Forging and Machining are processes within the industry that have advantages and disadvantages. Often, there can be a confusion between which processes are the best for your specific request. Sometimes, it can be a hand forged process you require, not the bigger, more complex processes.
Machining is the process of removing material from the workpiece in order to achieve the designed shape or size.
Forging is the process of shaping metal through applied force and the application of heat to make the metal more malleable when shaping.
Sometimes these processes go hand in hand and can be used on the same piece of work, but there are times when forging is the better option, or vice versa. Both options come with benefits and disadvantages that can give reason for their use in a specific project.