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3-D Contouring Helps Create a Guide to Match a Blade Curve
It is now possible to take the blade and construct a "unique" 3-D guide surface CONTOUR that matches the blade and enables it to cut in an optimum fashion. If there are areas that need to be adjusted after the surface is created, data points can be moved and a new surface can be generated.
Once the surface is generated, as in the picture at the bottom left, tool paths are created that use a BALL-NOSE endmill to produce this guide on the gouger. This procedure is repeatable. Slight modifications can be done in a NON-DESTRUCTIVE manner since the data is all computer code. If it becomes apparent that the guide needs further modifications after being tested by cutting cane, these modifications can be incorporated into the computer model of the guide and reproduced with great accuracy and consistency. Once you have a guide that you like, you can make it again and again.