3D print yourself free

06 August 2012
3D Print Yourself Free!

That's right. Someone went and printed a way out of handcuffs.

We all know 3D printers will one day be printing our houses, organs and food, but for now we can settle at being amazed that someone has printed a key to get out of handcuffs.

Unlike your front door key, most handcuffs don’t use an individually patterned key, but rely on manufacturers limiting the commercial availability of keys.

A German security researcher, known only as 'Ray' (boring choice of code name buddy) has 3D printed a key that can unlock German Bonowi handcuffs.

Keys occasionally come up for sale on sites such as eBay, where 'Ray' also managed to get a hold of the British Chubb key.

This sneaky printer then measured the keys with callipers (snazzy measuring device to you and me), these dimensions were used to create a 3D computer model and were then reproduced using both a laser cutter and a 3D printer.

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