In programming your CAM, you’re determining what tooling and toolpaths the Bantam Tools Desktop CNC Milling Machine will use to machine the part you’ve designed. But in order for your milling machine to read the G-code files you export from Fusion 360 or CAD/CAM software, you’ll need a CAM post processor specific to your Bantam Tools CNC machine.
We’ve partnered with Autodesk to ensure a seamless experience when using Fusion 360 and our Desktop CNC Milling Machine. You can download and save a custom Bantam Tools CAM post processor for Fusion 360 locally on your computer.
But first be sure to download and install Fusion 360 onto your computer, if you haven’t already. The Fusion 360 team offers a variety of packages for hobbyists and professionals. You can download a free trial of the Fusion 360 software for professional use or the free version for personal use.
To download the Bantam Tools post processor, go to Fusion 360’s post library and type “Bantam Tools” into the search bar. When the post processor appears, select Download.
Once you’ve downloaded the post processor, you’ll need to drop it into the correct folder on your computer. You’ll want to nest it within Autodesk’s Post folder. Locate the Autodesk folder (this automatically saved to your computer when you download Fusion 360 onto your computer). Then, drag and drop the post processor into Autodesk > Fusion 360 CAM > Post.
Now, head over to the Manufacturing workspace in Fusion 360, where you’ve programmed your toolpaths. Right-click on the toolpath you want to post-process. If this is your first time using Fusion 360, check out our Designing CAD and Programming CAM support guides.
The window that pops up will look like this:
Click the Source dropdown menu and select Personal Posts. When you do, the post processor field will update to the Bantam Tools post processor (and any others) that you’ve saved locally on your computer. If you have more than one post processor saved locally, click the post processor dropdown menu and select “Bantam Tools / bantam tools,” enter the rest of the information as needed, and click OK to generate your G-code.
Note: If you’re having any trouble saving your post processor locally on your computer, check out this Fusion 360 support guide.
Now that you’ve saved the Bantam Tools post processor locally, head back to Fusion 360 and post-process your G-code files.