Golf

Design & 3D Print Golf Tees with SOLIDWORKS & Stratasys 3D Printers

In this article I’ll quickly describe how we design and 3D print golf tees using SOLIDWORKS 2015 and a Stratasys Polyjet 3D Printer. We will explore the entire product lifecycle from original conception, all the way through to design and manufacturing, and finally testing and final use. With the use of SOLIDWORKS for engineering design, and Stratasys 3D Printers for manufacturing and rapid prototyping we can instantly see the benefits these tools give us in the form of simplicity, as well as time and cost efficiency. We can conceptualize and design our golf tee within a matter of minutes (a few minutes more and we can generate multiple revisions and configurations of our initial design).  After some quick 3D modelling we come up with the following simple but elegant design: Once we’re happy with our design we simply save this out as a STL (STereoLithography) or AMF (Additive Manufacturing Format) file so our 3D Printer can…

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Using SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD and Composer to Create the Ultimate Mini-Putt Golf Course!

For this golf themed tech tip I have designed a Mini-Putt Golf Course using both SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD and SOLIDWORKS Composer 2015.  First, I’ve created the 3D design of the mini-putt hole layout completely in SOLIDWORKS: After creating the 3D model using SOLIDWORKS I then used SOLIDWORKS Composer to help improve the technical communication by creating high quality illustrations, photorealistic images, and even interactive animations without waiting for a physical prototype. In this case a fly-through of the mini-putt hole was created as well as an interactive animation showing the golf ball’s projected path through the course.  Just for fun I also included the Happy Gilmore hockey stick putter I designed previously. All of the parts and assemblies used in this animation were created using SOLIDWORKS.  Here we can see how quick and fun it can be to create 3D models using SOLIDWORKS as well as animations using SOLIDWORKS Composer.

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Bunkspeed Rendering now part of the SOLIDWORKS product line from Javelin

I am excited to share the news that Bunkspeed rendering and animation product are being offered by Javelin Technologies.  This is in alignment with our belief in Bunkspeed as a recommended high ended rendering solution for SolidWorks designs.  One of the coolest things about the technology is how it leverages the reality matching accuracy of Nvidia iray® materials and lighting.  This enables designers and creative users in any field to intuitively generate high quality renderings in a fraction of the time of other offerings.  It already has tight integration with SOLIDWORKS and a lot of advanced capabilities that can produce high end animations and other creative marketing content. Here are a couple images we made using the Bunkspeed product:

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Solving SOLIDWORKS surfacing challenges when designing a Golf Club head [VIDEO]

Since I’m pretty terrible at golfing, I’ve decided that designing a golf club head with SOLIDWORKS will make it easier for me to hit the ball. This is the shape of the club’s head: Creating the Golf Club Head in SOLIDWORKS So having a concept for a golf club head, I quickly went about creating it in SOLIDWORKS. Given the very organic shape of it, a Loft feature seemed like the best command to use. Since I wanted this to be hollow, I tried a few techniques. Surfacing Challenges I started by using a Lofted Boss/Base. This created the solid as I would have expected, but I wanted to make a consistent wall thickness around this. My dimensions made up the inside, so I tried to apply a Shell feature with the option for Shell Outward. This failed to work, and all I got was an error message telling me that:…

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How to make the Perfect Golf Putt using SOLIDWORKS Motion [VIDEO]

This summer I’ve realized that my short game could use some work so I thought I’d take some pointers from SOLIDWORKS Motion.  With the use of Motion linked with a Design Study, SOLIDWORKS can automatically calculate the speed and direction required for that perfect golf putt. Here is the TV coverage of my shot: How I calculated the putt using SOLIDWORKS: First I created the green to have a difficult lie. Viewing the curvature of the green Then I reviewed the curvature of the green and the trajectory required for the ball, determining that the ball would have to first move down and to the right, before going uphill and to the left.  Here is a view of the green with Surface Curvature Combs enabled (the scale of the combs are very small but you can see the curvature with the mesh). Applying a Motion Study Within a Motion Study, I added Gravity and a Solid Body contact between the green and the…

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SOLIDWORKS Designed Golf Tees

Recently I’ve been working on designing a few different golf tee designs with SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer which will be 3D printed and tested by some of Javelin’s avid golfers. The goal is to design the optimum golf tee that we will 3D print for our players to use. As you can imagine, this is going to be a pretty difficult but fun challenge. Here are a couple of prototype models that I’ve designed to be printed and tested later this week, there will be a followup blog in the next week or so to display our results. Design #1: The Vertebrae Tee I like to call this the vertebrae tee, thanks to Jeremy Jobin for the idea. In theory, it has a soft material on the outside which is supposed to protect your club from being dented by hard plastic as the club and tee meet. Since the outside shell is soft, it won’t be…

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Could a Hockey Stick Putter designed with SOLIDWORKS improve your Short Game?

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Hi, I’m a hockey player here to play golf… As you may have noticed from the first line of this article I am not much of a golfer, so I will be drawing extensively from my main source of golfing knowledge….the Adam Sandler movie, Happy Gilmore. During high school, I played junior hockey and still hold two league records: most time spent in the penalty box; and I was the only guy to ever take off his skate and try to stab somebody.  Since then I’ve evolved into an avid golfer, and like any true golf lover I thought a hockey stick putter may significantly improve my short game.  After all, it brought Happy all the way to the Tour Championship. So just for fun I quickly modelled up a simple hockey stick putter mock-up using SOLIDWORKS 2015.  This can be modelled very quickly with just a few simple features and extrusions.  Throw…

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SOLIDWORKS Product Design – The Golf Grip Guard

Recently a customer of ours requested a SOLIDWORKS Product Design project, to help improve the golf experience. He wants a product that will elevate a golf club from the wet grass in order to keep the grip dry without the need of a towel. Upon further discussion and a little bit of research, we came up with this very early concept model named the “Grip Guard”. This essentially is a manufacturable version which is very plain. As the weeks go by I’ll be posting more blog posts to update you on the progress of the Grip Guard design which will be 3D printed and field tested on a golf course.   How does the Grip Guard work? The Grip Guard is designed to be attached to a golf club and bends normal to the golf club acting as a support thus raising the club off the ground. This model as you can see has a clamp like feature that will snap around the…

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