June 12, 2023

The Science Behind Key Cutting and Duplication

Precision in Every Cut

Key cutting and duplication may seem like straightforward processes, but they involve a level of precision and science that ensures your keys fit and function perfectly. In this blog, we'll dive into the intricacies of key cutting and duplication, shedding light on the craftsmanship behind these essential locksmith services.

The Basics of Key Cutting

Key cutting is the process of creating a new key based on the pattern of an existing key. Here's how it works:

  1. Key Blank Selection: The locksmith selects a key blank that matches the profile of the original key.
  2. Clamping the Key: The original key is securely clamped in a key-cutting machine.
  3. Precision Cutting: The machine's cutting tool follows the contours of the original key, cutting the corresponding pattern onto the new key blank.

Key Duplication

Key duplication involves creating a copy of an existing key using a similar process:

  1. Scanning the Original Key: Some modern key duplication machines use laser or optical scanning technology to create an accurate digital image of the key.
  2. Cutting the Duplicate: The machine then precisely cuts the duplicate key based on the digital image.

The Science of Precision

Key cutting and duplication require precision and attention to detail. Here are some key aspects of the science behind it:

  1. Tolerances: Locks and keys have very tight tolerances, meaning even a small deviation can result in a key that doesn't work. Locksmiths must ensure every cut is precise.
  2. Material Composition: Different key blanks are made of various materials, from brass to steel. Locksmiths must adjust cutting tools and techniques accordingly.
  3. Keyway Design: The design of the keyway (the slot in the lock) varies between locks. Locksmiths must match the key blank to the specific lock.

Why Choose Aldo's Key Shop

  • Cutting-edge Equipment: We use state-of-the-art key cutting and duplication equipment to ensure accuracy.
  • Experienced Technicians: Our skilled locksmiths have the expertise to handle a wide range of key types and lock brands.
Experience the precision and science behind key cutting and duplication with Aldo's Key Shop. Contact us for accurate and reliable key services for your home, business, or vehicle.