So, the plan is to make my basement into my imagining of the Dharma Initiative Compass Station from the Lost universe. The Compass station is situated near a much smaller pocket of energy, which was used in conjunction with data from the Darkside and Lamppost stations to first discern the location of the island.
At any rate, I drafted up a failsafe key for the compass station and had it printed out at Shapeways in steel. After receiving it in the mail, I was doing a little cleanup with a safety pin (the printing process involves some sand-like material, some of which got lodged in the subtle details of the key head), when I lightly pricked myself. I dropped the pin and discovered something about the key that I hadn't anticipated:
The head of the key is lightly ferromagnetic.
Now this of course fits in terrifically with my backstory for the key being kept in the station near the big pocket of EM energy, but it was completely unexpected. Has anyone else run into this? Is it a known side effect of the steel sprinting process?
Just wanted to share.