Australian metal AM specialist Titomic Limited has announced a new partnership with Callaway Golf Company, a U.S.-based golf equipment company and the world’s largest manufacturer of golf clubs. Together, the companies have signed a 12-month agreement through which Titomic will provide its additive manufacturing expertise for the production of “novel” golf products for Callaway.
Melbourne-based Titomic has made a name for itself in the industrial 3D printing sector with its solid-state Titomic Kinetic Fusion technology—a metal AM process originally developed by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). Designed specifically for 3D printing titanium, the technology relies on a cold-gas spraying technology to apply titanium or titanium alloy particles onto a scaffold structure to build load-bearing parts.
Though its not immediately clear what types of products Titomic will be working with Callaway to manufacture, the collaboration could give some indication about whether or not 3D printing technologies will have the potential to disrupt the golf equipment market.
It should be noted that this is not the first time that additive technologies have come into play with golf. In 2016, custom golf equipment manufacturer Krone teamed up with Italian 3D printing company CRP Group to design and build a 3D printed driver clubhead. Though just a case study, the 3D printed driver did demonstrate the potential of using AM for custom golf products.
“We are very pleased to announce this collaborative agreement with the world’s largest golf club manufacturer,” commented Jeff Lang, CEO & CTO of Titomic. “This agreement establishes a strategic alliance with the intention of incorporating our Titomic Kinetic Fusion additive manufacturing process into the manufacturing of golfing accessories and will be carried out at our new state of the art Melbourne facility which houses the world’s largest 3D metal printer.”
We are eager to see how the partnership between Titomic and Callaway Golf Company plays out over the next 12 months. Who knows, maybe down the line we’ll see Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson hitting a hole-in-one with a 3D printed titanium golf club.