseline design. A baseline model defining modifications to a base device necessary to obtain a master device including modifications calculated to improve performance of the master device over the base device. Manufacturing instructions including CNC code can be produced and used to causes the production machine to manufacture the customized device. A design-to-order system is described as having of a simplified user interface, a queuing system, CAD/CAM capability and a repository of stored baseline models.06-23-2011
20110077760METHOD OF PRODUCING A HOUSING SHELL OR EAR MOLD TO BE WORN IN THE EAR - The production of a hearing aid housing shell or ear mold that can be worn in the ear should be simplified and improved. For this, a prefabricated component, such as a frame for holding an electronics module or a receiver adapter, is positioned in a rapid prototyping instrument. There, the component is integrated into the housing shell or ear mold by the subsequent production of the housing shell or ear mold. This avoids connecting the component to the housing shell or ear mold in a further method step after producing the housing shell or ear mold.03-31-2011
20090018685Method for building three-dimensional objects with thin wall regions - A method for modifying a computer-aided design model of a three-dimensional object, the method comprising establishing a threshold wall width, providing at least one sliced layer polyline of the computer-aided design model, determining a first distance between first and second portions of the at least one sliced layer polyline, and adjusting locations of the first and second portion to provide a second distance if the first distance is less than the threshold wall width, where the second distance is about equal to the threshold wall width, or greater.01-15-2009
20120203365METHOD AND DEVICE FOR GENERATIVELY MANUFACTURING A THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT WITH THREE-DIMENSIONAL CODED CHARACTER - The present invention relates to a method and to a device for generatively manufacturing a three-dimensional object (08-09-2012
20110213483METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING AUTOMATED HIGH SCALE FABRICATION OF CUSTOM ITEMS - Method and system for providing volume manufacturing of customizable items including receiving a data package including a plurality of manufacturing parameters, each of the plurality of manufacturing parameters associated with a unique item, verifying the received data package, and implementing a manufacturing process associated with the received data package is provided.09-01-2011
20110213482METHOD FOR DIGITAL MANUFACTURING OF JEWELRY ITEMS - In various embodiments, digital manufacturing of jewelry items is provided, including a physical process and software automation for implementing the physical process. Further, models formed during the process, as well as the resultant jewelry items, are provided. In some embodiments, the method comprises forming a digital model of the jewelry item, forming a physical model of the jewelry item based on the digital model, and manufacturing the jewelry item in a lost wax process using the physical model.09-01-2011
20100004770COMPUTER-IMPLEMENTED METHOD OF DESIGN OF SURFACES DEFINED BY GUIDING CURVES - The invention relates to a method of design of ruled surfaces. The method comprises the step of accessing data defining guiding curves P(u) and Q(v) and a cost function f(t, w). Given P(u) and Q(v), the unknown coupling is a parameterized curve s01-07-2010
20120203366METHOD FOR AUTOMATICALLY FABRICATING A DENTAL SUPERSTRUCTURE FOR ATTACHMENT TO AN IMPLANT - A system for a dental superstructure to be attached to an implant using a digital model description of a shape of the superstructure, the superstructure including first and second elements. The system comprises a computing device arranged to (a) analyze a recorded real clinical situation or shaped clinical situation of an implant axis and insertion axis, (b) compute a shape of the dental superstructure based at least in part on the determined implant axis, (c) generate digital data representing the shape of the superstructure, and (d) separate the computed shape into first digital data representing a shape of the first element to be connected to the implant and second digital data representing a shape of the second element to be connected to the first element, the shape of the first element being optimized, at least in part, based on a tilt angle between the determined implant axis and insertion axis.08-09-2012
20080243284ANATOMICALLY COMPLIANT AAA MODEL AND THE METHOD OF MANUFACTURE FOR IN VITRO SIMULATED DEVICE TESTING - The present invention is directed to the fabrication of a test apparatus and the test apparatus itself. The test apparatus is designed to be a component used in a durability/fatigue testing unit.10-02-2008
20120065756Methods of Designing and Manufacturing Customized Dental Prosthesis for Periodontal or Osseointegration and Related Systems - Methods of manufacturing dental prosthesis/implants each to replace a non-functional natural tooth positioned in a jawbone of a specific pre-identified patient are provided. An example method includes the steps of receiving imaging data such as x-ray image data and surface scan data of a dental anatomy and/or a physical impression of the dental anatomy of a specific preidentified patient. The steps can also include forming a three-dimensional virtual model of at least portions of a non-functional natural tooth positioned in the jawbone of the specific pre-identified patient based on the imaging and surface scan data, virtually designing a dental implant based upon the virtual model, exporting the data describing the designed dental implant to a manufacturing machine, and custom manufacturing the dental implant for the specific patient.03-15-2012
20110257775SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ENCODING AND DECODING COMPUTER-AIDED DESIGN FILES - A system includes an encoding module and a decoding module. The encoding module generates a three-dimensional (3D) model of a part, modifies the 3D model to include a 3D structure, and generates a computer-aided design (CAD) file based on the modified 3D model. The decoding module determines whether the CAD file includes the 3D structure, authorizes operation of analysis software on the CAD file when the CAD file includes the 3D structure, and prohibits operation of the analysis software when the CAD file does not include the 3D structure.10-20-2011
20110257776SOFTWARE AND METHODS FOR AUTOMATED PALLET INSPECTION AND REPAIR - An automated pallet inspection and repair apparatus comprises an inspection station and a repair station. The inspection station comprises a laser that illuminates a pallet, a camera that collects the reflected light and a computer system. The computer system analyses the output of the camera and acquires the pallet's geometry and topography. The design of the pallet is determined by the computer software. A decision to repair the pallet is made by comparing acquired pallet data against the design criteria. If the pallet needs repair, a recipe of repair steps is constructed by inspecting each of the pallet's elements. The recipe is transmitted to the automated repair station.10-20-2011
20110054656METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING ARTIFICIAL IMPLANTS - The present invention relates to a method for manufacturing artificial implants, comprising 1) acquiring the pre-operation three dimensional volume image and the post-operation three dimensional volume image of the operation portion, thereby respectively producing the pre-operation target image and the post-operation target image including the target; 2) aligning the pre-operation target image with the post-operation target image so as to generate the aligned image; 3) acquiring the difference image of the incised part in the target based on the aligned image; 4) building the three dimensional model of mold points of the incised part based on the difference image; and 5) manufacturing the artificial implant having the same shape with the incised part based on such three dimensional model of mold points.03-03-2011
20110054655Computer Assisted Determination Of Tapped Threads From CAD File - A computer program, system and method receives a customer's CAD file of a custom part to be formed. Depending upon customer responses to several basic queries, the CAD file is analyzed to identify acceptable holes for tapping. For each identified hole, an appropriate and available thread size is automatically selected, even if the cylindrical recess differs in size from the characteristic size of the threaded hole. The customer is then automatically advised 10 of the results of the tapping analysis, preferably as part of a quotation for part manufacture that identifies the number of threaded holes in the part and preferably identifies the changes to the tapped holes and the specific thread form being quoted for the hole.03-03-2011
20110054653METHOD AS TO WORK ON A PART TO BE FINISHED AND A FINISHED PART - The present disclosure provides a method to machine a “to-be” body out of a raw part having at least one functional surface needing an allowance, whereas the method incorporates a “to-be” body, with the following process steps: 03-03-2011
20110054652Building Construction Software and System - A method of building construction includes designing a building with software for execution on a computer such that an envelope of the building principally comprises expanded polystyrene foam panels, and the software is used to automatically generate a plan with reference numbers that identify substantially all the component pieces of the building. The software and computer are coupled to a computer aided design (CAD) program for generating computer numerical controlled (CNC) milling commands for expanded polystyrene foam panels, and a cut-list for steel reinforcing studs to fit into matching slots milled into the expanded polystyrene foam panels. At least the expanded polystyrene foam panels and matching steel reinforcing studs are marked with identifying numbers corresponding to the reference numbers. The expanded polystyrene foam panels are milled with a CNC machine and panel cutter according to CNC milling commands from the CAD program.03-03-2011
20110022207Methods of and Apparatus for Electrochemically Fabricating Structures Via Interlaced Layers or Via Selective Etching and Filling of Voids - Multi-layer structures are electrochemically fabricated by depositing a first material, selectively etching the first material (e.g. via a mask), depositing a second material to fill in the voids created by the etching, and then planarizing the depositions so as to bound the layer being created and thereafter adding additional layers to previously formed layers. The first and second depositions may be of the blanket or selective type. The repetition of the formation process for forming successive layers may be repeated with or without variations (e.g. variations in: patterns; numbers or existence of or parameters associated with depositions, etchings, and or planarization operations; the order of operations, or the materials deposited). Other embodiments form multi-layer structures using operations that interlace material deposited in association with some layers with material deposited in association with other layers.01-27-2011
20110022208VISUALIZATION OF PRODUCT BUILD USING PRECEDENCE TRANSVERSAL METHOD - A method for visualization of product build which includes compilation of a virtual temporal configuration of an in-process assembly and visualization of the results using three-dimensional representations of the affected products and associated resources. An illustrative embodiment of the method includes formulating a plurality of installation plans each adapted to direct production of a portion of a product within a build sequence of the product and enabling three-dimensional virtual visualization of a temporal build state of the portion of a product for each of the installation plans.01-27-2011
20110264253Forming Vehicle Body Models and Other Objects - A computer-implemented method for rapidly forming a vehicle body model includes identifying a vehicle design using a computer. Sectioning data is determined by sectioning the vehicle design into multiple virtual sections using a design program implemented on the computer. The sectioning data is used by a machine to form multiple modeling sections that correspond to the multiple virtual sections. The multiple modeling sections are nested together to form the vehicle body model. The multiple modeling sections are fixed together once the vehicle body model is formed.10-27-2011
20100179675PROCESSING APPARATUS, CENTER-HOLE WORKING SYSTEM, CENTER-HOLE POSITION DECIDING PROGRAM, AND CENTER-HOLE POSITION DECIDING METHOD - A processing apparatus includes a three-dimensional shape data acquiring section, a tentative center-hole position determining section, a shape simulating section, a balance deciding section, and a center-hole deciding section. The tentative center-hole position determining section is configured to determine a tentative position of the center holes based on the three-dimensional shape data. The shape simulating section is configured to obtain a simulated shape of the material crankshaft after a working is simulated for the material crankshaft based on the tentative position of the center holes as a reference. The balance deciding section is configured to decide whether a rotational imbalance amount in the simulated shape is within a predetermined allowable range. The center-hole deciding section is configured to decide the tentative position as an actual boring position of the center holes when the rotational imbalance amount is within the predetermined allowable range.07-15-2010
20110082577SHAPE SIMULATION APPARATUS, SHAPE SIMULATION PROGRAM, SEMICONDUCTOR PRODUCTION APPARATUS, AND SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE PRODUCTION METHOD - Disclosed herein is a shape simulation apparatus including: a flux computation block configured to compute the flux of particles incident on the surface of a wafer covered with a mask; and a shape computation block configured to compute a surface shape of the wafer by allowing the coordinates of a plurality of calculation points established on the surface of the wafer to be time-evolved based on the incident flux computed.04-07-2011
20110087354MODELING SKIN-COVERED ROBOTICS DEVICES INCLUDING ARTISTIC DIGITAL ITERATIVE DESIGN PROCESSES - A method for fabricating a product, such as an animatronic character, with artificial skin. The method includes providing data defining an exterior surface geometry of the product. A base geometry model of the product is generated based on the exterior surface geometry data, which in turn is used to fabricate a prototype of the product. Then, an exterior skin mold is formed using the product prototype mounted on an alignment block. The method includes fabricating an inner support structure based on the base geometry model having an exterior geometry smaller than the 3D base geometry model by the thickness of the exterior skin. The inner support structure is positioned within the mold with the inner support structure mounted upon the alignment block, which is received in the mold. The product is formed by pouring material for an exterior skin layer into the mold and over the inner support structure.04-14-2011
20110087350METHODS AND SYSTEM FOR ENABLING PRINTING THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT MODELS - The present invention relates to a system and method of transforming an inconsistent 3D (three-dimensional) model of one or more 3D objects into a valid printable 3D model, said method comprising: (a) receiving an input model file and/or receiving modeler data, giving rise to an input 3D model having one or more parts; (b) analyzing said input 3D model and removing its one or more inconsistencies; (c) thickening the one or more parts of said 3D model, while preserving their functionality; and (d) unifying the union of interior volumes of said one or more parts, thereby removing self intersections and/or intersections between the two or more parts, giving rise to a valid printable 3D model.04-14-2011
20110087353MODULAR LOW STRESS PACKAGE TECHNOLOGY - A method of designing a modular package: determining a package outline of a modular package assembly from package outline design data; determining seating plane and overall package length characteristics of the assembly from seating plane and package length design data; the design tool calculating minimum package height of the modular package assembly from the seating plane and package length design data; designing the dimensions and configuration of one or more subassemblies from subassembly design data; defining dimensions and configuration of a plurality of mechanical layers of a protective modular package cover given the defined package outline, the seating plane, overall package length, the minimum package height, and the subassemblies; defining an adhesive deposition strategy to join mechanical layers of the cover; designing the cover in accordance with the dimensions and configuration of the mechanical layers; and incorporating the assembly and the adhesive deposition strategy into a manufacturing assembly process.04-14-2011
20110087351CUSTOMIZED ARTIFICIAL NAIL - Method and system for designing and making one or more artificial nails customized to fit one or more real nails of a client are disclosed. Additionally, the invention enables customization or selection of decorative patterns for the artificial nail. The process begins with scanning one or more nails of the client with a scanner. The scanned image is then converted into a virtual three-dimensional surface model for each real nail. The virtual three-dimensional model of each nail is displayed on a monitor of a workstation. The user, e.g. a beautician at a beauty saloon, using the workstation and in consultation with the client, designs a customized artificial nail using the virtual three-dimensional model of the real nail. At the user command, the customized design of the artificial nail is then sent to a numerically controlled (NC) or a similar machine, where the artificial nail is made in accordance with the custom design. The artificial nail may be made from acrylic materials or other suitable materials.04-14-2011
20110178621METHOD FOR GENERATING AND BUILDING SUPPORT STRUCTURES WITH DEPOSITION-BASED DIGITAL MANUFACTURING SYSTEMS - A method for generating data for a support structure to be built with a deposition-based digital manufacturing system, the method comprising generating a convex hull polygon based on a boundary polygon of a layer of the support structure, offsetting the convex hull polygon inward, offsetting the boundary polygon outward, and generating an intersection boundary polygon based at least in part on the offset boundary polygon and the offset convex hull polygon.07-21-2011
20100023149COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN AND MANUFACTURING OF TRANSTIBIAL PROSTHETIC SOCKETS - For use in connection with evaluating prosthetic sockets (and other objects) designed and fabricated with computer aided design and manufacturing software, the shape of a socket is accurately scanned and digitized. The scanned data are then compared to either an electronic shape data file, or to the shape of another socket, a positive model of a residual limb (or socket), or a residual limb. Differences detected during the comparison can then be applied to revise the design or fabrication of the socket, to more accurately achieve a desired shape that properly fits the residual limb of a patient and can be used to solve the inverse problem by correcting for observed errors of a specific fabricator before a socket is produced. The digitizing process is implemented using a stylus ball that contacts a surface of the socket to produce data indicating the three-dimensional shape of the socket.01-28-2010
20100017006METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CREATING NON-OCCLUDING EARPIECES - The present invention provides a method for computer-controlled creation of non-occluding earpieces with tube bore. The non-occluding earpieces are created based on a three-dimensional computer model of at least part of the outer ear and at least part of the auditory canal. The said model is created by a laser scanner, in the ear scanner or by other means. The said three-dimensional computer model is virtually modified to create the non-occluding earpieces and the tube bore. Finally the physical non-occluding earpieces are manufactured using rapid prototyping equipment.01-21-2010
20110137442Method for digitally copying parts of existing stringed musical instruments such as violins, violas, or cellos - A process involving first obtaining X-ray Computed Tomography (CT) digital scans of existing stringed instruments. The images obtained from the scans are imported into a computer. Using a suitable software program, the digital scans are converted to Stereolithography (STL) files of the virtual object, which was scanned, such as parts of the existing stringed instruments. The digital STL files are imported into a computer, which is attached to a Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machine. Using a suitable software program, the CNC machine is programmed to carve the new parts of the scanned original stringed instruments. The resulting carved stringed instrument parts can be made into assembled new stringed instruments. The resulting assembled new instruments are accurate copies of the original stringed instruments that were scanned.06-09-2011
20110137443Design Optimization System - In accordance with the objects of the present invention, a method of complex product design is provided. The method defines a product design space a base design analysis model is then automatically generated within the product design space. A topology optimization of the base design analysis model is performed including solving the topology optimization for multiple mass fractions to identify critical structure areas. The results of the topology optimizations are utilized to identify a plurality of load paths. An optimization of said plurality of load paths is performed to find the optimized load paths. Critical structure areas along the plurality of optimized load paths are then parameterized. An optimization is performed utilizing a multi-disciplinary optimization to optimize geometry, material and thickness along the optimized load paths. A manufacturing analysis of the shape optimized structure is performed and the shape optimized structure is modified to comply with manufacture requirements. An optimization is then performed using multi-disciplinary optimization comprising a gauge and grade optimization.06-09-2011
20100332005APPARATUS AND AUTOMATED MANUFACTURING DEVICE FOR PRODUCING A PERSONALIZED 3D OBJECT - An apparatus for producing a personalized 3D object is disclosed. The apparatus, or kiosk, comprises a payment detector, a user input device and a display, an image acquisition system, calculators for calculating a 3D image, a manufacturing device and an exit for delivering the personalized 3D object to the user. The manufacturing device includes a loading device for loading blank 3D objects on a platform, which includes vertical storages and a rotatable tray disposed underneath having a slit therein for receiving the blank 3D objects. The rotatable tray is computer controlled to rotated between various operative positions for loading and unloading the 3D objects.12-30-2010
20110054654Creating Genetic Devices - Creating genetic devices for use in micro-organisms or other biological systems is described. In an embodiment a computer system receives at a program editor, input specifying a plurality of part designs, at least some of which comprise part properties expressed as logical variables; and the input also specifies constraints on the logical variables. For example, the input is a computer program which specifies constraints on the logical variables which, for example, relate to properties of the DNA sequences such as reactions and biological behaviors. In an example, a compiler resolves the constraints using a database of genetic parts in order to generate candidate parts for the proposed genetic device. In examples the sequences of genetic parts are translated into reactions and simulated using an automated simulator and/or implemented in a living cell or other biological system. In embodiments the compiler also uses a database of reactions.03-03-2011
20120310400SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING ARTHROPLASTY JIGS - Disclosed herein is a method of computer generating a three-dimensional surface model of an arthroplasty target region of a bone forming a joint. The method may include: generating two-dimensional images of at least a portion of the bone; generating an open-loop contour line along the arthroplasty target region in at least some of the two-dimensional images; and generating the three-dimensional model of the arthroplasty target region from the open-loop contour lines.12-06-2012
20120310399PRE-OPERATIVE PLANNING AND MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR ORTHOPEDIC PROCEDURE - A pre-operative planning and manufacturing method for orthopedic surgery includes obtaining pre-operative medical image data representing a joint portion of a patient. The method also includes constructing a three-dimensional digital model of the joint portion and manufacturing a patient-specific alignment guide for the joint portion from the three-dimensional digital model of the joint portion when the image data is sufficient to construct the three-dimensional digital model of the joint portion. The patient-specific alignment guide has a three-dimensional patient-specific surface pre-operatively configured to nest and closely conform to a corresponding surface of the joint portion of the patient in only one position relative to the joint portion. The method further includes determining, from the image data, a size of a non-custom implant to be implanted in the patient and manufacturing the non-custom implant when there is insufficient image data to construct the patient-specific alignment guide therefrom.12-06-2012
20120046773MOLD DESIGN SYSTEM AND METHOD - A mold design system includes an electrode design module, and a central control module. The electrode design module generates a drawing of a mold based on electrode structure parameters. The central control module generates a computerized numerical control (CNC) task, a simulating task, and a testing task according to the drawing generated by the electrode design module.02-23-2012
20090319068SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MASS CUSTOM MANUFACTURING OF DENTAL CROWNS AND CROWN COMPONENTS - A Mass Custom Manufacturing System and methods are provided. A single master file is created for a restoration (or multiple restorations for a single patient) from a scan. Copings/cores, abutments and other companion pieces are designed using the master file through a deconstruction method allowing for simultaneous CAM of those pieces. A centralized system controls design and manufacturing, allowing the system to “learn” from feedback from the CAM operations of prior pieces and incorporate such feedback into the design phase.12-24-2009
20120004751APPLICATION OPERATION SIMULATION DEVICE - An application operation simulation device includes: a specification section that specifies positions of nozzles with respect to a spray device and injection shapes of injected materials; an interference point calculation section that performs a working program of a robot including instructions for outputting the injected materials and the like to operate a three-dimensional model of the robot by simulation and calculate interference points between three-dimensional models of the injection shapes and a three-dimensional model of an applied member every predetermined time period; an interference number calculation section that calculates the number of interference every predetermined time period at each interference point on a surface of the three-dimensional model of the applied member; an application time calculation section that calculates application time from the number of interference every predetermined time period; and a display section that displays the color-coded surface of the three-dimensional model of the applied member according to the application time. As a result, it is possible to accommodate the spray device provided with a plurality of nozzles and the application time of the injected material can be shortened.01-05-2012
20120010741Region-Based Supports for Parts Produced by Solid Freeform Fabrication - Methods for generating supports (01-12-2012
20120010740METHOD FOR PLACING AND MANUFACTURING A DENTAL SUPERSTRUCTURE, METHOD FOR PLACING IMPLANTS AND ACCESSORIES USED THEREBY - Method for placing and manufacturing a dental superstructure, method for placing implants, and accessories used in these methods.01-12-2012
20120010739Design configurator system - The present invention relates to design and configuration engineering and more particularly to providing a Configurator system that automates aspects of the engineering design process. The Configurator System automates the configuration engineering process associated with creating new designs for customers based on a catalog of pre-designed options and can generate 2D drawings and 3D models necessary to manufacture the product in an automated fashion.01-12-2012
20100168890Three-Dimensional Data Extraction Using Ray Casting - Methods are provided for solid free-form fabrication of an article without using a slice stack file. These apply ray casting a number of times to an electronic representation of the article to create data objects for use directly as printing instructions or which are convertible into printing instructions. The data objects may be utilized as they is generated or after they are created for a portion or all of the article. After utilization, the data objects may be discarded or stored for later use. Layer-specific layer thickness and other-direction resolution parameters may be input and utilized in selecting the number of rays to be cast, their origination points, and their directions, thus permitting controllable variation in detail precision in any direction. Error diffusion techniques may be used to improve fabricated part integrity. Improved intermachine portability is provided. Method, system, code, and media claims are included.07-01-2010
20110166682AUTOMATED GENERATION OF GARMENT CONSTRUCTION SPECIFICATION - Sketches, notes and 2D computer drawings of a designed garment can be input into a computing device. The computing device can apply optical character recognition, shape inference, figure recognition, domain intelligence and inferred knowledge to automatically generate a garment construction specification from the input information. The garment construction specification can include a detailed description of each component of the garment, followed by step-by-step instructions, such as could be consumed by a computer-controlled device, regarding the joining of the components to create the garment. A virtual garment generation mechanism can create a 3D rendering of the garment by constructing each component and then joining them together to act as a single 3D piece. Material behavioral properties can also be applied to the 3D rendering. User feedback regarding the 3D rendering can be utilized to create a modified garment construction specification which can ultimately, when approved, be provided to a garment manufacturer.07-07-2011
201100467643D Mold For Manufacturing Of Sub-Micron 3D Structures Using 2-D Photon Lithography And Nanoimprinting And Process Thereof - A process to manufacture a 3D mold to fabricate a high-throughput and low cost sub-micron 3D structure product is disclosed. The process integrates use of 2-photon laser lithography and 3D write technology to make a 3D mold of each layer of the 3D structure product, and then use nanoimprinting to form a sheet of polymer film of each layer of the 3D structure from the said 3D mold of that layer. Each layer of the sheet of polymer film is then fabricated into the sub-micron 3D structure product. The 3D mold of each layer of a high-throughput and low cost sub-micron 3D structure product, is further used to make master molds which is then used to form a sheet of polymer film of each layer of the 3D structure to fabricate the sub-micron 3D structure product. Applications using this process are also disclosed.02-24-2011
20120059500METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PORTIONING FOODSTUFF TO USER-SPECIFIED SHAPE - A system is provided for cutting a three-dimensional portion from a foodstuff. The system includes a conveyor for carrying a foodstuff to be portioned, a scanner located adjacent to the conveyor for scanning the foodstuff, a computer coupled to the scanner for receiving scan information from the scanner to determine one or more cutting paths for the foodstuff, and a cutter for portioning the foodstuff according to the one or more determined cutting paths. The computer is configured to perform generally four steps: (i) receiving scan information of the foodstuff from the scanner; (ii) building a three-dimensional map of the foodstuff based on the received scan information of the foodstuff; (iii) fitting at least one desired shape, which is stored in memory of the computer, onto the three-dimensional map in the memory of the computer; and (iv) determining one or more cutting paths to be used in portioning the foodstuff so as to produce one or more portioned foodstuffs corresponding to the at least one desired shape.03-08-2012
20110093106Manufacturability Evaluation of Injection Molded Plastic Models Using a CAD Based DFX Evaluation System - A method of automatic manufacturability evaluation of plastic models comprises generation of a likely pulling direction, recognition of common features on plastic parts, and then applying manufacturability rules The manufacturability rules can be specified and customized through user specified rule parameters and depend upon the geometric parameters of the recognized features. A system comprises a user interface for selection and customization of DFX (Design for ‘X’) rules for evaluation of a design. The system includes a user interface integrated with a CAD system for receiving the CAD data and displaying the results to the user. Geometry analysis engines are integrated into the system, for extracting the various features and corresponding parameters required as input to the manufacturability rules. The system further involves extensible interfaces for rules and analysis engines which allows users to write their own customized rules and engines and integrate these into the CAD based DFX evaluation system.04-21-2011
20110093105COMPUTERIZED SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR RECOMMENDING PART MATERIALS - A computer-implemented method for recommending one or more materials used in designing and manufacturing parts may include receiving data from at least three data sources. The data sources may include a sourcing, manufacturing, and design data source. The data source data may be standardized to obtain a collection of data including a dataset of materials for consideration in recommending one or more materials for use in one or more parts. The method may also include receiving optimization metrics and constraints for the dataset of materials. Optimization values for each material based on the dataset of materials and the one or more optimization metrics may be determined. An optimization algorithm on each material may be performed based at least on the optimization values and the constraints to obtain one or more recommended materials from the dataset of materials for use in a design of one or more parts.04-21-2011
20120065755FABRICATION OF NON-HOMOGENEOUS ARTICLES VIA ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING USING THREE-DIMENSIONAL VOXEL-BASED MODELS - The invention provides systems and methods for manufacture of a non-homogeneous article using a 3D voxel-based model of the article and a rapid prototyping device. Use of a voxel-based model provides processing advantages and offers improved realism of the manufactured object with regard to non-homogeneous (i) color, (ii) translucency, and/or (iii) hardness, for example.03-15-2012
20120071998Point Cloud Generation System - A method, apparatus, and point cloud generation system for managing a point cloud. Vertices for a model of an object are identified. The object comprises a plurality of parts. Identifiers for the plurality of parts are associated with points in the point cloud using the vertices for the model of the object.03-22-2012
20120071999SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DESIGNING AND MANUFACTURING ENGINEERED OBJECTS - A method of generating an engineered object is performed using the following steps. A request for proposal defining the engineered object is received. Components of the engineered object are defined. A cost estimate is generated based on at least one of the request for proposal, the components, and engineering rules and knowledge. An engineered product layout is generated based on at least one of the request for proposal and the engineering rules and knowledge. A proposal is generated based on the cost estimate and the engineered product layout. An order is generated based on the proposal. An object design is generated based on the proposal and the order. The engineered object is generated based on the object design.03-22-2012
20120109350METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR CREATION OF A DYNAMICALLY CONFIGURABLE PRODUCT DESIGN - The present disclosure features methods and systems for creation of a dynamically configurable product design, sometimes referred to as business driven assemblies. Such product designs may be referred to as driven by a bill-of-materials (BOM) or selection of options by a customer, sales representative, or vendor, and may be performed responsive to a product lifecycle management (PLM) plan. The system allows a customer to define specifications of a product, and then dynamically generates a CAD model responsive to the defined specifications or selected options.05-03-2012
20120123576METHOD AND SYSTEM PROVIDING IMPROVED DATA MATCHING FOR VIRTUAL PLANNING - A scanning structure having at least one surface with a shape adapted to conform to a portion of a craniofacial space is described. The scanning structure includes at least one surface object, which is at least partly identifiable from a first set of data, and where a first coordinate is identifiable based on the surface object. The scanning structure includes at least one volume object, which is at least partly identifiable from a second set of data, and where a second coordinate is identifiable based on the volume object. The surface object can be arranged in relation to the at least one volume object such that the first coordinate and the second coordinate have a pre-defined relationship to each other.05-17-2012
20100185310PROGRAM CREATION APPARATUS, NUMERICAL CONTROL APPARATUS, PROGRAM CREATION METHOD - An NC programming assisting apparatus that creates an NC machining program reflecting dimensional tolerance data on shape data of a machining subject includes a machining target dimension calculation unit that calculates machining target dimensions of the machining subject based on the shape data and the dimensional tolerance data; a shape data deform processing unit that sets post-movement positions of graphic elements based on positional movement information about how to move the graphic elements, the machining target dimension, and the shape data so that a dimension between graphic elements included in the shape data conforms to the corresponding machining target dimension; and an NC machining program generation processing unit that creates an NC machining program by using the shape data and the post-movement position of each graphic element.07-22-2010
20100042242SKIN DESIGN PROCESS - A method of designing a virtual model for the manufacture of a blended body structure having two or more constituent elements, the method comprising the step of defining a parameterised, theoretical procedural skin from which two or more datum skins are generated, each datum skin defining a production outline of an airframe structure constituent element. The use of a procedural model with embedded parameterisation and associativity to derive the datum skins reduces the time taken to produce the datum skins and enables feature modifications to be incorporated into models quickly and consistently.02-18-2010
20110066267SURGICAL GUIDES AND METHODS FOR POSITIONING ARTIFICIAL TEETH AND DENTAL IMPLANTS - A method is set forth for making a computer model of patient's jaws on the basis of digital information. Digital data about the jaws, teeth, soft tissues and artificial teeth is joined in computer space to create aesthetic and functional plans for the removal of teeth, shaping of supporting bone and placement of dental implants. Artificial teeth and pre-manufactured prosthetic devices are made and attached to the dental implants at the time of surgery. The aesthetic and functional position of artificial teeth is determined prior to surgical removal of natural teeth and the ideal position of implants and the proper form of the remaining bone are determined prior to surgery. Surgical guides used to shape bone, record occlusal orientation and position dental implants are manufactured using computer milling or layered manufacturing.03-17-2011
20110035038System and Method for Making a Three-Dimensional Reproduction of a Relief Surface - The invention relates to a method for making a three-dimensional reproduction of a relief surface, which method comprises the following steps: scanning the surface at least twice by means of a scanner to be connected to a computer, the first scan being carried out under different conditions than the second scan, comparing the scans with each other by means of the computer in order to obtain a digital three-dimensional image of the surface relief, forming a mould by means of a processing machine on the basis of said digital three-dimensional image of the surface relief, making the three-dimensional reproduction of the surface by means of said mould.02-10-2011
20120221135ON-LINE SYSTEM FOR MANUFACTURING A DENTAL MOLD - An on-line system for manufacturing a dental mold is provided. In one embodiment, An on-line system for manufacturing a dental mold may comprise a user terminal configured to receive graphic data of a damaged tooth, a tooth adjacent to the damaged tooth and a tooth occluded with the damaged tooth, which are obtained by a 3D scanner, and to generate graphic data of a restoration tooth based on the received graphic data; a dental mold data management server configured to receive the graphic data of the restoration tooth from the user terminal; and one or more dental mold manufacturing apparatuses configured to receive the graphic data of the restoration tooth from the dental mold data management server and to manufacture the dental mold corresponding to the graphic data of the restoration tooth.08-30-2012
20120130521Visual Assembly Tool - An assembly model is identified including a plurality of part models. Each part model is a predefined, selectable model corresponding to at least one part in a plurality of assembly parts. The assembly model is presented and a sequence of user selections identifying part models in the assembly model are received through a user interface. User selections can correspond to designations of parts to be removed from the modeled assembly during a disassembly of the assembly. Selected part models are removed from the displayed presentation in response to corresponding user selections. A disassembly order is generated including an ordered grouping of disassembly steps, each disassembly step corresponding to a user selection of a part model in the sequence of user selections. The disassembly steps are ordered based on an order of selection of the corresponding part models. The order of the disassembly order is reversed and an assembly order is generated for the assembly from the reversed disassembly order.05-24-2012
20120165967METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR MANUFACTURING OBJECTS HAVING OPTIMIZED RESPONSE CHARACTERISTICS - A method for manufacturing an object having a potential {x} which is generated in response to a field {f} applied thereto is provided. The method includes the step of designing a geometric model of the object. A computerized mathematical model of the object is generated by discretizing the geometric model of the object into a plurality of finite elements and defining nodes at boundaries of the elements, wherein values of the field {f} and potential {x} are specified at the nodes. A material property matrix [k] is then calculated based on the relationship {f}=[k] {x}. Material property coefficients are then extracted from the material property matrix [k] for each finite element in the computerized mathematical model and the extracted material property coefficients are compared to material property coefficients for known materials to match the extracted material property coefficients to the material property coefficients for known materials. Manufacturing parameters corresponding to the matched material property coefficients are then determined. The object is then manufactured in accordance with the determined manufacturing parameters.06-28-2012
20120316667Visual Change Cue For Communicating Manufacturing Issues Of A Custom Part - Any issues associated with manufacture of a part are identified and highlighted on a part rendering. A software method and system then uses a visual change cue on the part rendering for communicating the manufacturability issues to the customer. The preferred visual change cue is a throbbing of the highlighting of the manufacturability issue, with the throbbing occurring in both color intensity and size. The part rendering depicts the part translucently, so throbbing manufacturability issues can be readily identified even if obscured behind a more-forward face of the part.12-13-2012
20100204816METHOD, APPARATUS, MEDIA AND SIGNALS FOR PRODUCING A REPRESENTATION OF A MOLD - A method, apparatus, media and signals for producing a representation of a mold for forming an appliance for a living body is disclosed. The method involves identifying points representing a line corresponding to an intended edge of the appliance on a surface of the mold, the surface being defined by an input plurality of points representing a general shape of the mold. The method also involves identifying regions extending along the surface on opposite sides of the line, adjusting at least one coordinate of at least one of the input plurality of points that falls within at least one of the regions to alter the shape of the surface in the at least one region to produce a modified surface representation, and storing the modified surface representation in a computer memory to produce a modified representation of the mold.08-12-2010
20100204815COMPOSITE STACK ANALYSIS METHOD - A method is provided for generating a data product that allows for enhanced design, analysis and manufacture of a composite structure comprising a plurality of plies. The method comprises the steps of obtaining geometric ply definitions, inputting the geometric ply definitions into a computer aided manufacturing (CAM) software program to generate a numerically coded tool path definition containing centerline data for each tape or tow comprising a ply, programming tape or tow course shape definitions of a plurality of plies in CAM to produce actual ply definitions, using CAM to generate an accumulated dataset of actual ply definitions, using a customized software program to analyze the dataset to obtain a data product containing results relating to manufacturing implementation of the actual ply definitions, and using the customized software program to evaluate and visualize potential impact of the data product and to interrogate the data product.08-12-2010
20120316666DIGITALLY DESIGNED SHIMS FOR JOINING PARTS OF AN ASSEMBLY - A method assembling parts uses a shim for filling a void between interfacing part surfaces. The surface profile of each of the part surfaces is determined and a digital volume is generated that substantially matches the void. A three dimensional digital representation of the shim is generated by mapping the part surface profiles onto the digital volume. The shim is fabricated using the three dimensional representation of the shim.12-13-2012
20120179282System and Method for Semiconductor Device Fabrication Using Modeling - In one embodiment, a method of manufacturing a semiconductor device includes using a processor to generate a first three dimensional (3-D) resist profile for a first process condition using an layout mask of a target structure. The method further includes using a processor to generate a second 3-D resist profile for a second process condition using the layout mask. The first process condition includes a plurality of process variables, and the second process condition includes different values of the plurality of process variables than the first process condition. The method includes generating a 3-D process variable (PV) band profile by combining the first 3-D resist profile with the second 3-D resist profile and displaying a 3-D image of the 3-D PV band profile on a display.07-12-2012
20100274375Method and system for making reliefs and sculptures - Disclosed is a method and system for creating a relief or sculpture from an object. More specifically the present invention relates to methods for creating a relief or sculpture from a human model utilizing software to reconstruct a 3D data set from 2D images of the human model and shaping the relief or sculpture using computer numerical controlled milling machines.10-28-2010
20100274374SYSTEM AND PROCESS FOR THE DETAILED DESIGN AND PRODUCTION OF REINFORCEMENT FOR BUILDINGS - The invention refers to a system and method for the creation, modification, storage, exchange and sharing of detailed design and production of reinforcement for buildings. The system and method according to the invention incorporates a data administration system, which offers the user of the invention the ability to create the detailed designs of the reinforcement and to use the reinforcement data for a variety of reasons, such as the calculation of the volume of the material needed, the selection of reinforcement, the control of CNC machines for the production of the reinforcement etc., in an error free process.10-28-2010
20100268363DIGITALLY-MACHINED SMC DENTAL ARTICLES - A dental article is fabricated from an SMC material using three-dimensional data captured from natural dentition to guide a computer-controlled milling machine. The three-dimensional data may include scans of an original tooth structure and a prepared tooth surface to characterize all surfaces of a dental article, or certain features may be created within a computer-assisted design environment taking account of occlusion, proximal contacts, and the like. In addition the model applied to a computer-controlled milling machine may account for shrinkage of the SMC material during any post-milling curing steps in order to ensure an accurate fit to the prepared tooth surface.10-21-2010
20100241261PATTERN GENERATING METHOD, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - Pattern formation simulations are performed based on design layout data subjected to OPC processing with a plurality of process parameters set in process conditions. A worst condition of the process conditions is calculated based on risk points extracted from simulation results. The design layout data or the OPC processing is changed such that when a pattern is formed under the worst condition based on the changed design layout data or the changed OPC processing a number of the risk points or a risk degree of the risk points of the pattern is smaller than the simulation result.09-23-2010
20130018498System for Designing a Customized Article of Footwear - A method of making an article of footwear is disclosed. The method includes the steps of designing an article of footwear via a website, converting a footwear representation into a set of two-dimensional portions, printing the two dimensional portions onto a sheet material, cutting and assembling the two dimensional portions into a finalized article of footwear. The method further includes a step of shipping the article of footwear to a pre-designated shipping address. Systems for receiving an order for a customized article of footwear are also disclosed.01-17-2013
20120232685SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR COMPUTATIONALLY DEVELOPING MANUFACTURABLE AND DURABLE CAST COMPONENTS - A method and system for optimizing a simulated casting of a light weight alloy component. The simulation includes passing component design data through various computational modules relating to casting designs, process modeling and optimization, material microstructure and defects and product performance. Variations in microstructure and defects across various very small size scales are extended to increasingly larger scales to permit structural performance calculations of the cast component to take such non-uniformities into consideration. At least some of the modules employ an expert system-based approach to achieve the optimized results. The results can be compared to end user needs to determine if redesign of the part geometry or manufacturing process is needed.09-13-2012
20080300704Method and process for producing personalized ornamental bulbs - A method and system for producing a personal ornamental product and a custom 3D color or monochrome sculpture incorporated into the ornamental product as a keepsake ornament. The method includes the collecting three-dimensional data from one or more sensors, adjusting the 2½D or 3D data, merging the 2½D or 3D data to produce a 2½D or 3D model, rectifying the model, preparing the sculpture for building, combining the sculpture with a bulb, producing the product with a rapid prototype device, and finishing the product. The ornamental product may be composite, porcelain, ceramic, glass, metal, etc. and often takes the form of a Christmas Tree Ornament but also may be very large and designed for table top display or otherwise.12-04-2008
20110004331METHODS OF PREPARING A VIRTUAL DENTITION MODEL AND FABRICATING A DENTAL RETAINER THEREFROM - A virtual model of a dental patient's dentition is provided by obtaining a digital data file of the patient's teeth and orthodontic appliances connected to the teeth, and then combining data from the data file with other data that represents surfaces of the teeth underlying the appliances. The virtual model is useful in preparing a physical model of the patient's current dentition that can be used, for example, to make a dental retainer. Advantageously, the retainer can be fabricated before the orthodontic appliances are disconnected from the patient's teeth and ready for use as soon as the patient's teeth have reached their desired positions in the oral cavity01-06-2011
20120239177METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DESIGNING AND PRODUCING DENTAL PROSTHESES AND APPLIANCES - A virtual model of an intraoral cavity is provided, wherein this process is initialized by a dental clinic, and the design and manufacture of a suitable dental prosthesis for the intraoral cavity is shared between a dental lab and a service center.09-20-2012
20110130854METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PRODUCING A MASTER DIE TOOL - A device and a method for the production of a master die tool for a component. The method includes the following steps: a) receiving or creating a CAD model of the component; b) deriving a surface model for the master die tool based on the CAD model of the component; c) creating the master die tool with NC machines using the surface model; d) producing an entity of the component using the master die tool; e) detecting the contours of the entity of the component by way of a computed tomography-based coordinate measuring device which supplies a 3D point cloud of surface points of the entity of the component; f) comparing the 3D points of the 3D point cloud to the CAD model, and determining whether any deviations exist beyond predetermined tolerance thresholds, and if this is the case g) modifying the surface model based on the deviations detected; h) reworking the master die tool or recreating the master die tool with the NC machines based on the modified surface model; i) repeating steps d) to h) until no more deviations exist beyond the predetermined tolerance thresholds.06-02-2011
20110009993PROGRAMMING APPARATUS - A programming apparatus has a machining area recognizing section for recognizing a plurality of machining areas based on three-dimensional model data, a workpiece dividing section for setting a plurality of structures obtained by dividing a workpiece, a connection relationship recognizing section for recognizing a connection relationship between the machining areas, a machining area list generating section for recognizing, for each of the machining areas, either a machining type related to turning or a machining type related to milling corresponding thereto, and generating a machining area list in which the structures, machining areas, machining types and connection relationship are correlated with one another, a machining process setting section for setting, for each of the machining areas, a machining process corresponding to the machining type related to turning or milling thereof, and an NC program generating section for generating an NC program.01-13-2011
20120271443MANUFACTURABILITY EVALUATION OF INJECTION MOLDED PLASTIC MODELS USING A CAD BASED DFX EVALUATION SYSTEM - A method of automatic manufacturability evaluation of plastic models comprises generation of a likely pulling direction, recognition of common features on plastic parts, and then applying manufacturability rules The manufacturability rules can be specified and customized through user specified rule parameters and depend upon the geometric parameters of the recognized features. A system comprises a user interface for selection and customization of DFX (Design for ‘X’) rules for evaluation of a design. The system includes a user interface integrated with a CAD system for receiving the CAD data and displaying the results to the user. Geometry analysis engines are integrated into the system, for extracting the various features and corresponding parameters required as input to the manufacturability rules. The system further involves extensible interfaces for rules and analysis engines which allows users to write their own customized rules and engines and integrate these into the CAD based DFX evaluation system.10-25-2012
20120323352SINGULAR AND CO-MOLDED PRE-FORMS - Molded pre-forms that are used to protect electronic components and assemblies from damage due to vibration, shock and/or thermal exposure. The pre-forms can be singularly molded or co-molded. Co-molded pre-forms can include hard surface layers over softer molded compositions. The pre-forms are molded in molds that are formed using modified images obtained from printed circuit boards having the electronic components thereon. Images of the printed circuit boards are obtained and modified to improve vibrational dampening and/or heat transfer. The molded pre-forms allow for access to the printed circuit boards for purposes of replacing or repairing the printed circuit boards.12-20-2012
20110060439Automated Quoting Of CNC Machined Custom Molds And/Or Custom Parts - A customer sends a CAD file for the part to be manufactured to the system. The system assesses the CAD file to determine various pieces of manufacturing information. One or more acceptability criteria are applied to the part, such as whether the part can be machined in two opposing orientations in a 3 axis CNC machine. If not, the system sends a file to the customer graphically indicating which portions of the part need modification to be manufacturable. The system provides the customer with a quotation form, that allows the customer to select several parameters, such as number of cavities or parts per workpiece block, surface finish and material, which are independent of the shape of the part. The quotation module then provides the customer with the cost to manufacture the mold or a number of parts, which may include both molded parts and total profiled machined parts. Budget-driven quotation is possible, wherein proposed modifications in the molding process are controlled by the budget of the customer. Interactivity is also achieved, with the customer being able to modify the quotation interactively by modifying one or more of the initially selected parameters, including selecting a different budgeted amount.03-10-2011
20100234973PATTERN VERIFYING METHOD, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND PATTERN VERIFYING PROGRAM - A specification of a layout of a layout pattern arranged on a layer is set based on three-dimensional structures of layers of a semiconductor integrated circuit. It is verified whether a layout pattern formed on a wafer based on design layout data subjected to proximity correction satisfies the specification.09-16-2010
20100234972METHOD OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL GRAPHICAL MODELLING - The invention relates to the field of methods of three-dimensional graphical modelling. This is a method of three-dimensional graphical modelling of an interface between several elements, comprising at least: for at least two elements, a step of determining one or more parameters of the element that relate to the interface; a step of displaying, at the level of a software resource, a three-dimensional graphical modelling of the interface with the aid of the parameters determined, at least one of the elements being a phase of a manufacturing method, at least one determined parameter of which used for the displaying step corresponds to a constraint imposed by the manufacturing method phase.09-16-2010
20120089242AUTOMATIC PROGRAMMING APPARATUS AND AUTOMATIC PROGRAMMING METHOD - Automatic programming apparatus includes: a material shape data input unit that receives input of data of material shape; a processing program storage unit that stores therein data of material shape and processed unit data; a processed unit data input part that receives an input of other-processed-unit-reference-type processed unit data referencing processed region shape data contained in the processed unit data; a processed region shape generating unit that generates processed region shape data in the processed unit data for partial processing, based on data of material shape and processed region shape data referenced by other-processed-unit-reference-type processed unit data; and a control command generating unit that generates control command data, based on processed unit data for partial processing containing processed region shape data.04-12-2012
20120089241ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR SIMULATING PROBE OF WORKPIECE MEASURING DEVICE - A method simulates a probe of a workpiece measuring device using an electronic device. The electronic device correlates component names of the probe to a corresponding CAD modeling file, reads the CAD modeling files from a first file according to a drawing order of the probe, and draws a three-dimensional (3D) model of the probe according to the drawing order and the relative positions between each two components. The first file includes specifications of components of the probe, the component names, file names of computer aided design (CAD) modeling files of the components, and relative positions between each two components. After controlling the 3D model to simulate the probe measuring the measurement points, and a measurement path is displayed on a display screen.04-12-2012
20110276159Computer-aided Fabrication Of A Removable Dental Prosthesis - A method and system for fabricating a dental prosthesis are provided. High resolution digital scanned images of a patient's oral structures are acquired. Three dimensional (3D) cone beam X-ray images of hard and soft oral tissues are acquired. The scanned images are integrated with the 3D cone beam X-ray images in a 3D space to obtain combined three dimensional images of the oral structures. The occlusal relationship between upper and lower oral structures are digitally simulated using the combined three dimensional images. The dental prosthesis is digitally modeled for planning intra-oral positioning and structure of the dental prosthesis. The digital dental prosthesis model is refined based on simulated force tests performed for assessing interference and retention of the digital dental prosthesis model. A prospective dental prosthesis model is created based on the refined digital dental prosthesis model. The dental prosthesis is fabricated based on a verified prospective dental prosthesis model.11-10-2011
20110288667INDUSTRIAL ROBOT SYSTEM - Provided is an industrial robot system which enables a reduction in an installation/adjustment period, and an increase in a no-error continuous operation period, and includes an action planning section (11-24-2011
20110320025METHOD OF MEASURING AN OVERLAY OF AN OBJECT - A method of measuring an overlay of an object is provided. In the method, first information of a first structure may be obtained. A preliminary structure may be formed on the first structure. Second information of the preliminary structure may be obtained. The first information and the second information may be processed to obtain virtual information of a second structure that would be formed on the first structure if a process is performed on the preliminary structure. A virtual overlay between the first structure and the second structure may be measured using the virtual information.12-29-2011
20110320024OPTICAL ELEMENT OF LIGHTING DEVICE AND DESIGN METHOD OF THE SAME - An optical element of a lighting device and a design method of the same are revealed. The optical element is used together with a LED lighting part. The design method includes steps of providing a LED lighting part, selecting a suitable equation used in describing curves and surfaces for simulation test, substituting and changing a plurality of parameters in the equation to run simulation test of the light emitted from the LED lighting part for determining curves and surfaces of the incident surface and the emission surface that satisfy requirements of a specific light distribution pattern. The optical element features on that an air gap is between the incident surface and the LED lighting part. The slope of the incident surface and the slope of the emission surface are of opposite signs on the X-Z surface that passes the origin and γ angle is within 80 degrees around an optical axis of the LED lighting part.12-29-2011
20110320023System and Method for Identifying Defects of Surfaces Due to Machining Processes - Embodiments of the invention disclose a method for determining defects of a surface of a model of an object generated from a model of an original object by a simulation of a machining process. The method determines orientations and rate of change in the orientation of the surface based on normal vectors to the surface and identifies the defects of the surface based on the rate of change and a threshold. The threshold is determined based on the machining process.12-29-2011
20100198383SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AFTER-MARKET SUPPORT USING AS-BUILT DATA - A maintenance system for an assembly comprises a storage medium containing an as-built computer-aided design model of the assembly, a displaying means for displaying the as-built computer-aided design model, a metrology device for measuring a location of at least one characteristic of the assembly and creating as-built data regarding the location, and a replacing means for replacing a part of the assembly with a replacement part. The replacing means determines the location for the replacement part on the assembly by analyzing the as-built computer-aided design model and the data created by the metrology device.08-05-2010
20100168891METHOD AND SYSTEM OF JUXTAPOSING COMPONENTS IN AN ASSEMBLY PROCESS - A computer model is formed of a mounting component (07-01-2010
20130018497METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PRODUCING AN IMPLANT - A computer implemented method for determining the 3-dimensional shape of an implant to be implanted into a subject includes obtaining a computer readable image including a defective portion and a non-defective portion of tissue in the subject, superimposing on the image a shape to span the defective portion, and determining the 3-dimensional shape of the implant based on the shape that spans the defective portion.01-17-2013
20100076581Methods for designing a customized dental prosthesis using digital images of a patient - Methods and systems for producing customized dental restoration and prosthesis, particularly denture prescriptions using a computer software program are provided. In this system, digital photographs of the patient to be fitted with the denture are taken, and the photographs are transferred to the software program. Based on these photographs, the program makes certain calculations. The program then prompts the dental professional to select the desired materials and structure for the denture. Based on this input, the program automatically produces a prescription for the denture. The digital prescription is sent to a dental laboratory for making the denture.03-25-2010
20110160888METHOD PLANNING FOR MANUFACTURING SHEET-METAL FORMING PARTS - A method for computer-aided generation determining of a method plan for the manufacture of sheet-metal forming parts by way of forming processes, comprises the following steps: 06-30-2011
20100087940SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND TOOLS FOR PROOFING A COMPUTER-AIDED DESIGN OBJECT - Systems, methods, and tools for proofing computer-aided design (CAD) objects (e.g., CAD drawings or models). The objects are implemented with CAD software and represent an apparatus. An exemplary method includes receiving a CAD object representing the apparatus, determining criteria for proofing the CAD object, determining rules, extracting items of interest from the CAD object, and comparing the extracted items with the rules. An example item of interest is a drawing note on the CAD object and an example rule includes a plurality of keywords.04-08-2010
20080234850MODEL BASED DEFINITION INSTALLATION AND ASSEMBLY DRAWING PROCESS - A software package defines installation and assembly requirements for a product through simplified representations of a 3D design model having a multiple of component parts which define the product in a data format different than that which created the 3D design model. Data created by the process replaces documentation supplied by traditional installation and assembly drawings. Documentation of the installations and assemblies is accomplished entirely electronically.09-25-2008
20080228303DIRECT MANUFACTURE OF DENTAL AND MEDICAL DEVICES - A method of making a medical or dental part may comprise creating a first digital model, manufacturing an initial embodiment of the part based on the first digital model using a layered manufacturing process, creating a second digital model of the initial embodiment of the part, determining the difference between the second digital model and the first digital model, and machining the initial embodiment of the part to create a final embodiment of the part by removing an amount of material substantially representative of the difference. A computer readable medium for performing such method is also disclosed.09-18-2008
20130173040SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR JEWELRY DESIGN - A system for designing a customized ring may include a ring style selection component, a ring top design component, a ring side design component, and an image panel component where, the components support an interface for monitoring the progress of the ring design and an image panel may show an image of the ring that is periodically updated based on customization input. A system for creating and displaying ring assets may include an extraction component, a rendering component, and a display component. A system for displaying customized bezel text may include a text mapping module configured to receive bezel parameters, map text in a two dimensional space, map text in a three-dimensional space defined by bezel geometry, develop code for displaying the text, and displaying the text.07-04-2013
20120253495DEFINING THE VOLUMETRIC DIMENSIONS AND SURFACE OF A COMPENSATOR - A compensator is used with a radiation therapy machine to treat a cancer patient. A three-dimensional surface of the compensator is defined by obtaining a radiation dose requirement created by a treatment planning system associated with the radiation therapy machine and determining a plurality of grid elements based on that radiation dose requirement. At least one of a plurality of points on each of the plurality of grid elements is connected with at least one of the plurality of points on another one of the plurality of grid elements to form a representation of the three-dimensional compensator.10-04-2012
20130096708Systems And Methods For Construction Of An Instruction Set For Three-Dimensional Printing Of A User-Customizableimage Of A Three-Dimensional Structure - Systems and methods for construction of an instruction set for three-dimensional printing of a user-customizable image of a three-dimensional structure are provided. Methods can include receiving user input for customizing an image of a three-dimensional structure, control circuitry constructing an instruction set for the customized image of the three-dimensional structure, and control circuitry rendering the instruction set into a printable file usable by a three-dimensional printer.04-18-2013
20130103177SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ACCUMULATIVE DOUBLE SIDED INCREMENTAL FORMING - A forming system includes first and second tools, moving assemblies, and a control unit. The moving assemblies move the first tool and the second tool relative to the sheet. The control unit is configured to control movement of the first tool and the second tool by the one or more moving assemblies by moving at least one of the first tool or the second tool in a first deformation direction to deform the sheet, then moving the first and second tools laterally relative to the sheet to a subsequent location while engaging the sheet, then moving at least one of the first tool or the second tool in the first deformation direction or an opposite second deformation direction to deform the sheet, and then continue moving the first and second tools to deform the sheet in order to create a three-dimensional component from the sheet.04-25-2013
20130103176METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR FABRICATING A DENTAL COPING, AND A COPING FABRICATED THEREBY - A wax model of a required coping is produced using CNC machining techniques based on a virtual model of the coping created from digital data obtained from the intraoral cavity. The dental coping is then fabricated from the wax model.04-25-2013
20130103175METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING APPLIANCES FOR REPOSITIONING TEETH - A method for generating digital data sets is provided. The method includes: obtaining a first digital data set representing a first tooth arrangement; providing at least one operator for modifying a digital data set representing a tooth arrangement; providing target data which represents orthodontic treatment requirements; generating a second digital data set representing a second tooth arrangement based on the first digital data set using a state space search method and the at least one operator; determining whether the second tooth arrangement meets the treatment requirements; generating a N04-25-2013
20130144417METHOD AND CLAMPING FIXTURE FOR THE PRODUCING OF A DENTAL DRILLING TEMPLATE - A method for producing a dental drilling template from a blank comprising a pilot borehole and a contact surface using a fabricating device and a virtual 3D drilling template model of the drilling template, said virtual 3D drilling template model comprising a virtual pilot borehole extending along a pilot borehole axis and a virtual contact surface. The method comprises virtually disposing said virtual 3D drilling template model within a 3D blank model of the blank to machine the drilling template from the blank in accordance with the shape and position of said virtual 3D drilling template model within said 3D blank model and applying a mark at a penetration point relevant to said pilot borehole axis on an external surface of said 3D blank model.06-06-2013
20130144418PLANAR MANUFACTURING DRAWING PRODUCTION SUPPORT DEVICE, PLANAR MANUFACTURING DRAWING PRODUCTION SUPPORT METHOD, PLANAR MANUFACTURING DRAWING PRODUCTION SUPPORT PROGRAM AND BRANCH ANGLE DESIGN SUPPORT DEVICE - The present invention aims to improve accuracy of a planar manufacturing drawing used to instruct manufacture of a three-dimensional structure in a planar form. According to path plan information is acquired by a path plan information acquisition unit 06-06-2013
20080201002Machining Template Based Computer-Aided Design and Manufacture Of An Aerospace Component - A CAD model of a component is designed by means of a CAD system that modifies the shape of the design of the component represented by the CAD model by means of templates held in a database of templates. The templates include machining data concerning the machining actions necessary to effect the alteration, represented by the template, of the shape of a work-piece. The CAD system outputs a computer model of the component comprising not only part geometry data concerning the shape of the component but also machining geometry data concerning the machining actions necessary for manufacturing from a work-piece a component having a shape in accordance with the outputted model of the component. This outputted computer model is then converted into an NC (numeric control) program by means of an NC program conversion module, by extracting NC code sequences from a database, the NC code sequences extracted corresponding to the templates of the UDF library used to design the shape of the CAD model.08-21-2008
20110213481SYSTEM AND A METHOD OF FABRICATING PROTECTIVE MASKS FOR VEHICLES - The invention provides a method of controlling a machine for cutting out masks for protecting vehicle portions, which comprises the following operations: 09-01-2011
20110245952SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR INCREASING EFFICIENCY IN RAPID PROTOTYPING PROCESSES - A system and methods for batch sorting objects and mapping the objects on a tray having a fixed dimension along an x-axis and a fixed dimension along a y-axis. Certain aspects of the present embodiments include (a) storing the objects in a queue; (b) sorting the objects in the queue according to a dimension of the objects; (c) mapping the objects sequentially into a first column of a plurality of columns on the tray until the first column is filled; (d) mapping the objects into a subsequent column until the subsequent column is filled; (e) repeating step (d) until only a last column in the plurality of columns remains to be filled, or until no more objects remain in the queue; and (f) mapping the objects into the last column in accordance with a column organization plan. In certain embodiments, at least one of the columns, and not necessarily the last column, includes objects mapped in accordance with a column organization plan.10-06-2011
20130150994METHOD OF CARVING THREE-DIMENSIONAL ARTWORK - A method of producing intricate, three-dimensional artwork requiring high resolution on the part of a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine is disclosed. An existing three dimensional carving is captured by a computer, and converted into a NURBS surface. The operator sets forth the dimensions of the surface to be carved, including the width and the length, as well as the width of its component stiles and rails. The operator further selects the corners of such surface in which the artwork is to be carved. Thereafter, the NURBS surface is scaled and positioned in accordance with the dimensions and parameters supplied, and transmitted to respective CNC machines. The CNC machines then perform a series of carving operations in accordance with the instructions supplied by a G-code file processed from the NURBS surfaces.06-13-2013
20100292822Method and apparatus for generating control data for controlling a tool on a machine tool - The present invention relates to a method and apparatus for generating control data for controlling a predetermined tool on a machine tool for machining a workpiece clamped in the machine tool from a blank to a finished part. Machining geometry model data of a machining geometry of the workpiece at a machining time are compared with finished part geometry model data in order to determine a difference geometry between the machining geometry and the finished part geometry. On the basis of the determined difference geometry, a machining path is determined for the predetermined tool for removing material from the workpiece, and path data is generated such that a maximally large part of the volume of the difference geometry is removed per time unit in dependence of a maximum machining volume of the predetermined tool.11-18-2010
20130184846USING DYNAMIC DATA TO DETERMINE A MATERIAL PROFILE FOR EARPIECE - The attenuation and other optical properties of a medium are exploited to measure a thickness of the medium between a sensor and a target surface. Disclosed herein are various mediums, arrangements of hardware, and processing techniques that can be used to capture these thickness measurements and obtain dynamic three-dimensional images of the target surface in a variety of imaging contexts. This includes general techniques for imaging interior/concave surfaces as well as exterior/convex surfaces, as well as specific adaptations of these techniques to imaging ear canals, human dentition, and so forth.07-18-2013
20100318208System and Method for Designing an Ear Insert Device - A method for designing an ear insert device using anatomical information relating to the ear. A user record is that includes anatomical information relating to an ear of a user is received. The anatomical information comprises at least one sub-dermal feature of an ear canal. The user record is processed to obtain an ear insert device design record. The ear insert device design record comprises a three dimensional representation of a bounding surface shape having surface boundaries that substantially conform to surface boundaries of the ear canal and the at least one sub-dermal feature of the ear canal. An ear insert device may be produced using the ear insert design record.12-16-2010
20130158694Integrated Support Device For Providing Temporary Primary Stability to Dental Implants and Prosthesis, and Related Methods - Integrated support devices for providing temporary primary stability to a dental prosthesis implant, each individually designed and manufactured for a specific pre-identify patient are also provided. An integrated support device can include a prosthesis interface member configured to connect to an abutment or reduced sized portion of a dental prosthesis/implant. The integrated support device also includes one or more bonding wings for connecting to the adjacent healthy teeth.06-20-2013
20110282474METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR FABRICATING A DENTAL COPING, AND A COPING FABRICATED THEREBY - A wax model of a required coping is produced using CNC machining techniques based on a virtual model of the coping created from digital data obtained from the intraoral cavity. The dental coping is then fabricated from the wax model.11-17-2011
20130190912METHOD OF NUMERICAL-CONTROL SCRAPING OF A WORK PIECE - A method of numerical-control scraping of a work piece has a preparing step, a scanning step, a flatness-parameter inputting step, a surface-finishing step, a related-parameter inputting step, an auto-scraping step and an analyzing step. The preparing step comprises preparing a multi-axis machine tool, a laser displacement meter, an auto scraping apparatus and a computer. The scanning step comprises scanning the work piece. The flatness-parameter inputting step comprises inputting a flatness-parameter. The surface-finishing step comprises calculating out the to-be-scraped ranges of the work piece and scraping the work piece. The related-parameter inputting step comprises inputting desired PPI and POP in the computer, calculating out the HOP, the DOS and the oil content to obtain the length, the width and the depth of a single scraping process. The auto-scraping step comprises scraping the work piece to meet the requirement. The analyzing step comprises detecting the 3D-appearance drawing of the work piece.07-25-2013
20120004752METHODS, SYSTEMS, AND FORMATS FOR DATA, SUCH AS DATA USED IN LASER PROJECTION OF FASTENERS USED IN MANUFACTURING - A system and method provides data for a laser projection process used in manufacturing involving fasteners. For example, the laser projection process may include projecting a laser image associated with fasteners used to assemble objects. Fastener attribute data may be extracted from an engineer's design data and processed to generate a laser projection output file. This output file may include geometric data used to project a laser image associated with the fasteners. For example, this image may be an outline indicating the location, shape, and orientation of a fastener. The output file may also include non-geometric data associated with attributes of the objects to be assembled. Both the geometric and the non-geometric data can then be displayed in a user interface, such as a display screen of a laser projector control device, in addition to the display of the laser image in three-dimensional space.01-05-2012
20120029676SELF DRAWING TOOL FOR A COMPUTER-IMPLEMENTED AUTOMATED DESIGN, MODELING AND MANUFACTURING SYSTEM - A method and system for automatically generating a co-ordination drawing of a project is disclosed. In one embodiment, a method includes inputting parametric information, and accessing a file associated with a schematic drawing of a project and identifying a plurality of elements in the schematic drawing from the file. The method further includes obtaining geometrical and connectivity information associated with each of the plurality of elements by analyzing each of the plurality of elements. Additionally, the method includes selecting one or more predefined objects from a spatial database based on the geometrical and connectivity information associated with each of the plurality of elements and the inputted parametric information. The method further includes automatically generating a co-ordination drawing of the project using the one or more predefined objects, wherein the co-ordination drawing provides routing information of the plurality of elements in the project.02-02-2012
20120029675NUMERICAL CONTROL PROGRAMMING METHOD, APPARATUS THEREFOR, AND PROGRAM FOR CAUSING A COMPUTER TO EXECUTE THE METHOD - A level difference or a uncut portion is prevented from being left between adjoining worked regions without forming any useless worked region. A lathe sectional shape forming unit (02-02-2012
20120029674WELDING-LINE SELECTING METHOD - A welding line can be rapidly extracted using three-dimensional CAD data constituted of a large number of line sections containing welding line candidates. The method of choosing a welding line includes: a step (S02-02-2012
20120059499DESIGN AIDING DEVICE, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM IN WHICH DESIGN AIDING PROGRAM IS STORED - The design aiding device includes a processor that creates assembled model data, representing an assembled model that assumes arrangement of the part on the board, on the basis of the board data and the part data stored in the first storing section and the second storing section, respectively. The processor includes a recognizing section that recognizes a mounting face of a part model defined by the part data, the mounting face being mounted on a board model defined by the board data; and an arrangement processing section that creates the assembled model data by arranging the part model on the board model on the basis of the mounting face recognized by the recognizing section.03-08-2012
20120083913SEMICONDUCTOR LAYER FORMING METHOD AND STRUCTURE - A method of forming and electrical structure. The method includes determining that a first semiconductor device requires an engineering change order (ECO). An additional structure layer required to implement the ECO is determined. A first insertion point location for inserting the additional structure layer within the first semiconductor device is selected. The first insertion point location is associated with a second insertion point location within a design for a second semiconductor device. The second semiconductor device is generated in accordance with the first ECO. The second semiconductor device comprises second structures. The second structures comprise same structures as first structures in the first semiconductor device. The second structures are formed in locations within the second semiconductor device that are associated with locations in the first semiconductor device comprising the first structures. The second semiconductor device comprises the additional structure layer located within the second insertion point location.04-05-2012

Patent applications in class 3-D product design (e.g., solid modeling)