1. The Aspire 9 "Gadget" to create a cylinder
2. Aspire 9 roughing toolpath (using a 0.5" end-mill bit)
3. Aspire 9 finishing toolpath (using a 0.5" ball nose bit)
I still haven't even attempted the cylinder gadget option from step 1 above...
If you are roughing and finishing the whole piece then there is no need for the step 1.
Also, depending on the design, you may even be able to skip the roughing step as well. If your finishing tool is a 1/2" ballnose you can probably skip the roughing step.
Regarding machine specifics, the Laguna forum may have better information.
Regarding model position, it really depends on the model. Can you at least post a screen shot or photo of what you are making?