Amazon is pretty much doing everything it can to get goods to you as quickly as possible. From Amazon Prime next day delivery to their conceptual Prime Air drone service. It’s almost like they’re working towards having no time between clicking the buy button and receiving your goods.
Well now the company has got one step closer to that goal, by filling a patent for a system that would produce the goods in the delivery van while on the way to your house. The application details that Amazon’s delivery trucks, or “mobile manufacturing hubs,” would contain 3D printers that could physically manufacture the items you ordered. They say that the concept could mean “time delays between receiving an order and shipping the item to the customer may reduce customer satisfaction and affect revenues generated.”
Such a system is purely conceptual at the moment, but could mean delivery of goods in significantly less time than ever before. Perhaps Amazon should try and get the drones in the air first though.
Source: The Verge