Associate | ~17 hr.

Course 2 - Haas and Fusion 360 - CAD, CAM, and Part Programming

Course | Skill builder
Learn the basics of CAD modelling, process planning to machine a single operation, tool library setup in Fusion 360, creating toolpaths to completely machine the first side of a part.

In this course, you'll learn the basics of CAD modelling, process planning to machine a single operation, tool library setup in Fusion 360, creating toolpaths to completely machine the first side of a part, and finally setting up, running, and inspecting the part on a CNC mill.

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

  • Create basic 3D models in CAD.
  • Review a CAD model and drawing.
  • Create a process plan to machine a part.
  • Set up a tool library in Fusion 360.
  • Create toolpaths to machine a part.
  • Create an NC program and setup sheet.
  • Load and proof a program on a CNC mill.
  • Run a CNC program.
  • Inspect a part after machining.
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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. 

~2 hr.
Introduction to CAD modeling
Course Module

Learn the basics of CAD sketching and modeling.

~1 hr. 50 min.
Modeling a brake caliper piston
Course Module

Learn to create a 3D CAD model from a blueprint and make edits to a supplied CAD model.

~1 hr. 55 min.
Digital tool library creation
Course Module

Learn to plan tools and toolpath order to machine a part and set up a digital tool library in Fusion 360.

~2 hr. 55 min.
Create toolpaths for brake caliper OP1
Course Module

Set up and create toolpaths to machine the first operation of a brake caliper using 2.5-axis toolpaths and a 3D adaptive clearing toolpath.

~1 hr. 55 min.
Create CAM documentation for OP1
Course Module

Learn to create setup sheets, tool lists and NC programs to convert toolpaths into machine readable code.  You will also experience a change order, make adjustments to a CAD model and update toolpaths.

~1 hr. 20 min.
Machine Brake Caliper OP1 on a Mill
Course Module

Set up stock on a CNC mill, location the work coordinate system, ensure the appropriate tools are in the tool holder, load and verify a program, run OP1 and inspect a final part.

~4 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. 

~30 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.

Want to create custom learning playlists to share with your students?

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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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