What does CNC stand for and what is a CNC Machine? CNC stands for “Computer Numerical Control”, and a CNC machine is used to automate machine tools through the use of pre-programmed machine control sequences. What is CNC Machining? Common manufacturing processes that use CNC machines include bending, drilling, hole punching, gluing, grinding, laser cutting, flame and plasma cutting, routing, picking and placing, ultrasonic welding and more. Mills, lathes, electric discharge machining and water jet cutters often operate using CNC.

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