Fins to the surfer are like footwear to the footballer. Sure they mightn’t matter much to those just starting out but for the more experienced, different designs can deliver the added stability and control that is vital to improving performance. With a view to bringing bespoke rides to more surfers, Australian researchers are 3D-printing fins that can be tailored to individuals and their local waves.
Crafting surfboard fins is generally an involved process requiring expensive moulds, leaving the majority of riders with more of a one-size fits all solution. But just as it promises to do in many other industries, 3D printing might be about to change that by making bespoke fins a great deal cheaper and easier to manufacture. Read More..