CNC and CAM in Fusion 360 by Brandon Cullum

CNC and CAM in Fusion 360

Take your CNC to the next level with Fusion 360's Manufacturing environment!
Have you ever wanted to unlock the real power of your CNC? Do you want to cut out 3D shapes or dial in your tool paths?  Do you want to go from model creation to finished part in one program?

Fusion 360 has got you covered!

In this course you will learn how to use the Manufacturing environment in Fusion to create things that just weren't possible before.

Go from Zero to CNC Hero

Never even used Fusion 360 before?  No worries!  We will go from the very basics to advanced settings so your next part comes out great!

Flat Pack Designs

Arrange parts in flat pack designs automatically to easily create tool paths for your designs.

3D Tool Paths

One of the best parts of Fusion is the ability to create 3D tool paths.  Create amazing things!

Two-Sided Operations

Learn how to create two sided toolpaths that allow you to carve BOTH sides of your part for a truly 3D shape.

Feeds and Speeds

We'll get into the basics of Feeds & Speeds and the key settings for the most common tools paths .

Importing Tools

Want to bring in the bits you already own?  We will get into custom tool libraries and how to import them directly into Fusion.

Computer to the Shop

The ability to simulate your tools paths are great but in the end we want to carve something out in the shop.  We will cover how to install different post processors that are specific to your machine so you can export all of your toolpaths as G-Code.
I really love the course. The amount of youtube content on Fusion is so overwhelming I never was able to identify a good place to start. Thanks again and keep up the great work!
Bob Burnell

Included Projects

Flat Pack Stool

Wooden Spoon

Les Paul Guitar

What's included?

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Module 1 - CAM Basics
Let's Model a Part
17 mins
Creating a Setup
11 mins
Creating a Toolpath
14 mins
Exporting G-Code
3 mins
Install a Custom Post Processor
4 mins
Feeds and Speeds: The Basics
11 mins
Feeds and Speeds: General Settings
2 mins
Feeds and Speeds: Calculations
5 mins
Shapeoko Speeds and Feeds Chart
518 KB
CNC Speed Calculator
12.6 KB
Install Custom Tool Libraries
3 mins
Basic 3D Carving
18 mins
Module 2 - Flat Pack Furniture
Model a Flatpack Stool
16 mins
Create Dogbones - Manual
4 mins
Create Dogbones - Paid Plugin
6 mins
Create a Manufacturing Model
15 mins
Manufacturing Setup
5 mins
Define the Tool Path
11 mins
The Drawback
3 mins
Module 3 - Two Sided Milling
Model a Spoon
12 mins
Model the Dowel Pins
5 mins
The first setup
4 mins
Face and Drilling operation
7 mins
2D Contour Operation
13 mins
3D Adaptive Clearing
8 mins
Parallel Operation
10 mins
Bottom side operations
17 mins
Spoil Board Indexing Holes
3 mins
Module 4 - Guitar Body
Top Setup
4 mins
Create the toolpaths for the Top
15 mins
Create the Bottom Tool Paths - Part 1
19 mins
Create the Bottom Tool Paths - Part 2
8 mins
Final Simulation
3 mins

If you don't like the course, I'll give you a full refund. No questions asked.

Here's the deal: if you don't like the course, I'll give you a full refund within 30 days of purchase. No questions asked. Period. But do me a favor: at least give it a shot first before asking for a refund.


Who is the course for?

While the manufacturing principles can apply to any CNC situation this course focuses on hobby CNC users.  Specifically those working primarily with wood or soft metals.

When does the course start?

The course starts as soon as you sign up and you have access to all the lessons!

Do I need a CNC to take the course?

Nope, you can create all of your toolpaths and run simulations without access to a CNC.  We will cover the use of post processors to export all of your toolpaths in the correct format once you are ready to make a purchase.

What about Vectric Software

Vectric creates great software and the combination of Aspire and V-Carve will replicate many of the same capabilities of Fusion 360.  Fusion wins out for me since the modeling abilities are much more robust in addition to the full capabilities of the CAM environment (plus it's free 😃)

Can I V-Carve signs?

Fusion 360 is not the best program if your primary use is carved signs, specifically in the V-Carve style.  Both Inventables Easel and Vectric's V-Carve are great alternatives.

What about 3D Modeling?

While we do include the modeling of parts used in the course (except the guitar) the focus of the course is using Fusion to create the setups and toolpaths AFTER a part has been modeled.  To go learn modeling (CAD) in Fusion check out Furniture Design in Fusion 360.

How much does Fusion 360 Cost?

Fusion 360 is free for hobbyists and businesses making less than $100,000 per year in gross annual revenue.  Check out the specifics here to make sure you qualify.

What if I want a refund?

Thats totally fine. If this isn't the right fit I'll issue a full refund.

How long will I have access to the course?

For all time!  Since this is just the first version you will also have access to all future versions and additions that are put out.

Will I get access to the course all at once?

Yep!  You will get all modules and all lessons as soon as you sign up.  Plus access to any future updates and additions to the course.

Can't I just find this all online for free?

Totally!  Check out Lars Christensen on YouTube as well as NYC CNC.  They put out some of the best Fusion 360 content on the web. The value of the course is in the process. This is specifically designed for woodworkers and makers.  Fusion 360 is a HUGE program, but we will just focus on the elements that will help you get your toolpaths created and sent to your CNC.

I've still got questions

Feel free to reach out to me at!

My name is Brandon Cullum

I’m no expert and most of my projects are things I’m trying for the very first time.  I want to bring you along for the journey and highlight where I mess up so we can learn how to make it better the next time around.