Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Illinois

The Engineer Guy on the ingenious design of aluminum cans

Why is a soda can shaped the way it is? What’s so great about stay-on tabs? Professor Bill Hammack “The Engineering Guy” explores the ingenious design behind the aluminum can, a “modern engineering marvel,” in a new video.

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Professor Hammack reveals the superb engineering that underlies the soda or pop can. He explains why engineers choose a cylindrical shape, illustrates the can’s manufacture using production line samples and animations. Plus, slow motion footage details the pull tab’s astonishing operation!