An interesting new article suggests that technology and investigative techniques have developed enough that '3D Forensic Science' should now be considered a distinct interdisciplinary field of forensics. That includes 3D imaging, modelling and printing for crime reconstruction.
The article, 3D forensic science: A new field integrating 3D imaging and 3D printing in crime reconstruction is published in the latest issue of the journal Forensic Science International: Synergy. It's written by Rachael M. Carew, James French, and Ruth M. Morgan.
Here's some of what they say:
"'3D forensic science' (3DFS) brings together the range of approaches involving 3D techniques (such as 3D imaging, 3D modelling, and 3D printing) in crime reconstructions, and includes the many different types of materials being imaged, ranging from marks and impressions, fragmentary human remains, weapons, tools, and bullets (exhibits), vehicles, or entire scenes of crime.
"It covers different forms of imaging, from surface scanning or clinical imaging modalities, as well as the resulting scan or image data, 3D modelling and post-processing stages.