Breaking into a massive 1000lb Safe with a Plasma Cutter

TheBackyardScientistPublished: July 11, 2017Updated: July 15, 2017128 viewsVirality: 1%
Published: July 11, 2017Updated: July 15, 2017

Kevin Kohler, a.k.a. The Backyard Scientist, strikes again. His latest toy – a plasma cutter.

Plasma cutting is a process that cuts through electrically conductive materials by means of an accelerated jet of hot plasma. Typical materials cut with a plasma torch include steel, stainless steel, aluminum, brass and copper, although other conductive metals may be cut as well. The machine uses air to push the plasma further through the material, resulting in a cut.

As all good scientists go, Kevin starts by attempting to cut something that is non conductive, like a watermelon. The plasma only burns the rind from the outside and barely makes a hole. That wasn't a challenge enough for our Backyard Scientist, so next stop is to see what would happen if you ACCIDENTALLY burn yourself with the plasma gun.

The plasma from the gun burns straight through a piece of steak, which means that you will probably need a big bandage in case you forget to put your gloves on.

The this walls of the small apartment-size safe was no match for the plasma, so the real challenger comes from a jeweler's safe, weighing at almost 1000lb! The plasma cuts through the thick back wall in about 10 minutes, leaving the concrete padding to be crushed and the insides revealed.

Unfortunately for Kevin, the previous owner emptied the entire vault, leaving only one copper penny from the 70s. What ever the booty was, this was one entertaining video!

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