Associate | ~5 hr.

CAM Strategies for Turning

Course | Skill builder
Learn the basics of model prep, setup, programming and export of 2-axis CNC lathe toolpaths.

Preparing, programming, and validating toolpaths for a 2-axis lathe is critical step before progressing to CNC machines with more axes of movement. Ensuring the digital tool geometry and motion exactly matches the intent must be validated before moving to a physical machine. Learn the basics of model prep, setup, programming, and export of 2-axis CNC lathe toolpaths.

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

  • Understand the model preparation workflow for CNC Lathe parts.
  • Setup a digital tool library.
  • Create a CNC CAM Lathe setup.
  • Create and validate CNC Lathe toolpaths.
  • Export machine readable G-code for CNC Lathes.

Course modules

~10 min.
Getting started

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

~2 hr. 10 min.
Model prep and setup for CAM turning

Explore model preparation and the setup process for CAM turning.

~2 hr. 30 min.
CNC turning toolpaths

Learn how to create CNC lathe toolpaths to profile, face, chamfer, drill and part a turned design.

~1 hr. 50 min.
Toolpath simulation and verification

Explore the simulation and verification tools in Fusion 360 CAM turning.

~1 hr. 40 min.
Documentation and output

Learn how to create an NC program and setup sheet for a CNC Lathe setup in Fusion 360.

~1 hr. 20 min.
Course challenge exercise

Take the challenge exercise to measure your skills on the topics covered in this course.

~45 min.
Final test

Ready to test your knowledge?

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