3D-printing your way out of jail

Paul Raven @ 17-09-2009

keysWell, printing your way out of your handcuffs, anyway – BoingBoing points us to a story of a Dutch hacker type who has used a 3D printer to duplicate a working version of the master keys for the handcuffs used by the Dutch police force. [image by stevendepolo]

And you thought filesharing was a threat to the fabric of society! How long before we can print Yale lock keys from photographs taken 200 feet away? Erm, actually, that was possible late last year…

Will technology render all physical security essentially useless, and if so, how soon? How will we protect property if we have no way of securing it? Is this how the notion of property will die?

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One Response to “3D-printing your way out of jail”

  1. Jean-Marc Liotier says:

    Looks like obsolescence of physical keys. I imagine them becoming supports for cryptographic authentication. The biggest problem will be that this security is dependant on an electricity source.