Parents who are expecting a child and cannot wait to see how they look, can now buy a 3D model of the fetus. The 3D model is designed after scans are done on the expecting mother, following which, a nine centimeter resin model of the fetus is made.
The 3D model is then cased in a glass block in the shape of the mother’s body and is fashioned by a 3D printer after an MRI scan is done. Tomohiro Kinoshita of FASOTEC, the company which offers 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 shape of the fetus costs 100,000 yen and comes in a miniature version that can be a nice adornment on a mobile phone, as many young women in Japan have decorations attached to their cell phones.
The company also said that the ideal time for a scan is during the eighth and ninth month of pregnancy. People who cannot afford the cost of the procedure, can have a less pricey version, in which a 3D model of just the face is offered for 50,000 yen. The procedure will be available starting from December, 2012.