Anelok stanadalone password safe use case?

Ron K. Jeffries rjeffries at
Mon Jan 19 16:52:00 UTC 2015

This may be a really ignorant question.
If someone wishes to store e.g. passwords in anelok but only retrieve by
reading the anelok display (i.e. not having anelok pump bits into an
attached vua USB or someday Bluetooth) computer... is this possible?

Ron K Jeffries
805-567-4670 mobile
On Jan 19, 2015 8:14 AM, "Werner Almesberger" <werner at>

> So far, I made the case design with fped, by making a 2D drawing for
> each layer and use some scripts to stitching the layers together
> into a 2.5D model. This worked, but there are a lot of things in
> such a construction process that fped isn't really designed to be
> good at, and those things were therefore quite hard to do.
> As an example, there are many cut-outs, either for things that need
> to pass a wall (e.g., the USB receptacle) or for things that just
> need space (e.g., the battery). With a proper CAD, one would make a
> simple geometric model for the cut-out (e.g., a box for USB) and
> then subtract it from the rest.
> With fped, I had to draw the inside of the wall to the cut-out, then
> a line to the outside, and then back. Then repeat it all for the
> opposite side. This doesn't sound too bad, but it also means that I
> couldn't use the handy macro that drew rectangles with rounded
> corners, or had to "generalize" it.
> So the end result was something increasingly cryptic:
> The model was also woefully incomplete and I didn't look forward to
> tackling the trickier bits, such as the lanyard hole and some
> internal cut-outs I found to be necessary.
> So I decided to give FreeCAD a try. After all, it says it's nice and
> parametric, just what I need. It also has a nice sketcher that lets
> you "declaratively" define geometries in no time. So far, so good.
> Then came the moment when I wanted to adjust some parameter, e.g.,
> the diameter of the cylinder containing the lanyard hole. It let me
> do that without complaining, but then all the things that depended
> on that geometry were out of sync.
> To make a long story short, I don't think this mechanism is useful
> for non-trivial designs. There are plans to improve this, but that's
> not there yet and may take a good while.
> However, there is a plan B: FreeCAD can also be scripted in Python.
> The workflow would now be more similar to what I had done with fped
> (edit, compile, inspect, edit, ...), but I'd still have that 3D
> engine of a real CAD to do things like those pesky cut-outs for me.
> This approach worked and I have the script to prove it:
> It's longer than the fped script but it also does more. E.g., there
> are more case details and it also generates some components, for
> easier orientation.
> This is what the model for the complete case currently looks like:
> What I haven't figured out yet is how to make nice automatic
> measurements, like I have in fped. I could calculate points and then
> place a measurement on them, but there would be no guarantee that
> the calculation matches the actual geometry. Or I could pick edges
> or surfaces and do measurements between them, but the process of
> selecting those edges and surfaces looks a bit grueling to me.
> I then had to find a way to generate toolpaths from the FreeCAD
> model. FreeCAD has no toolpath generation yet (they're working on
> it). Some people suggest PyCAM, but that doesn't seem to have the
> ability to make the sort of precise cuts we need here. Some use
> HeeksCAD, which has nice CAM support that may actually be able to do
> what we need, but the workflow would be rather complicated and
> error-prone.
> So I wrote a slicer for 2.5D models that then produces horizontal
> polygons I can feed to the tools I already used before. This is the
> slicer:
> Driving my old tools with the new data also revealed a great number
> of bugs. They're fixed now, so overall quality of my virtual toolbox
> should have improved after this ordeal :)
> Next: results from a first try.
> - Werner
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