2D CAD and CAM Class


10 Lessons

1,944 Enrolled

Beginner Level

Fusion 360 is a powerful cloud-based design and manufacturing tool that connects your entire product development process in one software package. You can design, iterate, test, and fabricate, all while collaborating with anyone in the world.

In this class, you will learn the fundamentals of CAD (Computer Aided Design) and CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) in Fusion 360. After following step-by-step instructions to model a simple shape--a push stick for a table saw--you will learn how to create toolpaths to machine it on a CNC router.

Class Author:Julie Kumar

Julie Kumar is the CNC Lead at Autodesk's Pier 9. She guides new CNC users through a unique training program called the CNC Learning Path, in which new users are introduced to CNC concepts, CAM programming, and CNC machining through a series of classes, skill checks, and hands-on exercises. She also teaches machine operation for cutting-edge CNC equipment, including the Haas Mill, DMS 5-axis router, and Matsuura 5-axis Mill. Her background is in sculpture and installation art, so she brings a unique, interdisciplinary approach to the world of programming and subtractive manufacturing.


Lesson 1: Introduction to CAD and CAM for Beginners

Learn more about who this class is for, and how to get started.

Lesson 2: Creating Sketches

Create sketches to begin the modeling process.

Lesson 3: More Sketching and Editing Techniques

Learn how to create dimensions and edit your sketches.

Lesson 4: Constraints and Extruding

Turn your sketches in models.

Lesson 5: Advanced Constraints

Learn about advanced ways of using constraints.

Lesson 6: CAM: Setup

Begin the CAM process by defining your stock, placing your Work Coordinate System, and placing your model inside your stock.

Lesson 7: 2D Pocket Toolpaths

Learn how to create pocket toolpaths inside flat areas bounded by contours.

Lesson 8: Drilling

Create drilling toolpaths for inside corners.

Lesson 9: 2D Contour Toolpaths

Learn how to create contour toolpaths to machine the outside profile of the shape.

Lesson 10: Post Process

Turn your toolpaths into G-code that the CNC machine can read.

Now that you have the skills, what are you waiting for?
Get out there and make something!