MAKER1300 CNC milling – A Practical Introduction Emneplan

Engelsk emnenavn
CNC milling – A Practical Introduction
Makerspace Micro Courses
2.5 stp.


A micro course offered at Makerspace for students from all areas interested in learning basics of CNC milling. This course is an introduction to the machining basics and the practical use of the CNC milling machine.

Milling is a subtraction method for removal of material, and CNC milling (Computer Numerical Control milling) means that the milling machine is moved and monitored by numerical control, rather than by hand. CNC milling is widely used in the automated manufacturing industry because of it’s ability to cut a wide range of materials and produce custom-designed parts much faster that conventional machining. In this course you will become familiar with the fundamentals of the milling process executed i our Roland MDX-40A universal milling machine.

CNC machines today control tool motion in 3 axis, but the capability to control the tool in 5 axis is also available. In this course, besides using CAM and CAD softwares, students will be exposed to 3 axis CNC machine (Roland MDX-40A).

Anbefalte forkunnskaper

Prior experience with CAD-programing tools For e.g. Fusion 360, Inventor


After completing the course, the student should have the following overall learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


On successful completion of this course the student has knowledge of:

  • Workflow of digital manufacturing.
  • Fundamentals of CNC milling.
  • Basic design of a simple part in Inventor CAD program
  • Basics of setting up Fusion 360 CAM program.
  • The CNC machine settings.


On successful completion of this course the student has the ability to:

  • Use basic lab software (Inventor, Fusion 360) and equipment (CNC milling machine; Roland MDX-40A) used in the course.
  • Create a simple design in Inventor CAD.
  • Generate a simple CNC program using Fusion 360 CAM.
  • Create tool paths to cut simple geometry in wood.
  • Set up programed Zero Point on the Specimen.

General competences

On successful completion of this course the student:

  • Can handle simple operations in the CNC machine.

Arbeids- og undervisningsformer

The course will have hands-on practice work in the makerspace and lectures.

Arbeidskrav og obligatoriske aktiviteter


Vurdering og eksamen

One practical project assignment to be completed individually or in groups of max 2. The project assignment consists of:

  • Development of a physical artifact
  • A digital documentation of the process with pictures and step-by-step descriptions of how the physical artefact was made, including short justifications (maximum 500 words)

The assessment is based on the digital documentation.

The exam can be appealed.

Hjelpemidler ved eksamen

All aids are permitted, as long as the rules for source referencing are followed.




One internal examiners.