A Michigan 3D printing lab is recreating the fingers of a murder victim for police in a bid to try and catch his killer. Cops hope to be able to use the 3D fingers to unlock the victim’s phone which they believe holds clues.
Professor Anil Jain, who runs the lab at the Michigan State University, has used a set of booking fingerprints the police took from the victim during an unrelated arrest.
He has been able to create 3D fingers which Michigan police can use to bypass the bio-metric lock on the dead man’s smartphone.
‘We don’t know which finger the suspect used,’ he told me ‘We think it’s going to be the thumb or index finger – that’s what most people use – but we have all ten.’