Combination locks! They’re great if you’re skilled at remembering arbitrary strings of numbers, and have a dramatic flair that’s made them a famous part of many a heist movie. They come in a wide variety of styles, and are vulnerable to a different set of attacks than the more typical pin-tumbler locks used on a household basis. If you fancy tinkering with a combination lock, why not 3D print one yourself?
It goes without saying that any lock you 3D print is going to have issues with strength. Such a lock should not be used to protect anything of real value, but it could be handy to prevent the kids getting at the Halloween candy you’re saving for October.
Regardless, 3D printing and assembling your own combination lock is a great way to learn about how they work. It’s a fun project that is also much easier than sourcing and disassembling the real thing. For a greater understanding of the underlying mechanism, this video should make the basic operation clear.
That’s not all 3D printing can offer to the locksport community, of course. You can always print your own keys, too. Video after the break.
2 thoughts on “3D Printing A Combination Lock”
Interesting how that video was 11 years ago. Instead of wood, we now use plastic!
One could 3D print a titanium alloy lock that might be a bit stronger. And probably also cost into the thousands of dollars because you are not doing that with a hobbyist level tool.
Thanks for linking to my combination lock. First a Best of Week on Thingieverse and now this short article.
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