13 The CAM Workspace

Fusion’s computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) workspace creates g-code files for CNC cutting machines. It also exports DXF files for use as stencils for manual cutting. In this chapter, we’ll generate toolpaths and an NC (numerical control) file for the emoji plaque modeled in Chapter 6.

What Is G-code?

G-code is a programming language. It is used in CAM to control automated machine tools. Basically, it tells a machine how to make something: where to move, how fast to move, and what path to follow. The cutting tool is moved according to these instructions and cuts away material, leaving the finished workpiece. G-code is ...

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