Is Amazon.com (AMZN) about to get into the 3D Printing business?
Amazon just registered the domain name Amazon3Dprinting.com, after filing a Patent back in February 2015.
The domain Amazon3Dprinting.com was just registered by Amazon through brand protection company MarkMonitor.com on August 27th.
3D printing has certainly been one of the hotter trends to take off over the years.
Back in 2010 is when domainers really started talking about all things 3D with 3D printing being at the top of the list.
Back In July 2010, Michael Berkens on TheDomains.com wrote a story on 3D which got an unofficial record number of comments for a domain blog now sitting at almost 5,400.
Namepros started a thread dedicated to 3D in October of 2010, it is one of the bigger discussion threads on the forum.
Taking a look at Google Trends you can see 3D printing starting to climb in 2010 and moving higher ever since.
In January 2011, in one of the better domain name buys in recent years, the domain 3DPrinting.com sold on Sedo.com for just or € 25,500.00 EUR or around $33,150 based on the then exchange rate
Back in February of 2015 the website 3Dprint.com published an article on Amazon filing for a mobile 3D printing patent.
From the article:Late last week United States Patent and Trademark Office published a patent filing by Amazon Technologies, Inc. which outlines a method of 3D printing on-demand within mobile manufacturing hubs. According to Amazon, such a setup could save the company time and money on several fronts.
“The multiplicity of items offered may require the electronic marketplace owner/operator to maintain a large inventory requiring sufficient space to store the inventory,” states the filing. “An electronic marketplace may also face the challenge of time delays related to the process of finding the selected item among a large inventory. Increased space to store additional inventory may raise costs for the electronic marketplace. Additionally, time delays between receiving an order and shipping the item to the customer may reduce customer satisfaction and affect revenues generated. Accordingly, an electronic marketplace may find it desirable to decrease the amount of warehouse or inventory storage space needed, to reduce the amount of time consumed between receiving an order and delivering the item to the customer, or both.”
Last Thursday Amazon registered the domain name Amazon3Dprinting.com, so perhaps they are getting ready to make a bigger push into 3D printing.