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3D-printed fetuses show what to expect when you're expecting
3D Babies offers 3D-printed figurines of your unborn fetus in three sizes
While some expectant parents are steadfast in their desire to conceal the sex until they see their newborn with their own eyes, others just can't wait. We'll hazard a guess that by offering 3D-printed figurines modeled on an ultrasound, 3D Babies is targeting the latter group.
The company uses 3D/4D ultrasounds and computer graphics to create an artistic representation of the fetus which is then 3D printed as figurines in one of three sizes: an eight-inch Lifesize 3D Baby, a four-inch Halfsize 3D Baby, and a two-inch Mini 3D Baby.
Once the size is settled, customers can select from light, medium or dark skin colors and then a body position based on whether or not they would like the genitals to be visible.
If something about holding a 3D-printed version of a 23 week old fetus in your hands just doesn't sit right, the company also offers models based on photos of your baby once it is born.
The figurines can be purchased directly through the company's website, ranging from US$200 for the Mini 3D Baby, up to $600 for the Life Size 3D Baby. Those looking for a cheaper option might consider a model of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's baby North West, priced at $250.
Source: 3D Babies
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Nick was born outside of Melbourne, Australia, with a general curiosity that has drawn him to some distant (and very cold) places. Somewhere between enduring a winter in the Canadian Rockies and trekking through Chilean Patagonia, he graduated from university and pursued a career in journalism. Having worked for publications such as The Santiago Times and The Conversation, he now writes for Gizmag from Melbourne, excited by tech and all forms of innovation, the city's bizarre weather and curried egg sandwiches.
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Must for expecting parents alone, have X ray scan, photo & now 3D model, radical. For every hospital OB GY area alone nationwide.
Wow - this would make a hella Christmas tree ornament!
This is genius! I wish I'd have thought of it. I'd better get to work coming up with the next great 3-D printed product idea so I don't get left behind.
It's bad enough we have to sit through people's pictures of their child, or baby...sometimes there's even a delivery room video as well, but this would be the ultimate in disgusting things to show...
Only 1 thing that could be more eeeeeww - freeze-drying the real thing! And my generation thought home slideshows of the holidays were bad enough!
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