Inventor CAM and CNC
Inventor CAM and CNC training

2 days
In centre:
£495+ VAT
Live online:
£445+ VAT


Dates and booking

Live online training


Birmingham / Bromsgrove training centre

Key Details

Key Details

Inventor CAM software brings enterprise-class machining capabilities to the Inventor application.

Inventor CAM training teaches everything you need to program your CNC machine to generate your Inventor models. You’ll learn to create CNC strategies, create a CAM setup, plot toolpaths, simulate and post process them to G-code to program your CNC machine. Sessions include:

  • Creating a suitable CAM setup
  • Tool path strategy
  • Drilling
  • 2D/2.5  axis milling
  • 3D milling
  • 3 + 2 axis milling
  • Turning
  • Multi (4 and 5) axis milling
  • Post processing
  • Simulation

The course is highly practical. We have a CNC machine in the classroom that our trainer uses to demonstrate. Click here to see our CNC machine in use. Our CNC machine is portable, so can be brought to your venue for on-site courses. Online delegates can see the machine in operation through a dedicated webcam.

In-class or online

This course is available in-class at eight centres or live online.

Upcoming course dates

Live online training
Birmingham / Bromsgrove
Milton Keynes
View all course dates and book

Accredited Inventor CAM training

Armada is an Autodesk Authorised Training Centre (ATC), and our Inventor CAM and CNC courses are accredited by Autodesk.

Inventor CAM and CNC courses are hosted by an Autodesk Certified Instructor from an engineering background with vast experience of suing Inventor and CAM in his professional work. For further details, see Expert trainer.

Training guide and certificate

Course delegates receive:

  • A highly-practical training materials, to refer to throughout the course and use as a refresher after.
  • An e-certificate confirming successful completion of an accredited Inventor CAM and CNC training course. Click here to see an example of the certificate you receive.

After course support

Following Inventor CAM and CNC training, delegates are entitled to 30 days’ email support from their trainer to help with any post-course issues. For further details, see Support.


Delegates should be familiar with the fundamentals of Inventor, i.e. have attended Inventor Essentials training or have equivalent knowledge through other means.

If you need to attend Inventor Essentials first, we offer a Inventor CAM training bundle price for both courses.

Inventor CAM version

Training is based on the latest version of Inventor CAM.

Our guarantees to you

We offer:

On-request Inventor training available

Inventor CAM and CNC training is also available on-request, i.e. one-to-one training or a ‘closed course’ for your group, hosted at one of our centres, your venue or online.

On-request Inventor training can be tailored to take into account any existing knowledge you have, and the work you’re going to be doing. Please contact us for a quote.

General information

General information

Course times



Payment for Inventor training can be made by:

  • Bank transfer. Please call 01527 834783 for our bank details.
  • Card. All major credit and debit cards accepted. Payment can be made securely online or over the phone. Card payments are processed by Stripe. Armada doesn’t record or store your card details.

Purchase orders

We accept purchase orders from UK-registered companies and public sector organisations.

Cancellations and transfers

You can cancel a booking on a scheduled training course, or transfer to a later course, without penalty providing you give us 10 working days’ notice. Any fees already paid will be refunded.

If you cancel a booking on a scheduled Inventor CAM and CNC course giving less than 10 working days’ notice, or request a transfer to a later course, a cancellation/transfer fee is payable. The fee charged depends on the notice period given. For details, see cancellation terms.

Different terms apply for the cancellation or postponement of an on-request course (one-to-one training or a ‘closed course’ for your group). For details, see course cancellations.

Terms and conditions

Training course bookings are subject to our terms and conditions.

Expert trainer

Expert trainer

Carl Portman

Carl Portman Autodesk Certified Instructor

Carl Portman has been an Autodesk-accredited instructor for 25 years, a College Lecturer (City and Guilds 3D modelling) for 15 years and a CAD consultant for 35 years.

Carl’s background is in engineering. He has vast design experience in a wide range of industries, including automotive, aerospace and medical, and he continues to carry out project work for a range of clients. Projects that Carl has completed include designing complete car plants for Jaguar Land Rover.

Carl has expert knowledge of:

  • A wide range of 3D design applications used in engineering, including AutoCAD, Alias, Fusion 360, Inventor and SolidWorks.
  • Machining, CAM and CNC.

Away from work, Carl’s passion is motorsport, and until recently he raced motorbikes. He knows Silverstone and Brands Hatch like the back of his hand, and he has the scars to prove it.

Course content

Course content

Creating a CAM setup

  • Exploring the Inventor CAM environment
  • Creating a job setup
  • Configuring tools and stock material
  • Creating and using tools in the library
  • Defining toolpaths for a variety of cut types.
  • Holding the components

Designing fixtures

Tool path Strategy

Creating a Tool Library


2/2.5  Axis Milling

  • Drilling and hole making
  • Contouring
  • Pocket
  • Facing
  • Adaptive clearing

3D Milling

  • Parallel
  • Contour
  • Horizontal clearing
  • Pencil
  • Scallop/constant stepover
  • Spiral
  • Morphed spiral
  • Radial
  • Pocket
  • Adaptive clearing


  • Turning profile
  • Turning groove
  • Turning face
  • Turning single groove
  • Turning chamfer
  • Turning part
  • Turning thread

Multi (4 and 5) Axis Milling

  • Milling and drilling on compounded faces

Patterns and Templates

Post Processing

  • Introduction to posts
  • Exporting G-code for your CNC machine
  • Setup sheets



Live online training

Live online training

Online training lets you participate in a live Inventor course from your place of work or home.

We do everything possible to make your online training experience as close as possible to actually being in the classroom. You can:

  • See and hear our trainer, and the other delegates participating in the course…
    Live online training - see your trainer and the other course delegates
  • Watch our trainer demonstrate techniques in Inventor.
  • Interact by speaking, or using chat.
  • Share your screen with our trainer, and allow them to take control to explain something.

Like our in-class courses, online Inventor CAM and CNC courses…

  • Are presented by Autodesk Certified Instructors.
  • Give you plenty of opportunity to carry out assisted, practical exercises using Inventor.
  • Offer 30 days’ email support from your trainer.

All you need is an Internet-connected computer with…

  • Inventor installed. If you don’t have a current subscription to Inventor, you’re entitled to a 30-day trial that’s ideal for participating in training. We’ll send you a link to this. If you’ve already used your trial, we can lend you a license for the duration of your course.
  • A webcam and audio capability. If your computer running Inventor doesn’t have these, you can use a second device, such as another computer or tablet. See Hardware recommendations for live online training for further details.

If there’s anything you’re not sure about we’ll do our best to help you. We won’t be able to assist with your Inventor installation, but we can provide details for Autodesk support who’ll be able to help you with this.

We provide everything else…

  • Links to download the files, resources, etc. you’ll use in your course.
  • A training guide. For most courses, you can choose from a printed copy that we post to you, or a PDF.

In the week before your course, we’ll send you an email containing everything you need to prepare for and participate in the training. Then, a couple of days before your course, we’ll give you a courtesy call to make sure you have everything in place and answer any questions you may have.

Please note that we are not able to record scheduled online courses for privacy reasons.

When you attend live online training, you’re participating in a real course, hosted by a real trainer, in real time


Discounts and bundles

Discounts and bundles

To make your Inventor training as affordable as possible, we offer:

Inventor CAM training bundle


for £995 + VAT (classroom-based) or £895 + VAT (live online training), saving £95 + VAT in both cases.

The bundle price will be applied automatically when you add these two courses to your basket.

Training discounts

Multiple places

If you book multiple places on any courses, we can offer you:

  • 5% discount if you book two places.
  • 10% discount if you book three places.
  • 15% discount if you book four places.
  • 20% discount if you book five or more places.

This can be for several people attending one course, one person attending several courses, or a combination.

These discounts are available for both classroom-based courses and live online training.


We offer a 10% discount on scheduled Inventor course places to:

  • Students, teachers and lecturers.
  • People who work for a registered charity.
  • ISTC members.

These discounts are available for both classroom-based courses and remote training.

Please call us if you qualify for a discount. Evidence of your status that entitles you to a discount may be requested.

Terms and exclusions

Only one of the above discounts can be applied to any booking.

The above discounts are not available for on-request course bookings (one-to-one training or a ‘closed course’ for your group).

Price guarantee

When you book training with Armada, we want you to be certain that you’re not paying over-the-odds. So, if you book a place on any scheduled (public) course and then find the same course at a lower price elsewhere, we will match that price.

To qualify for the price match:

  • The course you find must be comparable. By this we mean it must:
    • Cover the same subject.
    • Be the same duration or longer.
    • Hold the same accreditations as our course, i.e. it must be provided by an Autodesk Authorised Training Centre (ATC).
    • For classroom-based courses, be in the same region, i.e. within 50 miles of our centre.
    • For online training, be a live course, i.e. not pre-prepared e-learning content.
  • The lower price must be advertised on the other company’s website.

To claim a price match, just call any time before attending your course and tell us where you saw the price.