I don't know about 'enemy' status.....if I were the 3D board guy, I'd be franchising the heck outta that technology to enable local shapers to do an even better job of creating terrific boards for local surfers.
As cool as it sounds, I feel like this is something that's too "tech" too fast for something that's seems like it's remained pretty much unchanged since boards were first made from foam and fiberglass. Or correct me if I'm wrong. I don't know ****.
don't know about surfboards (and i somehow doubt the viability of that particular business model) but i think 3d printing would be ideal for fins - would it not be awesome to just be able to play with fin designs on some kind of CAD program and pop them out in a few minutes right in your garage?
I work in the 3d biz and I think its a pretty revolutionary advancement. Right now you can get a 3d printer for your desktop and print fins out you design on your computer. the material used is plastic but it wouldnt take much to have it say print a foam material.
the computer wiped out the typesetting industry overnight, literally. 3d printing has the ability to do that to any number of industries.