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 fetus to share with their friends.
Based on an MRI scan, a 3D printer can create a 9-centimetre resin model of the white fetus, encased in a transparent block in the shape of the mother’s body.
“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 model is called Shape of an Angel and costs 100,000 yen ($A1171).
It also comes with a miniature version that could be a nice adornment to a mobile phone, he added. Many young women in Japan add decorations to their phone strap.
The company said the ideal time for a scan is about eight or nine months into the pregnancy.
For those who would like a less pricey version, the company will offer a 3D model of the face of the fetus for 50,000 yen in December.
It will use ultrasound images taken at a medical clinic in Tokyo that is working 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.
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