3-dimensional universal tube connector system

Patent No. 8,528,291

Issued: September 10, 2013
Filed: April 12, 2011
Term Extension: 213 days

Inventor: Allred, III; Jimmie B. (Skaneateles, NY), Griswold; Michael D. (Syracuse, NY), Hall; Michael J. (Camillus, NY), Bush; Matthew A. (LaFayette, NY), Kummer; Joseph (Fayetteville, NY)
Assignee: Allred & Associates Inc. (Elbridge, NY)


The present invention includes a system for connecting tubes or rods, which are preferably uni-directional pultruded, filament wound, or roll-wrapped carbon-fiber tubes or rods, together to form trusses and other structures using a series of connector pieces preferably bonded together with adhesive.

Reference to Related Applications

This application claims one or more inventions which were disclosed in Provisional Application Ser. No. 61/323,046, filed Apr. 12, 2010, entitled "3-DIMENSIONAL UNIVERSAL TUBE CONNECTOR SYSTEM". The benefit under 35 USC 119(e) of the United States provisional application is hereby claimed, and the aforementioned application is hereby incorporated herein by reference.

This application is also a continuation-in-part application of application Ser. No. 12/698,220, filed Feb. 2, 2010, entitled "3-DIMENSIONAL UNIVERSAL TUBE CONNECTOR SYSTEM", which claimed the benefit of Provisional Application Ser. No. 61/149,439, filed Feb. 3, 2009, entitled "3-DIMENSIONAL UNIVERSAL TUBE CONNECTOR SYSTEM".The aforementioned applications are hereby incorporated herein by reference.


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