The three advanced processes that can accommodate these demands best are one-pass finish-machining, (near) dry-machining and high-speed machining.
ONE-PASS FINISH-MACHINING - The key is to finish-machine given part castings with one operation at high precision, instead of step by step machining. The one-pass approach is to include even complicated part configurations and contours.
Foregoing premachining and post-machining processes, dramatically lowers manufacturing cost and markedly increases productivity.
HIGH-SPEED MACHINING - Geared toward shortening main machining times and minimizing non-cutting times, high-speed machining is very promising. However, it is not just a matter of revving up machine spindle speeds, but to design cutting tools and tooling interfaces that as a whole system secure productivity and precision machining.
(NEAR) DRY-MACHINING - A study by Daimler Benz revealed that up to 16% of overall production cost is related to the use of cutting fluids. Cost considerations and OSHA requirements spur efforts to implement (near) dry-machining processes. New technical developments are quite encouraging.