#AutodeskCAMChallenge 2.0 Winners!


We’re finally ‘hanging up the jersey’ after these past 15 Days for the #autodeskcamchallenge 2.0, and retiring the #autodeskcamchallenge brand.  Seven (7), yes seven CAM Challenges later, we’ve seen this #instamachinist community blossom into Thought Leaders, new friendships, and most importantly, helping one another out.  The team at Autodesk is honored to be apart of this community, but don’t worry, this WON’T be our last ‘challenge’.

Like last year, before we could blink an eye, our Machine Tool Partners began reaching out on how they could give back to the community. Once again, 5th Axis generously donated their famous ‘RockLock Quick Change System’ as a raffle prize to one lucky winner (@backhandbikes was the lucky winners last time).  Also, prizes from Orange Vise, Tormach, MariTool, the list goes on, all donated to another ‘fan favorite’ CAM Challenge.  Most importantly, with our days numbered in Las Vegas for Autodesk University, the Grand Prize inclues entry, room and board to America’s Finest Conference, PLUS your choice of an Orange Vise . (Revisit the contest details HERE)

Over 40 unique entries later, from another @sscadcam ‘Sundance Filmfest’ style production video, to @saundersmachineworks custom cufflinks, we had a multitude of machined, CNC routed, laser-cut, waterjet, and plasma-cut parts submitted.  All contestants demonstrated their ‘black art’ to feeds and speeds, knowledge of Autodesk MFG products, and artistic flair.

If you didn’t follow the contest, you can see all of the results here:  #autodeskcamchallenge


THE ‘RAFFLE’ PRIZE | 5th Axis Deuce Vise plus a RockLock Adapter Plate

Congrats to @Jeremy6364 for winning the 5th Axis Deuce Vise plus a RockLock Adapter Plate!


Grand Prize – Autodesk University 2019 PLUS an Orange Vise Package with ChipX Jaws

There were a lot of outstanding entries, but @matalengineering covered ‘the tasks’ with flying colors!  Not only did he supply a mirror finish, but leveraged tabs in all the perfect places. (Look at the lettering details).  Most impressively, he 3D printed his ‘Titanium’ material before feeding it to his Brother Machine.  If you remember Mattias’ entry from the last challenge (Statue of Liberty), many people felt he got ‘snubbed’, (Now we know how Movie Stars feel at the Oscars when they don’t win:-), but he still pulled through with an awesome tooling package from Harvery Tools.  Well, this time he’s taking home the trophy!  We love Mattias’ positive attitude and contribution to the IG Community, so thank you for all your previous submissions to past #fusioncamchallenge/#autodeskcamchallenge!  Congrats, see you in Las Vegas, AND enjoy that new vise!

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SOUND ON! Slide to watch 2nd part! Here is my official entry for the #autodeskcamchallenge 👊🏻 This is the best ”Mirror finish” i could come up with😜 Mainly went for the tabs😆 #fusion360 for all the ~10h of CAD and CAM i spent on this piece. Using a slightly modified version of the Sinumerik 840D post that comes with fusion 360👌🏻 My @cnsyil T3 tappning center did a total of 7,5h machining on this part. Busted two @harveytool 1mm endmills and two Mitsubishi ball endmills during that time. Material is a piece of 3D printed grade 5 titanium👌🏻 I hope you enjoy! Since my focus was tabs i did give the face of the mirror a quick touch with Scotchbrite by hand. Just to clean up some light marks from the adaptive toolpath i used om the mirror face. @curtis.chan @autodesk.mfg #autodeskcamchallenge #autodeskmfg #fusion360 #Matalengineering #madebymatal #quality #machining #cnc #instamachinist #syil #brothercnc #milling #lathe #turning #prototyping #smallbussiness #autodesk #fusion360 #sweden #göteborg #torslanda

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Prize 1 – Orange Vise Package with ChipX Jaws

62 Toolpaths and 42 custom surface models for toolpath control says how much effort @ledyard_built put in for the #autodeskcamchallenge!  Nice work, and the judges loved your finish!

Prize 2 – $1000 Tormach eGift Card

The BMX Bikers always seem to win something in our #autodeskcamchallenge :-).  Nice work @jwcnc on your PCNC 1100!

Prize 3 – $1000 MariTool eGift Card

You had us at Hello @S2Jesse with Titanium and Stainless Steel Mirror Finishes.  Congrats, and excited to see what MariTool dials in for your HAAS VM3!

Prize 4 – $500 Harvey Tool/Helical Solutions Tooling Package

@sscadcam – Do I need to even give an explaination?  He brought a tear to @curtis.chan eye on this masterpiece.

Prize 5 –Admission to One (1) Tormach Lathe Class and One (1) Tormach Mill Class in Madison, WI.

It might be time for a Carbide 3D/Bantam Tools Owner (chrislee.design) to expand his work envelope:-) .  A lot of us have gone through these training classes, and hope you enjoy them as well!

Prize 6 –Lang Technik Clean-Tec Cleaning Fan

Lang generously donated three (3) Fans, so here are our three winners!  Congrats to @vincent_cline, @metalshoptalk, and the famous @the_dr.phil_experience.

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Here is my #autodeskcamchallenge entry. The part is a battery tie down bracket. Material is grade 5 titanium. Machined on a Fadal 2016L. Designed and programmed in #fusion360. The part used tabs during manufacturing and in its finished form. The part was processed with isotropic superfinishing after machining. You can see a relection but it is not as good as some of those aluminum mirrors some of you are doing. I am curious to see how many titanium "mirrors" are submitted though. This project had a lot of firsts for me. First time I machined titanium, first time I used tabs, first complete part done on my garage Fadal, and first time using and endmill as small as 1/16" diameter. Overall I learned a lot, thanks for the challenge. I had to hustle on this one because I am on the road now till the 20th. #instamachinist @curtis.chan @autodesk.mfg #fadalcnc #titaniummachining #orangevise #serrajaws #maritool

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Prize 7 –12 Months CAMplete Free Maintanence to a new purchase or existing license of CAMplete, PLUS a Swag Bag

We have to say @rainhousecanada, the ‘over the shoulder’ shot of Fusion 360 and CAMplete on a I’m guessing 32″ wide screen looked phenomenal!  From the looks of it, it seems this was your first #autodeskcamchallenge, so congrats!


First off, attempting to take on the #autodeskcamchallenge in between your day job and balancing your personal life, shows us your dedication to the #instamachinist community, and we thank you all for your contributions.

Chatting with the 5th Axis Team, we decided to select another five (5) contestants who did a stellar job, but unfortunately didn’t take home any of the prizes, and award them Swag Bags!!!



There were so many excellent submissions this time around. I wish we could have highlighted them all!  Feel free to take a glimpse below of other fabulous entries, and to view all of the submissions – check out the Instagram hashtag #autodeskcamchallenge.

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This is my submission for the #autodeskcamchallenge mirror finish. It’s an example of how I use #fusion360 to perform grinding operations on my #haasautomation mini mill. The chamfer has a fine surface finish called out and there can’t be any rounding on the corners, so hand polishing would be difficult. It starts with hard milling the cavity to near size. Next, a cbn electroplated wheel is used for the rough grinding operation. This is programmed as a bull nosed endmill. Finally, a conventional abrasive 80 grit wheel is dressed using a trace cycle and a radial tool path was used to get the critical up and down motion needed for this type of grinding. All of the grinding was done at 10k rpms and 70 inches per minute. #autodeskmfg #autodeskcamchallenge #instamachinist @curtis.chan @autodesk.mfg #machinist #toolmaker #toolanddie

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