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5847958: Rapidly making a contoured part

INVENTORS: Shaikh; Furgan Zafar , Troy, MI Brogley; Martin Andrew , Allen Park, MI Burch; Craig Edward , West Bloomfield, MI Grab; Gerry A. , Trenton, MI Grenkowitz; Robert Walter , Washington, MI Novak; Robert Francis , Farmington Hills, MI Rigley; Michael Raymond , Westland, MI

ASSIGNEES: Ford Global Technologies, INc., Dearborn, MI

U.S. CLASS: 364/468.26

ABSTRACT: Method of rapidly producing a contoured part, comprising: designing a computer graphic model of the part, sectioning the graphic model into graphic members which are at least one of blocks or slabs, carving a solid member (14-150 mm in thickness) for each of the graphic members, the solid member being proportion to and enveloping such graphic members, the carving being carried out by accessing two or more sides (opposite sides) of such solid member to at least essentially duplicate the corresponding graphic member, and securing the carved solid members together to replicate the graphic model as a usable unitary part. XX

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