A method and apparatus for fabricating microbraided structures is provided. A microbraiding device includes first and second carrier members that are movable with respect to each other. Each carrier includes a plurality of shelters. Spool-less strands of microfiber are retained in shuttles that are movable between the first and second shelters under magnetic forces. The microbraid …

Legal parties

Inventors (applicants): Simon Giszter, Tae Gyo Kim, Arun Ramakrishnan
Assignees (initial): Philadelphia Health & Education Corporation (Philadelphia, US), Drexel University (Philadelphia, US)
Agents: Woodcock Washburn, LLP (attorney)

The application was examined by Shaun R Hurley (USPTO dept. 3765)


  • 1. A braiding device suitable for making microbraids, the device comprising: …
  • 2. The braiding device as recited in claim 1 , wherein the second carrier includes …
  • 3. The braiding device as recited in claim 1 , wherein the first shelter comprises …

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Brief Description of the Drawings

FIG. 1A is a perspective view of a braiding device including a plurality of braiding stations constructed in accordance with one embodiment. FIG. 1B is a perspective view of the braiding …



Braids, also known as plaits, are complex structures or patterns formed by intertwining or interweaving a plurality of strands of flexible material. Conventional devices exist that are capable of braiding …

Cross-Reference to Related Applications

This application is the National Stage of International Application No. PCT/US2009/065156, filed Nov. 19, 2009, which claims the benefit of U.S. Provisional Application No. 61/199,699, filed Nov. 19, 2008. This …

Detailed Description of Illustrative Embodiments

Referring to FIG. 1A , a braiding device 20 is provided for producing microbraids, or braided strands 21 of micro fibers of the type described in U.S. patent application Ser. …

More details about Method and Apparatus for Braiding Micro Strands

Miscellaneous patent data

The exemplary claims include number 1, the application was examined by Shaun R Hurley (3765 USPTO department), illustrated by 10 drawings, the assignee location is Philadelphia (US); its company is Drexel University, the grant number is 08534176 (publication number), the grant publication date is Sep. 17, 2013, the drawings include the following: Perspective view of a braiding, Perspective view of the braiding, Method and Apparatus for Braiding, Perspective view of a braiding, claims 1-24 comprise the invention scope, the application was published on Nov. 19, 2009, the application number is 13/129,925 (U.S.), the term of the grant was extended by 127 days, particularly claims a braiding device suitable for making microbraids, the device comprising…, the primary classification Braiding carriers has been designated to the document, the known inventor's name is Ramakrishnan Arun, the inventor's address - Philadelphia, PA, developed by Arun Ramakrishnan et al., the recorded applicant's name is Ramakrishnan Arun, the applicant's state - PA, city - Philadelphia, the known agent - Woodcock Washburn, LLP, similar classification categories are Twist or bobbinet lace, Arrangement of bobbin heads and guides or track plates in the machine, Braid or lace, e.g. pillow-lace, Processes for the manufacture thereof, rewinding means, Twist or bobbinet lace, means for forming sheds by subsequently diverting various threads using the same guiding means, Tatting, Jacks or pickers, Pattern input by control thereof, Braiding or lacing machines, Let offs, 16 figures depict the invention details, the assignee is a United States company, the invention is titled Method and Apparatus for Braiding Micro Strands.

Invention classification information

The invention is classified under Braiding carriers, Spool carriers. The designated search classifications include With movable switch for carrier, Braiding carriers, For braiding apparatus of arrestable carrier type, Miscellaneous, For braiding apparatus with movable switch for carrier, With reciprocating carrier, Carrier propelling and / or guiding means.

Patent details
Publication number 08534176
Publication date Sep. 17, 2013
Kind code B2
Application number 13/129,925
Application date Nov. 19, 2009
Application type U
Application series code 13
Int. pub. country WO
Int. pub. number WO2010/059832
Int. publication May. 27, 2010
Int. filing country WO
Int. filing PCT/US2009/065156
Filed internationally Nov. 19, 2009
National stage date Aug. 4, 2011
Extension term 127
National classification 87/55
Total number of claims 24
Exemplary claims 1
Number of drawings 10
Number of figures 16
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