Over the past few years, we’ve seen a bevy of “Maker Videos” that document how a traditional craftsman works and the philosophy behind his or her work. In contrast, there’s been a growing parallel interest in the strange fascination of destroying manufactured objects, too.

But despite all of the iPhones dropped off of parking garages, plastics that have been deformed by molten metal and golf balls that have been chopped in half by an axe, few of these destruction methods are as memorable as watching something get compressed under 20 tons of pressure – which is exactly why the Hydraulic Press Channel exists.

The mysterious YouTube Channel, which is operated by an individual in Finland, puts boring drop test videos to shame by placing a variety of objects under a 20-ton hydraulic press just to see what happens.

“Wanna see stuff getting crushed by hydraulic press? This is the right channel for you!”

Needless to say, the results are strikingly fascinating – particularly if you understand materials and manufacturing:

The Blender:

The Barbie:

The Paper:

The Nokia:

The Golf Ball:

Be sure to check out the ongoing collection over at the Hydraulic Press Channel.


Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.