3D printing and the fight against crime in Japan

Japan continues to show the world the way when it comes to the usage of 3D printing in law enforcement. Last year, we published two prominent stories on the topic. First, there was the prevalent role the technology played in the arrest of one of the country’s most wanted men, the terrorist Kaysuya Takahashi. Then there was the rather less headline grabbing but equally important story about a team from the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department printing the murder scene from a horrific, 13 year old cold case in order to cast new light on its investigation.

3D printing a crime scene

This week, that same team have shown that this was no one-off experiment.

Eighteen years ago, on August 9th 1996, Kobayashi Junko was murdered in the Katushika-Ku area of Tokyo. A 21 year old student, he was found stabbed repeatedly and wrapped in a blanket, with his feet and hands tied together. Soon after his death, the house burned to the ground, destroying much evidence, including traces of the suspected killer”s DNA.

Japanese 3D printing police

Now, the Tokyo police have teamed up casino online with 3D printing technicians to re-create the murder scene as a 1:28 plaster model, using photos taken after the body’s discovery and architectural blueprints. By analysing this doll’s house sized recreation of the thin, typical, suburban Tokyo two story building in which Junko’s terrifying murder took place, police are hoping to discover new clues as to who the perpetrator might have been. It is also hoped that it will jog the memories of locals.

Japan is not the only place where 3D printing is being put to use in the fight against crime. Back in February, police from Queensland, Australia  announced they were utilizing Zebedee, a handheld 3D scanner, to accurately map crime scenes.

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