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Getting Started with ArtCAM

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ArtCAM is a CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) software that’s aimed at hobbyists as well as designers that are in the woodwork field (Some use it to work with other materials like Aluminium), the software has a relatively simple interface that makes it simple to start converting designs to actual woodwork. ArtCAM isn’t by any means an alternative to fully featured 3D mechanical CAM software it’s more of a soft landing pad for designers and hobbyists can bring their designs to life through CNC machining. ArtCAM is currently developed by Autodesk.

Learning ArtCAM will be useful for designers, makers, and hobbyists who are searching for a software to bring their ideas and design to life and want a software that’s easy to work with and easy to learn.

The aim of this post is to present and compare between free online sources that beginners can rely on to learn ArtCAM, the sources stated here are full-structured courses that beginners can follow along.

If you just want the bottom line (the road map to learn ArtCAM) and you don’t wish to read the entire article then go to the “Bottom Line” section at the end of the article.

Getting Started with ArtCAM Online from Scratch

Autodesk Website

Autodesk Website is the first free online outlet where beginners can start learning ArtCAM through video tutorials, you don’t have to register to have access to the training.

Structure: The training is divided into 270 video lessons, each video lesson covers a certain tool/technique in ArtCAM.

Interface: The interface is very simple, just click on the video lesson you’re interested in and you’ll be directed to the page where the video resides.

1 - Autodesk Website ArtCAM Training

Now the pros and cons:

Pros

  1. Free.
  2. The training has a huge collection of video lessons.

Cons

  1. The training has no structure or organization.

Verdict: This is a very good free online outlet where beginners can start learning ArtCAM through video tutorials.

Roger Webb YouTube Channel

Roger Webb YouTube Channel is the second free online outlet where beginners can start learning ArtCAM through video tutorials.

Structure: The training is divided into 18 video lessons that cover not only ArtCAM but also Mach3 which is the software used to interface with the CNC machine.

Interface: Standard YouTube interface.

2 - Roger Web YouTube Channel ArtCAM Training

Now the pros and cons:

Pros

  1. Free.
  2. The training covers Mach3 as well as ArtCAM.

Cons

  1. The training isn’t well-organized for complete beginners.

Verdict: This is a very good free online outlet where beginners can start learning ArtCAM through video tutorials.

MGTuts YouTube Channel

MGTuts YouTube Channel is the third free online outlet where beginners can start learning ArtCAM through video tutorials.

Structure: The training is divided into 6 video lessons that cover the basics of ArtCAM.

Interface: YouTube standard interface.

3 - MGTuts YouTube Channel ArtCAM Training

Now the pros and cons:

Pros

  1. Free.
  2. The training is well-organized for complete beginners.

Cons

  1. The training doesn’t cover every aspect of the software.

Verdict: This is an excellent free online outlet where beginners can start learning ArtCAM through video tutorials.

Bottom Line

The recipe for learning ArtCAM:

  1. MGTuts YouTube Channel is the best outlet for beginners to start learning ArtCAM through video tutorials, after finishing that training you should follow it with the training on Autodesk Website.

Remember that the first step is always the toughest step, and the aim of this post is to provide you with resources that will help you take your first step in learning ArtCAM.