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Quantum 3D

The Quantum 3D Microscope provides firearm and tool mark examiners with the best 3D visual and quantitative tools for common source determination.

Firearm and tool mark identification is evolving and now requires 3D measurements to support expert conclusions with objective methods.

The Quantum S1 model captures the rifling marks on fired bullets, and on other small objects such as press marks on pills and tablets, chamber marks on cartridge cases, and other tool marks.

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Quantum’s design is partly inspired by IBIS 3D Technology that has been adapted to a new purpose, and that has been augmented with new capabilities.

Quantum is designed for case work and studies involving more direct examination of questioned objects. Where IBIS Search focused on finding the needle-in-the-haystack (previously un-related firearm crimes), Quantum focuses on quantifying the strength of agreement in common source determinations.

Microscope Features

  • Surface view and shape views, always in focus
  • Up to 6 simultaneous objects compared side-by-side
  • Hairline moveable across overlapped images
  • Horizontal side-by-side view and in a vertical top-bottom view
  • Overlap, move, and rotate in locked or free modes
  • Sectional line profiles show precise topography
  • Visual enhancements emphasize the markings
  • Bullet best match assistance aligns the similarities
  • Simulated lighting and surface reflectivity options
  • Annotate comparisons

Quantitative Analysis

  • Compare unknown-evidence bullets to known-source firearms
  • Strength of common source similarity is graphically represented in the RBL Graph
  • RBL method visually demonstrates quantifiable differences between matching and non-matching conditions
  • Correlation algorithms provide line counting and pattern matching scores (LCS and PMS)
  • Best phase and Best LEA modes, for pristine and damaged bullets
  • False Match Rate (FMR) provides a reliable error rate to support expert testimony




Quantum 3D Microscope | Introducing a game changer for firearm and toolmark examiners

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