US 9,810,470 B2
Manual ice maker and refrigerator comprising with the same
Lingyun Li, Hefei (CN); Jun Yao, Hefei (CN); and Dongxian Liu, Hefei (CN)
Assigned to Hefei Midea Refrigerator Co., Ltd., Hefei (CN); and Hefei Hualing Co., Ltd., Hefei (CN)
Appl. No. 14/7,924
Filed by Lingyun Li, Hefei (CN); Jun Yao, Hefei (CN); and Dongxian Liu, Hefei (CN)
PCT Filed May 5, 2011, PCT No. PCT/CN2011/073708
§ 371(c)(1), (2), (4) Date Sep. 26, 2013,
PCT Pub. No. WO2012/149691, PCT Pub. Date Nov. 8, 2012.
Prior Publication US 2014/0013791 A1, Jan. 16, 2014
Int. Cl. F25C 5/14 (2006.01); F25C 1/00 (2006.01); F25C 5/06 (2006.01); F25C 5/00 (2006.01); F25C 5/02 (2006.01); F25C 1/10 (2006.01)
CPC F25C 1/00 (2013.01) [F25C 5/06 (2013.01); F25C 1/10 (2013.01); F25C 5/005 (2013.01); F25C 5/02 (2013.01); F25C 2305/022 (2013.01); F25C 2400/10 (2013.01); F25C 2700/06 (2013.01)] 14 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
8. A refrigerator, comprising:
a main body with a freezing chamber disposed therein; and
a manual ice maker disposed in the freezing chamber,
wherein the manual ice maker comprises:
an ice making body being a frame formed with an opening, and provided with a first positioning hole in a front wall of the ice making body, a second positioning hole in a rear wall of the ice making body and a first limiting protrusion on an inner surface of the rear wall of the ice making body;
an ice making tray provided with a first shaft at a front end of the ice making tray and a second shaft at a rear end of the ice making tray, wherein the first shaft is rotatably supported in and extended out of the first positioning hole, and the second shaft is rotatably supported in the second positioning hole; and
an ice removing assembly, comprising:
a twisting member, connected with the first shaft, capable of being twisted to drive the ice making tray to twist for ice removal by twisting the first shaft attached to the ice making tray, and provided with a gear; and
a press member disposed with a gear rack on the press member meshed with the gear, and being movable between a first position and a second position in a vertical direction to drive the gear to rotate, a first sliding part being formed on an outer surface of the front wall of the ice making body in the vertical direction, a second sliding part being formed on the press member in the vertical direction parallel with the gear rack, and the first sliding part being fitted with the second sliding part to make the press member movable between the first position and the second position, the first sliding part being a sliding track and the second sliding part being a sliding chute, the sliding chute being parallel with the gear rack, a side wall of the sliding chute and the gear rack protruding downward from an inner side of the press member and being substantially vertical to the press member, the press member being provided with a second limiting protrusion, the second limiting protrusion protruding from and formed on an inner surface of the side wall of the sliding chute, a step limiting structure being formed on a top surface of the press member and being formed to have an L shape, a baffle plate being disposed on a top end of the front wall of the ice making body, and the step limiting structure cooperating with the baffle plate to define the first position of the press member,
when the press member is in the first position, the ice making tray is in an ice making position, and an opening surface of the ice making tray is horizontal; and when the press member is in the second position, the ice making tray is in an ice removing position, the opening surface of the ice making tray is inclined, wherein when the ice making tray rotates through a certain angle, the rear end of the ice making tray is abutted against the first limiting protrusion to stop rotating, while the front end of the ice making tray continues rotating under the driving of the gear until the ice making tray is wholly distorted to remove ice in the ice making tray.