3D tech enables parents to hold babies before birth

It's time to add another page to the "Embarrassing Parenting 101" rulebook. At your son or daughter's 21st birthday party, rather than whipping out their naked bath time photos you can place yourself at the centre of the dance floor and hold aloft a 3D model of your child when they were in the womb. Bowing herd of zebras and Circle of Life theme music optional.

The same company which specialises in 3D and 4D scans of your unborn baby, 3D Babies, has announced plans to turn that data into an "adorable baby figurine resembling your baby's facial features and body position."

Questionable use of "adorable" aside, 3D Babies planned to raise the money for the venture through an Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign. With $15,000 (£9,120), the company hoped to use 3D and 4D ultrasound images to create "a unique artistic representation of your baby using the latest computer graphics and 3D printing technology."

Three figurine sizes would be offered – 8in, 4in and 2in – alongside three different skin colours of light, medium and dark.

However, the future of the project has been called into question after only raising $1,225 (£745) of its target. The news was a huge disappointment to 3D Babies, who claimed its technology "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."

It marks, however, the latest in a string of 3D printing innovation. 3D printing was one of the main themes of CES 2014 with edible confectionery, craft pens and affordable consumer models being displayed at the Las Vegas show.