Bio-Texture Modeling Means 3D Printing Baby Fetuses in Japan

In Japan some clinics have a new service for pregnant women coming in addition to ultrasounds – a 3d-printed model of their fetus!

In the bio-texture modeling, an MRI scanner’s data is translated into a 3D image and sent to a 3d-printer, which then “prints out” the fetal baby!

This is different from bioprinting, which prints synthetic body parts – this is taking an something organic and producing a material copy.

This souvenir idea is definitely something, but what happens to the fetus model? Is it then displayed on a mantel? Or put into a file cabinet with other documents, like the black and white ultrasound pictures of yesteryear? Will it spur jealousy from older children with no fetus-model?

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