Is it weird to 3D print a replica of your unborn child? Yes, that’s weird, is what we concluded last year’s January after finding out about the work of a company called 3D Babies, which specializes in 3D printed fetuses. Even though their idea might sound completely odd to you, it turned out to become successful, as only a couple of months later a New Korean company followed their example by adding a new 3D fetuses service to the market. Now, a year after the launch of 3D Babies, a new company tries out this service; Estonian 3D technology company Wolfprint 3D.
So what are this company’s methods? Wolfprint 3D uses ultrasound scans to make a proper 3D scan of the fetus. Despite it is technically possible, they do not fully scan the fetus, because it could potentially be dangerous to a pregnancy. What you therefore get is only a partial fetus. Their 3D printed ‘unborn child’ will, however, be made in full-color to make them look more realistic. Their safety-concerns are to be respected, but we can’t help but thinking their 3D fetuses somehow look like clay versions of real fetuses. A proper structure is now missing.
They use plaster cast to further create the fetuses, which are not made from plastic but gypsum. Another thing you think about by researching 3D fetusus brands is: who would want a to buy something like that? Well, our colleagues at 3Dprint.com seem to have found an enthousiast customer, called Maarja. She says:
I didn’t want to remember my pregnancy as just doctors’ visits and tests and weighing and measuring. I wanted to turn the experience into something emotional to be remembered by my family. It made me feel like the baby was already with my family. I’ll just remember it as a very positive emotion.
We couldn’t tell you whether Maarja is a really existing person or not, but her voice will certainly not be the only one in this case. Maybe you, as a reader, also see the benefits of a 3D printed fetus. In case you do (and in case you’re pregnant, obviously), it will be useful to know what such a remembrance to your pregnancy costs. At Wolfprint 3D they have a price range from between 200 and 300 euros, which comes down to 225 to 340 dollars. There are different sizes and the bigger the object, the higher the price.
Image credits: Wolfprint 3D.