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December 26, 2013 AT 9:00 am

Japanese police used 3D printing to restore murder scene #3DThursday #3DPrinting #3DScanning #3D

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We have shared about 3D printing for solving crimes before — here’s a practical use that might come into general practice some day. Japanese police used 3D printing to restore murder scene, via 3Ders.org:

…The 3D printed scene is a 1/28 scale model of a two story house and was created on a Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) 3D printing machine. The roof of the model can be removed, allowing people to see inside and view labels that indicate spots where the four were murdered.

Different from photos or plans drawn on paper, a 3D model of the house helps people visualize the scene that was going on. According to Sankei News, after showing the 3D model of the house to the public, Tokyo Police Department received a total of 11,800 clues related the case.

Tokyo Police Department has been conducting investigations for years but no breakthrough. Police says they hope the 3D printed model could help them to solve the case. A 3D model could also help young investigators get a better picture of crime scene, says the police, and they plan to use more 3D printed models in their future crime investigation….

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