Here at 3D Rapid Print, one of the fastest growing 3D Printing companies in the Thames Valley, we like to keep abreast of the latest innovations in 3D printing.
On November 17th 2020, sports equipment manufacturer Cobra Golf (Cobra) of Carlsbad, California unveiled what they proclaimed was the world’s first mass-produced 3D printed golf putter. Named the King Supersport-35, it was made in collaboration with multinational information technology company HP of Palo Alto, and Parmatech of Petaluma. (Parmatech describe themselves as “a leading supplier of custom manufactured Metal Injection Molding (MIM) components since 1973.” Palo Alto and Petamula are both in California.)
The club was available for a limited run starting on November 20th. Business magazine Forbes claimed that it had sold 1000 units within 36 hours of release, with the rest of the stock of its left-handed variant selling out 2 days later. In addition, Cobra claimed that the first time their manager of product and innovation Chad DeHart was out with the putter, he posted a score of 75 on a par 72 golf course at Bear Creek, which featured greens designed by former professional golfer Jack Nicklaus. Cobra are intending to release their partly 3D printed Radspeed iron clubs at the end of January 2021.
Other examples of 3D printing’s use in golf include sports equipment manufacturer Callaway Golf (also of Carlsbad) and 3D printing specialist Titomic of Notting Hill, Australia. In May 2018, they announced that they would be engaging in a year-long collaboration to develop what Titomec described as “novel products.” This would entail using Titomec’s so-called “Titomic Kinetic Fusion” technology, which they claim 3D prints metal objects faster than any other process in the world.
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