Associate | ~7 hr.

Creating Toolpaths for a CNC Lathe

Course | Skill builder
Setup and create toolpaths for a CNC lathe.

While CNC machines have a lot of flexibility with the geometry they can make, there generally isn’t just one machine that can do it all. A CNC lathe is fundamentally different than a CNC mill. One turns the tool, the other turns the part. From a fundamental level ,we’ll review the coordinate system, tools and their relative positions, and then build upon cutting geometry with turning toolpaths.

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

  • Recognize unique setup options for a CNC lathe.
  • Create roughing and finishing turning toolpaths.
  • Simulate toolpaths for a CNC lathe.
  • Output machine readable code.

Course modules

~10 min.
Getting started

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

~1 hr. 10 min.
Set up and cut a profile

Learn how to set up and create turning toolpaths in Fusion 360.

~1 hr.
Internal and external grooving toolpaths

Create single and multiple groove operations on the inside and outside of turned parts.

~1 hr. 5 min.
Threading, chamfering, and C-axis operations for turning

Create chamfer operations to break sharp edges on turned parts. Then learn about threading, tapping, and C-axis machining operations.

~1 hr.
CNC lathe stock handling

Learn how to finish a part with a manual part-off operation or while using multiple spindles to handle stock transfers.

~1 hr. 30 min.
Course challenge

This challenge brings all the skills covered in this course into a final exploratory assignment.

~45 min.
Practice test

Now that you have completed the course lessons, exercises, and challenge assignments, take this practice exam to test your knowledge before taking the Autodesk Certified Associate in CAM for Turning exam.

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