Associate | ~10 hr. 30 min.

Course 1 - Haas and Fusion 360 - Blueprints, CAD, CAM, and CNC

Course | Skill builder
Get an introduction to blueprint reading, CAM setup, machine safety, operation, and inspection.

This course focuses on the digital manufacturing process, providing a solid foundation to build upon. You'll apply this knowledge to review a blueprint for a CAD model intended for manufacturing, set up digital manufacturing, prepare a vertical CNC mill for operation, and machine and inspect a part.

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

  • Identify parts of a blueprint.
  • Identify GD&T symbols and Datums.
  • Create a CAM setup for manufacturing.
  • Understand machine safety best practices.
  • Set up a VMC for use including indicating a vise and setting up tooling.
  • Operate a CNC mill.
  • Inspect a machined part.
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Course modules

~20 min.
Getting started
Course Module

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

~1 hr. 50 min.
Introduction to blueprints
Course Module

Learn the basics of blueprint reading.

~1 hr. 50 min.
Creating a digital CAM setup
Course Module

Learn the basics of CAM Setup creation and defining stock and a work coordinate system.

~1 hr. 20 min.
Setting up a CNC mill
Course Module

Learn the basics of CNC shop safety, setting up a VMC, loading and setting up tools, how to load a program into an NC controller, located the WCS on the machine, run a program and inspect a machined part.

~1 hr. 20 min.
Creating a CAM setup for a second operation
Course Module

Practice creating a CAM setup and documentation for the second operation needed to machine a part.

~1 hr. 5 min.
Machining a part in soft jaws
Course Module

Practice the basics of CNC set up, how to load a program into an NC controller, located the WCS on the machine, run a program and inspect a machined part. 

~2 hr.
Course challenge exercise
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.



Instructor resources

Resources for teaching in the classroom.

All instructor resources can be downloaded from the "Download resources" button link on the Overview tab. 

Instructor guide

Teach this course in the classroom. We've summarized the core Fusion 360 skills in this course so you can familiarize yourself before delivering this content in the classroom. Download the instructor guide as a teaching resource, and work through the course and modules yourself to prepare for classroom, delivery. Additionally, download resources like software files, drawings, exercises, lectures, and more found throughout the course. 

Machining best practices

Machining best practices supports you in the CNC machining of the model engine rod soft jaw.  Review the process plan and cutting data for general guidelines to support you in this project. The sample setup sheet provides information about how the part was machined.  Post machining, inspect your part while reviewing the supplied detailed drawing, and populate the inspection report to verify acceptable part tolerances. The machining best practices includes a process plan, cutting data, setup sheet, and inspection reports.


Lecture slides serve as supplementary resources, encompassing instructor lectures, handouts, and quiz materials, specifically designed to offer additional support and reinforce course topics.

Fusion 360 step-by-step guides and slides

Step-by-step print guides are available for your students as accompanying instruction to the Autodesk Fusion 360 video instruction. Step-by-step guides are also available as presentation slides to support classroom instruction.

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Learning pathways:

Haas and Fusion 360CAD for Mechanical Design Learning PathwayCAM for Turning Learning PathwayCAM for 2.5 Axis Milling Learning Pathway

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