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M-Code

G-code (or G programming language) is the street name for the most widely used numerical code programming language.  Utilized mainly in automation, G-code is sometimes called G programming language.  Very simply, G-code tells computerized machine tools - like laser systems - what to do and how to do it. For example, how fast to move, what path to take, etc.

M-code (for 'miscellaneous function') is an auxiliary command; descriptions vary.  Many M-codes call for machine functions like 'open workstation door,' which is why some say "M" stands for "machine", though it was not intended to.