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Trying to use CAM side with a Fanuc Robot

Message 1 of 11
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Trying to use CAM side with a Fanuc Robot

Has anyone tried to use the CAM side in fusion 360 along with RoboDK to machine parts? We are looking for support if anyone has any experance.

Message 2 of 11
in reply to: joemcmahan010

I don't have any experience with a robot (of any flavor), but what is the nature of your issue?

Seth Madore
Customer Advocacy Manager - Manufacturing
Message 3 of 11
in reply to: joemcmahan010

Hi  joemcmahan010, I have some experience with this. Do you have a specific challenge within the workflow or were you looking for general information? 

In my experience, if you only want to use Fusion 360 to generate toolpaths, the easiest way to migrate this information into a RoboDK would be to use the RoboDK plugin for Fusion 360. This can be found on the Fusion 360 App Store. 

You can view the full workflow of how to use this plugin in the RoboDK documentation. I recommend checking out the videos on this page as they are particularly helpful in demonstrating the diversity of the plugin.

Message 4 of 11

Hi @joemcmahan010 

I am not sure if you are aware, but we do have Robot posts for Fusion 360.

Search for KUKA, ABB and Universal Robot post here.

You can also test a "work in progress" FANUC post here
NOTE: this is beta post and is still under development, please test with caution. If you need documentation read the KUKA/ABB pdf guide for robot specific settings.

If you need anything else let us know




Alexandre Pinto
Process Specialist
Message 5 of 11
in reply to: tyson.fogel

Hi Tyson 


Sorry to get back with you so late. The struggles we are having is understanding how the robot understands the change in orientation on the fusion 360 side. Right now i am using 2d tool paths and adjusting the tool orientation. is there a way that when i pick points or contours in fusion it will mimic the robot EoA tooling orientation? 


Thanks for the support 


Message 6 of 11
in reply to: joemcmahan010

Hi Joe, 

Double check that the reference frame (in RoboDK) of the part you are machining is identical to the origin of your 'Setup' in Fusion 360. Otherwise, the solution to your problem will be dependent on where you are trying to drive the CAM operation of your part as you can migrate different kinds of information to RoboDK. This changes the fundamental workflow.


For instance, you can upload points, curves (from sketches) and geometry from Fusion to RoboDK and use the CAM features native to RoboDK to complete your setup, manipulating the tooling orientation in their software.


When driving the CAM operation from Fusion 360 side any trouble translating the tool orientation to the robot is likely a machining setup problem. If you want to be able to dynamically control the contact point or have the tool remain normal to a surface, then it could be an instance where your selection of toolpaths is incorrect.

Are you able to provide any images or the f3D files of the part you are trying to machine? 

Message 7 of 11
in reply to: tyson.fogel

Hi Tyson,


 I can show you the part we are working on, and if you would like i can send you the file i have with the cutter paths.


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Message 8 of 11
in reply to: joemcmahan010

Wonderful. Yes, please also send along the file with the toolpaths. That would be really helpful in diagnosing the problem and determining who else to loop into this conversation. 

Message 9 of 11
in reply to: tyson.fogel

Hi Tyson,


How would you like me to send you the information? Would an email be best?

Message 10 of 11
in reply to: joemcmahan010

Hi Joe,

Apologies for the delay here, we had a national holiday. If possible, are you are able to upload the files here? This will provide some transparency to other users who might be encountering similar issues, as well give me the opportunity to loop in other experts to help resolve this issue. 

When sharing, feel free to isolate the components and toolpaths that are giving you the issue, as this will go a long way in pinpointing the problem. 

Message 11 of 11
in reply to: tyson.fogel


I made a glass program in fusion 360, the sipendeel angle I put in the Robodk program is the opposite, I couldn't find how to fix it, can you help?





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