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Title:
ANATOMICAL PAD FOR CYCLING PANTS AND METHOD FOR OBTAINING SAID PAD
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2017/130229
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A method for obtaining an anatomical bottom (10B) for cyclist's pants (1) comprising the following steps: - perimetric cutting of a breathable fabric (12) which is coupled to expanded foam or sponge (13A); - shaping the expanded foam (13A) coupled to said breathable fabric (12) so as to define a "cone"-shaped conformation (13B); - identifying the shaping of the expanded foam (13A) and detecting one of the shorter sides of the "cone"-shaped conformation (13B) of the expanded foam (13A), by means of an optical scanner (30); - obtaining a defined area (42) of the shaping of the expanded foam (13A) relative to the shorter side, by means of a PC (40) having a suitable software (41); - applying adhesive means (72) in the defined area (42); - coupling the breathable fabric (12), which is attached to the shaped expanded foam (13A), with a further layer of breathable fabric (11).

Inventors:
PIZZOLATO, Claudio (Via Enrico Fermi 26, Montebelluna, 31044, IT)
MOGNO, Orelio (Via Enrico Fermi 26, Montebelluna, 31044, IT)
Application Number:
IT2016/000289
Publication Date:
August 03, 2017
Filing Date:
December 14, 2016
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
DUAL PRESS S.R.L. (Via Enrico Fermi 26, Montebelluna, 31044, IT)
International Classes:
A41D13/05; A41D1/08; A41H3/00
Domestic Patent References:
WO2011063503A12011-06-03
WO2014177251A12014-11-06
Other References:
NICOLA D'APUZZO: "3D body scanning technology with application to the fashion and apparel industry", FIBRE2FASHION, 1 January 2007 (2007-01-01), India, XP055029194, Retrieved from the Internet [retrieved on 20120607]
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
IANNONE, Carlo, Luigi et al. (Barzano' & Zanardo Roma S.p.A, Via Piemonte 26, Roma, 00187, IT)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

1. Method for obtaining an anatomical bottom (10B) for cyclist's pants (1), characterized in that it includes at least the following steps:

- perimetric cutting of a breathable fabric (12) which is coupled to expanded foam or sponge (13A);

- shaping said expanded foam (13A) coupled to said breathable fabric (12) so as to define a "cone"-shaped conformation (13B);

- identifying said shaping of the expanded foam (13A) and detecting one of the shorter sides of said "cone"-shaped conformation (13B) of the expanded foam (13A), by means of an optical scanner (30);

- obtaining a defined area (42) of said shaping of the expanded foam (13A) relative to said shorter side, by means of a PC (40) having a suitable software (41);

- applying adhesive means (72) in said defined area (42);

- coupling said breathable fabric (12), which is attached to said shaped expanded foam (13A), with a further layer of breathable fabric (11).

2. Method as claimed in claim 1 , characterized in that said perimetric cutting is carried out with a metal die (20).

3. Method as claimed in claim 1 , characterized in that said shaping of the expanded foam (13A), which is coupled with said breathable fabric (12) to define a "cone"-shaped conformation (13B), is obtained by means of a mechanical removal of a perimetric area of said expanded foam (13A).

4. Method as claimed in claim 1 , characterized in that said step of applying adhesive means (72) takes place by means of a plotter (60) connected to a tank (70) through a connecting tube (71) which sends said adhesive means (72) to a plurality of sprayers (64) coupled to a sliding bar (62), which is positioned above said defined area (42) of said shaped expanded foam (13A).

5. Method as claimed in claim 1 , characterized in that said step of applying adhesive means (72) takes place by means of a calender.

6. Method as claimed in claim 4, characterized in that said plotter (60) is equipped with a USB socket (61) for acquiring an electronic file (43) by means of a portable storage device (50) or by direct connection of said plotter (60) to said PC (40).

7. Method as claimed in claim 4, characterized in that said plotter (60) moves with perpendicular displacements, by means of said sliding bar (62), to which a further bar (63) connected to said tank (70) is linked.

8. Method as claimed in claim 1 , characterized in that said step of coupling said breathable fabric (12) with a further layer of breathable fabric (11) is obtained by means of a press (80) and by means of two shaped molds (81 , 82), in correspondence of said defined area (42) where said adhesive means (72) are applied.

8. Cyclist's pants (1) equipped with an anatomical bottom (10B) made according to the method of claim 1.

AMENDED CLAIMS

received by the International Bureau on 04 April 2017 (04.04.2017)

1. Method for obtaining an anatomical bottom (10B) for cyclist's pants (1), characterized in that it includes at least the following steps;

- perimetric cutting of a breathable fabric (12) which is coupled to expanded foam or sponge ( 3A);

- shaping said expanded foam (13A) coupled to said breathable fabric (12) so as to define a "cone"-shaped conformation (13B);

- identifying said shaping of the expanded foam (13A) and detecting one of the shorter sides of said "cone"-shaped conformation (13B) of the expanded foam (13A), by means of an optical scanner (30);

- obtaining a defined area (42) of said shaping of the expanded foam ( 3A) relative to said shorter side, by means of a PC (40) having a suitable software (41);

- applying adhesive means (72) in said defined area (42);

- coupling said breathable fabric (12), which is attached to said shaped expanded foam (13A), with a further layer of breathable fabric (11).

2. Method as claimed in claim 1, characterized in that said perimetric cutting is carried out with a metal die (20).

3. Method as claimed in claim 1 , characterized in that said shaping of the expanded foam (13A), which is coupled with said breathable fabric (12) to define a "cone"-shaped conformation (13B), is obtained by means of a mechanical removal of a perimetric area of said expanded foam (13A),

4. Method as claimed in claim 1 , characterized in that said step of applying adhesive means (72) takes place by means of a plotter (60) connected to a tank (70) through a connecting tube (71) which sends said adhesive means (72) to a plurality of sprayers (64) coupled to a sliding bar (62), which is positioned above said defined area (42) of said shaped expanded foam (13A).

5. Method as claimed in claim , characterized in that said step of applying adhesive means (72) takes place by means of a calender.

6. Method as claimed in claim 4, characterized in that said plotter (60) is equipped with a USB socket (61) for acquiring an electronic file (43) by means of a portable storage device (50) or by direct connection of said plotter (60) to said PC (40).

7. Method as claimed in claim 4, characterized in that said plotter (60) moves with perpendicular displacements, by means of said sliding bar (62), to which a further bar (63) connected to said tank (70) is linked.

8. Method as claimed in claim 1 , characterized in that said step of coupling said breathable fabric (12) with a further layer of breathable fabric (11) is obtained by means of a press (80) and by means of two shaped molds (81 , 82), in correspondence of said defined area (42) where said adhesive means (72) are applied.

Description:
ANATOMICAL PAD FOR CYCLING PANTS AND METHOD FOR

OBTAINING SAID PAD

The present invention relates to an anatomical pad or bottom for cycling pants and a method for obtaining said pad or bottom.

It is well known that the bottom or pad for cycling pants is a shock- absorbing structure applied to the cyclist's pants that is configured to protect the pelvic area of the rider from impacts and vibrations.

In the following description, pad or bottom means a shock-absorbing sandwich structure composed of a shaped expanded foam coated externally with suitable breathable materials, which is applied to the cyclist's pants.

In particular, the present invention relates to a bottom having a shock- absorbing structure constituted by a sandwich body made of soft material, for example made of a fabric coupled to an expanded foam, shaped like a "cone" in order to adhere perfectly to the anatomical conformation of the pelvic area of the rider and of the bicycle's saddle, thus increasing the comfort of the cyclist during use.

The known bottoms currently on the market are obtained with a "cone"- shaped expanded foam, in which the shorter base of the "cone" is placed toward the outside of the pants placed in contact with the saddle of the bicycle.

This known construction method, however, has many drawbacks.

Firstly, the "cone"-shaped expanded foam only allows a partial fitting to the anatomical configuration of the pelvic area of the rider, because the longest base of the "cone"-shaped expanded foam (which is arranged towards the inside of the pants), in order to fit the bicycle seat, has to bend in a direction opposite to the shaped side of the expanded foam, thus creating a step or a superposition of materials that cause irritation to the cyclist's skin due to the friction of the bottom coupled to the pants on the saddle while pedaling and therefore during the driving of the bicycle.

Secondly, the fitting of the bottom coupled to the pants does not cause a snug fit to the shape of the saddle's surface, thus causing the need of continuous lodging of the pants in the pelvic part by the rider with danger of skidding and/or falls.

Finally, the known method of construction, because of said frictions, causes a relevant wear and tear of the shaped expanded foam with a great reduction of comfort performance.

Therefore, the technical task underlying the present invention is to develop a bottom or pad for cycling pants and a method to obtain said bottom or pad, which obviates the above mentioned drawbacks.

The object of the present invention is therefore to obviate the above mentioned technical drawbacks and, in particular, to provide a bottom that fits anatomically both to the pelvic area of the user and to the shaped surface of the bicycle's saddle, in order to remove the step or the overlap of materials which currently cause irritation to the skin of the cyclist.

Another object of the present invention is to provide an anatomical bottom for cyclist's pants, which has a stable position in the pelvic area of the user during the cycling, and, moreover, which also maintains a comfort action of the expanded foam inserted between two breathable fabrics, allowing the pants a longer life and use.

These and other objects, which will become more clear in the following description, are achieved by a construction method for obtaining an anatomical pad or bottom for cyclist's pants according to the appended claim 1.

More detailed technical features are disclosed in the subsequent dependent claims.

Advantageously, the construction method for obtaining an anatomical pad or bottom for cyclist's pants, according to the present invention, includes the following steps:

- cutting with a metal die the perimetric shape of the anatomical bottom for cycling pants made of a breathable fabric coupled to a sponge material or expanded foam;

- "cone"-shaping of the sponge material or expanded foam coupled to the breathable fabric (pre-punched), by means of a suitable machine;

- obtaining the shape of the "cone"-shaped expanded foam, through an optical scanner;

- identifying the area of the "cone"-shaped expanded foam with respect to the shorter base of the cone, by means of a PC with a suitable software;

- applying or spreading powder glues or general adhesive means in defined areas, by means of a machine that uses the processed information relative to the area of the "cone"-shaped expanded foam with respect to the shorter base of the cone;

- coupling the breathable fabric (which is coupled to the "cone"-shaped expanded foam on which the glue with respect to the shorter base of the cone was spread), to another breathable fabric in order to obtain a sandwich structure of the anatomical bottom for cyclist's pants, by means of a press with relative equipments, such as shaped molds made of aluminum.

Further technical features and advantages of the construction method for obtaining an anatomical pad or bottom for cyclist's pants, according to the present invention, will be more clear from the following description of a preferred embodiment and from the enclosed drawings, in which:

- figures 1A, 1 B and 1C show views of the cyclist's pants having an anatomical pad or bottom which is sewn in the pelvic area, according to the invention;

- figure 2A is a view of the components of said bottom for cyclist's pants having a sandwich structure, according to the prior art;

- figure 2B shows the bottom of figure 2A, according to the prior art, which is placed in contact with the bicycle's saddle;

- figure 3A is a view of the components of an anatomical pad or bottom for cyclist's pants, according to the invention;

- figure 3B shows the anatomical bottom of figure 3A, according to the invention, which is placed in contact with the bicycle's saddle;

- figure 4 is a block diagram showing the production phases (phase A, phase B, phase C, phase D, phase E, phase F) of the construction method to obtain an anatomical bottom, according to the present invention.

With reference to the above mentioned figures, the construction method for obtaining an anatomical pad or bottom 10B for cyclist's pants 1 , according to the present invention, comprises a first phase (phase A) of cutting the shape of a breathable fabric 12 coupled to expanded foam or sponge 13A by using a metal die 20.

A second phase (phase B) provides for giving a "cone" shaping to the expanded foam 13A, which is coupled to the breathable fabric 12, by means of a suitable machine, in order to obtain a shaped expanded foam or sponge 13B.

The phases A and B are already employed in a known construction method for obtaining the bottom 10A.

The phases C, D and E, which are novel with respect to the known construction method and which are provided for obtaining an anatomical bottom 10B according to the present invention, provide for identifying the area of the "cone"-shaped expanded foam 13B, by means of an optical scanner 30 connected to a PC 40, in order to find the area of the shorter base of the "cone"-shaped expanded foam 13B.

Subsequently, by using a suitable software 41 , a larger area 42 is defined and adhesive means 72, in particular powder glues, are spread on said larger area 42, in order to subsequently couple, by obtaining a sandwich structure, another breathable fabric 11 to the breathable fabric 12 which is attached to the "cone"-shaped expanded foam or sponge 13B.

This operation enables to get an electronic file 43, which can be stored on a portable storage device 50, in order to provide a subsequent step of spreading the adhesive means 72 on a defined area 42.

Said spreading step is performed by a plotter 60 with a USB port 61 for loading the electronic file 43 through the portable storage device 50 or through a direct connection of the plotter 60 to the PC 40; the plotter 60 is also connected, in turn, with a tank 70 for containing the powder glue.

The plotter 60 makes movements along the "X" and "Y" axis by means of a slide bar 62, to which a rod 63 is coupled; said rod 63 is connected to the tank 70 of the adhesive means 72 through a connecting tube 71 where are positioned a series of sprayers 64, from which the adhesive 72 flows out.

The breathable fabric 12 coupled with the "cone"-shaped expanded sponge or foam 13B rests on the plane of the plotter 60, so that the fabric 12 is placed immediately below the sprayers 64 of the adhesive means 72 and, by means of the suitable software driving the plotter 60, the adhesive means 72 are correctly spread within the defined area 42.

In order to spread the adhesive means 72 and in particular powder glues on the defined area 42, it is possible to use a calender instead of the plotter 60.

Finally, the construction method of the anatomical bottom or pad 10B, according to the present invention, provides for a phase F, according to which, by means of a press 80 and with the aid of two shaped molds 81 , 82, the breathable fabric 12, attached to the "cone"-shaped sponge or foam 13B only in the defined area 42 where the adhesive 72 has been spread, is coupled with another breathable fabric 11 in order to obtain a sandwich structure of the anatomical bottom or pad 10B for cyclist's pants 1 according to the invention.

This new construction method and in particular the use of phases C, D and E, with respect to the prior art permits to obtain an anatomical bottom 10B for cyclist's pants, which is more ergonomic and comfortable with respect to the known bottom 10A.

In fact, the known sandwich structure of the bottom 10A has a series of side bending angles 15 that do not follow the shaping angle of the expanded sponge or foam 13B, but which are made in the opposite direction, thus causing a partial fitting to the pelvic area 2 of the rider and a defective adherence to the shape of the bicycle's saddle 16.

This also causes the occurrence of folds or steps and consequently the above mentioned drawbacks.

The figures 3A and 3B show how, by using the new method according to the invention and, in particular, by implementing the new constructive phases C, D and E, it is possible to obtain a sandwich structure of the bottom 10B, in which the side bending angles 15 follow the shaping angle of the expanded sponge or foam 13B, thus allowing a perfect fitting to the pelvic area 2 of the cyclist and a perfect fit to the shape of the bicycle's saddle 16, thus removing folds or steps that cause the above mentioned drawbacks.

The invention thus conceived and illustrated herein is susceptible to numerous modifications and variations, all falling within the inventive concept as defined by the appended claims.

Moreover, all the details may be replaced with other technically equivalent elements.

Finally, the components used, so long as compatible with the specific use, as well as the dimensions, may be any according to requirements and the state of the art.

Where the features and techniques mentioned in any claim are followed by reference signs, said reference signs have been included for the sole purpose of increasing the understanding of the claims and accordingly said reference signs do not have any limiting effect on the interpretation of each element identified by way of example by said reference signs.




 
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