Watch What Happens When You Grind Away a Motorcycle’s Engine

Our strongest materials age and fade with time, but often at a speed that’s far too slow for mere mortals to perceive. Not too long ago, a Madrid-based ad agency put together this time-lapsed advertisement to demonstrate the erosion capabilities of a new class of Cubitron II abrasives from 3M. The video allows you to see an entire motorcycle engine sift away before your eyes like a real world cutaway illustration, all set to some beautifully entrancing music.   

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There’s something of the Ozymandian dream here, watching the controlled erosion of what would normally take an endless string of tomorrows creeping in its petty pace, but here it all unfolds in less than three minutes.