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Published on March 30th, 2017 | by Geetika Bhasin

3D Printing Helped A Visually Impaired Couple To Feel their Unborn Child

3D Printing has always proved its mettle in the industry by making anything possible. The things that we admire about this technology are that it has the tendency to bring happiness and joy to people. Be it the small ways, but this technology has really changed many lives.

Lately, we came across one of the similar such miracle performed by 3d technology. The technology has allowed a visual impaired couple to feel their unborn baby son. The couple has been expecting the baby and since they cannot see him in through ultrasound, 3d technology made it possible for them to feel their unborn child.

Ana Paula and Alvaro Zarmaini lives in Sao Paulo and they have been legally recognized as blind. Just like all other parents, they also dreamt of seeing their baby for the first time through ultrasound. But due to their disability, they were not able to make that dream come true. But as always, 3d technology with its wondrous techniques created a 3d printed baby boy and allow the couple to feel him.

The couple approached Dr. Heron Werner, a gynaecologist from DASA and requested to help them in making their dream come true. From the pictures taken in Ana Paula’s ultrasound, the doctor got an idea of creating 3d printable files from the images. Thanks to the advanced ultrasound techniques and 3d technology, doctors were able to grant visually disabled parents to feel their child.

Strikingly, Dr. Werner got the thought from the Egyptian display at the Rio National Museum, for which they utilized tomography innovation to digitize old Egyptian antiques. Utilizing a comparative approach, the specialist could use the Voluson E10 ultrasound machine’s inherent 3D printing capacity to 3D print an exact model of the couple’s unborn child, Davi Lucas.

As per GE, the Voluson E10 is the main ultrasound machine in the OB/GYN field to offer inherent 3D printing, as the element is implied for 3D printing models of certain anatomical imperfections, and also surgical aides. The imaginative thought to 3D print a model of a hatchling is unquestionably not going unnoticed, be that as it may, particularly by the guardians.

“Holding the little baby at 12 weeks is an unbelievable feeling,” said Ana Paula. “Following up on our child’s development permitted us to have this sentiment being entire, since we feel with our hands. When we touched the second model, with Davi’s face, we understood his likeness to us. On account of the exams and printing, we could not just realize that our child was becoming solid additionally to have an undeniable contact and build up an extremely solid association with our child.”


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