definitely well said! I have been doing aluminum as well with the stock 1000 m x carve, cutting thick and thin aluminum, no lubrication, and even cutting 10' x 2' sheets of aluminum (tiling).
I just completed a youtube video that goes thru step by step to do aluminum with out lubrication. This starts from how to draw in autodesk fusion, assuming you know nothing about the process, so you may want to fast forward thru some.
This vid is a timelapse of cutting 3/16" aluminum without lubrication:
If you are interested in how I use the X carve to tile and cut one 10' wide piece of aluminum, you can watch this video:
What a fantastic machine eh?