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1. US20160044398 - Deformable ear tip for earphone and method therefor

Office United States of America
Application Number 14886491
Application Date 19.10.2015
Publication Number 20160044398
Publication Date 11.02.2016
Grant Number 09571912
Grant Date 14.02.2017
Publication Kind B2
IPC
A61F 11/14
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
FFILTERS IMPLANTABLE INTO BLOOD VESSELS; PROSTHESES; DEVICES PROVIDING PATENCY TO, OR PREVENTING COLLAPSING OF, TUBULAR STRUCTURES OF THE BODY, e.g. STENTS; ORTHOPAEDIC, NURSING OR CONTRACEPTIVE DEVICES; FOMENTATION; TREATMENT OR PROTECTION OF EYES OR EARS; BANDAGES, DRESSINGS OR ABSORBENT PADS; FIRST-AID KITS
11Methods or devices for treatment of the ears, e.g. surgical; Protective devices for the ears, carried on the body or in the hand
06Protective devices for the ears
14external, e.g. earcaps or earmuffs
B29C 43/56
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
29WORKING OF PLASTICS; WORKING OF SUBSTANCES IN A PLASTIC STATE IN GENERAL
CSHAPING OR JOINING OF PLASTICS; SHAPING OF MATERIAL IN A PLASTIC STATE, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; AFTER-TREATMENT OF THE SHAPED PRODUCTS, e.g. REPAIRING
43Compression moulding, i.e. applying external pressure to flow the moulding material; Apparatus therefor
32Component parts, details or accessories; Auxiliary operations
56Compression moulding under special conditions, e.g. vacuum
B29C 43/30
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
29WORKING OF PLASTICS; WORKING OF SUBSTANCES IN A PLASTIC STATE IN GENERAL
CSHAPING OR JOINING OF PLASTICS; SHAPING OF MATERIAL IN A PLASTIC STATE, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; AFTER-TREATMENT OF THE SHAPED PRODUCTS, e.g. REPAIRING
43Compression moulding, i.e. applying external pressure to flow the moulding material; Apparatus therefor
22of articles of indefinite length
30Making multilayered or multicoloured articles
H04R 1/10
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
RLOUDSPEAKERS, MICROPHONES, GRAMOPHONE PICK-UPS OR LIKE ACOUSTIC ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCERS; DEAF-AID SETS; PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEMS
1Details of transducers
10Earpieces; Attachments therefor
B29C 43/02
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
29WORKING OF PLASTICS; WORKING OF SUBSTANCES IN A PLASTIC STATE IN GENERAL
CSHAPING OR JOINING OF PLASTICS; SHAPING OF MATERIAL IN A PLASTIC STATE, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; AFTER-TREATMENT OF THE SHAPED PRODUCTS, e.g. REPAIRING
43Compression moulding, i.e. applying external pressure to flow the moulding material; Apparatus therefor
02of articles of definite length, i.e. discrete articles
B29C 43/18
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
29WORKING OF PLASTICS; WORKING OF SUBSTANCES IN A PLASTIC STATE IN GENERAL
CSHAPING OR JOINING OF PLASTICS; SHAPING OF MATERIAL IN A PLASTIC STATE, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; AFTER-TREATMENT OF THE SHAPED PRODUCTS, e.g. REPAIRING
43Compression moulding, i.e. applying external pressure to flow the moulding material; Apparatus therefor
02of articles of definite length, i.e. discrete articles
18incorporating preformed parts or layers, e.g. compression moulding around inserts or for coating articles
CPC
H04R 1/1016
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
RLOUDSPEAKERS, MICROPHONES, GRAMOPHONE PICK-UPS OR LIKE ACOUSTIC ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCERS; DEAF-AID SETS; PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEMS
1Details of transducers, ; loudspeakers or microphones
10Earpieces; Attachments therefor ; ; Earphones; Monophonic headphones
1016Earpieces of the intra-aural type
B29C 43/021
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
29WORKING OF PLASTICS; WORKING OF SUBSTANCES IN A PLASTIC STATE IN GENERAL
CSHAPING OR JOINING OF PLASTICS; SHAPING OF MATERIAL IN A PLASTIC STATE, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; AFTER-TREATMENT OF THE SHAPED PRODUCTS, e.g. REPAIRING
43Compression moulding, i.e. applying external pressure to flow the moulding material; Apparatus therefor
02of articles of definite length, i.e. discrete articles
021characterised by the shape of the surface
B29C 43/183
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
29WORKING OF PLASTICS; WORKING OF SUBSTANCES IN A PLASTIC STATE IN GENERAL
CSHAPING OR JOINING OF PLASTICS; SHAPING OF MATERIAL IN A PLASTIC STATE, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; AFTER-TREATMENT OF THE SHAPED PRODUCTS, e.g. REPAIRING
43Compression moulding, i.e. applying external pressure to flow the moulding material; Apparatus therefor
02of articles of definite length, i.e. discrete articles
18incorporating preformed parts or layers, e.g. compression moulding around inserts or for coating articles
183the preformed layer being a lining, e.g. shaped in the mould before compression moulding, or a preformed shell adapted to the shape of the mould
B29C 2043/3605
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
29WORKING OF PLASTICS; WORKING OF SUBSTANCES IN A PLASTIC STATE IN GENERAL
CSHAPING OR JOINING OF PLASTICS; SHAPING OF MATERIAL IN A PLASTIC STATE, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; AFTER-TREATMENT OF THE SHAPED PRODUCTS, e.g. REPAIRING
43Compression moulding, i.e. applying external pressure to flow the moulding material; Apparatus therefor
32Component parts, details or accessories; Auxiliary operations
36Moulds for making articles of definite length, i.e. discrete articles
3602with means for positioning, fastening or clamping the material to be formed or preforms inside the mould
3605vacuum
B29C 2043/5808
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
29WORKING OF PLASTICS; WORKING OF SUBSTANCES IN A PLASTIC STATE IN GENERAL
CSHAPING OR JOINING OF PLASTICS; SHAPING OF MATERIAL IN A PLASTIC STATE, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; AFTER-TREATMENT OF THE SHAPED PRODUCTS, e.g. REPAIRING
43Compression moulding, i.e. applying external pressure to flow the moulding material; Apparatus therefor
32Component parts, details or accessories; Auxiliary operations
58Measuring, controlling or regulating
5808pressure or compressing force
B29K 2021/00
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
29WORKING OF PLASTICS; WORKING OF SUBSTANCES IN A PLASTIC STATE IN GENERAL
KINDEXING SCHEME ASSOCIATED WITH SUBCLASSES B29B, B29C OR B29D, RELATING TO MOULDING MATERIALS OR TO MATERIALS FOR ; MOULDS, ; REINFORCEMENTS, FILLERS OR PREFORMED PARTS, e.g. INSERTS
2021Use of unspecified rubbers as moulding material
Applicants Apple Inc.
Inventors Edward Siahaan
Kurt R. Stiehl
Victor M. Tiscareno
Wey-Jiun Lin
Cameron P. Frazier
Christopher D. Prest
Jeffrey Y. Hayashida
Agents Van Court & Aldridge LLP
Title
(EN) Deformable ear tip for earphone and method therefor
Abstract
(EN)

A removable component for use with an earphone is disclosed. As an example, the removable component can be an ear tip. According to one aspect, an improved ear tip can be provided for use with a headphone. The ear tip is suitable for in-ear operation and can have a cosmetic deformable outer member. The deformable outer member can enable the ear tip to readily conform to a user's ear. The ear tip can also include an inner member to structurally support the outer member and to facilitate attachment to a headphone. Methods for forming such ear tips are also disclosed.