We are fairly certain that we will never grow tired of watching things get needlessly flattened by a hydraulic press (or, as we now and forever hear it in our heads, a “hoo-drawl-ic” press), but we have to admit we are way more excited than normal to watch the latest power destruction video because it was filmed with a thermal camera, and it turns out it is even cooler to see what happens when you crush things in infrared.
The wonderful YouTube account the Hydraulic Press Channel is back with a special “Thermal Camera Edition” that features them once again seeing how some steel objects hold up under all that pressure (spoiler alert: poorly), but with the added bonus of letting us see what it looks like for the Predator.
Watching a steel ball completely demolished into a pancake with the naked eye is an impressive enough way to show just how much energy is involved in this type of event, but getting to see it with the thermal camera really highlights just how much energy is really transferred in a second or two. The ball instantly looks like a glowing orb of fire. Even seeing the differences between the hollow tube and the hollow square is a great way to see how the shapes of the objects greatly influence where and how it holds its structural integrity.
We make no apologies for how much we enjoy these videos on a pure entertainment level, but we also love how much we can learn from them too, and seeing it in infrared gives us a whole new way to take something useful away.
Plus it’s just really cool looking.
What did you think of this video? Should they film all of them with a thermal camera going forward? Tell us in the comments below.
Images: The Hydraulic Press Channel