CNC Programming

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Computer Numeric Control (CNC) is the automation of machine tools that are operated by precisely programmed commands encoded on a storage medium (computer command module, usually located on the device) as opposed to controlled manually by hand wheels or levers, or mechanically automated by cams alone. Most NC today is computer (or computerized) numerical control (CNC), in which computers play an integral part of the control.

Resources

Take a look at these slides that explain the functioning and applications of a CNC lathe machine.

Once you have convinced yourself of its significance, go through these slides to get started with writing your own programs for CNC operations.