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The French National Gendarmerie employs 3D printing to solve crimes!

VOLUMIC is immensely proud, as a French manufacturer, to provide equipment to national protection and defense services. Today, various units within the gendarmerie utilize 3D printing to drive innovation in their work. Every day, the laboratories of the French Gendarmerie's Institute of Criminal Research (IRCGN) develop innovative devices to save precious time during genetic analysis.

The DCBG (Biological Genetic Criminalistics Division) now possesses a complete genetic analysis platform for identifying suspects in various criminal cases. Our French experts at the PJGN (Judicial Pole of the French Gendarmerie) also use these 3D-printed tools in the field with a mobile laboratory they have created, enhancing their productivity.

Article from LES IMPRIMANTES 3D :

"3D Printing in the Service of the Gendarmerie

3D printing isn't only used to create gadgets for individuals or develop prototypes in businesses. The Judicial Pole of the French Gendarmerie (PJGN) brings together experts in forensics and artificial intelligence to solve complex legal cases. The 600 individuals working there are nicknamed "The Experts," in reference to the television series.

The PJGN's field of expertise is broad yet specialized, encompassing areas such as cybercrime, video surveillance, document fraud, improvised explosive devices, strongpoint protection, interventions in contaminated environments, property protection through marking products, and more.

At the forefront of genetic fingerprinting technology, the French Gendarmerie's Institute of Criminal Research (IRCGN) boasts a comprehensive genetic analysis platform managed by the biologists of the Biological Genetic Criminalistics Division (DCBG). Nuclear DNA typing, also referred to as "genetic fingerprinting," enables the identification of individuals implicated in criminal cases.

3D printing aids forensic science.

In order to save valuable time during genetic analyses, the use of 3D printing has facilitated the in-house design and creation of adapters for the utilization of various analysis plate models. This was accomplished using a 3D printer Volumic Stream 20 Pro MK2.

The Judicial Pole of the French Gendarmerie is located in Pontoise (Val-d'Oise) and houses the genetic analysis laboratory, which is itself part of the IRCGN. A global innovation, the institute even has a mobile laboratory for conducting analyses at crime scenes or in the aftermath of natural disasters.

The unboxing, calibration, and initial setup of the Volumic Stream 20 Pro MK2 3D printer were completed within half a day, and the first pieces were produced within 24 hours. The primary material used is PLA due to its optimal balance of cost, ease of printing, and mechanical strength. Other prints are done with PETG and TPU.

As a result, height adjustments are no longer required with each plate change. More broadly, the possibilities of rapid prototyping enable the design and development of innovative tools and devices within the laboratories of the IRCGN. The internalization of 3D design and 3D printing within the gendarmerie, without relying on an external contractor, contributes to enhancing productivity, quality, results, and ergonomics for the experts of the criminal research institute. "

Printer range used for this project


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