The inventor came to us with an early stage prototype he had welded together out of an old pitching wedge and a forged metal ring. Pipeline was given the responsibility to create a surface model in 3D space that closely approximated his prototype. The 3D model would then be sent to a manufacturing facility for large scale producton.
DESIGN TOOLS USED:
SolidWorks 3D CAD
- Seemlessly blend complex 3D surfaces to create an aesthetically pleasing product
- Design a hook at the end of the head that would allow players to easily pick up a golf ball
- Match the desired shaft-to-club angle to optimize ergonomic feel
- Engineer geometry such that the club’s mass was comparable to a standard pitching wedge
SUMMARY OF ACTIVITIES
We started by photographing front, side, and top views of the prototype supplied by the customer. These photographs were imported into SolidWorks 3D CAD (CAD) and used as templates to trace the outline of the product. Next, 3D surfacing techniques were utilized to produce the complex curvature and shape of the golf club.
Once the CAD model was completed, Pipeline leveraged rapid prototyping technology (in this case Fused Deposition Modeing, or FDM) to create a physical part the customer could hold and evaluate. Slight modifications were made based on the customer’s comments, and a second rapid prototype was created, and subsequnetly approved for manufacturing. The CAD files were sent to a manufacturing facility in China where tooling was made and production units were created.
Prior to retail distribution, the customer returned to Pipeline Design & Engineering and asked us to design packaging materials (blister pack) and implement a logo. The blister pack was created and 2D drawings and photorealistic renderings were generated to illustrate logo placement to the manufacturer.
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