I was asked to design and build a machine like a hydraulic press that could apply 20 tons of force down onto a 6 and 8 foot diameter ball. I managed to hit my customers goal of fabrication and test within 2 weeks. I had the vendor cut the steel to length, and drop it off at a local welding shop. The welding shop brought the unit to the testing facility where I drilled out all the needed mounting holes (around 40 2-1/2 inch holes), mounted all the hydraulic lines, and the hydraulic ram. I also built a custom LabVIEW code that would produce a load readout and a graphical representation of the load (i.e 38000 lbs is what a fully loaded city bus weighs).