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Current State of Additive Manufacturing in Forensic Science

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Additive manufacturing, once seen as a means for rapid prototyping, is being utilized as a direct fabrication method for tooling and final parts. While introducing new capabilities for the manufacturing industry, additive manufacturing also offers the potential for nefarious use. As additive manufacturing becomes increasingly more common for the production of items with complex internal and external geometries, forensic laboratories and law enforcement agencies can expect an increase in cases involving items that were additively manufactured. The FBI and other law enforcement agencies are just one part of this equation, and our goal is to foster relationships and collaborations with those within this industry to ensure we are able to protect the citizens of our country. As such, this additive presentation will include an overview of current threats related to the various additive technologies, current and future research efforts, as well as future goals for forensics and private sector engagement. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the current threat as it relates to additive manufacturing.
  • Understand the current efforts of forensic laboratories as it relates to additive manufacturing.