Equals LOST PROFITS !!
Inaccurate cycletimes lead to inaccurate quoting ... which fills your shop with unprofitable work ... tying up machinery and personnel ... ruining the ability to bring in profitable work.
It is a vicious cycle that keeps repeating itself in a downward spiral of lost profits.
The KEY to Accurate
There is NO substitute. The KEY to accurate cycletimes is to insure the machining process and cutting parameters used in the estimate ACCURATELY reflect what happens on YOUR SHOP FLOOR. "Book knowledge" and "user data"is useless if it doesn't reflect what happens on YOUR shop floor.
Yes "feature recognition" can speed up the estimating process but will SURELY lead to inaccurate times for YOUR shop if the machining process and cutting parameters "decided" by the "feature recognition" does not match what will happen on YOUR shop floor. Faster quotes with MORE lost profits.