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Introduction to CAD and CAM for Milling and Turning

Walk through practical on-the-job skills in CAM for 2.5 axis milling and turning, needed for precision machining.
Software used in this course:
  • Fusion 360

Overview

Develop skills that open the door to new career opportunities. Learn practical on-the-job skills needed for precision machining, while preparing to complete the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Level 1 CAM Standard credential. Learn skills needed to read and understand detailed drawings, replicate 3D models, plan and create CNC toolpaths, and export G-code for final machining. Take the first step in advancing your knowledge of CAD and CAM, using Fusion 360.

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

  • Understand design intent from detailed drawings.
  • Create a process plan for machining parts.
  • Create 3D CAD files from 2D drawings.
  • Create CNC toolpaths.
  • Export supporting documentation and G-code.
    1

    Getting started

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    Course overview
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    Get the software
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    NIMS CAM standards
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    Course resources
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    Starter activity

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    Lesson overview
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    Simulate a toolpath
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    Find a collision
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    Practice exercise 1
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    Practice exercise 2
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    Practice exercise 3
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    NIMS Duty 1.01: Process Planning

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    Lesson overview
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    Mill process plan – Identify symbols
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    Mill process plan - Tool list
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    Mill process plan with imported CAD
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    Lathe process plan
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    Practice exercise 1
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    Practice exercise 2
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    Practice exercise 3
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    NIMS Duty 1.02: Modeling

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    Lesson overview
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    Sketching basics
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    Sketch parameters
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    Mill modeling foundation
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    Mill modeling additional features
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    Mill modeling direct editing
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    Mill modeling tapped holes
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    Mill modeling slots
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    Lathe modeling
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    Design sharing
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    Practice exercise 1
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    Practice exercise 2
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    Practice exercise 3
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    NIMS Duty 1.03: Mill toolpath generation

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    Lesson overview
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    Mill part setup
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    Importing a fixture
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    Face and adaptive clearing
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    Adaptive slot clearing
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    Finish the outside contour
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    Finish the inside contour
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    Small slot toolpath
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    Drill and tap
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    Setup 2
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    Finishing setup 2 toolpaths
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    Practice exercise 1
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    Practice exercise 2
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    Practice exercise 3
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    NIMS Duty 1.03: Lathe toolpath generation

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    Lesson overview
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    Lathe part setup
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    Lathe part-model prep
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    Lathe facing and profile toolpath creation
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    Lathe groove toolpath
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    Lathe drill and boring toolpaths
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    Internal grooving and tapping
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    Lathe chamfer toolpath
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    Lathe threading toolpath
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    Practice exercise 1
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    Practice exercise 2
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    Practice exercise 3
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    NIMS Duty 1.04: Program verification

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    Lesson overview
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    Simulate toolpaths
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    Practice exercise 1
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    Practice exercise 2
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    Practice exercise 3
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    NIMS Duty 1.05: Documentation

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    Lesson overview
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    Export NC code
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    Setup sheets
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    Sharing and updating a design
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    Practice exercise 1
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    Practice exercise 2
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    Practice exercise 3
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    Challenge exercise

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    Challenge exercise
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    Final test

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    Start your final test