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…
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.
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