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3D printing is changing the way that golf clubs are made, from design to manufacturing
Golf club design has a long history of steady evolution. From being carved out of wood in the 16th century, to today where clubs are cast or forged out of a variety of metals, designers have experimented with the weight, shape, depth, and countless other factors to perfect a golfer’s stroke. However, this innovation has been relatively slow due to the extensive costs in both design development as well as the capital investment in tooling to manufacture, meaning manufacturers are limited to only several new designs per year.
With the use of metal 3D printing, it is now possible to design and prototype faster than ever before. For the golf club industry, this means manufacturers are no longer tied to generic, inexpensive designs produced in high volume. Instead, they can iterate quickly and experiment with novel designs without worrying about the cost of prototyping—leading to better designs for high volume manufacturing and opening up the opportunity for highly customized golf clubs for individual players.
Prototyping golf club heads with the Studio System reduces cost-per-part by about 94% compared to Powder Bed Fusion and by about 82% compared to CNC machining.