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Handbook of Computer Aided Geometric Design by M.-S. Kim, J. Hoschek, G. Farin

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Chapter 22

Sculptured Surface NC Machining

Byoung K. Choi, Bo H. Kim and Robert B. Jerard

Many products are designed with sculptured surfaces to enhance their aesthetic appeal; it is an important factor in customer satisfaction, especially in the automotive and consumer-electronics industries. Other products have sculptured shapes to meet functional requirements, such as:

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Figure 22.21 Finding an angular range belonging to the smallest number of tangent ranges.

• Aerodynamic: airfoils (jet engines), impellers (compressors), marine propellers, etc.

• Optical: lamp reflectors (automobiles), shadow masks (TV monitors), radar dishes, etc.

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