What’s New: A 3D Printed Fetus

What’s New: A 3D Printed Fetus

 

How excited are you for your baby to be born?

From fingerprints to pictures new parents undeniably have urge to collect reminders and keepsakes documenting their child’s early stages of life.

A company in Japan will happily provide you with a tangible version of your unborn baby – by 3D printing a scan of your fetus.

Fasotec and Hiroo Ladies Clinic are able to immortalize your “Tenshi no Katachi” (meaning "Shape of an Angel") for about $1275.

The process and accompanying technology are relatively common and simple. From CT or MRI scans, an Objet 3D printer prints a to-scale replica of the fetus in two materials (an opaque, white fetus surrounded in a clear, colourless interpretation of its surroundings.

 

“We actually got three expectant mothers to try this out,” explains Tomohiro Kinoshita, marketing at Fasotec Medical Engineering Center.

“They said it felt great to see how their babies looked before birth, and to be able to actually hold the inside of their own body. They also enjoyed looking at the model after giving birth, thinking, ‘this is how my baby looked inside me,’ and recalling how it felt to be pregnant.”

Controversy has followed this technology, however. As different cultures share unique customs, Japan has accepted this technology more so that its north American counterparts. Message boards and comment sections are littered with opposing views on the new technology.

The technology can also be used to produce medical models that doctors and medical experts can train on and use in test settings

Kinoshita recommends the service to mothers closer to their due date (eight to nine months), as the fetus is more developed and can be printed with greater detail.

 

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