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3D printing software Photobump proves standards locks are no longer secure from technology

By Stephen Lepitak | -

August 31, 2014 | 2 min read

3D printing technology just found a new use, with developers having created the ability to produce plastic keys that will be able to open any conventional door lock.

The ability to create the keys has been devised by engineers Jos Weyers and Christian Holler through their software Photobump, a 3D file which can produce a bump key from just one image of a lock.

Lock bumping is a lock picking technique that has been in existence for almost a century, featuring a key blank which can be used, alongside the light tap of a hammer, to fit and open any pin tumbler lock.

The creators of the software have said they have invented it as a warning that conventional locks are no longer safe, but have also said that they do not plan to release the software either.

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