We’ve got a cool video that will certainly have a golf application in the very near future. Currently, at a vendor like Cleveland Golf, the research and development team designs a club and then prints it out in wax. What used to take 60-90 days now takes 6-9 hours. They can then do a wax reversal process where they spray a concrete mixture over the wax mold, then melt the wax out of the middle and replace it with stainless steel to have a golf club. It’s pretty amazing stuff.
But there’s a new technology that will make that even more high-tech. This video first appeared on Nat Geo. With a machine like this, every golf club could conceivably be perfectly replicated and it will bring quality control to a whole new level!
This printer utilizes 3D printing – a technology that I thought only existed in sci-fi movies! According to the YouTube description for this video, “3D printing is a form of additive manufacturing technology where a three dimensional object is created by laying down successive layers of material. 3D printers are generally faster, more affordable and easier to use than other additive manufacturing technologies. 3D printers offer product developers the ability to print parts and assemblies made of several materials with different mechanical and physical properties in a single build process. Advanced 3D printing technologies yield models that can serve as product prototypes.”