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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Course modules

~10 min.
Getting started
Course Module

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

~1 hr. 25 min.
Job setup
Course Module

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
Course Module

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

~1 hr. 40 min.
Simultaneous multi-axis
Course Module

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

~1 hr. 40 min.
Documentation and output
Course Module

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

~2 hr.
Course challenge
Course Module

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
Course Module

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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