We’ve heard of taping your baby’s ultrasound photos to the refrigerator. We’ve even heard of companies that will use it to make a Christmas tree ornament or T-shirt.
“3D Babies” is raising money right now to use 3D printers to make dolls modeled after your baby’s 3D or 4D ultrasound photos. A real doll, curled in a fetal position.
“Imagine meeting your baby before he or she is born,” the campaign by the Silicon Valley company touts. “At 3D Babies, we create an adorable baby figurine resembling your baby's facial features and body position.Your 3D Baby will be a treasured family remembrance of your pregnancy and new baby.”
The plastic dolls can be either “Life-sized” -- 8 inches long from head to rump for $600, “Half-sized” -- at 4 inches for $400, or “Mini” – 2 inches long for $200. They can have a variety of skin tones. Gender can either be hidden – or not. The company hopes to launch on a larger scale in December – if it can raise the funds it needs to buy its own 3D printer.
"We have gotten mixed reaction, both from our own family members and from people on the street," says 3D Babies co-owner Katie Bessette. "I like it personally."
Bessette co-owns the company with her husband, Gerard; the California duo are parents of two girls, ages 3 and 1. ”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,” they say on the web pitch.
The fundraising effort launched on Oct. 1 and ends on Nov. 30. While the creators are hoping to raise $15,000 for the project, so far they’ve only accumulated $1,225.