TPT Golf Shaft
New Composite Tube Manufacturing Process
North Thin Ply Technology (NTPT), Renens, Switzerland, has launched a unique new composite tube manufacturing process. The patent pending process effects a unique fibre placement capability that has enabled the first real major technological development in golf shaft manufacturing since the mass adoption of graphite golf shafts in the 1980s.
TPT Golf shafts are manufactured using NTPT's Thin Ply Technology lightweight prepreg plies in combination with the new manufacturing process. The result is a perfectly centered and near homogenous shaft giving golfers greater stability during their swing and a better feeling impact that imparts lower spin to the ball - resulting in higher yardage and a lower shot dispersion. The micro-structure of a thin ply laminate results in higher mechanical properties. Within a golf shaft, or any other tubular product, the use of thinner plies offers nearly unlimited options for fibre angles and fibre type combinations. NTPT's novel process ensures that each of the carbon plies are laid concentrically, resulting in a symmetrical shaft (or tube) with no spine, unlike the traditional table rolling production methods that have dominated the golf market until now.
The process also enables a precise control over the ratio of longitudinal plies to off axis plies along the length of the shaft. The resulting uniformity of wall thickness and control of fibre alignment provides a smoothly changing flex profile exactly matching the specific design.
Many Application Possibilities
NTPT's novel composite tube manufacturing process sees its first commercial application on the golf course but the overall potential of this innovative manufacturing technology is considerable. Automotive drive shafts, aircraft struts, windsurf masts, as well as other sports equipment shafts and frames are just a few example applications with the process being ideal for any tubular structures where weight, performance and cost are critical factors.
North Thin Ply Technology SÀRL
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