Definitions for "Numerical control"
Keywords:  punch, lathe, cad, machine, cutter
A machine tool that uses machine-readable sets of numeric codes that control the activities used in its operation.
This term refers to using data extracted from a 3D geometric model and sending it to a cutting machine (lathe, mill, router, etc.) for automatic cutting of a part. For example, you can take the 2D frame shapes and the 2D developed plate shapes and transfer that information to an NC plasma cutter to cut out the pieces from large aluminum sheets.
A technique of operating machine tools or similar equipment in which motion is generated in response to numerically ordered commands generated by CAD systems, punched tapes or other communication media.