Would you buy a 3D replica of your unborn baby?
MANILA, Philippines – Would you buy a 3D replica of your unborn baby? How about one of a celebrity couple's baby?
If you ever decide that you want one, there’s a company called 3D Babies that can provide you with just that, for a cool $200 to $600, depending on the baby or fetus’ life stage.
According to the company’s official website, there are 3 models: a life-sized baby, which is 8 inches from the crown of its head to the rump, will cost you $600. A half-sized baby will cost you $400, and will be 4 inches high. A mini baby figurine will cost you (just) $200, and will be about 2 inches. The company uses a 3D printer to create the pieces.
Choose the skin tone from light, medium, and dark, and the (3D) baby is ready for customizing, printing, and shipping.
If the baby hasn't been born, you can send your 3D or 4D sonogram for them to use as a model to create the 3D replica of your child. Parents of newborns aren’t left out either, as they can opt to send baby photos in lieu of a sonogram.
There’s also a separate, less personal offering, in the form of celebrity babies. Right now, there's just one available.
That’s right – you can choose to buy a 3D replica of North West, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s baby.
Though the idea of printing a baby may seem strange, it’s part of a seemingly endless list of possible items that can be produced from a 3D printer, from intricately designed sweets to actual stem cells.
Along with that comes a whole new set of potential legal issues for the world to navigate, with many having to do with design rights.
The technology has also opened up questions about how far people can go with designs they develop and what they actually create. Back in May 2013, Forbes reported that a law student named Cody Wilson created a working gun using a 3D printer, with 15 of the 16 parts being fabricated from it. Wilson eventually dropped out of law school.
If you could, would you buy a 3D printer to make your own things from scratch? – Rappler.com