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Wednesday, July 01, 2009

3D printing of an unborn baby

I'd already thought that 3D printing is one of the neatest new technologies to have come along in recent years.

But look at what Jorge Lopes, a design student and doctoral candidate of the Royal College of Art, has done with it...

Marrying ultrasound imaging and MRI data to the rapid prototyping process, Lopes has engineered a way to create a life-sized exact model of a human fetus while it's within its mother's womb!


Lopes foresees the technology being used in the near future to give expectant parents a model of their forthcoming new arrival, as well as becoming useful in treating birth defects.

Absolutely, unbelievably mind-boggling stuff. Jorge Lopes is a genius!

Click here for the rest of the story and more amazing photos!


Anonymous said...

That's amazing.

We need legislation to require such a model of an unborn child to be done for any woman seeking an abortion . . . and that she keep it in close bodily contact for 48 hours before the procedure is done.

Ol' You-Know-Who