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  • 21 October 2015
  • Bonnie Stack

3D Print Industry Week: How 3D Print Cracks the Case

The UPS Store is committed to helping small business owners and entrepreneurs turn their creative ideas into business reality. By offering 3D printing in-store, consumers are able to create high-quality, professional prototypes, artistic renderings and promotional materials, without the cost or technical know-how associated with owning and maintaining their own 3D printer.

From October 19-23, The UPS Store is hosting 3D Print Industry Week to showcase how 3D print can be a game-changer for small business owners, specifically in the maker/inventor, art/design, and science industries. In the science industry, one man in Jacksonville, Fla. found a way to combine his passion for law with 3D printing.

Josh Weinberger first became involved with 3D printing while taking a break from law school. He developed an interest in 3D print after doing some research about the up and coming technology. In an effort to experience 3D printing on a ground floor-level, he began working at a local 3D print shop called The Forge. Before long, officials from the state attorney’s office contacted the shop about creating a crime scene layout for a case they were working on. Weinberger and his team soon began 3D printing everything from windows to bathroom fixtures to create a clear image of the crime scene for the jury. It was then that Weinberger realized how he could merge his law expertise with 3D printing.

3D printing brings models and evidence like a normal two-dimensional CT scan or CAT scan to life in a courtroom.

After seeing firsthand the impact 3D prints have in the courtroom, he decided to launch his own venture solely focused on creating 3D printed evidence. He began getting requests for a range of items from forensics teaching aids to CT scan models. 3D printing brings models and evidence like a normal two-dimensional CT scan or CAT scan to life in a courtroom, making it much easier for attorneys to explain and jurors to understand.

“So much gets said during a trial, if you can have a piece to hold and touch, it makes it tangible,” Weinberger added. “A 3D printed version of the scan makes the people in the courtroom remember the evidence and makes it much more relatable.”

In his most memorable case, Weinberger created a model that was used to show the court a patient’s large, internal abscess that a doctor had overlooked causing the patient to pass away.

“Unless you worked in the medical field, a picture of the abscess would not have shown the full extent of the situation,” Weinberger explained. “This kind of cutting-edge technology allows everyone to see the situation with more clarity.”

3D printing has changed more than just Weinberger’s career; it’s changed his entire outlook. One of his favorite parts of 3D printing is taking an idea someone wrote on a napkin and bringing it to life.

“I like the versatility that is ingrained in the technology; it allows you to turn your dreams into reality,” Weinberger noted. “It’s also changed the way I look at things,” Weinberger noted. “It’s changed my perspective on different products and how they are made.”

Although Weinberger is planning to return to law school in the near future, he wants to continue his work with 3D printing. He hopes to be a part of an industry revolution, making 3D printed evidence more accessible and common in courtrooms across the nation.

Are you interested in 3D printing for your hobby or small business? Learn more about The UPS Store 3D printing today.

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