By Bryan Low
When discussing Southeast Asia, laser cutting services in Malaysia are far from the first things that come to mind. Yet it cannot be discounted that it is this technology that’s helped in literally building Malaysia into what it is today, a central hub of business and commerce, perched on impressive steel infrastructure.
Through the use of lasers in crafting high-quality steel parts for different machines and factory complexes, solid surfaces are cut and finished to perfection, in the strictest compliance with schematics and blue prints. This puts laser cutting at both a competitive as well as a cooperative standpoint with more traditional manufacturing methods, such as thermal or mechanical machining, EDM or electric discharge machining, water jet cutting (with or without abrasive materials), and welding. As such, laser cutting is now the industry standard in advanced and precise machining technology. From hobby items to the most complicated in industrial machinery, laser cutting services in Malaysia are available for service.
How is it done?
Through computers controlled by professionally trained staff, materials like stainless steel of more than 16 mm in thickness can be cut with utmost precision, along with mild steel of more than 22mm in thickness. This means that today, it’s easier to craft several solid-steel parts like gears and different other parts in a matter of minutes, requiring only a cutting machine, the proper use of that machine, and the raw materials to be cut.
What happens to the discarded material?
As with nearly all industrial processes, a tolerable amount of waste does come about in laser cutting. The raw material to be cut is vaporized, melted, or burned or blown away, leaving a highly precise edge on the finished product. The process sometimes leaves toxic gases in the air, posing a threat to factory workers who are working the machines—a danger that’s easily neutralized by following proper safety and environmental procedures.
While laser cutting services in Malaysia promise precisely finished end products, it does have its limitations. First of all, due to rigid distance and guidance requirements when working with metals and lasers, only flat surfaces can be finished in laser cutting. Additionally, it should come as no surprise that while lasers can cut through virtually all metals, it can’t cut through highly reflective metals and other surfaces of that nature.
For three-dimensional fabrication, as well as for cutting highly reflective surfaces, there are other methods of machining such as those mentioned at the beginning of this article. Note, though, that all methods of fabrication, be it for metal or any other raw material, is burdened by their respective limitations, which is why these methods are often combined with one another in manufacturing complex machineries.
Laser cutting services in Malaysia, while still in the process of perfecting itself, are poised to usher in a new age of machine fabrication—one that uses technology in order to cut manufacturing time as well as it cuts steel. For those in the business of machining and industrial fabrication, laser cutting is here to stay, a technology that’s improving with each and every passing workday.