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Affordable counterfeit fingerprints: Investigating the potential forensic applications of 3D printing

Macleod, Joanna (2017) Affordable counterfeit fingerprints: Investigating the potential forensic applications of 3D printing. Masters by Research thesis, Murdoch University.

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Abstract

Despite the success of 3D printed artificial finger fabrication, the high cost of production has so far limited the urgency of any investigation into this area so the generation of prints from such fingers has yet to be tested. However, researchers fabricating 3D printed artificial fingers have achieved high correspondence scores between images of live fingerprints, and those generated by an artificial finger presented to a fingerprint scanner. This introduces the possibility that a latent print from an artificial finger could pass as a live print during analysis and if a cheaper printing option were available, the issue could become more pertinent. An artificial finger that can produce a latent print indistinguishable from a live print could be used to incriminate an individual by placement at a crime scene. This literature review will examine the current research in the area of artificial fingerprint fabrication with the goal of establishing what still needs to be addressed, and to inform experiment design.

Publication Type: Thesis (Masters by Research)
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Supervisor: Speers, James
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/39806
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