A cast of Belle in the womb at 7 months: A 3D printer uses ultrasound images to build the mould with special dust and glue, which is then set in bronze.
Thanks to Ethan Ham for directing me to “the locus of several recent [AFC] posts“. Mail Online ran the above picture with a recent story on 3D printing technology and the rendering of ultrasound images. From the article:
Instead of ink, the printer uses a special dust which is built up layer by layer. An adhesive glues these layers together to form an accurate cast of the unborn baby. This mould is then used to make the bronze.
Artist Nic Jackson, 35, had a cast made of her daughter Belle, now aged one.
Ms Jackson, from north London, works for Cavendish Imaging, which has also been involved in the project.
She said: ‘I had my own bronze made because I thought it would be a lovely and artistic way of celebrating Belle. It’s amazing to see the model and then look at her now.’
This is the latest service for expectant couples to ‘celebrate’ their baby in the womb.
Other innovations by clinics include high-definition foetal scans which can be downloaded to iPods or mobile phones and shared with families and friends.
Endless baby art comes to a stop tomorrow in a special weekend edition post.