Smashing a huge magnet - The making-of
How our slow-motion video with monoliths came about
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Slow-motion videoOur strongest block magnet MONOLITH has an adhesive force of 200 kg. To better showcase its enormous strength, we smashed all sorts of objects in between two MONOLITHS and filmed the whole thing with a high-speed camera. The result is quite impressive:
Below we'd like to present to you the making-of of this video.
- Put on helmet, protective glasses, work gloves, long-sleeve clothing
- Keep a large safety distance to the colliding magnets
Seriously: These magnets are really intense and very dangerous, so it is imperative to review the safety tips.
Material needed2 wooden panels, adhesive UHU MAX REPAIR, screw clamps
1 MONOLITH was glued to the smaller wooden panel, which was then screwed together with the larger panel (in our case the green one in the picture). Thereafter, the larger panel was securely attached to the table with the screw clamps.
At least 5 victim monoliths with glued-on wooden handle, which ensures safe handling and that the magnets collide upright and don't tip over on the way.
Why do we call them "victim monoliths"? Well, none of them survived the severe collisions without damage - especially the corners and epoxy coating took a beating.
Scattered bonesWhat remained of three boiled chicken bones that were glued to the monolith was just brown bone splinters. But also the monolith lost a corner.
Pulverised birdieThis little porcelain bird couldn't even stand to look; it closed its eyes already before the impact.
Burst eggSince we had an idea that this collision could get messy, we protected the camera with a plexiglass plate, which was a wise decision. It would have been even smarter to protect our clothing and the wall from splatter as well.
Pretzels explodeEven three pretzels next to each other didn't stand a chance against the full force of the monoliths.
Finale: Monolith vs. MonolithWe created sparkling fireworks when we let two MONOLITHS smash into each other. Surprisingly, the magnet on the right that was screwed on barely had a scratch while the left magnet shattered.
The good, the bad and the uglyThe mess created by these collisions was substantial. Especially bad was the burst egg, which made its way through the entire workshop and up the ceiling, and the sticky syrup mixed up with glass shards, which could only be cleaned up with work gloves. Hence, the idea to cover the floor and protect the cameras with plexiglass turned out to be great.
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