Back Page, November 2020

Nov. 2, 2020

20 Years Ago

Richard Formica serviced a Subaru Forester. Jerry Levine described new lock, key and transponder changes from Chrysler. A Locksmith Ledger article featured the Mottura three-point lock system from Italy. Gale Johnson reviewed the improved Schlage BC100 cylindrical deadbolt. Jerry Levine interviewed Mark and Diane Pirman from DiMark International. Will Ott explained the key components of school security, certainly even more important in the world of today. Tiny fit keys to a Ford Focus. Jerry Levine reported on the homogeneous installation of a Markar continuous hinge, a Von Duprin exit device and a Dorma door closer. Jerry Levine also provided instructions on unlocking a Lincoln LS. Dave Franchuk was called to unlock a Sentry safe that was damaged in a fire. He was happy to discover valuable paper contents unharmed. Jennifer Robinson interviewed Kim Oymaian from Clark Security. Adam Weinraub showed how Pro-Lok opens a Chevrolet Malibu. Jim Glazier wrote a compelling article on courtroom proceedings for forensic locksmiths. Milt Wolferseder showed procedures for opening a Protectall safe.

10 Years Ago

Tim OLeary wrote of ways to combine biometric readers with software for time and attendance. Jerry Levine showed installation procedures for a Zodiac 250 standalone biometric access control system by Cansec. Tim OLeary suggested installed wireless video systems as a new vertical market. Jerry Levine visited Emtek headquarters and reported on its line of decorative hardware. Gale Johnson discovered a new line of Mail Boss mailboxes. Steve Young reviewed several new specialty tools that he recommended for locksmiths. A special section featured programming instructions for many popular electronic stand-alone locksets. Nine different companies programming instructions were included — still an important section to keep handy. A continuing-education article outlined available free education opportunities. Follow this important section in current Locksmith Ledger issues as more virtual education becomes available.             

Double-Cut Solution

Most new keys for toolboxes, recreational vehicles and other lockable items use double-sided keys. When originating keys, it often is difficult to hold key blanks parallel and at the correct height while cutting the second side. Gauges are designed to support double-sided blanks by the center section. The gauge shown is designed for the HPC1200 and punch machines, but a similar system can be used for Framon #2 machines.

Because there’s a wide variation in blade shapes and heights, a series of gauges is required. Gauges are simple to use and can be reversed for holding keys, such as an Ilco 1041H key in a punch machine. 

This is an idea in its infancy. After a group of gauges is completed, the next step will be to scan them in a 3D scanner. After the files are finished, additional copies can be made by using a 3D printer. Nonmetal gauges will function just as well as the metal original.

This is just the beginning, and many other tools and parts can be made by using 3D printers. Locksmith Ledger will pursue all opportunities to keep you informed of 3D-printer progress.