CAM for Fusion 360: Engraving a Logo & Working with Surfaces in CAM Toolpaths

by curtis.chan 6 years ago 1 min read

Have you ever wanted to import a logo and engrave it on a part? In this segment, we’ll take a deeper look at using different capabilities underneath 2.5 Axis Functionality, along with inserting .svg files as a reference for embossing. We’ll leverage the ‘Trace’ Toolpath Strategy, and truly understand the value of a fully integrated CAM Package by seamlessly interchanging between Modeling and CAM functionality when needed. Enjoy!

Below are highlights of the commands:


The CREATE PATCH command creates a planar or 3D Surface within the boundary of a specified closed loop. This enables surfaces as model input, allowing surfaces to be taken into account when calculating tool path, eliminating the need to patch holes.



When inserting a .SVG File, take into account the ‘scale plane XY’ value to adjust the size of the imported image.


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Once the .SVG is scaled to your liking, use ‘PROJECT TO SURFACE’ to have it project on your selected faces.


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*TIP* – Make sure you’re still in the sketch of the .SVG Import to select the faces you want to project on.


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The TRACE operation allows you to machine along contours with varying Z values and with, or without, left and right compensation. You can leverage the projected sketch and have a tool trace along it’s path.


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Under the PASSES TAB, change the Axial Offset to determine how deep you want the tool to cut.


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Under the LINKING TAB, UNCHECK ‘Keep tool Down’, to allow retraction of the tool between each letter being machined.


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