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  • G-code, which has many variants, is the common name for the most widely used numerical control programming language. It is used mainly in computer-aided engineering for controling automated machine tools. G-code is sometimes called G programming language. In fundamental terms, G-code is a language in which people tell computerized machine tools how to make something. The how is defined by instructions on where to move, how fast to move, and through what path to move. The most common situation is that, within a machine tool, a cutting tool is moved according to these instructions through a toolpath, cutting away excess material to leave only the finished workpiece. The same concept also extends to noncutting tools such as forming or burnishing tools, photoplotting, additive methods, and measuring instruments.

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