3D scanning in forensics

3D scanning in forensics

Forensic tools and technologies including 2D photography, adhesive lifters, tape measures, and plaster-casting have been in use for decades. The arrival of new 3D scanning technology brings a new dimension to many of the tasks traditionally handled by these methods.

Currently laser scanning is commonly used for the large-scale collection of crime scene data, but the use of 3D scanning in more detailed areas of forensics represents an exciting opportunity for forensics professionals.

Fuel3D technology

Our technology rapidly captures high-resolution, color 3D data of objects and organic subjects. It is well-suited to a range of forensic applications:

Capture and store tyre prints and footprints in seconds

  • Document crime scene marks and damage to infrastructure
  • Scan faces or body parts for identification purposes
  • Capture and analyse data and reduce investigation time
  • Produce visually accurate replicas of evidence, without damaging the original

Our technology offers forensic teams a powerful option for crime scene data collection. It gives them the instant ability to collect permanent 3D images of crime scene details. For example, capturing an accurate footprint impression in sand can be completed in a matter of seconds, with the file stored securely on an officer’s laptop or tablet.


  • Save time: Scan an impression and send the electronic 3D file to your lab in a matter of minutes.
  • Easy to use: Our point-and-shoot technology requires little to no training to use.
3D scanning in forensics

A side-by-side comparison of a shoe and the resulting 3D model that was generated from its impression.


A 3D wireframe of an impression left by a shoe in compound.