I came across this the other day. And my first thought was: WTF? A company called Fasotec and a women’s clinic in Tokyo have teamed up to create replicas of your gestating fetus. Yes, a gestating fetus statue, what we have all been waiting for. But really, who wants a fetus on their TV or mantelpiece. Not me. That’s for sure.
I understand that the fetus will grow into a child that you will love unconditionally. Or that is the hope anyway. But a fetus is not exactly eye-candy. I can appreciate wanting to see ultrasound scans and watching the monitor in the hospital to see your child’s heart beat for the first time. Or for continued assurance that your baby is healthy. I’ve been there, done that. But what is this for?
In the video they say “We actually got three expectant mothers to try this out.” It’s like even they are surprised that somebody would want to avail of this service. I think they had created these 3D printers and then had no idea what to do with them. Everyone seems to be making 3D printers these days so they probably didn’t want to get left behind.
The 3D printers were developed without a plan on how to monetize them. And then one night over a bit of nominication, this is Japan after all, some freak came up with the idea of printing 3D fetuses. It’s brilliant really, as it doesn’t really matter if their scanner or printer is accurate because how could a parent prove that the fetus didn’t resemble their future child? I doubt there would be many prepared to do what it takes to prove it.
Looking at the video too, it is my guess that the fetuses replicas aren’t even to scale. He’s holding one in which he says is at 9 months (probably 8 months in western cultures) that fits in the palm of his hand.
It costs ¥100,000 + (just under US$1300 at today’s exchange rate). It comes in a gift box which is where I recommend you keep it if you are stupid enough to waste your money on such garbage. For ¥100,000 you could probably save the lives of countless babies in Sierra Leone which has one of the highest rates of infant mortality in the world, instead of having a creepy paperweight of a half-formed human baby on your desk. Think about it!
It comes in a gift box which is where I recommend you keep it if you are stupid enough to waste your money on such garbage.
What we have here is a Japanese company with some 3D printing technology, Fastotec, teaming up with a private maternity clinic, Parkside Hiroo Ladies Clinic, to provide a totally unnecessary service to make a quick buck. You can both do better and if you don’t want to, fuck you both!
Opinions welcome below but Japan-bashing won’t be tolerated. There is fucked up shit going on all over the world. This crap is not a nationality, race or geographical issue.