No one said 3D printing couldn’t have questionable uses. Hot on the heels of last week’s controversial story of someone printing a working assault rifle at home comes news of a strange service being offered to patients at a “Ladies Clinic” in Japan. If you’re pregnant and visit Parkside Hiroo Ladies Clinic in Mintao-ku, Tokyo with 100,000 yen (US $1,230), you can leave with an exact 90mm x 60mm x 40mm (3.5in. X 2.3in. X 1.6in.) resin-encased plastic replica of the living fetus inside of you. They’ll take an MRI of your uterus and use that data to create a detailed 3D model of your baby fetus, and then print that out… in 3D. The product is called “Shape of an Angel.” Your precious, um, memento is then put in a tacky jewelry box for you to bring home.
We’re all kinds of conflicted on this, just because we can’t decide if it’s kind of cool, or completely freaking creepy. We’re leaning a little on the creeper side of things, but hey, we don’t know anything about anything.