At CES 2017, taking place this week in Las Vegas, CRP Group will show an additively manufactured golf club.
The golf driver was made for Krone Golf from CRP’s Windform composite materials and produced using direct metal laser sintering. It includes a nine-axis motion sensor embedded in the head and a motion sensor in the grip, which detect inefficiencies in a player’s swing.
The KD-1 driver was developed from a collaboration between Krone, CRP Technology and CRP Meccanica in Italy. The club is built from a combination of Windform additive manufacturing and titanium CNC machining.
The engineering behind a great golf driver involves optimising the thickness of each surface, controlling the total weight of the head, and tuning the centre of gravity of the assembly.
Krone’s CEO Marc Kronenberg commented: ‘We see the opportunity to do something revolutionary in the golf industry and design a superior product through the use of intelligent design, innovative materials, and high tech manufacturing methods.
‘The fit between the CNC machined parts and the Windform is exactly as designed,’ he continued. ‘I can say from the design point of view that the use of Windform SP and titanium has allowed me to really push the limits for the performance of the golf club. The KD-1-5 design is going to be really special. Although it looks rather ordinary, it’s performance level, as predicted in computer simulations, is unlike any other golf club available today.’