Expert | ~7 hr.

CAM Strategies for Multi-Axis Milling

Course | Skill builder
Learn the workflow, probing, tool positioning, and specific operations to set up, program, and output complex multi-axis toolpaths.

Get the practice and understanding to identify combinations of axes and how to efficiently program. We'll review best practices to prepare an initial design for manufacture, set up a tool library and machine definition, create a digital twin of the physical manufacturing environment, and explore both multi-axis positioning and simultaneous multi-axis toolpaths. Follow along as we learn the CAM workflow for multi-axis machining in Fusion 360.

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

  • Prepare a design for manufacture.
  • Create a digital twin of multi-axis workholding.
  • Define a digital CNC machine.
  • Understand multi-axis work offsets.
  • Create 3+1 and 3+2 roughing and finishing operations.
  • Create simultaneous multi-axis operations.
  • Create supporting documentation for a CAM setup.
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Image courtesy of Conturo Prototyping.

Course modules

~10 min.
Getting started

Discover what you'll learn in this course and download the software and resources you need. 

~1 hr. 25 min.
Job setup

Learn the workflow and setup needed for multi-axis parts by inserting and designing workholding and determining WCS locations and operations needed for multi-axis machining.

~1 hr. 15 min.
Multi-axis positioning

Learn how to create toolpaths using 3+1 and 3+2 machining strategies.

~1 hr. 40 min.
Simultaneous multi-axis

Learn how to control a tool to cut geometry while moving simultaneously in five axes.

~1 hr. 40 min.
Documentation and output

Learn how to create documentation, output NC code, and review options for creating outputs with multiple setups and WCS positions.

~2 hr.
Course challenge

Now that you've completed the learning material in this course, you can take the challenge exercise to measure your skills on the topics covered in this course. 

~45 min.
Final test

Ready to test your knowledge? Pass this required test with a score of 75% or more to complete the course and earn a certificate of completion.

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