As a machinist, you are the expert in how things are made. Your decisions focus on cutting parts, materials, manufacturing costs, and machine operation. Fusion 360 connects CAD and CAM allowing you to set toolpaths, program 3D models for manufacturing, and simulate the CNC machining process prior to cutting the part. Design changes? Not a problem. Cloud-based collaboration allows for project sharing and live review. Changes to the CAD model can be made easily in the same software solution.
In this nearly six-hour course, you walk through the process of setting up and programming three distinct types of manufacturing methods. You start by creating both 3 and 4 axis CNC toolpaths, CNC Mill/Turn and lathe toolpaths, and finish by creating 2D cutting toolpaths such as a Waterjet or Lasercut. The lessons expose you to setting up, programming, simulating, and exporting NC code that can be read by CNC machines.
This course is designed for intermediate to advanced level students who are interested in CNC machining and designing for manufacture.
After completing this course, students will:
- Demonstrate knowledge of and apply job entry level skills in computer aided manufacturing.
- Describe and apply advanced manufacturing based workflows for 3D solid modeling, creating part set-up, creating and applying toolpaths, simulating manufacturing. operations, creating a setup sheet and generating post-process NC code
- Utilize Fusion 360 cloud based collaboration features for project sharing and design review.
Contents and Overview
This course consists of 10 sections that include lectures and hands-on exercises introducing Fusion 360’s cloud-based collaboration features for machinists. Each lesson includes comprehensive lecture presentations and project exercises that include step-by-step video instruction, as well as checkpoint quizzes, and a final course assessment.
The Fusion 360 for Machinists course starts with lectures explaining the CAM setup process in Fusion 360. Before starting a new setup in Fusion 360 CAM, you often need to create a fixture or adjust features to prepare a model for machining. Once these steps are completed, you can start a new setup and define parameters for your CNC machine. You’ll then explore Fusion 360’s extensive tool library, which offers standard tools and the option to create, import, export, duplicate, and create custom tools for any manufacturing needs.
Once you’ve created a basic form and learned about Fusion 360’s available tools, you will learn about the software’s mill and lathe toolpaths, as well as how to run simulations to validate the toolpaths create in the setups.
At the end of the course, you’ll learn about water jet, laser jet, and plasma toolpaths that allow you to cut 2D profiles for simulation and post-processing.
After you’ve completed the series of lectures, you can take part in practice exercises and challenge assignments that put the skills you’ve learned into practice.