Looking to learn Inventor CAM 2D Milling?

February 21, 2020 Jennifer MacMillan

ASCENT is excited to announce the release of a brand new learning guide: Autodesk Inventor 2020 Introduction to 2D Milling. This guide provides students, trainers, and industry professionals with learning content for Inventor CAM.


This guide focuses on how to use Inventor CAM to create 2D milling toolpaths. The 2D Milling toolpaths that are covered include Facing, 2D Adaptive, 2D Pocket, 2D Contour, and Drilling. Despite this learning guide covering only 2D Milling toolpaths, it will provide an excellent foundation on using the entire interface which remains consistent with the more advanced milling and turning operations.

Autodesk Inventor 2020 Introduction to 2D Milling begins with an introduction to the overall Inventor interface and explains how to manipulate your 3D model to change its orientation and view display. This introductory content was important to include for those users that may not have experience with Inventor but that will need to work with existing models in the CAM environment. Through a hands-on, practice-intensive curriculum, students will quickly advance to learning the key skills required to take a 3D model set it up in the CAM environment and assign the toolpaths needed to generate the CNC code required by 2D milling machines.


Topics Covered

  • Navigate the Inventor software interface to locate and execute commands.
  • Use the model orientation commands to pan, zoom, rotate, and look at a model.
  • Assign visual styles to your models.
  • Locate, modify, and create tools in the Tool Library.
  • Set up machining operations using Inventor CAM.
  • Create a Facing, 2D Adaptive, 2D Pocket, 2D Contour, and Drilling toolpath using the Inventor CAM interface.
  • Use the Simulation option to visualize toolpaths.
  • Import a tool library.
  • Create a toolpath template.
  • Post-process an Inventor CAM setup to output the CNC machine code required to machine a model. (not edit it)

As an introductory guide, Autodesk® Inventor® CAM 2020: Introduction to 2D Milling does not assume prior knowledge of Autodesk Inventor CAM, but an understanding of the CNC milling process is recommended. It is aimed for those using Inventor Professional with Inventor CAM Express (free add-in) or the Product Design and Manufacturing Collection that have implemented Autodesk Inventor CAM Ultimate (previously called Inventor HSM Ultimate). This guide will not provide instructional content on how to create 3D models using the Inventor modeling tools. Its focus is solely on generating 2D milling toolpaths once models are created. 

This new learning guide is now available for purchase on the ASCENT website and through Amazon.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

About the Author

Jennifer MacMillan

Manager – Learning Content Development<br><br>Trained in Instructional Design, Jennifer uses her skills to develop instructor-led and web-based training products as well as knowledge profiling tools. Jennifer has achieved the Autodesk Certified Professional certification for Inventor and is also recognized as an Autodesk Certified Instructor (ACI). She enjoys teaching the training courses that she authors and is also very skilled in providing technical support to end-users. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree as well as a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Dalhousie University.

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