3D Printing a Model of your Unborn Child

Expectant parents in Japan who can’t wait to show the world what their baby will look like can now buy a 3D model of the foetus to pass around their friends.

Utilizing the aid of a MRI scan and 3D Printer, Japan’s 3D computer-aided design (CAD) venture Fasotec employee Tomohiro Kinoshita was able to 3D print a a nine-month fetus and mother’s body image, made of two-colour acrylic resin.

“As it is only once in a lifetime that you are pregnant with that child, we received requests for these kind of models from pregnant women who… do not want to forget the feelings and experience of that time,” said Tomohiro Kinoshita of FASOTEC, the company offering the service.

The 3D printed miniature foetus costs 100,000 Yen which converted into Singapore dollars is an estimate of $1,436.70 could also be used as a nice adornment to a mobile phone, Mr Tomohiro Kinoshita added.

For those who would like a less pricey version, the company will start offering a 3D model of the face of the foetus at 50,000 yen in December.

It will use ultrasound images taken at a medical clinic in Tokyo that has forged a tie-up with the company.

FASOTEC, originally a supplier of devices including 3D printers, uses a layering technique to build up three-dimensional structures. The technique has been touted as a solution to localised manufacture on a small scale.

Source: Times Live