Methods and systems including pressurized housings for forming materials

  • US 10,611,097 B2
  • Filed: 05/24/2016
  • Issued: 04/07/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/24/2016
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A system for forming material, said system comprising:

  • a housing including at least one wall defining an interior space, said housing configured to contain a pressurized fluid in said interior space, wherein said at least one wall includes an interior surface and an exterior surface, said exterior surface configured to receive and support the material, said housing comprising a bottom wall, a top wall, and a sidewall coupled to said bottom wall and said top wall;

    at least one tool configured to shape the material, said at least one tool movable along a path from a first position external to said housing to a second position at least partially within said interior space;

    a membrane received by said interior surface and extending at least partially in the path of said at least one tool; and

    at least one perforated plate disposed above said bottom wall, said at least one perforated plate facilitating airflow between the interior space and an exterior of said housing.

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