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Enroll to get:

  • 11 lessons accessible anytime, anywhere
  • Learn by doing with hours of project focused instruction
  • Complete material lists and downloadable project resources
  • One-on-One help with your questions

In this class, you’ll learn everything you need to know to design and create your own CNC cut projects, whether or not you’ve got access to a CNC router. We'll cover cutting flat panels for flat-pack furniture, carving complex 3D forms, desktop CNC mill operation, CNC router operation, design principals and techniques, and how to get your designs out of the computer and onto a CNC machine.

About the Teacher

Jonathan Odom is a professional designer with more than 10 years of experience in CNC design and fabrication. He has used CNC machines for architectural installations, industrial design prototypes, furniture, and lots of other projects on Instructables. His work has been exhibited locally and internationally, published online and in print, and is enjoyed by friends, family, collectors, and clients.


Lesson 1: Welcome to CNC

An overview of the class including info on what you'll need.

Lesson 2: Tools and Materials for CNC

A list of tools, services, and materials for the class.

Lesson 3: 3D CNC Relief Sculpture - Fusion 360

Turning a 2D image into a 3D object in Fusion 360.

Lesson 4: 3D Milling CAM Setup - Fusion 360

Creating a toolpath to carve the model on a CNC mill.

Lesson 5: 3D CNC Relief Sculpture - ArtCAM

Using ArtCAM to quickly and easily create a 3D model from a 2D surface.

Lesson 6: Desktop CNC Setup + Operation

Setting up and running a desktop CNC mill.

Lesson 7: Flat Pack Table Design

Designing flat-pack furniture in Fusion 360.

Lesson 8: Flat Pack Design Preparation

Prepping a flat-pack design for CNC cutting.

Lesson 9: CNC Router CAM Setup

Creating toolpaths for cutting flat-pack parts.

Lesson 10: CNC Router Operation

Setting up and running a CNC router.

Lesson 11: Wrapping Up

What you've learned and what's next.