I understand your point, but would argue that the 3di is more of a composite than laminate. Lamination is gluing distinct layers together like plywood is made. Composite is embedding fibers in a continuous resin like fiberglass is made. There are no distinct layers in a composite, although multiple layers can exist within the same continuous resin.Someone has to pay to keep the lights on. I thought about the 3DI but the cost is just a bit much. laminated became a bad word so they just used other the words to describe the heat lamination process.
It is a subtle distinction. Laying fiberglass is called laminating because one is putting layers on top of layers, but the result is a solid composite that one would not describe as a gluing together of separate layers.
No getting around the cost, though. Technically, I think 3di is probably less expensive to produce. After all, there is much less need for skilled sewing, no purchasing woven fabrics, manufacturing is CAD/CAM with less human involvement, etc. The design process is the same for all manufacturers, although some are better here than others, which could be reflected in cost. The upfront capital cost is quite large, but becomes amortized quickly.
But North is a business in a capitalist economy, and prices their product to maximize profits. Right now, the demand allows high pricing. As soon as it does not, the prices drop. I think we are seeing this to some extent with the current economic environment.
They are still expensive though.