Professional | ~10 hr.

CAM and Design for Manufacturing for Milling

Course | Skill builder
This course gives you a deeper look into design for manufacturing, so that you can confidently build the design skills to succeed in engineering challenges.
Last updated: September 12, 2022


The design for manufacturing process puts manufacturing at the core of a design, focusing on potential problems in the design phase, and prioritizing how parts are made. In many cases, the end-product is made up of an assembly of different pieces to simplify manufacturing or to achieve specific design goals. Each piece represents a certain tolerance, and might not work together if not accounted for in the design. 

Take a deeper look at leading-edge technologies and workflows for design for manufacturing, production drawings, and toolpaths to cut parts on a CNC mill. With increasing demands asked on the job, these skills help you adapt and solve tough challenges faced by the next generation of innovators. Hiring managers are looking for next generation innovators to solve tomorrow’s challenges and make an impact. This course will help you do just that.


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

  • Inspect a multicomponent assembly.
  • Identify manufacturing methods based on part inspection.
  • Create detailed drawings for manufacturing.
  • Practice creating toolpaths for manufacture.
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Course modules

~1 min.
Getting started
Course Module

Getting started

~2 hr. 40 min.
Drafting for manufacture
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Create detailed drawings for production and identify critical features or aspects of a design on a drawing.

~3 hr.
Design for manufacture
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Learn about the required tools and fixturing needed to CNC mill a part.

~3 hr. 30 min.
Setting up a CNC milling program
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Create toolpaths for a CNC Mill to better understand the requirements when designing parts to be manufactured.

~2 hr. 40 min.
Machining complex geometry
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Learn the toolpaths required to machine complex 3D shapes.

~1 hr. 30 min.
Course challenge exercise
Course Module

Course challenge exercise

~45 min.
Final test
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Ready to test your knowledge? 


This course moved to the Fusion 360 Design for Manufacturing Learning Pathway in September 2022.

Some of the changes to this course include:

  • The proficiency level of this course has changed from Associate to Professional.
  • This course is no longer a part of the Fusion 360 CAM for 2.5 Axis Learning Pathway.
  • This course is now a part of the Fusion 360 Design for Manufacturing Learning Pathway and will help prepare you in becoming an Autodesk Certified Professional in Design for Manufacturing.

Still interested in CAM for 2.5 Axis Milling?
This course was one of several on a Learning Pathway to help you become an Autodesk Certified Associate in CAM for 2.5 Axis Milling. You can still prepare for an Autodesk Certification in CAM for 2.5 axis milling by enrolling in any of these courses:

If you've already started the CAM and Design for Manufacturing course, why not explore the Fusion 360 Design for Manufacturing Learning Pathway? The skills covered in this pathway can help you become an Autodesk Certified Professional in Design for Manufacturing--great for those who want to advance their career in design or engineering.

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Learning pathways:

Design for Manufacturing Learning PathwaySimulation for Static Stress AnalysisCAM for 3 Axis MillingGenerative Design for Manufacturing Learning Pathway

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