Multi-Axis CNC Toolpaths

Engineering, Manufacturing
Level
Advanced
Software
Fusion 360
Time
Multi-week
Computer Numerical Controlled machines, or CNC for short, can have a nearly endless number of options. Most machines today control tool motion in 3-axes, X, Y and Z, but can be upgraded to include a 4th or 5th axis as well, A and B. Additionally, there are many machines on the market that are...

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Computer Numerical Controlled machines, or CNC for short, can have a nearly endless number of options. Most machines today control tool motion in 3-axes, X, Y and Z, but can be upgraded to include a 4th or 5th axis as well, A and B. Additionally, there are many machines on the market that are already 5-axis capable. The good news is that Autodesk® Fusion 360™ has you covered if you need to control multi-axis positioning or simultaneous motion in all 5 axes at once!

After this course, you'll be able to:

  • Recognize multi-axis geometry.
  • Identify 3+2 vs. Simultaneous machining.
  • Practice the application of multi-axis 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
  • Multi-Axis CNC Toolpaths Datasets 26.04 MB

Instructor guide Multi-Axis CNC Toolpaths Instructor's guide

  • Multi axis CNC IG.pdf 152.8 KB PREVIEW

Creating Multi-Axis Positioning Toolpaths Cover the use of multi-axis controls to position and machine geometry.

  • Lesson 1: Multi-axis file setup 253.45 MB
  • Lesson 2: Multi-axis positioning for drilling and tapping holes 210.54 MB
  • Lesson 3: Multi-axis positioning for milling operations Part 1 287.07 MB
  • Lesson: Multi-axis positioning for milling operations Part 2 214.24 MB

Simultaneous Multi-Axis Toolpaths Explore how to control tool motion in 5 axes at the same time using Fusion 360.

  • Lesson 1: Using Multi-Axis Contour 245.97 MB
  • Lesson 2: Creating and understanding multi-axis swarf 67.53 MB
  • Lesson 3: Using Multi-Axis Flow 233.78 MB
  • Lesson 4: Using Multi-Axis Flow 80.44 MB

Creating Multiple Setups Learn the basics of creating multiple setups in Fusion 360.

  • Lesson 1: Designing a soft jaw 209.15 MB
  • Lesson 2: Roughing and Finishing a basic part 99.51 MB
  • Lesson 3: Creating a second setup 199.58 MB

Creating Multiple Setups for Multiple Machines Combine all the knowledge we have learned into programming a single part using 2 different machines.

  • Lesson 1: Machining a part to be held in a fixture 113.05 MB
  • Lesson 2: Preparing a multi-axis setup 250.59 MB
  • Lesson 3: Toolpath and export organization 83.88 MB
  • Lesson 4: Exporting and documenting a program 73.04 MB
  • Lesson 5: Additional tools for getting the job done 98.83 MB

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

  • Multi-Axis CNC Toolpaths Practice exercises 182.44 MB
  • Multi-Axis CNC Toolpaths Challenge exercises 2.28 MB

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

  • Multi-axis CNC Toolpaths challenge C4-CC.pdf 189.41 KB PREVIEW
  • C4-Course Challenge.f3d 1.8 MB