CAD/CAM software solutions in a single platform

Using a single platform, Fusion 360 connects your entire product design and manufacturing process. Because it’s cloud-based, you can use this single tool to switch between CAD (design), CAM (manufacturing), CAE (simulation) and PCB (electronics) workspaces, as well as collaborate with your teams wherever you are. On this page, we'll look at how you can use free Fusion 360 CAD/CAM tools and courses to get a better understanding of the essential concepts.​

What is computer-aided design & computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) software?

CAD-CAM technology is the result of decades of efforts by numerous people in the name of production automation. It is the vision of innovators and inventors, mathematicians and machinists, who are all working to build the future and drive production with technology. A lot of people use the term "CAD-CAM" when they talk about the software that is used to make things with a CNC machine. CAD stands for Computer-Aided Design and CAM stands for Computer-Aided Manufacturing, both of which are used to make things. CAD/CAM software is used to design and manufacture prototypes, finished products and production runs of products.

How do I use CAD/CAM?

CAD/CAM applications are used to both design a product and programme manufacturing processes, specifically, CNC machining (US Site). CAM software (US Site) uses the models and assemblies created in CAD software, such as Fusion 360, to generate toolpaths that drive machine tools to turn designs into physical parts. CAD/CAM software is used to design and manufacture prototypes, finished parts and production runs.

Integrated CAD/CAM software

Fusion 360 replaces fragmented design-to-manufacturing processes with unified CAD-to-CAM workflows. While maintaining communication with customers, suppliers and internal stakeholders, you can ensure that your component is made on schedule and correctly the first time.

  • Import files quickly and easily using a broad range of data translators for over 50 different file types.
  • With integrated CAD, you can change existing features or model fixtures directly on imported models.​
  • Ensure that you have complete control over who has access to view, comment on and edit projects.​

"On our very first project using Fusion 360, we saved over $14,000 by reducing cycle time by 9 minutes with no additional tool wear. That has a direct impact on our bottom line."

Daniel Colbert, Colbert Manufacturing

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Make CAD/CAM your competitive advantage

  • Truly integrate CAD/CAM

    With unified workflows in Fusion 360, you can design soft jaws and fixtures, prep CAD data and create assemblies. Automatic data translation and toolpath updates save time. (video: 1.31 mins)

  • Get CAD/CAM at a fraction of the cost

    Stretch your budget by swapping costly, disparate CAD/CAM tools for one affordable, integrated solution. (video: 1.23 min.)

  • Work smarter, not harder

    Seamless updates deliver new functionality without disrupting your interface. You'll maintain high efficiency rates, since everyone will use the same version of Fusion 360. (video: 2.44 min.)

How customers use Fusion 360 as their CAD/CAM solution

  • MJK Performance

    MJK Performance designs and manufactures high-quality, precision CNC-machined motorcycle parts.

  • Matsuura

    Matsuura is winning the profit game, gaining a competitive advantage by using generative design to automatically create customised workpiece-holding fixtures and printing them in high-strength polymer overnight.

  • Saunders Machine Works

    Saunders Machine Works uses Fusion 360 and specialises in CNC metal machining, prototype machining, fabrication and design-for-manufacturing consulting.

Fusion 360 resources for CAD/CAM

Get started with CAD/CAM with these tutorials, guides and tips.

  • Read this article for a complete introduction to using computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software.

  • Access a full suite of CAM programming tools for 3 to 5-axis machining. Request a demo of Fusion 360. Meet your CAM programming goals with greater consistency and efficiency.

  • Access video tutorials and self-guided courses for 3D modelling, CAM/CAM design and programming, cloud CAM software and manufacturing through the Fusion 360 Learn & Support Hub.

  • Learn more about how to use CAM software for CNC machining. Explore Autodesk CNC machining resources, products and tutorials.

  • Get started in CNC programming with these tips, tricks and tutorials.

  • Fusion 360 connects to the cloud to allow teams to collaborate regardless of whether they're sat in the same office, working from home or based thousands of miles away.