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This promotion offers a 30% discount off the Suggested Retail Price (SRP) for purchases of a new 1-month or 1-year subscriptions to Fusion 360, Fusion - Team Participant, Fusion 360 Machining Extension, Fusion 360 Nesting & Fabrication Extension, Fusion 360 Generative Design Extension, Fusion 360 Simulation Extension, Fusion 360 Product Design Extension, Fusion 360 Signal Integrity Extension, Fusion 360 Additive Build Extension and a 30% discount for 1-year subscription to Fusion 360 Manage Extension, Fusion 360 for Manufacturing, and Fusion 360 for Product Design, excluding taxes.

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AUTODESK FUSION 360

CAD/CAM software solutions in a single platform

Using a single platform, Fusion 360 connects your entire product design and manufacturing process. Because it’s cloud-based, you may use this single tool to switch between CAD (design), CAM (manufacturing), CAE (simulation), and PCB (electronics) workspaces, as well as collaborate with your teams wherever you are. On this page, we'll look at how you may use free Fusion 360 CAD/CAM tools and courses to get a better understanding of the essential concepts.​

What is computer-aided design & computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) software?

CAD-CAM technology is the result of decades of efforts by numerous people in the name of production automation. It is the vision of innovators and inventors, mathematicians and machinists, who are all working to build the future and drive production with technology. A lot of people use the term "CAD-CAM" when they talk about the software that is used to make things with a CNC machine. CAD stands for Computer-Aided Design and CAM stands for Computer-Aided Manufacturing, both of which are used to make things. CAD/CAM software is used to design and manufacture prototypes, finished products, and production runs of products.

How do I use CAD/CAM?

CAD/CAM applications are used to both design a product and program manufacturing processes, specifically, CNC machiningCAM software uses the models and assemblies created in CAD software, like Fusion 360, to generate toolpaths that drive machine tools to turn designs into physical parts. CAD/CAM software is used to design and manufacture prototypes, finished parts, and production runs.

Integrated CAD/CAM software

Fusion 360 replaces fragmented design-to-manufacturing processes with unified CAD-to-CAM workflows. While maintaining communication with customers, suppliers, and internal stakeholders, you can ensure that your component is made on schedule and correctly the first time.

  • Import files quickly and easily using a broad range of data translators for over 50 different file types.
  • With integrated CAD, you may change existing features or model fixtures directly on imported models.​
  • Ensure that you have complete control over who has access to view, comment on, and edit projects.​

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A watchmaker in the United States utilizes Fusion 360 to transform antique pocket timepieces into highly desirable wristwatches. Every year, Vortic engineers use Fusion 360 and Haas CNC machines to recover American WW2 pocket timepieces and turn them into a limited number of Veterans Day wristwatches. In addition, a portion of the revenue from each watch sold is donated to the Veterans Watchmaker Initiative, a non-profit organization that helps US veterans acquire new skills.

Best CAD/CAM software for CNC machining

If you're in the manufacturing business, now more than ever, you need new tools. Utilize the most cost-effective CAD/CAM solution available in the market to streamline your production processes.

FOR COMMERCIAL USERS

For professional designers, engineers and machinists. Fusion 360 is the new home for all your CAD/CAM requirements.

Are your CAD/CAM software choices consistent with your aspirations for success?

Equip yourself with the necessary tools to realize endless opportunities for your business. Fusion 360 extensions enhance Fusion 360's functionality by enabling sophisticated machining, additive manufacturing, generative design, nesting, and fabrication capabilities. Explore Fusion 360 extensions.

Make CAD/CAM your competitive advantage

  • Truly integrate CAD/CAM

    With unified workflows in Fusion 360, you can design soft jaws and fixtures, prep CAD data, and create assemblies. Automatic data translation and toolpath updates save time. (video: 1:31 min.)

  • Get CAD/CAM at a fraction of the cost

    Stretch your budget by swapping costly, disparate CAD/CAM tools for one affordable, integrated solution. (video: 1:23 min.)

  • Work smarter, not harder

    Seamless updates deliver new functionality without disrupting your interface. You'll maintain high efficiency rates, since everyone will use the same version of Fusion 360. (video: 2:44 min.)

How customers use Fusion 360 as their CAD/CAM solution

  • MJK Performance

    MJK Performance designs and manufactures high quality, precision CNC machined motorcycle parts.

  • Matsuura

    Matsuura is winning the profit game, gaining competitive advantage by using generative design to automatically create custom workpiece-holding fixtures, and printing them in high-strength polymer overnight.

  • Saunders Machine Works

    Saunders Machine Works uses Fusion 360 and specializes in CNC metal machining, prototype machining, fabrication, and design-for-manufacturing consulting.

Fusion 360 resources for CAD/CAM

Get started with CAD/CAM with these tutorials, guides, and tips.

  • Read this article for a complete introduction to using computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software.

  • Access a full suite of CAM programming tools for 3 to 5-axis machining. Request a demo of Fusion 360. Meet your CAM programming goals with greater consistency and efficiency.

  • Access video tutorials and self-guided courses for 3D modeling, CAM/CAM design and programming, cloud CAM software, and manufacturing through the Fusion 360 Learn & Support Hub.

  • Learn more about how to use CAM software for CNC machining. Explore Autodesk CNC machining resources, products, and tutorials.

  • Get started in CNC programming with these tips, tricks, and tutorials.

  • Fusion 360 connects to the cloud to allow teams to collaborate regardless of whether they're sat in the same office, working from home, or based thousands of miles away.

FAQs on CAD CAM Software

There are many different types of CAD/CAM software available today. The one you choose very much depends on the work you typically do and the tools you're going to need to be successful. One excellent choice for those wanting to design and manufacture products is Autodesk Fusion 360 for personal use (link to learn more >> https://www.autodesk.co.uk/products/fusion-360/personal). The free version of Fusion 360 for personal use combines powerful 2D and 3D CAD modeling tools with entry level CAM programming capabilities to drive a variety of 2- and 3-axis CNC machines and is the ideal choice for hobbyists, startups, and small businesses. As your business needs grow, you can choose from a variety of paid subscriptions to unlock more advanced CAD and CAM capabilities. To learn more about Fusion 360 for personal use, visit https://www.autodesk.co.uk/products/fusion-360/personal.

Autodesk develops a range of software tools to meet the different needs of industries such as architecture, engineering and construction (AEC), design and manufacture (D&M), and media and entertainment (M&E). These software products typically provide computer-aided design (CAD) and/or computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) capabilities that can be used to design and manufacture the buildings and products that we use in our everyday lives. Autodesk AutoCAD is one of the most famous software products developed by Autodesk. It is CAD software that architects, engineers and construction professionals rely on to create precise 2D and 3D drawings of the buildings in which we live and work.

By comparison CAM software, like Autodesk Fusion 360, goes beyond designing products on a screen and provides additional tools that can be used to help to convert the 2D and 3D designs into physical products that can be sold and used. CAM software typically provides the ability to generate additional data that is used to control different types of manufacturing machinery, such as CNC milling machines, CNC lathes or 3D printers, to convert a 3D digital design into a physical part.

 To learn more about Autodesk D&M products visit, https://www.autodesk.com/collections/product-design-manufacturing/overview (Note to Jo Barnfield – you may wish to change this link to point to Fusion 360 product center instead – if you're wanting to drive more traffic to F360 and not the PDMC).

The price of CAD/CAM software varies depending on the product you choose and how you prefer to pay for it. Autodesk offers a range of different software products with tools designed to meet the needs of different industries and applications. Autodesk Fusion 360 for personal use is free to use and provides entry level CAD and CAM capabilities ideally aimed at hobbyists, startups, and small businesses. As your business needs increase, you can pay for a subscription to Fusion 360 to unlock additional CAD and CAM capabilities. Autodesk offers a range of payment terms, including yearly, monthly, and daily Flex access, meaning you only pay for the tools you need when you need them. 

If you’re already a medium sized business with more advanced needs, you may wish to consider subscribing to the Autodesk Product Design & Manufacturing Collection. The collection is a powerful set of applications that provides extended capabilities to Inventor and AutoCAD for engineers who design complex and custom products, equipment, and systems. To learn more, visit https://www.autodesk.com/collections/product-design-manufacturing/overview.

There is a wide choice of CAD/CAM software for CNC (computer numerically controlled) programming and machining. Autodesk offers a number of products, with different capabilities to serve the needs of different industries and applications.

Fusion 360 – is a cloud-based 3D modeling, CAD, CAM, CAM, and PCB software platform for product design and manufacturing. It provides integrated CAD and CAM, CNC programming tools for 2D, 2.5D, 3-axis, 3+2, and 5-axis machining applications. A range of subscription options exist, including a free option for personal use, a commercial subscription ($495 per year), and a range of Extensions to unlock additional technology to meet the needs of more advanced applications (for example, generative design, or multi-axis CNC machining). 

Autodesk offers alternative CAM software products for other industries and applications, including:

* Fusion 360 with PowerMill – part of the Fusion family of products, PowerMill is expert high-speed and 5-axis CAM software for manufacturers of molds, tools, and dies, needing to get the very best performance from their CNC milling machines and industrial robots. Learn more at https://www.autodesk.com/products/powermill/overview 
* Fusion 360 with FeautureCAM – part of the Fusion family of products, FeatureCAM is automated CAM software that replaces manual data input (MDI) with fully automatic CAM programming using intelligent machining templates for milling machines, lathes, turn-mill, wire EDM, and Swiss-lathes. Learn more at https://www.autodesk.com/products/featurecam/overview

There are many different software tools that can be used for woodworking, including Autodesk Fusion 360. Fusion 360 is easy-to-use 3D modeling software that allows you to design, test, modify, and visualize your projects in 3D before bringing them to life. Each phase of the product journey is integrated into one CAD/CAM solution. Fusion 360 is cloud-based, which greatly improves collaboration within your business and across your supply chain, helping you be more productive and bring your products to market faster.

For design, Fusion 360 provides parametric tools, advanced 3D modeling, sculpting, advanced nesting and arrange functionality to help optimize material utilization and reduce waste. For manufacturing, Fusion 360 provides highly efficient CAM programming tools to simplify the process of generating NC machining code for a range of 2D and 3-axis routers.

To learn more about Fusion 360 for woodworking, visit https://www.autodesk.com/campaigns/fusion-360/woodworking-furniture-design-software

1.The cost of Fusion 360 varies depending on your specific business needs and how frequently you need/want to use it. 

* Fusion 360 for personal use is free of charge
* Fusion 360 for commercial use costs $495 per year per user (monthly and daily access is also available)
* Unlock additional capabilities by subscribing to a Fusion 360 Extension (typical prices are $1,600 per year per user)

To learn more about Fusion 360 pricing, visit https://www.autodesk.com/products/fusion-360/pricing 

CAD or computer-aided design and drafting (CADD), is technology for design and technical documentation, which replaces manual drafting with an automated process. If you are a designer, drafter, architect or engineer, you have probably used 2D or 3D CAD programs such as AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT software. These widely used software programs can help you draft construction documentation, explore design ideas, visualise concepts through photorealistic renderings and simulate how a design performs in the real world. To learn more about Autodesk CAD software, visit https://www.autodesk.co.uk/solutions/cad-software 

CAM or computer-aided manufacturing is the use of software and computer-controlled machinery to automate a manufacturing process. CAM software is used to create 3D toolpaths that instruct a machine how to make a product. These instructions are converted into machine specific NC code that is then sent to the CNC machine. The CNC machinery is then used to turn raw material into a finished product either by subtracting material from it (CNC machining) or by depositing material onto it (additive manufacturing or 3D printing). Learn more about CNC machining at https://www.autodesk.com/products/fusion-360/blog/computer-aided-manufacturing-beginners

CAD/CAM software is used to design (CAD) and manufacture (CAM) products that we all use in our daily lives. From the chair that you're sitting on, the desk that you're sat behind, the computer or smart phone that you're using to read this article, and even the building you're currently in – ALL of these products have been designed using CAD software and then converted into a physical object using some kind of computer aided manufacturing process.

Autodesk CAD/CAM software is widely used by many of the world's leading designers and manufacturers in diverse industries, including; aerospace, automotive, construction, medical, consumer goods, and more. You can learn more about Autodesk customers, and how they are partnering with Autodesk to design and make a better world by visiting https://www.autodesk.com/customer-stories

CAD/CAM software streamlines and automates processes that have historically been carried out manually. Before CAD software, most products were designed and drafted on paper (or more accurately drawing boards). Before CAM software existed, parts were manufactured using manual processes that relied on highly skilled workers to complete. The emergence of CAD and CAM software helped replace these slow, error prone processes with fast, repeatable workflows that could be completed in a fraction of the time and with much greater levels of consistency. CAD/CAM software therefore offers significant benefits in terms of greater productivity, reduced levels of wasted time and money, as well as significant improvements in the quality and consistency of the parts that can be made.

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