Simply described, CNC programming is the process of combining instructions to specify how a CNC machine moves and functions. The CNC machine will turn a raw material into a final product by following these instructions. The beauty of CNC programming is that it allows machines to perform repetitive jobs. Thus, less waste (both material and time), fewer operating expenses, and higher potential profit margins help businesses expand and prosper.
CNC programming can control routers, mills, lathes, mill-turn and turn-mill machines, multi-tasking centres, wire EDMs, and industrial robots. For any machine, the instructions are normally delivered in one of two ways: manually via a human interface incorporated into the CNC machine, or digitally using offline CAM (computer-aided manufacturing) software.