3D printing (aka additive manufacturing) has the potential to transform the world by simplifying manufacturing, shortening supply and distribution chains, democratizing production, creating and repatriating jobs, and customizing products to our needs. But 3D printing can also be used for both causing crimes and solving them.  This course, 3D Printing 101 for law enforcement, is one of a series of courses on 3D printing and law enforcement.  This basic course covers:

  • What is 3D printing?
  • What are 3D printers?
  • What are the implications of 3D printing for law enforcement?
  • What kinds of 3D printers might you encounter in criminal activity?
  • What kinds of 3D printers can you use to aid law enforcement?
  • Overview of the risks of 3D printing for law enforcement and the ways 3D printing can be used to aid law enforcement.

3D Printed Weapons, Illegal Uses of 3D Printing, and 3D Printing as an aid to law enforcement are covered in depth in other courses and periodic updates.