The Ingenious Design of the Aluminum Beverage Can

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Shared April 14, 2015

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.
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Chris Clowers

Dude this guy made something that's normally really boring into a really fascinating and enjoyable video to watch. Never thought I'd enjoy a 12 minute long video about cans.

1 year ago | [YT] | 14,603


Me: It's 3 am, I should probably sleep.

YouTube: C A N

1 month ago | [YT] | 555


I want a ball can now I don’t care if it rolls

2 months ago (edited) | [YT] | 1,173


My simple mind: "it's shaped like that to mimic barrels."

This man, who obviously went to Harvard: "YOU FOOL! the cylindrical design promotes surface area efficiency while maintaining a stackable advantage!"

3 months ago | [YT] | 1,785

David Laker

This is a presentation format that all wannabe YouTube talking heads should be required to watch before being allowed to post their drivel.

3 months ago | [YT] | 794

Adam Rozman

Why do I feel like he's not wearing pants

11 months ago | [YT] | 10,873

mueez adam

I’ve watched this on average 3 times a year. Anytime I see it in my recommendations or I remember it I go back and give it a watch because it’s so concise and informative

2 months ago | [YT] | 195


Why do I keep getting recommended this?

And why do I keep watching it voluntarily?

1 month ago | [YT] | 63

Nova Switch

Recommendations : “Hey wanna watch this at 2 AM and learn....“
My brain: Y E S

2 months ago | [YT] | 294

Im Latte

“You can see the number on the bottom of the can”

Checks bottom of the can

Well damn.

I’m not the only one that did this right?

1 month ago | [YT] | 158

BFFs Engineer

Don't know why this was in my recommended but it is a well made video. Enjoyed watching it

3 years ago | [YT] | 11,206

Johnny BagofDoughnuts

This guy successfully captures the “Modern Marvels” vibes from History Channel HeyDay

1 month ago | [YT] | 41

jacob howe

Me: doesn't drink soda*
YouTube: watch how to make a can*
Me: ok

2 months ago | [YT] | 135


10pm: I'm gonna go to sleep early
3am: can

1 month ago | [YT] | 65


"And also keeps assets of the can from dissolving the aluminum."

Ah yes, wouldn't want my cola to literally dissolve metal before I can imbibe it.

2 months ago | [YT] | 114

Olivier Suire

The cuboïd version would fit in the cybertruck's cup holders just fine !

2 months ago | [YT] | 67

Kewlkid jeff

i had never understood how youtube’s recommendation algorithm always recommends random videos like these

2 months ago | [YT] | 60

Turocko elysium tank

this man has a can-do attitude, we should all be soo lucky.

3 months ago | [YT] | 29


Youtube: Recomends this video
Me: pfft how hard could it really be to invent a can
THIS GUY: explains that some other guy made lever that applies a pressure working with the pressure in the can then immediatly betrays the can and works against it
ME: well shit

1 month ago | [YT] | 13

Jancellor Clementine

Whose mans is this and how did he get all those cans!?

3 months ago | [YT] | 35