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Title: US5280305: Method and apparatus for forming a stylized, three-dimensional object
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Country: US United States of America

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Inventor: Monroe, Marshall M.; Glendale, CA
Goldstein, Steven G.; Los Angeles, CA

Assignee: The Walt Disney Company, Burbank, CA
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Published / Filed: 1994-01-18 / 1992-10-30

Application Number: US1992000968819

IPC Code: Advanced: A41G 7/00; B44C 3/04; B44C 5/06; A63H 9/00; B29C 51/10;
IPC-7: C01D 15/16;

ECLA Code: A41G7/00; B44C3/04B; B44C5/06; K63H9/00; L29C51/10; L29C791/00E4; L29C795/00B; L29L31/48B4; L29L31/702;

U.S. Class: Current: 347/129; 396/429; 446/391;
Original: 346/107.R; 354/106;

Field of Search: 346/1.1,107 R,108,160 354/105,106

Priority Number:
1992-10-30  US1992000968819

Abstract:     The current invention provides a device that produces a three-dimensional object with custom art work from an electronic signal. More particularly, the preferred implementation is a device for making masquerade-type masks, and includes a digital camera that captures a front-on image of an individual's face and converts the captured image to an electronic signal that is downloaded into a personal computer. The computer is utilized to select an image, process that image to remove background, scale the image to correspond to the dimensions and features of a facial die that will be used to mold the mask, and to provide for special effects processing of the selected image. An ink jet plotter is then directed to print the processed image upon thin, flat plastic, which is aligned with the facial features of the die and deformed to skin tight conformance with the die by a vacuum-forming process. The finished mask bears art work, upon its convex exterior, that realistically imitates the face of the individual which served as the model for the mask.

Attorney, Agent or Firm: Pretty, Schroeder, Brueggemann & Clark ;

Primary / Asst. Examiners: Reinhart, Mark J.;

Maintenance Status: E1 Expired  Check current status

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Family: None

First Claim:
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We claim:     1. A method of creating a masquerade-type mask using an electronic device capable of generating an image and producing an electronic signal representative thereof, an image processing device, a printer, a flat, deformable, heat-settable material, a vacuum device and a die that has facial features, comprising the steps of:
  • generating the image with the electronic device;
  • producing the electronic signal with the electronic device;
  • processing the image with the image processing device and creating a printer control signal from the electronic signal which represents the processed image;
  • using the printer to print the processed image upon the flat, deformable, heat-settable material in response to the printer control signal;
  • deforming a first portion of the flat, deformable, heat-settable material upon which the processed image has been printed by
    • aligning the first portion with the die;
    • heating the first portion to a temperature at which it may be deformed;
    • creating a differential pressure to opposing sides of the first portion with the vacuum device, such that the first portion is drawn in skintight conforming relation with the die;
    • cooling the portion to a temperature at which it will retain the shape to which it has been deformed during removal from contact with the die; and
    • removing the portion from contact with the die.

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Patent  Pub.Date  Inventor Assignee   Title
Get PDF - 6pp US3739975  1973-06 Davidow   NOVELTY PARTY CUP
Get PDF - 7pp US3748982  1973-07 Ries   SECURITY DEVICE
Get PDF - 6pp US3780378  1973-12 Simonson  Comsec Corporation TIMECLOCK SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM
Get PDF - 10pp US3902182  1975-08 Hillborg   Process and device for determining photographically dimensions of persons and objects
Get PDF - 6pp US4644591  1987-02 Goldberg   Soft sculpture face mask
Get PDF - 7pp US4783350  1988-11 DeMattco et al.  Cosrich, Incorporated Full face decorative applique
Foreign References: None

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