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This Instructable is for Workshop Users at Pier 9. It was originally written by Dan Vidakovich.

This Instructable is a detailed, step-by-step set of instructions to show you how to program a part using CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing). Using Autodesk's Inventor Pro HSM 2016, you will learn how to prepare a part for machining in aluminum on a 3-axis CNC machine--at Pier 9, the Haas CNC VF2SS Mill!

This certification part will introduce you to facing, contour, adaptive, and pocket toolpaths. You'll learn how to drill holes using custom tools, prepare multiple setups, and prepare for flip machining. By practicing this process, you'll have the skill set to prepare many of your own custom designs for CNC machining.

Ready to make chips fly?

Step 1: Beginner CAM Programming - Introduction to Autodesk Inventor HSM Pro 2016

CAM software creates instructions for the machine to make your part, called toolpaths. We'll be creating toolpaths using Autodesk Inventor HSM Pro 2016.

Visit cam.autodesk.com and download and install a trial version of Autodesk Inventor HSM Pro 2016.

<p>Great guide, Dan. I can attest to the value of all of these resources. Really a wealth of information and great to have as reference.</p>
<p>Dan! Thanks a million for sharing your vast, generously prepared and remarkably well delivered knowledge. I can't wait to get started reading thru and applying all of it!</p>
Thanks! Have fun. You'll gain a signification amount of skills by following this tutorial. It's been battle tested by many Autodesk employees and Artists in Residence at the Autodesk Workshop at Pier 9.
<p>the &lt;a href=&quot;&quot;&gt;&lt;/a&gt; tag is a little messed up on Techshop</p>
<p>Thanks. Updated.</p>
<p>Awesome I just started learning HTML and CSS a month ago and I know a lot. I thought it would be like a site where you fill in the info (I didn't think it was made with HTML). Glad I could help though. :)</p>
<p>Wow!!! Excelent info. </p>
Maybe I didn't need 5 years of school, there was an instructable all along! Haha, good stuff man, we just got a VF2SS and will have a UMC750 tomorrow, love my job!
it looks like you made a chess piece on the lathe. do you have the programs for it? I've always wanted to make my own board! anyways good job :) just starting to learn codes
<p>I saw the title &quot;Learn CNC The Hard Way&quot; and expected to see a lot more blood.</p>
Thank you for putting all this together! I started working as a machinist 1 year ago this month with zero experience, just some schooling in CAD. Now I have a firm grasp on the basics thanks to my shop supervisor who has 45+ years experience but I wanted to start getting into more and seeing what's really out there (our shop is fairly small and limited). I think this is a great jumping off point and then some.
<p>No worries! Glad you can put this to good use. The books and attached Sandvik .pdf are great resources.</p>
excellent info ..specially for those interested in cnc stuffs
<p>Thanks for all the resources, and for putting them all in one place! Well done!</p>
<p>Thank you! I hope you enjoy the books and the journey.</p>

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