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A Working Handcuff Key Printed on a 3D Printer

Copy of a key printed from a 3D printer

handcuff-key-dutch-police-plastic-700Ray, a German hacker, has come up with an interesting way to use a 3D printer. Using a 3D printer he demonstrated how to print a handcuff key.

3D printers take a full scan of the option and then prints the object from plastic to give you a 3D model. Ray, put a Dutch pair of handcuffs on, then scanned his hands and handcuffs with a 3D printer.

From that he was able to have a printed key made from the scan.

And let me mention…the key worked too! He used the printed key to unlock the handcuffs.

He used a 3D printer to print handcuff keys. And not just any ordinary handcuff key … no, it’s the official handcuff key from the Dutch police! At first the police officers at HAR were a little reluctant to event try out the plastic key he printed. But he found another way to verify the key he printed was the correct one. I guess these officers never thought about wearing keys concealed, especially when talking with Mr. Handcuff himself. Given the megapixel camera’s on the market today it was not so difficult to verify the key he printed was the correct one.

At the end of the day he talked the officers into trying the key on their handcuffs and … it did work! At least the Dutch Police now knows there is a plastic key on the market that will open their handcuffs. A plastic key undetectable by metal detectors….