When you think about how far we’ve come in the technological realm, key-cutting is probably the last thing that comes to mind. However, like everything else, key-cutting has also seen significant upgrades with time.
This article will discuss what key-cutting is, the different types of latest cutting machine tech, and how it all works. So, without further ado, let’s get into it!
It’s OK not to know anything about key-cutting. Most people don’t even think about it until they lock themselves out on accident.
Key-cutting is a popular method of producing keys, allowing locksmiths to duplicate existing keys or make a new one from scratch.
These machines are accurate, safe, and perfect for the task. With technological advancements, they’re getting even better and more efficient!
How Has Technology Influenced Key-Cutting?
The biggest tech-influenced change in the field of key-cutting is the use of electronic tools. In the past, everything used to be mechanical — but that’s not the case anymore.
While electronics have strongly influenced most key-cutting tech, not all key-cutting machines are alike. However, their underlying mechanism tends to be quite the same, aside from differences in a part or two.
One thing’s for sure, keys are here to stay, and people will always need spares. So key-cutting is just as significant as any other field in the world.
How Do These Machines Work?
Key-cutting has been around for centuries, but the art has been evolved with time. With advancements in technology, everything from a locksmith’s tools, techniques, and procedures have transformed.
Most changes have been made towards improving the efficiency of cutting machines. They’ve also become a lot simpler to use than before, making them much more accessible to trainee locksmiths.
However, the and old and new machines still work on the same foundation — the copy principle.
If you are making a copy of an original key, you would start by tracing its teeth on one end of the cutting machine while another part grinds them onto a blank piece. This grinding of replica teeth onto a blank key is called ‘key cutting’ as the pattern gets carved into it.
If you’d like a closer look at how this procedure plays out, check out this Silca Swift duplicator in action.
Final Words: Don’t Try It at Home
While we’re primarily adding this section for your safety, DIY key cutting probably isn’t worth your while anyway. It’s a pretty complicated procedure that requires a locksmithing background to get it right.
Key cutting has an established history of having a high failure rate for untrained people, or even new locksmiths with very little experience.
Just winging it to give it a shot will most likely be a waste of time and resources, and end up being more expensive than hiring a professional locksmith. We’re talking wasted blank keys, errors, and the entire process taking a lot longer than it needs to.
With that in mind, it’s probably best to leave this one to the professionals.