"Imagine holding your baby before he or she is born." It might sound like a morbid thought (if not a crappy horror flick catchphrase), but the idea behind the line is actually pretty sentimental. Of course, that's assuming you'd call 3D printing a life-size replica of your unborn foetus sentimental.
For $US600, though, you can hold a keepsake from that very special time in baby's life in your very own hands. Thanks to 4-D ultrasound technology, a company called 3D Babies is offering to turn those flat photos into a custom, three-dimensional, life-size plastic replica of soon-to-be-born foetus
The fetusdoll comes in a satin-lined, wooden box that is definitely not a coffin. And if it seems like there's an unsettling amount of facial detail in the lil' peanut, it's because there is. 3D Babies only takes on projects in which the pregnancy is at or very near full-term, so you can really get a good look at what exactly is floating around your (wife's) insides. You can even change the baby's pose to your liking in the terrifying process depicted below.
The company originally started as an Indigogo campaign, but they've raised the money for their Stratasys U-Print SE Plus and are ready to pop out fetusdolls as fast as you can make their human counterparts. But even if you're not quite ready for a foetus of your very own, you can always borrow a foetus from someone else. More specifically, you can borrow a foetus from Kimye. Yes, their entire collection of 3D-printed celebrity babies starts and ends at Baby North West. But either way, if you're looking for the
perfect baby shower gift want to ruin someone's baby shower, you've found your answer. [3D Babies via FastCo]