Today's Hard|Forum Post
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Friday October 14, 2011

Criminals Find Novel Uses for 3D Printing

We post plenty of "stupid" criminal stories here, so why not a crafty criminal of the day story? How "crafty" you might ask? How about making a handcuff key using only a photo of a key hanging from a policeman's belt?

For instance, a member of a German lock-picking group, Sportsfreunde Der Sperrtechnik آ– Deutschland e.V., used his 3D printer to create a key to unlock handcuffs carried by the Dutch police. Startlingly, he was able to measure and reproduce the key accurately by using nothing more than a photograph of the key hanging from the belt of a police officer plus some basic math to gauge its size.