Some of us remember life ‘before kids.’ It was full of me time without begging anyone for a pardon or paying a babysitter gargantuan sums just so you could leave for an hour with everyone peering out windows sadly, waving wanly, tears falling silently, as you drove away laden down with guilt, ready for your long overdue, overpriced pedicure at a salon where no one spoke English well enough for you to explain how horrifically exhausted you were.
So in the life ‘after kids,’ one misses them when they aren’t around, but it’s generally not a ‘please replicate yourself in plastic very expensively and burden me with this thing’ kind of sad. Without the kids around, moms actually have careers to enjoy, golf games to play, book clubs to attend, tall mountains to climb—and we can’t do any of this carrying around lifesize replicas of you that are apparently meant to stare at us blankly over breakfast cereal, and what—be spoonfed, too?
This hilarious new trend is definitely just that, but if it makes the kids feel better, bring on the 3D printed lifesize replicas—just go ahead! According to Groupon and manufacturer Swigro, famous for turning ‘ideas into functional products,’ a mom could even take this replica with her for a pedicure (fabulous!) or to the movies (how much are tickets going for 3D printed replicas of our grown up children these days?). Moms without kids attached to them are terribly, terribly lonely—so certainly this is worth $30,000 to make them smile on Mother’s Day.
Swigro, headquartered in Alabama, is home to the ginormous BigRep One 3D printer that we’ve followed continually from its original release to its latest update. They’ve come up with a great Mother’s Day promotion along with Groupon, but the clincher is that there can be only one—so everyone out there clamoring to spend your $30,000, take heed!
“We’re thrilled to offer one person the opportunity to give Mom what she loves most: endless quality time with her children,” said Johnny Cadillac of Groupon. “With a 3D You, Mom will always have your undivided attention and support even when you can’t be there.”
The package includes the following:
- Life-size, painted replica of the 3D You
- Travel to establish framework and blueprint for 3D manufacturing (up to $2,500)
- Shipping and handling to anywhere in the continental United States
This is definitely one of the zaniest Groupon deals we’ve ever seen, and we’ll surely be curious to see if one of these sold and to check in with that mom to see what she thought of this use of 3D printing—if she has time in between taking her replica to spin class, water aerobics, power yoga, and more. One thing that we can all appreciate however—this replica will never have its eyes closed in all of those pictures you want to take. It won’t complain, require snacks, or refuse to take a nap either. The 3D You is sounding better and better! And—happy Mother’s Day—here’s to a little ‘You’ time. Do you have $30,000 handy for a gift like this? Let’s discuss in the 3D Printed You for Mother’s Day forum over at 3DPB.com.