In the mean time, I am working on other things I can do for now.
has to be one of the greatest "app" categories ever conceived IMO.
I'm glad to hear you have other things you can do while waiting. Better than pacing angrily. :wink:
I've recently become more aware of how much one can do while a CNC is running, too. Yesterday I woke up at 5:00am with an idea for how to align and accurately cut tenons on the top of tapered legs that will also be mounted at an angle relative to the table they are for. Between 5:00am and 7:00 when I left for work my CNC hummed (loudly) away at the work while I had breakfast, shaved, took a shower, walked the dog, checked and replied to emails, downloaded Vectric's latest Christmas project, etc.. I changed out parts every 25 minutes or so. Vacuumed up the mess a bit each time.
My tendencies had normally been to hover around the CNC while it worked just to admire the magic and perhaps catch the inevitable mistake before it ruined a student's project. To leave the (CNC) room while it runs is normally a nervous endeavor, but somehow a calm of experience found me yesterday. The student was delighted.