The Gendarmerie Nationale uses 3D printing to solve crimes!

The national gendarmerie uses 3D printing to solve crimes! ***

VOLUMIC is very proud, as a French manufacturer, to equip national protection and defense services. Today, different poles of the gendarmerie use 3D printing to help them innovate in their work! ***

Every day, the laboratories of the Criminal Research Institute of the Gendarmerie Nationale (IRCGN) develop innovative devices in order to save precious time during genetic analysis. The DCBG (Division Criminalistique Biologie Génétique) now has a complete genetic analysis platform that allows the identification of suspects in various criminal cases. Our French experts from the PJGN (Pôle Judiciaire de la Gendarmerie Nationale) also use these 3D printed tools in the field with a mobile lab they have created to increase their productivity. *** Article from LES IMPRIMANTES 3D: “3D printing at the service of the gendarmerie

3D printing is not only used to print gadgets for individuals and to design prototypes in companies. The PJGN (Pôle Judiciaire de la Gendarmerie Nationale) brings together experts in forensics and artificial intelligence to solve complex legal cases. The 600 people who work there have the nickname “Les Experts”, in reference to the television series.

The PJGN’s field of action is wide but specialized: cybercrime, video protection, document fraud, improvised explosive devices, protection of safe houses, intervention in contaminated environments, marking products for the protection of property, etc. At the cutting edge of technology in terms of genetic fingerprint identification, the Criminal Research Institute of the Gendarmerie Nationale (IRCGN) has a complete genetic analysis platform entrusted to the biologists of the Forensic Biology Genetic Division (DCBG). The typing of nuclear DNA, also known as “genetic fingerprinting”, allows the identification of individuals implicated in criminal cases. 3D printing helps forensic science

In order to save valuable time during DNA analysis, the use of 3D printing allowed for the in-house design and creation of risers for the use of different assay plate designs. This was accomplished with a 3D printer Volumic Stream 20 Pro MK2.

The Pôle Judiciaire de la Gendarmerie Nationale is located in Pontoise (Val-d’Oise) and houses the DNA analysis laboratory which is itself located within the IRCGN. A world innovation, the institute even has a mobile laboratory to carry out analyses at crime scenes or natural disasters. The unpacking, calibration and first start-up of the Volumic Stream 20 Pro MK2 3D printer was completed in half a day, and the first parts came out after 24 hours. The main material used is PLA because it represents the best cost / ease of printing / mechanical resistance ratio. Other prints are made of PETG and TPU. Thanks to this, height adjustments are no longer necessary at each plate change. More globally, the possibilities of rapid prototyping allow to design and develop innovative tools and devices within the IRCGN laboratories. Internalizing 3D design and 3D printing within the gendarmerie, without having to call on a subcontractor or external service provider, contributes to improving productivity, quality, results and ergonomics for the criminal research institute’s experts. “

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