We have shared about services to 3D print unborn children back in November, and there continues to be more development in this space, including this Tokyo-based medical engineering firm Fasotec that offers a service to make 3D models of the face of the unborn child.
“We actually got three expectant mothers to try this out. They said it felt great to see how their babies looked before birth, and to be able to actually hold the inside of their own body. They also enjoyed looking at the model after giving birth, thinking, “This is how my baby looked inside me” and recalling how it felt to be pregnant.” said Tomohiro Kinoshita of Fasotec.
The 3D model is generated using a special technology, called BioTexture, for 3D processing of the image data. Then, the 3D model is formed by a 3D printer.
Fasotec experimented with printouts of the entire fetus based on MRI scans, but because of possible risks of MRI during pregnancy, now they’re sticking with models of just the face using standard ultrasound scans….
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