Introduction to CAD, CAM, and Practical CNC Machining

Manufacturing
Level
Intermediate
Software
Fusion 360
Time
Multi-week
This course introduces you to the foundational knowledge in computer-aided design, manufacture, and the practical use of CNC machines. In this course we begin with the basics in Autodesk® Fusion 360™ CAD by learning how to properly sketch and model 3D parts. Before we program any toolpaths, we’ll...

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This course introduces you to the foundational knowledge in computer-aided design, manufacture, and the practical use of CNC machines. In this course we begin with the basics in Autodesk® Fusion 360™ CAD by learning how to properly sketch and model 3D parts.  Before we program any toolpaths, we’ll explore CNC machining basics to ensure we have the ground level foundational knowledge needed to effectively define toolpaths. Finally, we explore the basics of setting up a CAM program and defining toolpaths to cut simple geometry. This is the same basic process that gets repeated for the design and manufacture of any part and is a critical step in learning and understanding the process.

Explain the CAD design process as applied to prismatic parts.

  • Summarize the workflow of digital manufacturing.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in basic Fusion 360 CAM.
  • Recall foundational knowledge of practical CNC machining.

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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.

  • Get the software 50.16 KB PREVIEW
  • Download the datasets 2.26 MB
  • Step-by-step guides 59.81 MB

Instructor guide Introduction to CAD, CAM, and Practical CNC Machining Instructor's guide

  • Instructor's guide 155.25 KB PREVIEW

Fusion 360 Foundational Design Concepts Dive right into Fusion 360 to learn all the basics of navigating, sketching and modeling.

  • Lesson 1: Exploring the Fusion 360 Interface 85.97 MB
  • Lesson 2: The basics of sketching in Fusion 360 113.54 MB
  • Lesson: 3 The basics of geometry creation in Fusion 360 60.92 MB
  • Lesson 4: The basics of geometry modification in Fusion 360 63.12 MB
  • Lesson 5: How do we properly use bodies and components 28.81 MB
  • Lesson 6: Creating 2D drawings from a 3D model 133.35 MB
  • Challenge assignment 126.84 KB PREVIEW
  • Challenge dataset 78.15 KB

CNC and Machining Basics Expand your knowledge by exploring the basics of machining.

  • Lesson 1: What is Stock 115.13 MB
  • Lesson 2: Figuring out how to hold stock 316.46 MB
  • Lesson 3: Work and Tool Coordinate Systems 171.35 MB
  • Lesson 4: Types of tools and their motions 191.51 MB
  • Challenge assignment 64.47 KB PREVIEW

Setting up CAM Programs Explore all the details that go into setting up a CAM program.

  • Lesson 1: How to define a CAM setup in Fusion 360 68.49 MB
  • Lesson 2: Creating and Managing Tool Libraries 134.67 MB
  • Lesson 3: Machine configurations 53.14 MB
  • Challenge assignment 171.16 KB PREVIEW
  • Challenge dataset 247.12 KB

Creating our first CNC program Start creating toolpaths by exploring 2 axis cutting and 2.5 axis cutting operations.

  • Lesson 1: Cutting a waterjet part 156.55 MB
  • Lesson 2: Introduction to 2.5 Axis Machining 178.19 MB
  • Lesson 3: Machining Open and Closed Pockets 156.3 MB
  • Lesson 4: Drilling and tapping toolpaths 105.43 MB
  • Challenge assignment 153.24 KB PREVIEW
  • Challenge dataset 113.3 KB

Practice exercises Practice exercises to measure skills on the topics covered in this course.

  • Introduction to CAD, CAM, and Practical CNC Machining Practice exercises 127.95 MB

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

  • Course challenge assignment 181.43 KB PREVIEW
  • Course challenge drawing 185.19 KB PREVIEW

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I can't download Lessons 1 to 6 from "Fusion 360 Foundational design concepts":

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having same problem as above

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Having same problem as above.

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@Rick Montzka, @Ed Doherty, and @Carlos Olvera. - We have updated the issue with the "Fusion 360 Foundational design concepts" files. Please let us know if you continue having this issue.

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The Getting Started folder contains Datasets and step by step guides, but both show "02 Week 2 - Empty", while weeks 1, 3, and 4 are good. Please help. I want to use this in teaching my curriculum.

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The Getting Started folder contains Datasets and step by step guides, but both show "02 Week 2 - Empty", while weeks 1, 3, and 4 are good. Please help. I want to use this in teaching my curriculum.

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