3D printing gives blind parents a chance to feel baby before he’s born

Company Makes 3D Printed Embryos and Fetuses for Parents and Diagnostic Purposes

Wow! Technology is making it easier for blind parents to get to know their unborn child through 3D printing. A new Brazilian company has made it possible to print plastic models of what your child looks like based on sonogram imaging.

This 3D imaging below shows a baby at 12 weeks. (Photo: Tecnologia Humana 3D)

Company Makes 3D Printed Embryos and Fetuses for Parents and Diagnostic Purposes

The Blaze reports:

The company’s “Feto 3D” project initiated by founder Jorge Roberto Lopes dos Santos was initially created for diagnostic purposes. dos Santos found it had other applications as well though, like helping blind patients feel the growing baby they could not see on a screen.

“We work mainly to help physicians when there is some eventual possibility of malformation,” dos Santos said. “We also work for parents who want to have the models of their fetuses in 3D.”

Neva Fairchild with the American Foundation for the Blind told Tech Page One she saw a benefit to such an application of technology for those in the visually impaired community.

“Fifteen months ago, my first grandchild was born and they had numerous sonograms and I missed out on all of that,” Fairchild, who is legally blind, said.

As dos Santos mentions, the technology can also be used to diagnose and treat disabilities in the womb, or to understand the conditions of more complicated pregnancies better, such as in the case of conjoined twins (seen below at 35 weeks).

Company Makes 3D Printed Embryos and Fetuses for Parents and Diagnostic Purposes

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