With each design revision, I had them laser cut and sent to the best lock pickers in the world. I tweaked the design in regards to the group’s overall feedback.
During this process, it came to a point where progress halted, I was stuck and really didn't know where I could improve more...
Using FEA (Finite Element Analysis) displacement and stress simulations, I tuned each profile for the most rigid performance possible in order to provide the best feedback and maneuverability inside a keyway.
This was a godsend.
The handles are designed after ergonomic surgeon scalpels.
I made an injection machine with an absurdly large pneumatic cylinder to inject the resin. I made it... It's scary. It blew apart the vise I used for clamping the mold the first time I tested it.
Fiberglass reinforced resin is used, it has a high mechanical strength along with a balance of stiffness and toughness.
I design and machine the injection molds, this allows me to be very flexible with changes. I plan to have a variety of handles in the future to better fit different picking styles.
I machine each lock. I choose a lock that I admire and re-create it in CAD. From there it takes a while to dial in the CAM, the programming for my CNC machine. This process normally destroys a few locks, I make them in batches to make it worth while.
I accept PayPal and only ship inside the United States. Worldwide shipping avaialbe through our distributors.
Worldwide shipping is available through our distributor at https://locksport.shop The site is ran by GravityKarma who is an extremely trusted person of the Locksport community.
Feel free to contact me through email firstname.lastname@example.org, or many of the locksport related Discord and Slack forums. I absolutely love chatting with like-minded folk about locksport.
One last thing I want to mention, check out the video tab at the top of the page to see my picks being used to open extremely high security locks :)