The Callaway Odyssey R-Ball putter created in 17-4PH stainless steel on a Concept Laser M2. (Photo courtesy Callaway.)
The Callaway Odyssey R-Ball putter created in 17-4PH stainless steel on a Concept Laser M2. (Photo courtesy Callaway.)

Callaway Golf Company, which makes golf equipment, and GE Additive, have redesigned a putter head for production using additive manufacturing (AM).

The Odyssey R-Ball Prototype putter head required a geometry difficult to achieve using conventional casting methods. GE Additive worked with Callaway’s design and engineering teams to apply AM design practices, provide assistance on materials selection, develop parameters and test protocols to achieve the desired material properties. It has also helped Callaway identify other parts that could be produced in a similar way in the future.

‘Additive manufacturing is a new tool which is quickly going beyond the aspirational phase, and into the functionalization phase of the technology,’ said Brad Rice, director at Callaway.

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