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 share with their friends.
Another great use for 3D printing! Based on an MRI scan, a 3D printer can create a 9-centimetre resin model of the white foetus, encased in a transparent block resembling the shape of the mother’s body.
Tomohiro Kinoshita of FASOTEC, the company offering the service said, “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.”
The 3D model will set you back 100,000 yen ($US1121) and is called “Shape of an Angel.”
It also comes with a miniature version that could be a nice adornment to a key ring or a mobile phone, he added. Mostly young women in Japan add decorations to their phone strap.
According to the company the ideal time for a scan is about eight or nine months into the pregnancy.
For those who would like a less costly version, the company will be offering a 3D model of the face of the foetus for 50,000 yen in December.
This version will use ultrasound images taken at a medical clinic in Tokyo that is working with the company.
FASOTEC have originally been suppliers of electronic devices and 3D printers. The 3D printing uses a layering technique to build up three-dimensional structures.
3D printing has been touted as a solution to localised manufacture on a small scale.
IMAGE: Japan’s 3D computer-aided design (CAD) venture Fasotec employee Tomohiro Kinoshita displaying a nine-month foetus and mother’s body image.