Titanium and composite materials have been used in the golf industry for nearly 20 years.However, very little has been done over the years to take full advantage of how they are used to optimize the design or part performance. State-of-the-art technologies and cutting edge materials used in a disruptive approach do better optimize club performance.
With its specialized companies (which is involved since 1996 in Additive Manufacturing with SLS technology and Windform composite materials) and CRP Meccanica (with high-precision CNC machining experience) went beyond conventional composite manufacturing techniques and created the world's most advanced high-performance golf driver according to a more innovative and customizable approach.
CRP Technology and CRP Meccanica joined forces with Krone Golf to develop the KD-1, a composite driver club head consisting of an additively manufactured body, using selective laser sintering (SLS) and employing Windform SP, a sinterable carbon fiber polyamide powder; a Ti6A14V titanium strike face, CNC-machined from billet material, followed by sandblasting and cleaning; and a brass weight, also CNC-machined and sandblasted.
The hollow body's lattice geometry optimizes its stiffness, while the carbon/polyamide exhibits high ductility and impact absorption. The machined titanium face fits over and is bonded to the body.
The AM process coupled with CNC reduces the touch labor, and produces parts with tighter tolerances than those made from cast and forged metals, without time- and labor-intensive secondary operations.
Krone CEO Marc Kronenberg states "In our working experience with CRP so far, we have seen outstanding part quality, consistency and accuracy, in both CNC machining and 3D Printing."