Thanks for the response. I actually spoke with Tom Ellis a few years ago when CNC was just a pipe dream; perhaps it's time for a follow up!
Dc- I take it you have an opinion on the shopbot.
Care to share it, publicly or privately?
I'd be interested since I know nothing of the specifics on the tooling.
I also acquired a copy of Autocad 2004. Will this be useful, or should I begin my software "enlightening" with a program included with the machine of choice?