numerical control

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numerical control

n.
Control of a process or machine by encoded commands that are commonly prepared by a computer.
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numerical control

n
(General Engineering) engineering a form of computer control applied to machine tools, by which an operation is directed from numerical data stored on tape or punched on cards
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This is subtractive fabrication. Additive fabrication, most usually referred to by the conceptually limiting label of rapid prototyping, is right around the corner.
But at this moment, hybrid machines which perform both additive and subtractive fabrication are technically feasible, and may be commercially desirable in the near future.