January 20, 2014
A new California start-up wants to help expectant parents hold their baby “before he or she is born.”
Yes, you read that right. Thanks to the wonderful world of technology, parents can now immortalize their infant with a 3D printed figurine.
3D Babies, a business begun by the enthusiastic parents of two daughters, offer the service not only for expectant parents, but for parents who don’t want to lose that feeling of holding their child as a newborn.
“Your pregnancy with this child is a once in a lifetime experience. Recall those feelings with your own 3D Baby,” reads the website.
“At 3D Babies, we create an adorable baby figurine resembling your baby’s facial features and body position. We use your 3D/4D ultrasound images or newborn baby pictures to create a unique artistic representation of your baby using the latest computer graphics and 3D printing technology. This is a great way to share the excitement of your new baby with family and friends. Your 3D Baby will be a treasured family remembrance of your pregnancy and new baby.”
The figurines do not come cheap. For $600, parents can customize skin color (light, medium, dark), and choose between two positions, one which reveals the baby’s sex and one with the knees bent and legs crossed to conceal the genitals.
Parents can also choose the size: A Lifesize 3D Baby (eight inches crown to rump), a Halfsize 3D Baby (four inches crown to rump), and/or a Mini 3D Baby (two inches crown to rump).
The company ran a crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo from Oct. 1 to Nov. 30, but failed to reach its $15,000 goal. Instead, the company raised just $1,225.
Its inability to raise the money may well be because potential investors had the same reactions as the media, which is calling the premise of the company “creepy” and “bizarre” to name a few of the adjectives.
That is not how the couple behind the business see it, however.
“Our ultimate goal is to bring a smile to the faces of parents, grandparents, and other family members as they recall the day that they met their little one,” reads the Indiegogo pitch. ” This product will become a treasured family heirloom.”
Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.