16 April 2015

The Ingenious, Little-Known Design Features Of The Humble Aluminum Can

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In this recent video, Engineer Guy Bill Hammack explains the design and surprisingly complex engineering that went into the commonplace, nondescript aluminum can.

Comparing the can with a sphere and a cuboid, he reveals why the cylinder was chosen for its packing factor and how it can be easily manufactured.

The video goes on to explore the whole process of how the modern can is made, from the shape of the can to the ingenious design of the stay on tab.

Watch the video below and be amazed at the amount of thought put into the design of this everyday object.

[via Laughing Squid, screen captures via YouTube]