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UK researchers use FFF 3D printing to improve CSI analysis of skull fragments

UK researchers use FFF 3D printing to improve CSI analysis of skull fragments

Written by David

June 24, 2020

Researchers from the UK-based Teeside University, have used 3D printing and scanning techniques to advance a key aspect of forensic investigation: Physical Fit Analysis (PFA).

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Utilizing and comparing two different 3D imaging methods, the research team were able to recreate human bone fragments for use within the PFA process. Not only could this prevent unnecessary damage from occurring to genuine evidence during a Crime Scene Investigation (CSI), but it may also expand on the forensic applications of 3D printing.

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“Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 3D printing proved to be an accurate and useful method for creating physical replicas of the bone fragments, to perform physical fit analysis (PFA) and bone fragment reconstruction. We therefore recommend μCT imaging paired with FFF 3D printing, as an excellent option for non-destructive physical fit confirmation, when working with small fragments and burned bone,” said the research team. The researhers produced two sets of […]

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