Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Z-Corp 3D printing used to identify POW/MIA remains

A recent article in Mechanical Engineering explains how 3D printing is becoming an important tool in even more ways than one.

The Central Identification Library of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) in Pearl Harbour Hawaii are now using 3D printing and reverse engineering via scanning to identify forensic evidence of POW/MIA remains.

They are able to take a scan of an incomplete skull or skull that is unable to be removed from the site, and build an exact 3D replica or model from plaster. They are then able to use this model to match photographic records of soldiers Missing in Action.

The use of this technology is now giving closure to families who may otherwise have not none the fate of their loved ones.

Read the full article at Mechanical Engineering.