The list of stuff he listed did not seem highly dangerous. I can’t believe that a can of soup is going to create a huge dangerous stream of high pressure soup.
Placing plexiglass around the press, using safety glasses, and making sure that the press is placing good, solid, even pressure on the items.
Pressing a hockey punk isn’t the question. the question is crushing half a hockey punk where the ‘loose’ end may attempt to ‘fly out’ is the question.
While I see some risk here, I don’t see this any more risky than when two members using the wrong surface on an axle spindle and they put so much pressure on the spindle that they broke it.
I was not Automotive Chair at that time, but I was vice-chair and I do not know of any ‘rebuke’ of their actions. I’ve also seen members use the press and a ‘break’ and basic crushing metal into a new shape.
Certainly their are other devices at the space to crush items, but I assume the reason for the press break is to document at what pressure each item fails; and thus giving your viewers an objective idea of how much energy at hockey punk can carry.
I do not have an ‘extreme’ position on this topic either way, but I think that we should encourage members to ‘make’ in what ever way they choose- as long as they don’t break our equipment, hurt themselves, and/or others- and they clean up after themselves.
Unless Freddie (or anyone else), can locate a written rule to the contrary, as the Automotive Chair, I am willing to give you permission to perform this experiment under the condition that you securely place the items under the press to guard against ‘flying debris’- this may require using steel bar or other support, you protect yourselves (and others) with the use of Plexiglass, and the use of safety glasses.
I remind you that you are responsible for whatever may happen, and your safety at the space is your responsibility. It is not a bas idea to get the opinions of others if your have questions/ doubts.
If you choose to move the press into the south bay for better camera areas, placement of Plexi, etc; please make sure that you return everything back to it’s current placement.