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Posted: November 19, 2007
Quickstep Secures Key US Patent for Melding Aspect of Quickstep Process
(Nanowerk News) Quickstep Holdings’ patent application No. 10/204938 in the United States covering the melding
aspect of the Quickstep Process for composites manufacture has been awarded.
Melding is one of the most important features of Quickstep’s technology, allowing multiple
composite components to be effectively ‘melted and welded’ together without the use of
adhesives, bolts or rivets. The resultant structure has no physical difference or separating
surface between the two joined parts and is homogeneous with the surrounding composite
creating a new integrated part. Quickstep say that as a result, the process confers greater
flexibility of design and potentially greatly reduced processing costs for the manufacturer.
Quickstep’s CEO, Mr Nick Noble, said patent protection for the melding aspect of the Quickstep
Process in the US represented an important expansion of the Company’s intellectual property
“If melding can be developed to its fullest potential there could be opportunities for Quickstep’s
Melding process to create integrated structures such as aircraft wings, bridges or cars with no
secondary bonding or additional fasteners.”
“North America has the world’s largest aerospace manufacturing sector, as well as being the
largest global producer of composite materials,” he said. “This patent will ensure we have
commercially effective patent protection in place.”
Quickstep has been working with a number of key North American companies through its ‘North
American Quickstep Center of Excellence’ located at Dayton, Ohio, including development work
for a number of aerospace groups.
The patent application covering the “melding” production process was formally granted by the
Australian Patent Office in 2006 and is now in force in Australia, and the equivalent patent has
also been issued in China. Corresponding patent applications have been made and are currently
undergoing examination in Europe, South Korea, Brazil and Israel, while a patent application has
also been made in Japan and is awaiting examination.