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Title:
SHAPE-FORMABLE APPARATUS
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2017/165215
Kind Code:
A3
Abstract:
An apparatus can comprise a body and a first portion. The first portion can be coupled to the body and moveable therewith. The first portion can comprise a rigidifying material and a layer. The rigidifying material can be positioned in a chamber defined by an envelope formed of a gas-impermeable material. A pressure within the chamber can be variable between at least a lower pressure state and a higher pressure state. In the higher pressure state the material is relatively flexible, and in the lower pressure state the material can be relatively less flexible than in the higher pressure state. The layer can be manipulateable by the rigidifying material. More particularly, the layer can have a first state when the pressure within the chamber is in the higher pressure state. In the first state, the layer can be formable by the target surface to take on a desired shape that can be substantially a match of the target surface. The layer can have a second state when the pressure within the chamber is in the lower pressure state. In the second state, the layer can maintain the desired shape and can be substantially less formable than in the first state.

Inventors:
CORRIGAN, Thomas R. (3M Center, Post Office Box 33427Saint Paul, Minnesota, 55133-3427, US)
EGELAND, Marc A. (3M Center, Post Office Box 33427Saint Paul, Minnesota, 55133-3427, US)
GRAHAM, Paul D. (3M Center, Post Office Box 33427Saint Paul, Minnesota, 55133-3427, US)
Application Number:
US2017/022889
Publication Date:
October 26, 2017
Filing Date:
March 17, 2017
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Assignee:
3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY (3M Center, Post Office Box 33427Saint Paul, Minnesota, 55133-3427, US)
International Classes:
B24D15/04; B24B13/01
Foreign References:
JPS6062469A1985-04-10
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
HUANG, X. Christina et al. (3M Center, Office of Intellectual Property CounselPost Office Box 3342, Saint Paul Minnesota, 55133-3427, US)
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