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    A New and Dangerous enemy of the Local Shaper

    Well, I guess it was only a matter of time.... heck even I've been thinking about using 3d printers to build (at least part of it anyways) a surfboard...

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    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    sea level
    I wonder if it can build me a girl friend?

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    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.

    Just my 2 centavos

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    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 ****.

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    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    I wouldn't worry. Didn't you notice that turd they use an example? Seems like all the 3D printer does is make the framing for a hollow board.

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    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.

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    Still not as dangerous as their #1 Worst Enemy...

    ...Getting a real job


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    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Science mother****er
    Isn't this just the next step for the popout companies? I don't see this being any worse than what shapers already face today. There will still always be a market for hand-shaped boards. It is a cool concept that I would support for fin manufacturing.

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    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Monmouth Beach, NJ
    Quote Originally Posted by brewengineer View Post
    There will still always be a market for hand-shaped boards.
    If this wasn't true, the existing tech would have put hand shapers out of business a long time ago. The potential value in it, as I see it, is taking a lot of the guesswork out of the design process. If you have good hard data to start with, rather than the rider's anecdotal description of what he may or may not actually be experiencing, you've got a better shot at nailing a good design for that particular person. However... the results are only as good as the data. So if all you're getting are basics... like length, width and "volume"... well, a good shaper has those dialed in already, and the tech isn't much help. But if you're taking about data that can detail things like length and depth of concave, length of hard edge and degree of tuck, location of rail apex... that can be very helpful.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Lewes, DE
    Embrace technology or get lost in the dust.
    3d printers are becoming affordable, but the ink is still really expensive right now...