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data

For a CNC machine tool or a PC data is information in numerical form that can be digitally transmitted or processed. In a statistical sense data is factual information such as measurements used as a basis for discussion or calculation

data compatibility

With CAD/CAM/CNC applications data compatibility (or more than likely "incompatibility") refers to the ease of cross platform change of geometry files. For example a model of a part designed with Solid Works is useless to an older version of Mastercam. Incompatibilities of native data format is the rule rather than the exception. Therefore neutral data formats are used such as .DXF or IGES that can be written out from say a Catia CAD file and read in by say Virtual Gibbs.