One thing this machine has changed is how I look at construction problems. Which should not be surprising I guess. The more tools you learn to use and add to your toolkit, the more difference is made in approach to design and construction (you craftsmen out there are probably saying "duh!").
One thing the machine has helped with is "time management" of the project. When you are holding down a day job, you need to make the most of your time in the morning, evening and weekends. And, manage all that with the rest of life's responsibilities. The machine allows my typical work week to go something like...
- Stare at the CAD program over a cup of coffee in the morning, have things drawn/designed by Tuesday
- Process the cutting files by Wednesday
- Machine cut the parts cut by Friday
- Have everything ready to build/assemble/install on the boat by the weekend.
And finally, there one thing I find amusing about all this. I have yet to use this machine for one of my primary reasons for building it in the first place: fiberglass mold making. Why? I have been too busy discovering other applications!