Customizable Safe / House / Padlock keys
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Thanks for playing with the key maker! I'm not quite sure just what to tell you - I only had a couple of locks to work with for testing things out when I created the program. The best thing I can suggest is to try a couple of different copies, and keep a plain old nail file around. Sometimes all it takes is just a tiny bit of filing to make things work nice and smooth! Good Luck!
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If you hold the key in your left hand, with the blade pointing to the right, the KeyCutCode reads from left to right. 0 for no cut up to 9 for a maximum cut. (0 to 6 when using the Kwikset defaults) You can switch to the 'top' view in 'customizer', and hold your key in front of the screen while you adjust the values. It may take a couple of prints to find just the right match, fortunately it doesn't take long to print, and doesn't use up a whole lot of your filament. You might want to print your first try using the 'straight' key header, to save even more time / filament!
To get the key to slide in nice and easy, use a nail file to buff / round off the tip of the key. Make sure it feels nice and smooth when you run your finger along the front. It also helps if you buff / smooth the front and back sides just a bit. For the house key, it helps if you buff the upper half of the back side just a little as well.
For the safe key, I had to do some buffing around the outside of the cylinder pin slots, but with just a little work, I can now reproduce a working key for my home safe - Kind of scary! I bet that the latest printer will work straight from the build platform.
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