Since a long time, the war between lock pickers and locksmiths has been going on. On one hand, locksmiths are experts in making new and complicated locks while on the other hand, the lock pickers are smart enough to make duplicate keys for these locks. This war is on ceasefire for at least the custom keys because of the MIT students who have recently developed 3D printed high security keys.
These 3D high security keys are generated by just looking at the pictures of these keys. All you may know about the Primus locks and keys and how amazingly secure these are. These keys carry six pins with a side tumbler carrying 5 pins from side of the key. They claimed their locks to be the most secure and unique ones. Moreover Schlep also banned the duplication of their keys but all rules were broken this year in August when these MIT students produce 3D high security key. They claimed to have cracked the primus key security with the help of a 3D printing device and computer software.
Before the MIT students invention, in order to get a Primus key, you needed to go to Schlage but now all you need is the information on the key and the 3D printing device to run the software by MIT students. They started by collecting information on all of the Schlage manufactured keys and then designed a software which was able to 3D print a 3D model of key with the help of its 2D image.
Once the software was ready, they sent the 2D image of the Primus key to two most famous 3D printing services in the world i.e. Shapeways and i.Materialise. They were delivered the 3D printed copy of Primus key within few working days and they knew their invention went successful.
When on one hand, this is exciting to crack the Primus key manufactured by Schlage yet on the other hand, it is a huge security risk. Now anyone who has the software by MIT students and the picture of anyone’s Primus key can 3D print the copy of any Primus key. So far Schlage has not passed any comment on that but they must be disturbed by this huge risk to their most renowned lock and keys.
If you own Primus keys and after reading this you are feeling threatened, do not be. Remember, the person who needs a duplicate of your key would still need the information on your key and also its picture. If you know how to keep your key safe, you are in no danger. There is a clear message from MIT students to locksmith that they need to work on what they call secured locks. Any burglar can make a copy of their secured lock keys and enter any bank, office or home without even taking help of lock pickers. So in an era of technology, they also need to take help from it and invent some nice untraceable electronic lock systems.