The output product is a file that represents a part program. Actually, two files are produced. The files have different extensions, usually .PSC and .OUT. The file known as the .PSC file is a ASCII representation of the part program.
This file can be edited by any text editor. The file known as the .OUT file is either in ASCII or EIA format and can be shipped (via a user supplied communications package) to a machine tool controller through an RS232 cable or in some cases, a direct network connection.
The .PSC output file is the results of translating an AutoCAD .DXF file into NC code. The .DXF file is normally developed with the help of Router-CIM to ensure proper order of the drawing data.
The .OUT output file is the results of converting the .PSC file into NC codes that will be transmitted to the machine tool. Special handling occurs to ensure proper transmission codes, end of block codes, and character (EIA or ASCII) codes. This is the main output file you are concerned with as it is the file ultimately sent to the machine tool for processing.