Expectant parents who want to go home with something more than just a printout of a sonogram screening can now go home with a 3D-model of their unborn child.
The “Shape of an Angel” is a 3D-printed, anatomically correct resin replica of an unborn child, which can be purchased by expectant parents who want a keepsake from the pregnancy experience.
Japanese inventors devised a way to take the imaging from the commonplace ultrasound scan and convert it into the “Shape of an Angel” resin replica.
The 3.6-inch resin model of the white fetus, encased in a transparent block in the shape of the mother’s body, is fashioned by a 3D printer after an MRI scan.
The “Shape of an Angel” model is offered by a company named FASOTEC.
“As it is only once in a lifetime that you are pregnant with that child, we received requests for these kind of models from pregnant women who… do not want to forget the feelings and experience of that time,” said Tomohiro Kinoshita of FASOTEC.
The “Shape of an Angel” costs 100,000 yen (around $980), and the company said the ideal time for a scan is around eight or nine months into the pregnancy.
The “Shape of an Angel” offers a nice memento for parents who want to cherish the memories of the journey of the pregnancy, and a smaller model that can fit on a key chain or a mobile phone strap is also available.
James Gilbert | Elite.