Fixturing & Advanced CAM Class

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  • Fixturing & Advanced CAM - December 10-11, 2020
    December 10, 2020 - December 11, 2020
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm

This two-day, hands-on class is focused on workholding, fixturing & Advanced CAM. We will discuss work holding strategies and methods, learn how to control and use 3D finishing strategies, and apply what was learned through the programming and machining of a fixture plate and bottle opener project. Each attendee will leave the class with a small bottle opener fixture and a bottle opener that you machine in the class.


Workholding & Fixturing:

  • Overview of workholding strategies
  • Review and discussion of 50+ fixture examples including soft jaws, fixture plates, Mitee-Bite, Carr-Lane and other workholding and fixturing tools
  • Discussion of workholding strategy, including balance of time, cost, fixture life, process reliability and setup time.
  • Fixturing Best Practices (marking fixtures, swap-able, keeping soft jaws in pairs)

Advanced CAM:

  • 3D toolpaths
  • Advanced toolpath containment
  • Rest Machining
  • 4th Axis and 3+2 Machining


  • Programming CAM to machine fixture and bottle opener
  • Machining fixture plate and bottle opener using HAAS or Tormach CNC machines.
  • NOTE: Students must have prior HAAS experience or have attended the 3-day Hands On CNC class in order to use the HAAS machines.

Instructors:  Kevin Ellingson

PREREQUISITES: Must be comfortable using Fusion 360 CAD and CAM.