Additive Manufacturing for the Design of an Adjustable Putter
Means, Caroline Ann
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In golf, there is use for a putter which can be customized to fit a golfer’s need on a given day. By adjusting the openness of the club, known as toe-hang, the angle of the face, known as loft, and the surface material of the face of the putter which impacts the ball, a golfer’s putting game can be significantly improved. By using direct metal laser sintering, a method of additive manufacturing, an adjustable putter was successfully manufactured in stainless steel. The successful print proves the feasibility of printing such a complexly designed putter head on a highly sophisticated machine, paving the way for more high stakes parts to be successfully printed. This putter is useful to golfers, performing better in percentage of shots made, skid distance, and average speed allowing for the null hypothesis that the prototype performs worse than a commercially available putter to be rejected with a 95% confidence level.