Making Your CAM Journey Easier with Fusion 360: Learn the basics of turning, milling, laser cutting, and 3D printing
Turn your design ideas into 3D models using Fusion 360 by honing your design skills and learning the best practices of common production technologies
Purchase of the print or Kindle book includes a free PDF eBook
- Get familiar with Fusion 360 CAM Module and its machining potential with hands-on exercises
- Explore major production technologies like turning, milling, laser cutting, and additive manufacturing
- Learn how to setup your program and simulate stock removal
Downloading a piece of 3D software and shaping concepts and ideas is quite easy. However, designing feasible and cost-effective real parts from 3D models can be challenging with traditional production technologies, or even additive manufacturing. This book will give you the know-how and skills to develop your projects from ideas to physical products, and overcome these obstacles.
In ‘Making Your CAM Journey Easier with Fusion 360’, you’ll discover how to set up a CAM program, pick the right tool, and optimize production. You’ll learn the pros and cons of different production technologies, including turning, milling, laser cutting, and 3D printing, and understand how to choose the best option based on your needs. You’ll also explore the important computer-aided manufacturing tools that Fusion 360 offers through the use of examples and best practices.
By the end of this book, you’ll understand the potential issues and drawbacks of different design components and apply workarounds to avoid design flaws.
What you will learn
- Choose the best approach for different parts and shapes
- Avoid design flaws from a manufacturing perspective
- Discover the different machining strategies
- Understand how different tool geometries can influence machining results
- Discover how to check the tool simulation for errors
- Understand possible fixtures for raw material blocks
- Become proficient in optimizing parameters for your machine
- Explore machining theory and formulas to evaluate cutting parameters
Who this book is for
This book is for 3D enthusiasts or mechanical designers looking to turn their design ideas into 3D models, and their 3D models into final products. Familiarity with any CAD software or Fusion 360 design module is recommended; the book will then teach you the rest.
Cover Title Page Copyright and Credits Dedications Contributors Table of Contents Preface Part 1 – Implementing Turning Operations in Fusion Chapter 1: Getting Started with Turning and Its Tools Technical requirements Approaching a lathe and its components Cylindrical coordinate system Different types of turning operations Understanding the main parameters Turning speed Cutting speed Cutting depth Cutting feed Cutting power Exploring main machining strategies Longitudinal operations Facing operations Plunging operations Profiling operations Understanding tool geometry Tool edges Tool surfaces Tool angles Summary Chapter 2: Handling Part Setup for Turning Technical requirements Exploring the main interface of a CAM project Finding example projects in Fusion Importing our chuck Understanding how to set up the first part to be machined Setup tab Stock tab The Post Process tab Summary Chapter 3: Discovering the Tool Library and Custom Tools Technical requirements Discovering the tool library Creating a new tool Getting a sample tool Creating a new tool Importing a third-party tool library Importing new tools with a plugin (CoroPlus) Summary Chapter 4: Implementing Our First Turning Operation Technical requirements Setting up a facing operation Using CoroPlus to calculate cutting parameters Entering the cutting parameters into Fusion Discovering tool simulation Checking the generated G-code Settings Operations Summary Chapter 5: Discovering More Turning Strategies Technical requirements Turning Profile (Roughing) The Tool tab The Geometry tab The Passes tab Simulation Turning Profile (Finishing) The Tool tab The Geometry tab The Passes tab Simulation Turning Threads The Tool tab The Geometry tab The Radii tab The Passes tab Simulation Drilling The Tool tab The Geometry tab The Cycle tab Turning Groove The Tool tab The Geometry tab The Passes tab Simulation Turning Part The Tool tab The Geometry tab The Radii tab The Passes tab Simulation Summary Part 2 – Milling with Fusion Chapter 6: Getting Started with Milling and Its Tools Technical requirements Understanding what milling is and how it works Cartesian machines Multi-axis machines Understanding the main cutting parameters Spindle speed and cutting speed Cutting depths Feed step Cutting power and torque Introducing the most common milling operations Face milling Shoulder milling Slot milling Profile milling Other Summary Chapter 7: Optimizing the Shape of Milled Parts to Avoid Design Flaws Technical requirements Handling undercuts and accessibility Changing part orientation relative to the tool Using a multi-axis machine Creating custom tools Backside milling Learning how to manage mill radius Reducing the mill radius Tweaking our part geometry Changing the cutting direction Solving a very bad design Undercut face Missing tool radii Counterbore holes All around radii Summary Chapter 8: Part Handling and Part Setup for Milling Technical requirements Understanding the part Choosing part placements Choosing a part fixture Choosing WCS offsets Defining the first setup Setup tab Stock tab Post Process tab Defining the second setup Setup tab Stock tab Post Process Summary Chapter 9: Implementing Our First Milling Operations Technical requirements Face milling Using CoroPlus to find the best tool for face milling and shoulder milling Implementing face milling with Fusion Shoulder milling Calculating the cutting parameters by hand Shoulder milling inside Fusion Drilling The Tool tab The Geometry tab The Heights tab The Cycle tab Tapping Summary Chapter 10: Machining the Second Placement Technical requirements Face milling Implementing a roughing operation using adaptive clearing The Tool tab The Geometry tab The Heights tab The Passes tab The Linking tab Milling a hole The Tool tab The Geometry tab The Heights panel The Passes tab Finishing the part using a morphed spiral The Tool tab The Geometry tab The Heights panel The Passes tab Thread milling Thread geometry Picking the proper threading tool Implementing thread milling in Fusion Summary Part 3 – Laser Cutting Using Fusion Chapter 11: Getting Started with Laser Cutting Technical requirements Introducing lasers How does a laser cut? Reviewing the pros and cons of laser cutting Advantages of laser cutting Drawbacks of laser cutting Summary Chapter 12: Nesting Parts for Laser Cutting Technical requirements Presenting the example model Understanding nesting optimization Sheet format Batch volume Creating a nesting with Fusion Manual placement The Arrange command The Nesting and Fabrication extension Summary Chapter 13: Creating Our First Laser Cutting Operation Technical requirements Using Fusion 360 for laser cutting Creating a new setup for laser cutting The Setup tab The Stock tab The Post Process tab Creating a new cutting tool The Cutter tab The Cutting data tab Implementing our first cutting operation The Tool tab The Geometry tab The Heights tab Simulation results Summary Part 4 – Using Fusion 360 for Additive Manufacturing Chapter 14: Getting Started with Additive Manufacturing Technical requirements Introducing additive manufacturing Exploring the pros and cons of 3D printing over conventional manufacturing processes The pros of 3D printing The cons of 3D printing Comparing different 3D-printing technologies Fused deposition modeling Introducing stereolithography Introducing selective laser sintering Summary Chapter 15: Managing the Limitations of FDM Printers Technical requirements Printing overhang geometries Facing overhangs (undercuts) in 3D printing Improving our prints using support structures Understanding bed adhesion Understanding anisotropies of the printed part Choosing the first layer placement and part orientation Summary Chapter 16: Printing Our First Part Technical requirements Presenting the model Creating a new printing setup Orienting the model onto the build platform Place parts on platform Minimize Build Height Automatic Orientation Generating the support structures Simulating the toolpath Using the post-processor Summary Chapter 17: Understanding Advanced Printing Settings Technical requirements Creating a new printing preset Understanding general parameters Understanding extruder parameters Extrusion options Extruder 1 options Understanding shell parameters Understanding infill parameters Understanding print bed adhesion Thermal expansion and shrinkage Print bed adhesion Understanding support material parameters Understanding speed parameters Speed Acceleration Jerk Understanding tessellation parameters Summary Part 5 – Testing Our Knowledge Chapter 18: Quiz Technical requirements Questions Turning (from Chapters 1 to 5) Milling (from Chapters 6 to 10) Laser cutting (from Chapters 11 to 13) Additive manufacturing (from Chapters 14 to 17) Answers Turning Milling Laser cutting Additive manufacturing Summary Index Other Books You May Enjoy
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