Advances in 3D Virtual Microscopy of Firearm Forensics

A success story published in March 2019 outlines how one company utilized National Institute of Justice grant support to develop and validate a 3D topography system for firearm forensics.

The report explains that Cadre Forensics developed the TopMatch-3D system for imaging of firearms evidence. The hardware was based on a patented imaging technology that employs a thin elastomeric gel to accurately measure microscopic surface features. The team also developed algorithms to compare 3D impression features with other possible matches.

You can read the full success story here.

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