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  • In today's video,

  • we're going to see what happens if we use extreme cold,

  • and a low pressure environment to suck all of the moisture

  • out of some Orbeez.

  • [Music]

  • Guys, we have some Orbeez left over,

  • and not just this little bag of Orbeez,

  • but not too long ago,

  • we made our Diamond play button sculpture

  • by pouring molten aluminum

  • that used to be our Diamond play button into Orbeez,

  • and we still have most of those Orbeez.

  • We have tens of thousands of Orbeez,

  • I think here.

  • And while a few of them

  • are burned from being in contact with our molten aluminum,

  • for the most part, they're still intact.

  • They're still Orbeez,

  • and we wanted to see what happens

  • if you freeze dry an orbee.

  • As we've explained in a couple of other videos,

  • a freeze dryer works by lowering the temperature,

  • and freezing whatever is in the machine,

  • and then it pulls a vacuum,

  • and then it warms up a little bit.

  • And as it warms up,

  • all of that frozen liquid in there,

  • it gets turned into a vapor.

  • It sublimates like dry ice turning into a vapor,

  • but we're doing it with water.

  • It does that at low temperatures,

  • and very low pressures,

  • and so it just sort of sucks all the water out of something

  • without it ever getting wet.

  • So we've got a lot of Orbeez,

  • like we have so many Orbeez,

  • and we want to see what happens if we take all of the moisture

  • out of an Orbeez.

  • Just the entire orbular of Orbeez.

  • Yes.

  • Yes.

  • A few of the big ones didn't really survive.

  • It's like a big piece of Jell-O.

  • But we're still going to try and throw those in there too,

  • just see what happens.

  • We're going to throw them in here.

  • We're going to add some cameras, some lights,

  • and we're going to see what happens to Orbeez

  • as you suck all the moisture out of them.

  • My hope is that they actually freeze together

  • during the freezing process,

  • and then maybe break apart afterwards,

  • but I really want like a block of freeze-dried orbeez.

  • So we've got a tray, we've got some containers.

  • I think we can fill these containers with Orbeez,

  • and then, we can also just fill the tray

  • around the container with even more Orbeez.

  • Let's fill things up.

  • [Music]

  • So again, we had a few of these

  • that like got a little bit melted,

  • and you can kind of see the residue of a plastic bucket.

  • When we poured molten aluminum into a bucket of Orbeez,

  • we lost some of it to the the plastic,

  • and so we,

  • I'm going to try and filter these out,

  • just because I don't know what that's going to do,

  • and I want this to just be pure Orbeez.

  • [Music]

  • A ridiculous amount of Orbeez.

  • Let's add more.

  • Yeah.

  • [Music]

  • That's a lot of Orbeez.

  • That's a lot of Orbeez, and two GoPros.

  • Saying the name of our cameras actually turn them off.

  • They have voice activation features, which is useful

  • until you forget, and you say the name,

  • and they both turn off on you.

  • So the cameras,

  • the name of which we will not say,

  • are in the freeze dryer.

  • Here we go.

  • Alright, so that's the nine hours,

  • and while that's going, make some more?

  • Yeah, why not?

  • We're about to ruin some.

  • [Music]

  • More?

  • Better to have too many than too few.

  • [Music]

  • Our orbeez are finished.

  • The freeze dryer has completed its cycle.

  • It took a long time.

  • We let this thing run for about two days,

  • which is longer than a lot of things need.

  • But Orbeez have a lot of water in them.

  • It's cool watching the time lapse of these,

  • just growing as well.

  • And Callie found a special one.

  • Okay guys, for some reason,

  • we had a bunch of Orbeez that were Prince Rupert's drop shape,

  • but I, somebody may have accidentally broken this one?

  • So really just a tadpole shape,

  • but it's pretty cool.

  • Sometimes, they just grow tails.

  • I wonder if it's more likely when you make larger batch,

  • not necessarily because there's more,

  • but growing with this many together.

  • We probably got like 10,000 in this jar, and so,

  • three out of ten thousand.

  • Let's open up our freeze dryer, and see what we've got.

  • [Music]

  • Okay, that's awesome.

  • Those change.

  • I have a plate of Fruity Pebbles now.

  • It's just like styrofoam.

  • Yeah, it sounds like little styrofoam pebbles.

  • Okay, this is cool.

  • This is one of the larger ones.

  • The color has like seeped to certain parts,

  • but the rest of it is just almost like clear foam.

  • Some parts of them.

  • The water did not fully get vacuumed out,

  • because somebody may have put a lot of Orbeez in there.

  • Yeah.

  • We definitely got most of it out,

  • but it looks like where it was thicker blobs together.

  • All right.

  • So the stuff on the tray, that we got really dry.

  • The stuff in the bowls...

  • Oh, interesting.

  • It's still-- that's like a--

  • Well, it's cold, but it's not frozen.

  • And the big piles of it got very well insulated,

  • so you can definitely see that there's a difference.

  • All of this stuff that's on the tray,

  • this was an orbee,

  • and now, it's just this little plastic thing,

  • and I can just smoosh it into dust.

  • Orbeez dust.

  • So fluffy and light.

  • The new kind of Orbeez art.

  • Just look at this one.

  • So a lot of these, the colors like seeping out,

  • but that was perfectly Cobalt.

  • That's cool.

  • [Music]

  • Okay, new plan.

  • Hmm.

  • Huh?

  • No.

  • I'ts pretty solid.

  • Did anything break off of that?

  • Pieces fell off.

  • I don't think like broke that all though.

  • Here you go.

  • You try.

  • Pickle jar worth of solid block of ice.

  • You weakened that.

  • I smacked it against the counter.

  • That's ice, right in the middle.

  • That's just solid ice.

  • >> But the outside is crunchy. >> But like squished together Orbeez ice,

  • and like, I think ice is actually filled in all

  • of the gaps between where the Orbeez were.

  • It's gelatin ice.

  • Well, we've also got a jar of warm water here.

  • So this is pretty nice and warm,

  • and warm water usually activates Orbeez faster.

  • So I want to see what happens

  • if we start putting these dehydrated bits

  • into the water.

  • So let's start with--

  • This is one still mostly frozen,

  • but not completely freeze dried orbee.

  • [Music]

  • Wow.