That's a nice little mill. We have the identical one where I work. You can do a lot of stuff right on the control if you have the book for it to explain them. The Heidenhain control has a lot of cycles you can use like pocket mills, slots and circles. We never use it that way because we have an EZ Cam Cad/Cam system that is really easy to use. You just program a part on there and post it for that machine and transfer it in thru the RS232 port on the back of the control. Sounds like a nice setup for the projects you want to do with it.