The real secret of getting the most out of a CNC? It’s all about CAD. The machines are obviously important but the limits of what you can ultimately do is all about what you can create in CAD software. Once you’re comfortable with a new process and a few new techniques, CAD is the path that takes you from a great idea to great results. This is where the real creativity with any digital tool begins. Remember that the CNC just follows what you tell it to do. And, if you want to tell it to make cool things, it’s necessary and well worth your time to really learn CAD.