American Machinist

Another STEP ahead. (Technology Trends).

MANUFACTURERS ARE CONTINUING PROGRESS ON AN international standard that is expected to boost productivity, safety, reliability, and CNC machine tool usability and interoperability. This news comes out of a recent meeting where members of the STEP-NC Industrial Review Board and attendees from major U.S. manufacturers, machine tool companies, and software developers viewed a STEP-NC demonstration at the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory.

STEP Tools Inc., Troy, N.Y., announced the results of its STEP-NC technology meeting cohosted with NIST. The most significant advancement presented at the event was the process of integrating complex surface models into STEP-NC (AP-238) CNC-independent control data. …

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