Conventional machining, one of the most important material removal methods, is a collection of material-working processes in which power-driven machine tools, such as lathes, milling machines, and drill presses, are used with a sharp cutting tool to mechanically cut the material to achieve the desired geometry. Machining is a part of the manufacture of almost all metal products, and it is common for other materials, such as wood and plastic, to be machined.
Eco-Pro : Provides a solid, uniform surface that is perfect for mechanical finishing techniques like bead blasting and anodizing. High accuracy means extremely high yield rates. A small machining post-op can greatly decrease the complexity of an injection molding or casting tool. Can be used with almost any material, including most biological nutrients.
Eco-Con: Energy and water intensive, subtracting material instead of adding it means a lot of waste is generated (although sometimes this can be collected and reused)
Question the Premise of the Process: Is the precision of machining really necessary here? Could I get the same result out of a cast part, which will generate much less waste?