KeyMeâ€™s mobile app lets users take photos of their keys, store them in the cloud, and retrieve them if emergencies pop up.
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3D printing has found yet another unexpected ally: your local locksmith
3D printing marketplace Shapeways is teaming up with digitalÂ key storage startup KeyMe to let users print their own custom keys in materials like brass and plastic (which is surprisingly sturdy, KeyMe tells us).
KeyMeâ€™s mobile appÂ lets users take photos of their keys, store them in the cloud, and retrieve them if emergencies pop up. The company is positioning itself as alternative to emergency locksmith visits, whose services can â€” and often doâ€“ run for as high as $200. So instead of paying a locksmith to copy their keys, KeyMe customers can pay the company$60 to manufacture and deliver them within an hour. (The company is also installing key-making kiosks in five or so 7-Eleven and Bed Bath & Beyond stores in Manhattan.)
The Shapeways partnership adds yet another layer to the KeyMe concept, letting users not only customize and print their keys via Shapeways, but also letting the more forward-thinking of them use their own 3D printers to make keys at home.
KeyMe founderÂ Greg Marsh tells us that KeyMe is bringing some much-needed innovation to the locksmith industry, which has so far been, er, locked in time. Despite that resistance to change, the locksmithing pulls in $5 billion per year, Marsh says, making it a lucrative industry thatâ€™s also ripe for disruption.