Introduction to CAD, CAM, and Practical CNC Machining for Milling

Manufacturing
Level
Intermediate
Software
Fusion 360
Time
Multi-week
Future-proof your skills for today’s evolving industry. Manufacturing technology is more accessible than ever to startups and next generation entrepreneurs and makers. Now, more than ever, you can get your hands on the tools needed to design and make your ideas a reality. Get foundational knowledge...

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Future-proof your skills for today’s evolving industry. Manufacturing technology is more accessible than ever to startups and next generation entrepreneurs and makers. Now, more than ever, you can get your hands on the tools needed to design and make your ideas a reality.  

Get foundational knowledge in computer-aided design (CAD), manufacturing, and the practical use of CNC machines for milling. Explore how to properly sketch and model 3D parts and CNC-machining basics, to ensure that you have the ground-level knowledge needed to effectively define toolpaths. Research the basics of setting up a CAM program and defining toolpaths to cut simple geometry. This basic process gets repeated for the design and manufacture of any part and is a critical step in learning and understanding the process. 

After completing this course, you’ll be able to: 

  • 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
  • Download the datasets
  • Step-by-step guides

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

  • Instructor's guide

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
  • Lesson 2: The basics of sketching in Fusion 360
  • Lesson: 3 The basics of geometry creation in Fusion 360
  • Lesson 4: The basics of geometry modification in Fusion 360
  • Lesson 5: How do we properly use bodies and components
  • Lesson 6: Creating 2D drawings from a 3D model
  • Challenge exercise

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

  • Lesson 1: What is Stock
  • Lesson 2: Figuring out how to hold stock
  • Lesson 3: Work and Tool Coordinate Systems
  • Lesson 4: Types of tools and their motions
  • Challenge exercise

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
  • Lesson 2: Creating and Managing Tool Libraries
  • Lesson 3: Machine configurations
  • Challenge exercise

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
  • Lesson 2: Introduction to 2.5 Axis Machining
  • Lesson 3: Machining Open and Closed Pockets
  • Lesson 4: Drilling and tapping toolpaths
  • Challenge exercise

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

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

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

  • Course challenge assignment
  • Course challenge drawing

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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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