CNC Router Unicorn Training
CNC Router Unicorn Training
CNC Router Unicorn Training
CNC Router Unicorn Training

CNC Router Unicorn Training

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Unlock the Potential of your CNC Router

Dive into CNC routing with PDX CNC's unique training course, blending an online introduction to Fusion CAD with an in-person class focused on CNC routing and manufacturing techniques. Designed for both beginners and those looking to improve their skills, this course will boost your understanding of CAD/CAM processes, ensuring you're equipped to bring your most ambitious projects to life.

🦄  Be a Rare Dual Threat:
Program in Fusion and operate your CNC with the best.

Visit PDX CNC's shop, in person, to learn our best practices. With our CNC routing and CAD/CAM experience, we will provide insights, tips, and tricks you can’t learn elsewhere.

What You'll Learn

Online Fusion CAD Introduction

Before stepping into the workshop, you'll gain a solid foundation in Fusion CAD, exploring everything from basic sketches and components to modeling techniques like extrusion, lofting, and boolean operations.

You'll learn to import drawings and files, add parameters, and much more, all through engaging online content.

🖥️ Click for Fusion CAD Introduction Outline
  • Understanding Fusion's Workspace
    • How Fusion works
    • Space Tour: Navigating the Fusion environment
    • Exploring the Design Space, Browser Tree, and Timeline
    • Customizing Preferences for an optimized workflow
  • Sketching and Modeling Basics
    • Creating Sketches, defining Planes, and setting Parameters
    • Differentiating Components from Bodies
    • Modeling techniques: Extrude, Loft, Revolve, and Boolean operations
  • Advanced Modeling Techniques
    • Utilizing Pattern features for Sketches, Objects, and Bodies
    • Exploring Form Tools for advanced design projects
  • Practical Design Projects
    • Step-by-step walk through to Make a Sign
    • Importing Logos from DXF/SVG files
    • Parametric design concepts
    • Enhancing designs with Chamfers and Fillets
  • Importing External Files
    • Working with files from a customer, and external sources
  • Hands-on Learning Approach
    • Encouraging active learning by modeling objects from the real world
    • Using calipers for precise measurements and modifications
  • Creating and Exporting Drawings
    • Creating drawings of models
    • Including views, sections, details, dimensions, and notes
    • Exporting drawings



In-Person CNC Training

Transitioning from theory to practice, our in-person sessions cover safety, CNC routing demonstrations, Fusion CAM, and practical workholding solutions.

Learn about tooling, materials, and work coordinates in a way that blends insight with hands-on experience. Our unique "Unicorn Training" approach means you'll understand both the programming and operational sides of CNC machining.

🏭 Click for expected In-Person Outline
A potential topic list, we do not guarantee to cover each item but it's a representative outline.
  • Introduction
  • CNC Routing Demo
  • Fusion CAM
    • Fusion CAD review
    • Overview of g-code generation
    • Manufacturing (MFG) strategy & our CAM mentality
    • Creating Setups
    • Tool library creation & management
    • Types of Operations - from 2D to Adaptives to Finishing strategies
    • Patterns
  • Process & Material Workflow
    • Lean principles, efficiency of movement
    • One-piece-flow, shop layout considerations
  • Workholding
    • Many versions of workholding & strageties for easier setups
    • Fixture plates, Super glue and tape, One-and-Done fixtures
  • Tooling
    • Cutting tool basics, materials
    • Semi, rough, and finisher tools, chip management
    • Speeds and feeds, tool setup, & maintenance
  • Offsets and Work Coordinates
    • Machine Origin, shifting WPS, setting G92
  • Running Parts
    • Preflight checks, simulation, and quality watching
  • Wrap-Up
    • Questions, repeats, and conclusion

Prerequisites

No prior training is required however you would benefit from our Basics of CNC and CAM course if you are starting with no CAM or CNC knowledge.

Our online Fusion CAD Introduction course is included and strongly recommended before attending the in-person session focusing on Fusion CAM and CNC Router operation.

What to Bring

  • A laptop with Fusion installed and tested
  • Eagerness to learn
  • Notebook for notes
  • Clothes to sit and learn in an industrial shop

Course Highlights

  • Hybrid Training: From an online Fusion CAD class to concluding with a Q&A session, every step is designed to provide comprehensive knowledge and hands-on experience.
  • Professional Insight: Leverage our instructors' years of industry experience for invaluable insights into CNC machining and design.
  • Practical Skills: Beyond theoretical knowledge, gain practical skills with a focus on efficiency, safety, and creativity in CNC machining.
  • Connect, Craft, Create - Network with fellow CNC enthusiasts and professionals in an environment dedicated to innovation, efficiency, and craftsmanship.

Training dates are listed in registration. See details below for in-person training classes.


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Time – Begins at 9am to 5pm with a 45 minute lunch break.

Location – We're in Southeast, Portland. We'll send details via email after purchase.

Get to Portland

  • Fly - the local (amazing) Airport is PDX.
    • Train, Bus, and Street Car on Trimet
  • Amtrak - Union Station
  • Lyft or Uber are easily hailed here.

Groups – Interested in a company or group event? Let us know.


Next Training Events

Refunds, No Show, Cancellations

Cancel +30 Days Before Class
You'll get your money back, minus a 5% processing fee. Want to swap to a different course? Let us know at least 30 days out, and we'll see if we can make it happen, depending on availability.

Cancel Within 29 Days or No-Show
No cash back on this one, sorry. But we'll cut you a deal — 50% off one future class within a year if there's a spot open.

When We Have to Cancel
We'll do everything we can to avoid this, but sometimes stuff happens—blackouts, emergencies, you name it. If we have to pull the plug, you'll get a full credit for another class.

Transfers
If you're part of the same company or family, and need to cancel, let's talk.

 

🙆🏼‍♂️ In-Person Training
🔵 Learn from our Team

Become a "unicorn" of CNC Routing

Buck tradition: Learn to program and operate a CNC router with the best. This class is designed to teach you the basics and improve your CNC router workflow.

We've believe that our team should know how to program (in Fusion) and operate a CNC. This is traditionally uncommon but something we're big on. Become a rare and uniquely skilled CNC machinist with this class.

Fusion CAD & CAM

Learn the best from the best. We've been sharing our CAD/CAM expertise for years, learn from us direct and step up your CNC game.

Remove your Limitations

We excel in tough and quirky projects. Learn from our thousands of project mistakes and successes.

FAQs

Both actually. When you buy this in-person course "CNC Router Unicorn Training," you'll also receive our Fusion CAD Introduction course which is online only.

We strongly recommend you take the Fusion CAD Introduction prior to taking the in-person portion. We won't cover the CAD portion in-person.

  • Laptop that can run Fusion - while not absolutely necessary, we recommend bringing a laptop that can run Autodesk Fusion. This will help you follow along and learn on your own machine. We do not have extra computers for you to use. We will have power for you to connect to.
  • Mouse - Using Fusion without a mouse is rough, don't forget a mouse.
  • Autodesk Fusion - Preferably a paid license, the free license will work but has many limitations. You can also use a 30-day trial.
  • Attire to Learn in our Workshop - It's a clean but industrial shop. Expect sawdust, mid-60's temps
  • Your Own PPE (Optional) - if you have preferences, bring your own eye and hearing protection, the former will be required at all times.
  • Notebook (Optional) - take notes

See our open training events below and register above to signup.
 

Nope, we will use our ShopSabre PRO 408 in the training but nothing is specific to the machine. We will teach concepts, tips, and advice that is machine agnostic.

You're very experienced

If you're an experienced CNC router operator AND programmer, you may find the lessons too introductory. There will be takeaways but you may not feel you're getting the most for your money.

You want specific project help

If you're looking for specific project assistance or guidance this also is likely not for you. We won't be able to help you with your specific questions on your project as this is a group event.

However, don't be afraid to ask questions that will help you out just know we can't tailor the experience to you for the sake of the others attending.

You want to run our CNC machines

We plan to show our machines operating but it's not likely each student will get to actually run our CNC machines.


If you're still unsure, just send us a message.