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New Machine Can Make A 3D Model Of Baby While In Utero: Creepy Or Cool? [UPDATED]

PUBLISHED ON 07/22/2013

Forget 3D ultrasounds! New technology is making it possible for soon-to-be parents to create 3D models of their child's face while they're still in utero.

UPDATED January 21: There's another 3D model baby you need to meet. 3D Babies is one-upping the 3D model by making 3D figurines of baby's facial features and body position as he grows inside of you. Made with the helping hand of computer graphics and 3D printing technology, you can take home an adorable lifesize, half-size or miniature 3D model of baby in light, medium or dark colors.

Here's what you get:

Japanese company Fasotec developed the technology that uses ultrasound scans and a 3D printer to create a life-size mold of a fetus' face.  The Tokyo-based medical engineering firm experimented with the printouts by basing them off MRI scans, but due to the possible risks MRI scans pose to pregnant women, Fasotec has limited their scope. The 3D models show only the baby-to-be's face, which the company is able to generate based off of standard ultrasound scans.

According to Tomohiri Kinoshita, Fasotec employee, the most amazing parts of the scan is that the texture is as a close to a real baby as possible.

New mama Kyoko Aizaka was interviewed by ABC affiliate WJBF because she had the memento made for her son, Kyosuke.

She had the model made when she was eight months pregnant. Aizaka said, "We did it when I was eight months pregnant, so he already had a human shape and baby face. I wonder how I'd have felt if I'd seen him earlier in my pregnancy." As for why the new mama decided to sneak a peek of her baby-to-be before she met him at birth, Aizaka said that she liked having the print out because she'd start telling people that "there was a baby in her belly."

And while the new technology gives moms- and dads-to-be a preview of just what their children will look like, Fasotec's hope is that the new scanning technologies will do more than just serve parents. Kinoshita said that the "machine can also help with diagnosis or complicated surgeries. For example doctors can replicate an organ to practice a complicated operation before they even touch their patient."

What do you think? Creepy? Or cool?