Fusion 360 tutorial for CNC machinists

Using Fusion 360 to produce CNC machined parts

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Using Fusion 360 to make parts for CNC machines has just got easier.

Do you own a CNC router?

Maybe you are a CNC machinist wishing to make parts using CAD/CAM.

Whether you are a hobbyist or a professional,

this course will teach you how to use Fusion 360 to produce parts for your CNC machine.

Fusion 360 is free for hobbyists, startups and makers. Its the perfect CAD/CAM system for CNC.

Fusion 360 has lots of features that can be overwhelming. This course ignores all the fluff and focuses on the parts of Fusion that are needed to produce a finished product for a CNC machine.

Written by a machinist for machinists.

This course starts by getting you familiar with the parts of Fusion that are needed to produce a component on a CNC machine.

Then we jump right in and make our first model, each step is explained as we sketch using constraints and best practices.

Next is CAM, Computer-aided manufacture. In this section, we decide how we will machine the part and create the tool paths to produce excellent results every time.

Wish to do engraving? I cover that too!

Learn how to import DXF files and turn vector graphics into G-Code files.

Once you have a feel for Fusion we get stuck into a more complex part.

We look at 3D milling roughing cycles, how to use finishing passes correctly and how to adjust our CAM tool paths to do exactly what we need to produce a great part on our CNC machine.

If you are a CNC machinist, hobbyist or professional, this course is made for you.

Your Instructor


My journey into the world of machining started in 1991 when I landed an apprenticeship at British Aerospace. For the first year, I studied general engineering principles where I learnt about every type of shop floor manufacture from welding, sheet metal work, bench fitting, tool making and of course machining. The following two years I specialised in manual machining, I found this to be a very important stage of my study as learning the feel of a manual machine enabled me to understand the limits of the CNC machines later in my career, and also gave me knowledge on how different materials behave under the high stress of the material removal process.

Moving on to CNC machines was a massive life-changing moment, I still remember that day clearly. Seeing the possibilities of rapid industrial manufacture blew me away and grabbed my interest like nothing else, I was hooked. The rest of my apprenticeship was spent with journeyman teaching me how to program and operate 2 axis Lathes then onto 3 axis milling machines, then 5 axis mills until eventually I was setting, programming and operating 7 Axis machining centres with dual spindles and live tooling.

Over 26 years experience

At this point in my training, I had finished the college courses I needed to be a qualified CNC Machinist. So I enrolled in night school and studied advanced CNC programming then another course on Computer Aided Design (CAD) Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM) and Computer Aided Programming (CAP) I had a thirst for learning and wasn’t about to stop there. So I enrolled in an ONC/HNC 4-year university course studying mechanical engineering.

Altogether I had spent 10 years studying engineering by the time I was 26. After working as an Aerospace CNC machine tools engineer for over 26 years for GE, Airbus, Boeing and a range of military contractors I discovered I enjoy teaching apprentices. So I am building online courses to help the new guys in the trade to excel in this exciting world of CNC Machining.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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