The KD-1 is the first 3D printed driver head made from Windform high performance 3D printing materials and a precision CNC machined Titanium striking face. The drive was made by CRP Technology (CRP Group’s 3D printing specialized division) and CRP Meccanica (CRP Group’s CNC machining company). This performance driver golf club has been co-engineered by CRP Group and Krone Golf on behalf of Krone, the world leader in custom engineered golfing equipment.
The KD-1 body structure was made by CRP Technology’s 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing department using laser sintering and the Windform SP additive manufacturing material. Windform SP is a highly ductile material with excellent mechanical properties.
The body has 4 Helicoil M4 inserts at the end to fasten its weight. The KD-1 face (the striking surface of the head of the club) is made in Ti6AI4V and has been CNC machined from solid billet and sand blasted to clean external surfaces by CRP Meccanica. The housing was produced in Titanium as well. The weight is also CNC machined from solid brass and sand blasted by CRP Meccanica.
The combination of 3D printing and CNC machining leads to a faster manufacturing process and time saved. Additive and Subtractive processes, along with the use of Windform 3D printing, have also improved the speed, precision, design, flexibility and part optimization.
The K D-1 has been swung over 2,500 times, proving its strength and durability.