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The Ingenious Design of the Aluminum Beverage Can

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Bill details the engineering choices underlying the design of a beverage can He explains why it is cylindrical, outlines the manufacturing steps needed to created the can, notes why the can narrows near it lid, show close ups of the double-seam that hold the lid on, and details the complex operation of the tab that opens the can. ☛ Links to additional videos: Rexam: How It’s Made: Anim1: Anim2: Drawing: Redrawing:
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VM CV (3 hours ago)
5 stars explanation.
About47Pandas (9 hours ago)
Don't know why this was in my recommended but it is a well made video. Enjoyed watching it
declan Walker (10 hours ago)
TheHolan (13 hours ago)
Isn't the lid made of steel?
engineerguy (13 hours ago)
No . Different alloy of aluminum, though.
Kamchatka Vodka (14 hours ago)
vashishtha chauhan (14 hours ago)
I need a professor just like him. Great details,
Micheal Drake (1 day ago)
Randall Munroe of XKCD once said "You can look at pretty much any object around you right and think, 'some engineer was frustrated while designing this.' It's a little human connection." Especially when you were talking about the tab, I couldn't help but think that some engineer somewhere lost sleep over trying to make a pull tab that would work and stay attached to the can.
Micheal Drake (23 hours ago)
Wow, I posted that more as a tongue in cheek joke. I'm not even sure what to say, lol. I mean, I want to say it's hilarious but I feel bad for the guy, stressing out so much over it. Thanks to him though, it's a problem that we don't have.
engineerguy (23 hours ago)
An engineer indeed lost sleep over that tab. I interviewed the engineer who designed that tab: he truly could not sleep and so would take long drives to think, returning home just before his family woke up.
JOHN E BOB (1 day ago)
My idea, so don't steal it. Make bottles and cans with indents for your fingers to help hold onto your beverage (Beer). Pat. Pending 😎
Gaming Panda (1 day ago)
Wow that was pretty cool. The random stuff that you end up learning in youtube sometimes...
Brenden French (1 day ago)
This is giving me painful flashbacks to calculus
bling bling (1 day ago)
Î’ll never drink coke the way i used to!
Van Liacopoulos (2 days ago)
Wtf it’s 2 am and I have to wake up at 6 am send help
John Smith (2 days ago)
How do they deal with the crumping issue when they press the blank into the cup shape?
TonalDesigns (2 days ago)
Alumin I um.
must can
you CAN watch it
John Shakeshaft (2 days ago)
Great vid thanks guys,, succinct and professional,with unequivocal detail with a completely studious perspective for laypersons such as I. 🤓
Alex Ronnenberg (3 days ago)
What did a just watch wtf
Dave Kelly (3 days ago)
Why have I watched this 4 times in the last 6 months?
Playa from the Himalayas (3 days ago)
Here is some more can science from "field testing" in the military: A room temperature canned beverage (ie beer) submerged in icy water is ready to go in 7 minutes. The way to test if it's ready is to squeeze the can. If it does not indent, too warm. Gives a little, somewhat ready. Depresses a decent amount, ice cold.
Hunter Brown (4 days ago)
The amazing amount of Alzheimer’s you get from them
SchizoBliss (4 days ago)
The last 2 seconds killed me.
Kage Krôss (4 days ago)
What about the straw in the tab?
Mateusz Kamiński (4 days ago)
The amount of detail and thought that has been put into this video is amazing.
Teoh NL Tony (5 days ago)
Excellent video!!
Skydoes Minecraf (5 days ago)
Deadass just watched a 10 minute video on how a can is made- bangin video tho g
Watermelon Nuclear (6 days ago)
I thought it was made out of tin
jay_plays (7 days ago)
All of this information is gonna be out of my head tomorrow lol
KingFuff (7 days ago)
How are corners the weak points? I thought the faces of the cuboid
metal1301 (7 days ago)
I love this vid. I also had no girlfriends in high school. There's a shocker.
Purple Ostrich_365 (7 days ago)
NERRDD Jk this is really interesting... 😎
Jake Wellham (7 days ago)
Well made video. Very informative and well demonstrated. Love it.
Uncle Jess (7 days ago)
I was not educated in metric measurements. I see what is happening. Slow indoctrination to the metric standards.
Anthony Lee (8 days ago)
Varun P (8 days ago)
thanks very much, such a wonderful video explanation
Kathia Valentina Navarro Orellana (8 days ago)
Like si viste el video por el examen de procesos pero al final terminaste viendo todos los videos que sugieren! =D
Brian Maniora (8 days ago)
Showed up in my recommend feed. Watched it for some reason. Great video. Clearly and enthusiastically explained. Hopefully he is also a school teacher somewhere. We need this kind of teacher for our kids.
Ming Chinese Language Instructor (8 days ago)
Brilliantly engineered video, subscribed and thank you!
Roberto. R. (8 days ago)
Very nice video. 2 questions remained unanswered: what are the variables taken into account for diameter/height proportion and volume design.
Adam Pearce (8 days ago)
I don't understand how the dome uses less material. It looks like the whole of the circle piece gets used in the simulation without leaving any material. The strength/storage benifits are clear. Any advice is greatly appreciated thanks for the brilliant video my friends all enjoyed it too.
engineerguy (8 days ago)
The dome can be made much thinner than a flat bottom: compare the top and bottom of a can.
Patrick Taylor (9 days ago)
This was a great video! Thanks! I will pass this along to coworkers.
Dennis Robertson (9 days ago)
Only thing I didn't like is that you only mentioned the pull tab, and there were many different kinds of push tabs (Pepsi had them for a few years) and some had glued paper pull tabs as well (single serve cans of tomato juice or V-8 veggie drinks). If anyone is interested, you can find a picture of some of these here,_Budweiser_Brewery,jpg.jpg.
bitch ass (9 days ago)
9:16 and people say capitalism hurts all
bitch ass (9 days ago)
8:58 how old is that shit lmaoo
bitch ass (9 days ago)
lmao he didnt say "these companies dont sponsor me" lmaooof
bitch ass (9 days ago)
when ur trying to finish ur ap computer programming but see this video in ur recommendations and click it -50 minutes later- watching "why dont perpetual machines work" fuck my life hard
chunkymonkey55555 (9 days ago)
Ever seen a can with a button style tab? You pushed one button on the lid then pushed the second in which you drink out of until it folded inside of the can. were not as good as standard style.
v1m30 (9 days ago)
One of the biggest wastes ever made to sell crappy drinks.
Snorre Productions (9 days ago)
veru interesting *thinking emoji*
4stringz (9 days ago)
Fascinating. this is what YouTube was made for.
Matthew Happ (10 days ago)
It is not Aluminum it is Aluminium and pronounced AL-U-MINIUM
engineerguy (10 days ago)
Thank you. I will get that corrected.
Clint Wilde (10 days ago)
I met a fellow that had the world distance record for shooting a drink can full of concrete, something like 3 miles. He built his 'cannon' on a surplus 20MM gun platform, he did all the cannon machine work himself. What was most interesting was that you could take any 12oz can, beer or soda, regardless of brand, push it down the muzzle of the cannon with the breech closed, and the seal was so perfect, the can would pop back out due to the build up of air pressure. The diameter of the cans was extremely exact from multiple manufacturers.
Jacob Hoffner (10 days ago)
What a great video. I have actually been meaning to learn this concept. Thank you for the knowledge.
Somnivers (10 days ago)
This video is hypnotic for some unknown reason.
Grant Perkins (10 days ago)
yes.... quite informative!
stephen neamtu (11 days ago)
I normally watch production line videos because I’m curious to how things are made, most of them skip important steps and or don’t make sense. This is the first video I’ve watched that makes so much sense. Thank you!
Collin Lawrence (11 days ago)
I'm gonna us this for my science project....
Joe Cam (11 days ago)
I love this stuff.......
Robert Downey Jr. (11 days ago)
You are amazing
Matias K (11 days ago)
Excellent video, simple things are not so simple.
Michael Martin (12 days ago)
Fantastic, informative video. I've been told that my grandfather helped design the Aluminum can. he was involved in producing the metal alloy for the ring pull. He also worked on metal alloys for concorde.
big fella (12 days ago)
I'm supposed to be doing my 14 page AP world history homework right now.
WarIsOver25 (12 days ago)
Real good video
Robert Gift (12 days ago)
Well done video! Thank you. Love man's innovations! Why is the opening not closer to thedge so that we can get all of the product? Too much left inside.
B H (12 days ago)
potatOS42 (12 days ago)
I still like the idea of a spherical water bottle.
Tyler Bennett (12 days ago)
Welp. It was recommended, and now I'm here. Let's see where this goes. Edit: WTF is that ending lol
vishal anand (12 days ago)
Love the way u teach
trevor blaisdell (13 days ago)
I think I'll go to sleep now. At least I learned something today
Sandy Hooker (13 days ago)
This is the first time a fanta commercial taught me something, thank you.
Equisynth Studio (13 days ago)
He explains it pretty clearly, because he can.
Initialo (13 days ago)
When did the can with the two press in buttons appear? I remember them from the 80s
thabroccolidood (13 days ago)
This guy could talk about anything and it would be interesting
NovaComputing (13 days ago)
Thank you for making this!
Pongo597 (13 days ago)
54jb3r7 (13 days ago)
Can't believe I never realized that a cylinder is a mix of a cube and sphere.
Zinth (14 days ago)
i love it when u say cuboid
shesmine19 (14 days ago)
You kind of resemble William h. Macy. Not an insult, just an observation.
Umaxen 00 (14 days ago)
101% explanation...
poolahpot (14 days ago)
Ingenious yes. Good for the body NO.
mustbsouf (14 days ago)
Surfing Youtube ended up here canned
Luis Donado (14 days ago)
9:00 as a boy, I used to drop the tab of my Pepsi or Coke inside the can so I wouldn't litter.
Amanda Torres (14 days ago)
I love this video! Im in a desing college, and i kind of need to learn abot the desing of different things
Insano draws and plays (14 days ago)
this is now my favorite video
Thisisnotmyrealname8 (15 days ago)
I hate to nitpick, but I'm not convinced that the bottom dome saves any material. It might have a function, but dome or no dome, no material comes off the product.
Predated O (15 days ago)
I sometimes wonder why they didnt make it hexagonal though. Its the strongest shape with edges that has 0 space waste and takes fairly little surface aswell.
Steve Spencer (15 days ago)
Paul (15 days ago)
Excellent video that shows how something so simple has so much complex engineering.
definitlynotyunogasai (15 days ago)
The topic sounds extremely boring to the average person, the execution was well made, the outcome is incredibly fascinating to watch. Well done sir.
Bogdan Dan (15 days ago)
Who clicked the video just to see the spherical can up close?
B H (12 days ago)
Check out Buzzball.
Riley (15 days ago)
Why have I watch this 4 times
xcvxcv (16 days ago)
never knew that is how the modern tab worked, I always thought that the end pushed down to open
Yakozon (16 days ago)
Why am I here?
infinitecanadian (16 days ago)
Engineers are so awesome. We owe the world to them.
Clayton Miller (16 days ago)
The commentary was amazing. I really enjoyed this.
Phobophile 89 (16 days ago)
Why is there that much down vote???
Seema Suber (16 days ago)
A Nice informative video.
Kevin Go (17 days ago)
Lithographed is the term used in the canning industry here In the UK
Jonathan Weiss (17 days ago)
Genuinely interesting video, thanks for sharing!
Paul Valentine (17 days ago)
Farther not "further".