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November 29, 2012 AT 10:00 am

Get a 3D Model of Your Unborn Child #3dthursday

Just when you thought the sonogram photos in social media were getting to be a bit much, here’s a reminder of your pregnancy to last a life time! (Thanks to Ryan Joe who sent me this tip with the note: “I’m going to hold you responsible for this…whatever it is.”)

Lots of expecting couples get ultrasounds of their babies, and even take the grainy black-and-white pictures home. Now a clinic in Japan is offering models of the fetus, using 3D-printing technology.

Fasotec, an engineering company and Parkside Hiroo Ladies clinic have teamed up to offer the service since July 30. The way it works is similar to an ultrasound, but in this case they use MRI scans. (X rays can be harmful to a developing fetus).

The next step is a technology called Bio-Texture modeling, which converts the MRI data and into a 3D image. A 3D printer builds up the three-dimensional image using two different resins that produce two different colors. The result is a fetus represented in a creamy color surrounded by the mother’s tissue, represented as transparent (see image above).

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