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MM: On-Demand Textile Manufacturing; AeroMobilā€™s Flying Car

In this Manufacturing Minute episode, on-demand textile manufacturing and what to expect from AeroMobilā€™s flying car.

AeroMobilā€™s Big Debut

Itā€™s a big week for Slovakian flying car company AeroMobil because after years of teasing a production-ready, commercially available flying car, now weā€™ll actually get to see it.

Scheduled to debut on April 20 at one of the worldā€™s most exclusive supercar show in Monaco, AeroMobil says the flying car was built and designed to comply with existing regulatory frameworks for both cars and airplanes.

The advanced engineering company also confirmed that the vehicle is a completely integrated aircraft as well as a functioning four-wheeled car thatā€™s powered by hybrid propulsion. This means that those interested in purchasing will also need a Sport Pilot license, at the very least, in order to operate the hybrid vehicle.

In Monaco, AeroMobil is also expected to announce the price of the flying car, which is predicted to be in the range of ā€œseveral hundred thousand Euro.ā€

For now all we do now is that the flying car will be available for pre-orders later this year.

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

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On-Demand Textile Manufacturing

Amazon engineers envision a future in which textile factories churn out apparel only after it's ordered on the e-retailer's website.

Recode reports that the Seattle e-commerce giant received a patent this week for an on-demand manufacturing process for clothing.

The company's application, which was filed in late 2015, details a computerized system in which products are printed, cut and assembled according to online order specifications. 

The resulting products would then be checked for quality, photographed for its database ā€” and to provide feedback ā€” and shipped either to customers or to warehouses.

Apparel orders could be aggregated and produced in large batches based on where customers are located.

Amazon said that the system would bring new efficiency to apparel manufacturing and could be applied to bedding, curtains, shoes and other products.

The patent could also reflect Amazon's ambitions for its in-house clothing brands.

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Is textile manufacturing the next industry to be revolutionized by Amazon? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

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