The slowly closing, yet immensely heavy door on a spacecraft or some other structure that lowers inch by inch, (seemingly) minute by minute, is such a crucial plot element. Stick a bunch of characters in a situation where they need to escape with the big heavy doors closing off the exits, and suspense is inexorable (make the whole room close and add in a dumpster alien and that’s really a party). But it’s so rare that somebody actually becomes stuck and squished like Play-Doh in one of those doors. Which is why it’s so satisfying to watch various balls ‘n’ things exploded like piñatas by this 360-degree, 320-ton hydraulic press.
The various items lined up for annihilation in the video include a billiard ball—which explodes gloriously—a regular-sized hockey puck, a huge hockey puck, some paper, and some tape. The paper holds out against the press admirably, simply deforming into a warmed-up and hardened gear. The award for most beautiful squish has to go to the tape however, which forms into a little swirling star on one side, and a workshop flower on the other. It even elicits a trembling “oh my” from one of the hosts of the video.
What are your thoughts on the 360-degree hydraulic press? Did you imagine what it would be like to put your arm inside of it too? Let us know below!
Images: YouTube / Beyond The Press