US 10,376,393 B2
Stent thermoforming apparatus and methods
Eli Bar, Moshav (IL); Nimrod Meller, Tel Aviv (IL); and Dror Hazan, Petah Tikva (IL)
Assigned to INSPRIREMD, LTD., Tel Aviv (IL)
Filed by InspireMD, Ltd., Tel Aviv (IL)
Filed on Oct. 5, 2017, as Appl. No. 15/725,908.
Application 15/725,908 is a continuation of application No. 15/386,936, filed on Dec. 21, 2016, granted, now 9,782,278.
Application 15/386,936 is a continuation of application No. 14/505,310, filed on Oct. 2, 2014, granted, now 9,527,734, issued on Dec. 27, 2016.
Prior Publication US 2018/0185177 A1, Jul. 5, 2018
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. B29C 49/28 (2006.01); B29C 49/64 (2006.01); A61F 2/82 (2013.01); A61F 2/958 (2013.01); B29C 49/78 (2006.01); G01M 3/36 (2006.01); B29C 49/80 (2006.01); G01M 3/32 (2006.01); B29K 101/12 (2006.01); B29L 31/00 (2006.01); A61F 2/95 (2013.01); B29C 49/48 (2006.01)
CPC A61F 2/82 (2013.01) [A61F 2/958 (2013.01); B29C 49/28 (2013.01); B29C 49/64 (2013.01); B29C 49/6409 (2013.01); B29C 49/786 (2013.01); B29C 49/80 (2013.01); G01M 3/3218 (2013.01); G01M 3/36 (2013.01); A61F 2002/9522 (2013.01); A61F 2002/9583 (2013.01); B29C 49/783 (2013.01); B29C 2049/4838 (2013.01); B29C 2949/78151 (2013.01); B29C 2949/78294 (2013.01); B29C 2949/78436 (2013.01); B29C 2949/78663 (2013.01); B29C 2949/78949 (2013.01); B29K 2101/12 (2013.01); B29K 2905/00 (2013.01); B29K 2995/0013 (2013.01); B29L 2031/7543 (2013.01); B29L 2031/7546 (2013.01)] 12 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
7. A stent-assembly apparatus which comprises:
a stent-assembly mold comprising a first tube including a heat-conductive material and having a seamless inner surface forming a passage;
a heating unit disposed in proximity and fluidically connected to an outer surface of the mold;
a housing forming a chamber through which the mold and a second tube extend; and
a temperature sensor disposed within a passage formed within the second tube;
wherein the heating unit forces a fluid into the chamber to heat the mold and the second tube.