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1. WO2020112637 - AUTOLACING FOOTWEAR MOTOR HAVING FORCE-DIRECTING SUPPORTS

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What is claimed is:

1. An article of footwear, comprising:

a midsole;

an upper secured with respect to the midsole;

a lace extending through the upper; and

a motorized lacing system positioned within the midsole, configured to engage with the lace to increase and decrease tension on the lace, the motorized lacing system comprising:

a motor;

a transmission, operatively coupled to the motor;

a power source, operatively coupled to the motor;

a lace spool, operatively coupled to the motor via the transmission, configured to spool and unspool the lace based on operation of the motor;

a printed circuit board; and

a housing, containing the motor, the transmission, the power source, the lace spool and the printed circuit board, the printed circuit board positioned between an interior surface of the housing and at least one of the power source and the motor, wherein the interior surface includes a post that extends through a hole formed in the printed circuit board, wherein a flexing of the interior surface causes force on the housing to be at least partially imparted on the at least one of the power source, the transmission, and the motor.

2. The article of footwear of claim 1 , wherein flexing the interior surface of the housing causes the post to impact the at least one of the power source, the transmission, and the motor.

3. The article of footwear of claim 1, wherein the interior surface includes a plurality of posts configured so that, upon flexing of the interior surface of the housing, at least one of the posts imparts the force on at least one of the power source, the transmission, and the motor.

4. The article of footwear of claim 3, wherein one of the plurality of posts is configured to impart the force on the transmission and another one of the plurality of posts is configured to impart the force on the motor.

5. The article of footwear of claim 1, wherein a spacing between the post and the at least one of the power source, the transmission, and the motor is less than a spacing between the printed circuit board and the interior surface.

6. The article of footwear of claim 1 , wherein the post is constantly in contact with the at least one of the power source, the transmission, and the motor.

7. The article of footwear of claim 1, wherein the post is formed in the shape of a plus-symbol.

8. A method, comprising:

securing an upper secured with respect to a midsole;

extending a lace through the upper; and

positioning a motorized lacing system within the midsole, the motorized lacing system configured to engage with the lace to increase and decrease tension on the lace, the motorized lacing system comprising:

a motor;

a transmission, operatively coupled to the motor;

a power source, operatively coupled to the motor;

a lace spool, operatively coupled to the motor via the transmission, configured to spool and unspool the lace based on operation of the motor;

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a printed circuit board; and

a housing, containing the motor, the transmission, the power source, the lace spool and the printed circuit board, the printed circuit board positioned between an interior surface of the housing and at least one of the power source and the motor, wherein the interior surface includes a post that extends through a hole formed in the printed circuit board, wherein a flexing of the interior surface causes force on the housing to be at least partially imparted on the at least one of the power source, the transmission, and the motor.

9. The method of claim 8, wherein flexing the interior surface of the housing causes the post to impact the at least one of the power source, the transmission, and the motor.

10. The method of claim 8, wherein the interior surface includes a plurality of posts configured so that, upon flexing of the interior surface of the housing, at least one of the posts imparts the force on at least one of the power source, the transmission, and the motor.

11. The method of claim 10, wherein one of the plurality of posts is configured to impart the force on the transmission and another one of the plurality of posts is configured to impart the force on the motor.

12. The method of claim 8, wherein a spacing between the post and the at least one of the power source, the transmission, and the motor is less than a spacing between the printed circuit board and the interior surface.

13. The method of claim 8, wherein the post is constantly in contact with the at least one of the power source, the transmission, and the motor.

14. The method of claim 8, wherein the post is formed in the shape of a plus-symbol.

15. A motorized lacing system, comprising:

a motor;

a transmission, operatively coupled to the motor;

a power source, operatively coupled to the motor;

a lace spool, operatively coupled to the motor via the transmission, configured to spool and unspool a lace based on operation of the motor;

a printed circuit board; and

a housing, containing the motor, the transmission, the power source, the lace spool and the printed circuit board, the printed circuit board positioned between an interior surface of the housing and at least one of the power source and the motor, wherein the interior surface includes a post that extends through a hole formed in the printed circuit board, wherein a flexing of the interior surface causes force on the housing to be at least partially imparted on the at least one of the power source, the transmission, and the motor.

16. The motorized lacing system of claim 15, wherein flexing the interior surface of the housing causes the post to impact the at least one of the power source, the transmission, and the motor.

17. The motorized lacing system of claim 15, wherein the interior surface includes a plurality of posts configured so that, upon flexing of the interior surface of the housing, at least one of the posts imparts the force on at least one of the power source, the transmission, and the motor.

18. The motorized lacing system of claim 15, wherein one of the plurality of posts is configured to impart the force on the transmission and another one of the plurality of posts is configured to impart the force on the motor.

19. The motorized lacing system of claim 15, wherein a spacing between the post and the at least one of the power source, the transmission, and the motor is less than a spacing between the printed circuit board and the interior surface.

20. The motorized lacing system of claim 15, wherein the post is constantly in contact with the at least one of the pow¾r source, the transmission, and the motor.