Best CNC Courses

Find the best online CNC Courses for you. The courses are sorted based on popularity and user ratings. We do not allow paid placements in any of our rankings. We also have a separate page listing only the Free CNC Courses.

CNC Programming with G Code for Beginners

Learn the basics of machining with G-Code.

Created by Brian Benjamin - Engineer and Educator

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Students: 72387, Price: Free

Students: 72387, Price:  Free

This course will teach you how to create G-Code so you can control CNC machines. This is very useful if you are a machinist or want to be a DIY and create what ever you can imagine in your own garage. You will be given material to teach you the basics and watch tutorials of G-Code applied to real parts. This course will use CNC simulators so you can see what the code you create actually does. The course will provide you with the materials necessary to turn drawings into the code required to make it a physical part.

Introduction to CNC Programming

Learn to program CNC Routers and CNC Milling machines that use the GCODE language.

Created by Marc Cronin - Senior Aerospace CNC Machine Tools Programming Engineer

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Students: 4293, Price: $39.99

Students: 4293, Price:  Paid

Increase your hourly rate as a CNC Machinist by learning to program CNC machines.

CNC Router owners often struggle learning to program their machine, This introduction course will teach you what you need to know.

GCode is the basic fundamental language of CNC Machines.  It is a skill every machinist needs to have a full understanding of their machine.  Whether a hobbyist or an Aerospace machinist. It is often an area where machinist apprentices and DIY router enthusiasts get stuck on.

With my course, I will take you through the basics of understanding the G Code language to programming your first part in an easy to understand, step by step process.

Each G-CODE command is discussed in an easy to follow manner with example programs written around each lesson to make learning to program GCODE easy.

The course also covers 

  • MCODES 

  • Cycles

  • Understanding the cartesian coordinate system

  • Tooling

  • Cutter compensation

  • Climb milling vs conventional milling 

  • And many more 

With 5 full CNC programs explaining each section in a real-world environment. 

Say goodbye to expensive CAD software and program your CNC machine like the experts.

After completing this course you will be able to program any shape using GCODE, as well as knowing tips and tricks used by professional CNC machinists to get the results they need.

Mastercam CAD CAM and CNC Programming Fundamental

Mastercam from beginner techniques milling, lathe, and Multi-axis operation with CNC Programming

Created by Technical School Online Technology Training Center - Engineering

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Students: 2099, Price: Free

Students: 2099, Price:  Free

MasterCAM is a computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software program used by manufacturing professionals, such as machinists and computer numerical control (CNC) programmers. Mastercam software has the easiest interface and the easiest to learn in the world. This software is used in many small and medium-sized companies and is a Cad-Cam software. Cad = Computer-aided design and Cam Computer-aided Manufacturing. You can design and manufacture using the same interface with the help of Mastercam software. In addition, the design and manufacturing are parametric and you do not need to re-enter the manufacturing parameters when you change any parameter in the design. When you watch the training videos, you will be able to learn CNC working logic, M, G codes, 2D and 3D design, 2½ axis milling, 3 axis milling, 4 and 5 axis milling, turning, C axis turning with all industrial applications.

Fusion 360 tutorial for CNC machinists

CAD CAM training for CNC machinists using fusion 360

Created by Marc Cronin - Senior Aerospace CNC Machine Tools Programming Engineer

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Students: 1848, Price: $34.99

Students: 1848, Price:  Paid

Using Fusion 360 to make parts for CNC machines has just got easier.

Do you own a CNC router?

Maybe you are a CNC machinist wishing to make parts using CAD/CAM.

Whether you are a hobbyist or a professional,

this course will teach you how to use Fusion 360 to produce parts for your CNC machine.

Fusion 360 is free for hobbyists, startups and makers. Its the perfect CAD/CAM system for CNC.

Fusion 360 has lots of features that can be overwhelming. This course ignores all the fluff and focuses on the parts of Fusion that are needed to produce a finished product for a CNC machine.

Written by a machinist for machinists.

This course starts by getting you familiar with the parts of Fusion that are needed to produce a component on a CNC machine.

Then we jump right in and make our first model, each step is explained as we sketch using constraints and best practices.

Next is CAM, Computer-aided manufacture. In this section, we decide how we will machine the part and create the tool paths to produce excellent results every time.

Wish to do engraving? I cover that too!

Learn how to import DXF files and turn vector graphics into G-Code files.

Once you have a feel for Fusion we get stuck into a more complex part.

We look at 3D milling roughing cycles, how to use finishing passes correctly and how to adjust our CAM tool paths to do exactly what we need to produce a great part on our CNC machine.

If you are a CNC machinist, hobbyist or professional, this course is made for you.

Fusion 360 CAD/CAM for CNC routers

Make any part using your CNC router with Fusion 360

Created by Marc Cronin - Senior Aerospace CNC Machine Tools Programming Engineer

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Students: 1517, Price: $34.99

Students: 1517, Price:  Paid

Do you own a CNC router?

Want to master your machine to make any part?

Whether you are a hobbyist or a professional,

this course will teach you how to use Fusion 360 to produce parts for your CNC Router.

Fusion 360 is free for hobbyists, startups and makers. Its the perfect CAD/CAM system for CNC Routers.

From affordable DIY desktop CNC routers to expensive industrial machines, this course covers it all.

Gain full control of your machine and program any part you can imagine with CAD/CAM!

A complete Fusion CAD/CAM training package aimed specifically at CNC router owners/programmers and operators.

Course includes:

  • Mastering the menus and navigation of Fusion 360

  • How and when to use constraints

  • CAD best practices

  • CAM best practices

  • Sketching

  • Using the correct too paths

  • Mastering the post-processor

  • Tips and tricks used in industry

  • All taught by a time served CNC machine tools engineer

If you are a CNC Router, hobbyist or professional, this course is made for you.

CNC Milling machine programming using G-Code

Learning to read and write CNC programs with FANUC G Code has never been so easy

Created by Marc Cronin - Senior Aerospace CNC Machine Tools Programming Engineer

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Students: 1355, Price: $34.99

Students: 1355, Price:  Paid

Do you want become a CNC machinist?

Do you have access to a CNC router or milling machine and need to learn how to program it?

Maybe you are already working in a machine shop and wish to improve your skills and pay grade?

Get a foot in the door in any machine shop by learning to program CNC milling machines.

Don't just rely on CAD/CAM to produce your parts, having a good understanding of the code CAM software outputs is an important part of being a CNC machinist.

If you are a proud owner of a desktop CNC Router or are looking to improve your knowledge in a professional industry. you need to have a complete understanding of how to program FANUC G-Code.

This course will teach you how to program CNC parts using G-Code, the language of CNC Machines.

All Cycles Explained

G81 drilling cycle

G82 Counter boring

G83 peck drilling

G84 Tapping cycle

G85 Boring Cycles

All the Techniques

G10 and G54 Datum setup

Helical milling

Programming best practices

Example programs

G17, G18 and G19 planes explained

Floating datum

Become an expert in the world of CNC machining with this course!

What this course does not teach:

Machine setup procedure

At the machine instructions

How to operate a CNC machine

Basic G-code Programming for CNC Mills.

Learn to Read, Edit and Write G-code programs for 3-axis CNC mills.

Created by Tom Stikkelman - CNC Programmer

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Students: 544, Price: $99.99

Students: 544, Price:  Paid

This course teaches you how to hand write basic G-code programs for 3-axis CNC mills.

In this course you will learn how to write G-code for milling operations including;

  • Rough and Finish profile milling

  • Face Milling

  • Line Right and Line Left Cutter Compensation

  • How to determine the I and J values for Clockwise and Counterclockwise Arcs.

  • Canned Cycles for Drilling Operations

  • Program Format.

  • Calculating Feeds and Speeds for Milling, Drilling and Tapping

  • How to create and call Sub-Routines

  • Manage Sub-programs using the M98 command

At the end of each section you will find an attached PDF file with an exercise to practice your new skills

CNC cutting tools, and machining techniques

How to choose cutting tools for CNC machines

Created by Vaheh Golestanian - Manufacturing Engineer

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Students: 428, Price: $19.99

Students: 428, Price:  Paid

The purpose of this course is to take a novice, a person with no machine shop experience, and within duration of this course teach them how to choose appropriate cutting tools and set cutting data, based on operation type, material, efficiency, and etc. It also includes some suggestions on efficient machining techniques. What this is, is an introductory to intermediate level course, which can be a complement to your CNC programming skills or training.

Mastering Artcam 2017 2D and CNC machine

Learn how to draw and create amazing artworks with CNC machine and Artcam

Created by Murad Gulaliyev - Create something awesome

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Students: 358, Price: $29.99

Students: 358, Price:  Paid

If you are in Wood working area then probably you are working with CNC machine. Well to create or prepare files to cut in CNC router you need to prepare your drawing in special CAM software. The most popular and powerful CAM software is Artcam. Artcam very powerful CAD/CAM software that will allow you draw 2D / 3D drawings and convert it into CNC machine language to cut it in the machine.

This video course maded with Artcam 2017. But this information can be used in any other version of this software.

In this video course about Artcam 2017, you'll learn

  • What is the Artcam and How to works with it?
  • How to draw vectors and modify them.
  • How to import files and work with them.
  • How to work with Bitmaps and colors
  • You'll learn how to nest your files to save materials.
  • How to prepare drawing to cut in CNC
  • About different type of machining tools

In this video course beside of tutorials about how to work with Artcam you'll get information from my real experience how to work with Artcam and CNC machine.

SolidCam CAD CAM and CNC Programming Professional

Solidcam advanced manufacturing style CNC programming

Created by Technical School Online Technology Training Center - Engineering

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Students: 181, Price: $109.99

Students: 181, Price:  Paid

SolidCAM is the leading Integrated CAM software which runs directly inside SOLIDWORKS and Autodesk Inventor, with seamless integration and full tool path associativity.

With the single-window integration, all machining operations can be defined and verified without leaving the parametric CAD assembly environment you're used to.

Solidcam software has the easiest interface and is the easiest to learn software in the world. This software, which is used by many small and medium sized companies, works integrated with the Solidworks software, which is the most used in the design world.

With the help of this training set, you can be an advanced Solidcam user starting from scratch. The feature of our training set is that it does not only mention what the commands are for, and all subjects are reinforced with various industry applications where all commands are used. With this training set, you can turn your dreams into reality.

When you watch the training videos, you will be able to learn CNC working logic, M, G codes, 2D and 3D design, 2½ axis milling, 3 axis milling, 4 and 5 axis milling, iMachining features with industrial applications.

You can save up to 80% with iMachining toolpaths developed exclusively by Solidcam software.

Who Can Use: Engineers, Technical Staff, Hobbyists, CNC operators and Job seekers.

CNC programming with SolidWorks CAM

An introduction to SolidWorks CAM

Created by Vaheh Golestanian - Manufacturing Engineer

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Students: 170, Price: $19.99

Students: 170, Price:  Paid

The purpose of this course is to take a person with some CNC mill experience, and within duration of this course teach them how to operate SolidWorks CAM to generate G-codes for 2.5 and 3 axis operations. If you do not have any experience with machining I would recommend that you first take another course of mine, it’s title is “CNC cutting tools and machining techniques” there you will learn about cutting tools, cutting data, and machining techniques, it will help you to have some basic knowledge of the machining which is essential for this course.

Fusion 360 for CNC – A CAM masterclass

Learn to create toolpaths for a CNC using Fusion 360

Created by Mathieu Dorion - Mechanical engineer by trade, maker of stuff by choice

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Students: 48, Price: $24.99

Students: 48, Price:  Paid

In this class you'll learn to create toolpaths for a CNC in Fusion 360. This is what's called CAM (Computer-aided manufacturing).

Do you have a CNC and don’t know how to use it?
Do you feel like you know how to use it but are really just guessing?
Does your local maker space has a CNC and you’re intimidated by it?
Do you already know CAM but want to improve your understanding of it?
Do you want a machine to do all the hard work and make money for you? (Of course you do!)

If you see yourself in any of these statements then this class is for you. I’ve made this class for anyone who wants to learn CAM through Fusion 360. CAM stands for Computer-aided manufacturing so in this class we’ll be creating toolpaths that a CNC can follow to machine different kinds of material and shapes. In other words, we’ll be doing the prep work and the CNC will be doing the heavy and precise lifting for us.

My main motivation with building this class was this : Fusion has made it too easy to create toolpaths for a CNC. With a few clicks you’ll have a set of instructions for your CNC and as much as this is great, it’s also terrifying. We’re not dealing with a small 3D printer here, we have a spinning tool moving at a rapid pace that is very dangerous if not tamed properly. So for this reason, I wanted to not only show people how to use Fusion, but more importantly provide you with the knowledge you’ll need to make smart decisions and learn to program your CNC safely and efficiently.

With hobbyist CNCs becoming more affordable and accessible (which is great!) I believe that it’s important to educate people as much as possible to the world of CAM. And with Fusion 360 offering a great and free CAM solution, the timing has never been this good for us to dive into this wonderful subject together!

This class covers everything from importing parts to exporting a g-code with everything in between, including 2D and 3D toolpaths, calculating feeds and speeds, running tests, double sided machining and much more.

So I want to welcome you and thank you for joining my class. Feedback is appreciated, and remember to stay safe!

Industry 4.0 – Automation & Applications

Automation, Robotics, NC & CNC and 3D printing

Created by J Aatish Rao - Mechanical engineering professional | Stargazing enthusiast

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Students: 6, Price: $54.99

Students: 6, Price:  Paid

"The next industrial revolution is bringing about untold change in every industry creating massive advantages and challenges to implement."

Industry 4.0 is the digital transformation of manufacturing/production and related industries and value creation processes. Industry 4.0 is used interchangeably with the fourth industrial revolution and represents a new stage in the organization and control of the industrial value chain. The implementation of industry 4.0 is giving birth to smart manufacturing practices and smart factories. Increasing productivity and revenue exponentially. In short we can say - The Fourth Industrial Revolution (or Industry 4.0) is the ongoing automation of traditional manufacturing and industrial practices, using modern smart technology (Like Robotics,CNC,3D printing etc.)

Smart Manufacturing and Smart Factories bring with them optimizations and a growing ability to self-optimize production leading to nearly zero downtime. Optimization will play a major role in keeping high end equipment maintained efficiently by having the right resources in the right place at the right time. Being able to utilize your production capacity constantly and consistently is better than a major down time or changeover. While IIOT (Industrial Internet Of Things) and M2M (Machine to Machine communication) are in the lead, Automation and related applications, Is playing a vital role in shaping the ecosystem of Industry 4.0.

This course is designed to cover the automation & application portion of Industry 4.0. This is very beneficial for students from mechanical, manufacturing & Industrial engineering stream. Moreover, Those professionals who are already a part of any manufacturing industry, will get the additional knowledge of various development in the field of technology which can revolutionize their existing practices. So this course is not only for aspiring engineers but also for working professionals. Some of the areas of automation & applications in industry 4.0 covered in the course is elaborated below :

Automation - Classification, Control system & challenges

Robotics - Definition, Laws of robotics, Components of a robot, Robot classification, DOF - Degree Of Freedom, Robot configurations and some exceptional robots available in industry.

Numerical Control - NC & CNC machines, Components of CNCs, Types of CNCs, Importance of higher axes machining, Programming format, CODING exercise (G-Code), Applications.

3D Printing - General Explanation, Procedure, Types of 3D printing processes, Materials & applications.

CNC Technology Practice Test

Test your knowledge using the practice test of CNC Technology

Created by Samanwita Roy - Assistant Professor with 10 years experience

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Students: 2, Price: $69.99

Students: 2, Price:  Paid

This practice test is a part of test series of CNC Technology. This test series is for all level of learners. It will help you understand your level of understanding of basic knowledge and how to apply it for real life problems. Use it for various types of exams like GATE and IES preparations. Also this test series will be useful in attending viva voce and appearing for job interviews.