US 9,809,015 B2
Method of customizing an article using a graphic transfer assembly
N. Scot Hull, Rye, NH (US); and Elizabeth Langvin, Sherwood, OR (US)
Assigned to NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, OR (US)
Filed by NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, OR (US)
Filed on Nov. 9, 2015, as Appl. No. 14/935,584.
Application 14/039,074 is a division of application No. 13/413,995, filed on Mar. 7, 2012, granted, now 8,574,387, issued on Nov. 5, 2013.
Application 14/935,584 is a continuation of application No. 14/039,074, filed on Sep. 27, 2013, granted, now 9,259,903.
Application 13/413,995 is a continuation of application No. 12/245,402, filed on Oct. 3, 2008, granted, now 8,162,022, issued on Apr. 24, 2012.
Prior Publication US 2016/0059533 A1, Mar. 3, 2016
Int. Cl. B32B 37/06 (2006.01); B32B 37/10 (2006.01); A43D 95/14 (2006.01); B44C 1/17 (2006.01); A43D 8/22 (2006.01); B44C 1/10 (2006.01); A43B 3/00 (2006.01); B32B 37/00 (2006.01); A43D 999/00 (2006.01); A43D 8/16 (2006.01); B32B 38/10 (2006.01)
CPC B32B 37/025 (2013.01) [A43B 3/0078 (2013.01); A43D 8/16 (2013.01); A43D 95/14 (2013.01); A43D 999/00 (2013.01); B32B 37/06 (2013.01); B32B 37/10 (2013.01); B32B 37/1027 (2013.01); B32B 38/10 (2013.01); B44C 1/105 (2013.01); B44C 1/17 (2013.01); B44C 1/1712 (2013.01); Y10T 156/1036 (2015.01); Y10T 156/17 (2015.01)] 20 Claims
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1. A method of customizing an article with a graphic applied using a graphic transfer assembly, comprising the steps of:
receiving a selected graphic for the article;
associating the graphic with a curved surface of the article;
attaching a last including the article to a last assembly of the graphic transfer assembly, the last assembly being disposed between a first moveable portion of the graphic transfer assembly and a second moveable portion of the graphic transfer assembly;
pressing a first deformable membrane associated with the first moveable portion and a second deformable membrane associated with the second moveable portion against a portion of the article so that at least one of the first deformable membrane and the second deformable membrane conforms to the curved surface;
applying a vacuum between the first deformable membrane and the second deformable membrane;
heating at least one of the first deformable membrane and the second deformable membrane; and
thereby transferring the graphic to the curved surface of the article.