West Technology


Free standing, front loading fingerprint vacuum metal deposition system for use in forensic laboratories and police Scene of Crime departments




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Vacuum Metal Deposition (VMD) is one of the most powerful latent fingermark development techniques available to the modern forensic scientist. The VMD technique can be used to develop latent fingermarks on a wide range of non-porous and semi-porous exhibits. The VMD technique is very rapid (typically less than 15 minutes) and produces high quality images that can be photographed straight away. In addition to this, the standard technique is very stable, developing fingermarks that will not fade and can be imaged many days later.


  • Full colour, touch sensitive 10.4” HMI control screen
  • Intuitive menu driven control screens for ease of operation
  • Magnetic work holder for simple, quick mounting of exhibits
  • One button operation for automatic chamber pump down and vent
  • Large 400mm dia. chamber view port for easy viewing of exhibits and evaporation sources when processing


  • Dimensions (1400mm W x 2059mm D x 1974mm H)
  • Large horizontal cylindrical vacuum chamber (770mm dia. x 1260mm D)
  • Can process a range of exhibits from hunting rifles to large plastic packaging sheets or fabrics up to 1214mm x 1200mm
  • Fully retractable work holder with locking positions at 45°, 90° and 180° for easy loading/ unloading
  • Electric Supply:
    HV: 415V, 50Hz, 32A, 3ph
    LV:208V, 60Hz, 63A, 3ph
  • Water Cooling: Flow 5.7 – 15.0 lmin-1 @ 25°C
  • Footprint (Floor Loading): System: 1400mm W x 2059mm D (1,400Kg)
  • Water Chiller: 377mm W x 592mm D (73Kg)

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