3D Printers Cutting Machines - Is this the Key to Gaining Unauthorized Access?
Forbes wrote an article on how these new 3D Printers had printed a key for a pair of handcuffs.
A scary thought, perhaps!
These 3D printers are designed to print objects, very much like CNC machines but can create objects in plastic and other materials for a whole host of items in 3 dimensions, In fact, it is only your imagination that would limit the creativity of these devices.
Now if your were to in put the CAD drawing of a key, press print you could in fact build a key for your front door, or anyone else's front door for that matter.
A guy by the name of ‘Ray’ demonstrated, a week earlier at the Hackers on Planet Earth Conference that he was able to make plastic copy keys and showed all there, the keys opening Chubb and Bonowi manufactured Handcuffs.
Off course the keys for hand cuffs understandably are not in the public domain. Police try to keep tight lipped about their keys for their handcuffs,
The problem stems even further because many constabularies, may have common keys for all there handcuffs so finding/making a key may imply that, that key would fit all the handcuffs in a particular police force.
Amazingly these keys can sometimes be picked up on Ebay, but finding a blank to make a copy would be hard going as the manufactures make every effort to ensure no public distribution of the key or their blanks is carried out.
The down side now is that if you get your hands on a handcuff key, or any key a copy can be made very easily with these new 3D Printing machines and you don’t need a key blank or a key cutting machine.
Over the weekend a Lockpick Vendor was selling a plexiglass copy Chubb Keys for only a couple of quid. Other keys were tried out on other manufactures hand cuffs to find the key was not strong enough to over come the springs on the levers inside the lock, and the key kept snapping, but there are materials out there that are far stronger like Lexan etc.
The idea behind this was to demonstrate that were before some one would go about with a file, hacksaw, vernier gauge etc, and many, many hours to make a key, the new 3D printing machines can churn these out in batches of 100’s even thousands at a time.
All manufactures build locks to drawing, these measurements are available in the locksmithing industry, and where this information was just considered a tool, now in the wrong hands could mean keys can be made very easily and just as concerning, quickly.
Perhaps there is an advantage that these machines are not cheap, It seems you wont get much change from about £10K so I am guessing your opportunist thief may find this out of their price range, unless they nick one that is!
So keep your keys safe, just like your mobile phone and credit cards. Identity Theft is on the increase. That is another story for another day.
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