Associate | ~10 hr. 30 min.

Introduction to CAD and CAM for Milling and Turning

Course | Skill builder
Walk through practical on-the-job skills in CAM for 2.5 axis milling and turning, needed for precision machining.


Develop skills that open the door to new career opportunities. Learn practical on-the-job skills needed for precision machining, while preparing to complete the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Level 1 CAM Standard credential. Learn skills needed to read and understand detailed drawings, replicate 3D models, plan and create CNC toolpaths, and export G-code for final machining. Take the first step in advancing your knowledge of CAD and CAM, using Fusion 360.

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

  • Understand design intent from detailed drawings.
  • Create a process plan for machining parts.
  • Create 3D CAD files from 2D drawings.
  • Create CNC toolpaths.
  • Export supporting documentation and G-code.

Course modules

~1 min.
Getting started

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

~55 min.
Starter activity

Simulate and find a collision on the provided CAM program.

~1 hr. 30 min.
Process Planning – NIMS Duty 1.01

Plan toolpath strategies based on drawings and images of a part. Then, inspect the model’s parameters and identify tool sizes and restrictions.

~20 hr.
Modeling – NIMS Duty 1.02

Learn how to make parametric sketches and turn them into solid geometry using references from 2D drawings.

~1 hr. 50 min.
Mill Toolpath Generation – NIMS Duty 1.03

Dive into toolpath creation for the mill part modeled in Duty 2.

~1 hr. 30 min.
Lathe Toolpath Generation – NIMS 1.03

Dive into toolpath creation for the lathe part modeled in Duty 2.

~55 min.
Program Verification – NIMS Duty 1.04

Learn how to create G-code from their toolpaths and make setup sheets need to convey program intent to a CAM operator.

~1 hr. 5 min.
Documentation – NIMS Duty 1.05

Explore how to create G-code from their toolpaths and make setup sheets need to convey program intent to a CAM operator.

~20 min.
Course challenge exercise

Challenge exercise

~45 min.
Final test

Final test

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