Same technology that makes forging easier can also make it impossible

Swiss company UrbanAlps has quite literally turned the key design process inside out using 3D printing. Forging keys is no longer the domain of highly-skilled burglars. With widely available technology—a 3D printer and 3D scanner—anybody can make a copy of a regular key. The Stealth Key is a safer alternative, as it hides the internal coding by covering it with a solid layer.

The Stealth Key is manufactured using a metal 3D printer which melts together layers of titanium, allowing for 5 million possible combinations. With the teeth hidden from the sight under a pair of narrow ledges, the key is virtually unforgeable.

The company acknowledges that the key itself does not prevent burglaries, as no key can guarantee such a thing. But UrbanAlps positions its product as a secure alternative for all those afraid of ex-employee, partners or tenants. The Stealth Key’s cylinders are compatible with European cylinder lock profiles.

The company is currently looking for pilot business customers, providing them with an offer of cylinder with two keys for EUR 200 for orders larger than 300 units. Individual customers interested in high security systems can pre-order the Stealth padlock which features a shrouded shackle and supper alloy housing to resist liquid nitrogen attacks.


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Swiss company UrbanAlps has quite literally turned the key design process inside out using 3D printing. Forging keys is no longer the domain of highly-skilled burglars. With widely available technology—a 3D printer and 3D scanner—anybody can make a copy of a regular key. The Stealth Key is a safer alternative, as it hides the internal coding by covering it with a solid layer.

The Stealth Key is manufactured using a metal 3D printer which melts together layers of titanium, allowing for 5 million possible combinations. With the teeth hidden from the sight under a pair of narrow ledges, the key is virtually unforgeable.