Brilliant animated GIF shows how a key unlocks a lock

// January 22nd, 2013 // Science


We wonder why it took so long for someone to do this.  This animated gif from Soup shows a breakaway picture of a lock while a key turns to unlock it.  Brilliant animation!  And now we know…

Animated GIF showing how a key unlocks a lock


The above animated gif graphic shows a cylinder lock using a pin-and-tumbler design. Inside a cylinder lock, there is a sort of puzzle, which only the correct key can solve. The main components in the pin-and-tumbler design are a series of small pins of varying length. Each pin rests in a shaft running through the central cylinder plug and into the housing around the plug. Springs at the top of the shafts keep the pin pairs in position in the plug.

Sources: Soup


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