I guess I never got to relating to the title, I wrote too much and felt it was time to shut up. What I meant to get to was do you guys feel the sane security as I do that, no matter how much software advances, it will never replace a true master in these swiss machines just due to the multitude of variables and considerations? I feel that as far as swiss is concerned, none of us will end up replaced in the same way software has replaced a guy doing intense 3D mill work math all day calculating machine points and creating algorithms (not that I don't from time to time.. math is fun).
While there have been serious advances and you can now get one of these machines running a part (never said it looked good though!) without any prior knowledge, I truly do believe that they will never ever replace a skilled set of hands, one who knows the machine inside and out.
It is because of this I somewhat fear growth and the growing divide in this industry between the cadcam and the actual work taking place on the floor. As someone who does both who is part of a growing company I feel that these machines really do require a hands on approach and the whole department creating code handed down to the set up guy will just never work.
Part of it is my fear of putting trust in others.. trust that the set up guy will realize that the back drill needs to be pushed back for clearance.. trust that if he doesn't hell notice it on the first run through, trust that he wont just hit go and crash...
Which I guess is where these softwares come into play. Dumb everything down, don't use machines to their fullest and beyond, keep things sinple idiot proof and running even if the cycle times are twice as long. It just seems too damn flawed to me.