Creating Toolpaths for a CNC Lathe

Engineering, Manufacturing
Level
Intermediate
Software
Fusion 360
Time
Multi-week
CNC machines come in an almost endless array of configurations for various applications. So far, we have only talked about CNC Mills. More specifically vertical milling centers. In this course we turn our attention to the CNC Lathe. We identify the difference in a lathe’s coordinate system, tools,...

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CNC machines come in an almost endless array of configurations for various applications. So far, we have only talked about CNC Mills. More specifically vertical milling centers. In this course we turn our attention to the CNC Lathe. We identify the difference in a lathe’s coordinate system, tools, and how to create lathe specific toolpaths.

After this course, you'll be able to:

  • Explore toolpaths for CNC Lathes.
  • Identify a lathe coordinate system.
  • Choose lathe specific tools.
  • Create turning toolpaths.

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Getting started In this lesson, we'll discover what you'll learn in this course and download the software and resources you need.

  • GetTheSoftware-Fusion360.pdf 50.16 KB PREVIEW
  • Creating Toolpaths for a CNC Lathe datasets.zip 1.09 MB

Instructor guide Creating Toolpaths for a CNC Lathe Instructor's guide

  • Creating Toolpaths for a CNC Lathe IG.pdf 151.4 KB PREVIEW

Setting up and Cutting a Profile Learn how to set up a CNC Lathe coordinate system, stock and begin cutting some basic geometry.

  • Lesson 1: Creating a CAM setup for Turning 58.73 MB
  • Lesson 2: Understanding lathe tooling 126.51 MB
  • Lesson 3: Creating our first lathe toolpath 183.02 MB

Internal and External Grooving Toolpaths Dive in deeper to turning toolpath functionality by exploring internal and external grooving.

  • Lesson 1: Creating grooves for external threading 59.58 MB
  • Lesson 2: Roughing multiple grooves 141.19 MB
  • Lesson 3: Finishing multiple grooves 149.35 MB
  • Lesson 4: Finishing a part with rounded grooves 186.14 MB

Threading and Chamfering for Turning Turn your attention to more finishing toolpaths to break edges and create threads.

  • Lesson 1: Breaking external edges with chamfer toolpaths 96.97 MB
  • Lesson 2: Cutting external threads 114.85 MB
  • Lesson 3: Drilling and Tapping internal threads 56.57 MB
  • Lesson 4: Drilling and Milling off the axis of revolution 135.24 MB

CNC Lathe Stock Handling Learn about parting to cut geometry away from the stock as well as some various options for stock transfer using multiple chucks.

  • Lesson 1: Programming a part that needs stock transfers 150.27 MB
  • Lesson 2: Understanding Stock Transfers 49.09 MB
  • Lesson 3: Parting and Stock Transfer 58.36 MB
  • Lesson 4: Finishing the back of a part 116.37 MB
  • Lesson 5: Programming a part that uses a lathe and a mill 183.6 MB

Course challenge Test your skills and showcase your knowledge by demonstrating your actual skills, expertise, or just see where you stand.

  • Creating Toolpaths for a CNC Lathe Challenge C3-CC.pdf 167.36 KB PREVIEW
  • C3-Course Challenge.f3d 97.96 KB

Practice exercises Test your skills and showcase your knowledge by demonstrating your actual skills, expertise, or just see where you stand.

  • Creating Toolpaths for a CNC Lathe Practice exercises 121.39 MB
  • Creating Toolpaths for a CNC Lathe Challenge exercises 1.65 MB