Postprint version. Published in Computers & Industrial Engineering, Volume 35, Issue 1-2, October 1, 1998, pages 33-36. Copyright © 1998 Elsevier Science Ltd. The definitive version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0360-8352(98)00013-8.
NOTE: At the time of publication, the author Manocher Djassemi was not yet affiliated with Cal Poly.
In this paper the application of parametric programming to CNC machining is discussed. As one of the less frequently utilized features of CNC machines, parametric programming has the potential to increase the efficiency of CNC operations. This feature is particularly beneficial to companies with group technology manufacturing where parts with similar design or operational requirements are processed within a machine cell. Using two case studies, the capabilities of parametric programming for CNC machines are illustrated.