JOM
, Volume 53, Issue 4, pp 39-41

Fabricating sports equipment components via powder metallurgy

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Abstract

Powder metallurgy (P/M) offers a viable, cost-effective approach to fabricating sports and leisure equipment components. Both complex, monolithic parts and parts produced from materials of quite different densities can be manufactured by this technique. In the latter category, lightweight titanium and heavyweight tungsten can be used in combination to optimally distribute mass, such as in golf club heads. Examples of P/M components used in golfing, skating, baseball, and even darts are presented.

For more information, contact F.H. Fores, University of Idaho, Institute for Materials and Advanced Processes, Mines Building Room 321, Moscow, Idaho, 83844-3026; telephone (208) 885-7989; fax (208) 885-4009; e-mail imap@uidaho.edu.