As a little kid I constantly found myself wanting to take apart objects or find a way to lock mechanisms that could be used for storage. For example, I had a special piggy bank for my allowance that had a key locking mechanism which must be inserted a certain way to unlock the piggy bank. These simplistic objects and toys were my childhood and have always served a purpose in my life. Lately, I have been wanting to build my own locking mechanism and utilize the resources I have available at school before I graduate. Therefore, this project provides the perfect opportunity for me to incorporate an aesthetic while designing something that can be 3D printed.
Just the other day, I remembered how difficult it is to think of an idea that meets the project requirements but also one that interests me moving forward. In my previous projects such as the Upcycle Project I spent a great deal of time focusing on what to design and how to make that design come to life. Creativity is not one of my strong suits and therefore, I struggle to find meaningful projects to create. However, with a cryptex lock there are a magnitude of ways to fabricate and design the overall locking mechanism. Some common design opportunities include how the key will be designed, how many teeth the key will have, what will the lock combination be for the lock, and will the locking mechanism include numbers or letters.
As I begin in the early concept phase of this project, I have not yet narrowed down any of the design questions above or what aesthetic I am going to portray. I think locks are a timeless and rustic piece of equipment however I am not sure that is the route I want to take moving forward. After doing a bit of research online, I found locks that were gothic themed or ones that were dark naturalism themed.
Upon completion of my research looking online for inspiration it seemed pretty apparent that all these locks follow a standard design pattern. They usually have a standard shape with a desired number of dials and a long horizontal key that protrudes into the dials. This key is how the cryptex lock knows when the correct code has been entered and allows for the storage inside the lock to become exposed. I think this project has a lot of work left and a lot of design concepts to consider but it is exciting to have a project that I am able to make my own throughout the rest of the semester. “Cryptex Puzzles & Locks.” Puzzle Box World, puzzleboxworld.com/collections/cryptexes.  “Finance and Currency: Money Concept – Coins (Pennies) Spilling out from Open Combination Puzzle Box with Rings of Letters (Cryptex), See a Set Password.” FeaturePics, www.featurepics.com/online/Coins-Spilling-Open-Conbination-Puzzle-Box-Cryptex-720696.aspx.  “BuildMe! 3D Wooden Cryptex Combination Lock Pick Puzzle / Working Lock Kit.” LockPickWorld.com, www.lockpickworld.com/products/build-it-yourself-combination-lock-model-wooden-3d-puzzle-kit-no-glue-required.  “Buildlog.net • View Topic – Cryptex Puzzle: Wooden Puzzle Box, Unique Items Products, Wooden Box Diy.” Pinterest, www.pinterest.es/pin/339740365625333126/.  “335.73US $: Fashion New Style Educational Toys Cryptex Locks Gift Ideas Da Vinci Code Lock to Marry Lover Escape Chamber Props Black: Locks: – AliExpress.” Aliexpress.com, www.aliexpress.com/item/4000390838745.html.