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

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.

Join us, it's free.

Become a member to get access to:

  • Exclusive Content
  • Daily and specialised newsletters
  • Research and analysis

Join us, it’s free.

Want to read this article and others just like it? All you need to do is become a member of The Drum. Basic membership is quick, free and you will be able to receive daily news updates.