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UST Mamiya Partners with Firehole Composites to Advance Design Capabilities

  • Tuesday, 14th February 2012
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UST Mamiya has partnered with Firehole Composites to allow UST Mamiya to enhance exclusive in-house design tools and further advance the design and manufacturing of their high performance, carbon fibre golf shafts.

Since 1991, UST Mamiya has been a leading innovator in the design and manufacture of high performance golf shafts.  With state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in the U.S., China and Bangladesh and offices in the U.S. (California and Texas), Japan, Australia and Europe, According to Firehole, UST Mamiya engineers work with club manufacturers around the world to create innovative and high performance graphite shafts.

“UST Mamiya R&D places great significance on the Firehole/Design Book reconfiguration,” said Michael Guerrette, Senior Director of R&D, UST Mamiya. “The New Design Book will allow our engineers to broaden their band width in golf shaft designs and also catapult our design capabilities into other carbon fibre industries.  We have confidence that the New Design Book capabilities will lead to innovative shaft designs that will bridge the gap between performance and technology. We believe that this leap in technology will give UST Mamiya a commanding presence in golf shaft industry.”

Firehole state that for over a decade they have worked closely with leading composite researchers and engineers across many industries including aerospace, automotive, energy and sporting goods in an aim to develop cutting edge solutions for the design and analysis of composite structures. Firehole’s aim is to provide tools and services that bring those solutions to companies wanting to excel with composite materials.

One such tool is Helius:CompositePro which Firehole say is designed to be a go-to guide for composite engineers, intended to enable fast and easy access to a multitude of classic composite analysis methods as well as state-of-the-art failure prediction capabilities.  They say CompositePro combines this analysis capability with an extensive material library and intuitive user interface, enabling designers to efficiently explore new options. For UST Mamiya, Firehole Composites say they will be developing a customised add-on to CompositePro that will bring in the company’s unique and proprietary materials and design processes and make them available through a custom user interface.  Firehole Composites will implement improvements to the tool that will provide a more robust, more flexible and more consistent design tool for UST Mamiya engineers.

“This project hits on one of our key goals as a company,” said Jason Gies, Vice President of Firehole.  “We have found customers in a variety of industries that value the general utility of CompositePro.  However, many companies have unique needs or analysis approaches that need to be retained.  In developing custom add-ons, we can provide UST Mamiya the best of both worlds– the general functionality of Helius: CompositePro, plus the unique, custom design capability pivotal in their own design process.”


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