A group of researchers and engineers led by none other than the noted professor Marc in het Panuis, working out of the University of Wollongong, have made use of the latest and greatest 3D-printing technology in order to create a series of several surfboard fins.
What's great about the current surfing fins is the fact that they are fitted with GPS tracking devices that allow for the quick and reliable gathering of data on everything from top speed to wave count specs. This information helps assess their performance, and could lead to the development of even better surfing fins. The fins are also relatively inexpensive to manufacture.
Whilst 3D-printing is often associated with the automotive and computing sectors, these surfing fins showcase their utility for sport and outdoor design.