The UK’s Daily Mail reported June 26 on exciting new technology developed by a Royal College of Art doctoral student.
This could have an even greater impact on humanizing preborn children than ultrasounds. This is truly amazing, and the prospects for it to help save preborn human lives are mind-blowing:

Now pregnant women could have the chance to hold a life-size model of their unborn baby….
Brazilian student Jorge Lopes has pioneered the conversion of data from ultrasound and MRI scans into life-size plaster models of living embryos using a method called rapid prototyping.
‘It’s amazing to see the faces of the mothers. They can see the full scale of their baby, really understand the size of it,’ said Dr Lopes….

A good way of understanding how rapid protoyping works is to imagine a printer that prints plastic powder instead of ink. Then as it prints layer up layer it slowly builds up a 3D model.


[Images above are of an 18-week preborn.]

Aine Duffy from the RCA said: ‘It’s stunning technology – here at the RCA we use it for everything from new medical devices, to car components, to jewelry, to architectural models.’….
[Lopes’] supervisor, King’s College head of obstetrics Stuart Campbell, called the invention ‘absolutely unique’ and ‘a fantastic development’.
Professor Campbell, who pioneered the use of ultrasound in the 1980s, also hoped the technology would help mothers – blind mothers in particular – to bond with their babies….


[Images above are of an 21-week preborn.]

Dr. Lopes… had begun his research by looking at how model-making had been used in practical ways over the centuries….
He started with mummies, then moved on to dinosaurs, then foetuses – leaving friends joking he had gone from ‘mummies to mummies’.
His work uses the latest computer techniques first exhibited by Ron Arad… one of the most famous designers in the world and the head of design products at the RCA, [who] called Dr Lopes’ work a ‘ground-breaking new field of world importance’.

Thumbnail image for 12wkoldmodel.jpgThe model, right, is of a 12-week-old preborn. This is the age most babies are aborted.
Just imagine if a mother could hold a true-to-size model of the actual baby she is considering aborting. We’ve known by ultrasound that these babies are much more fully developed than previously understood (i.e., certainly not blobs of tissue). This is truly a new breakthrough for the pro-life movement. See more amazing photos at story link.
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