The Ingenious Design of the Aluminum Beverage Can

Share this video on

What's Hot

What's New

Top Grossing

Top of the Chart


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

Equisynth Studio : He explains it pretty clearly, because he can.

BerserkGravy : I feel like if you were my teacher i wouldn't be unemployed right now.

Micah Philson : Ever since finding this channel, I've had to come back and rewatch this video several times, maybe twice a year! It's just so full of incredible ingenuity and clever design, you learn so much about an item you consider to be totally simple and common!

Lord Smooshy : Why can't teachers be like this guy? This was more interesting than any engineering class I ever took.

ussi : Every so often, this video pops up in my recommended page.. I don't know why, but I can't stop watching it every time it does

William Walsh : I want him to tell me exactly what to do with my life.

Jeffrey D : Now Im sure. I finished the internet

RIch Gallegos : I worked for five years in a beverage can plant after going back to school to become an electrician. I was lucky enough to work in an Union plant with a highly motivated workforce that had an average of 18 years of experience/worker. Most everyone there was older and had been doing this their entire lives. After working for a decade in an aluminum smelter, the can manufacturing environment was like being in heaven! I went almost immediately to work on night shift, and I spent probably the first year of my free time either studying manuals related to the electrical equipment and communications electronics (VFD's, PLC's, modbus, Scada, etc.), and when I wasn't doing that I was out on the floor following people around learning how the machines worked and how things were done. It was an exhausting process but in the end it made me a better electrician and a more valuable employee because I could get the lines back up quicker and more effectively. Our little plant had two presses, 32 bodymakers, two washer/dryers, one UV machine, two decorators (they paint the cans, ours had eight stages~could paint different inks for a design, two dryers to cure the ink designs, two lacquer sprayer lines (with I think eight sprayers per line), then two more dryers to cure the inner lacquer, two neckers (fourteen stage), into two inspection cameras that looked for holes (light) inside the cans, into two more cameras that looked for deformities in the overall shape and thin/missing inner lacquer, and finally two busse stackers that made the pallets of just over 8,000 cans each. The pallets then moved out and went through two banding machines to ensure they were ready for shipping. Those machines and about 30 people per twelve hour shift could produce right around 5 million cans in a 24 hour period. I also can't forget the shipping guys, usually two forklift operators that worked nonstop moving pallets off the line into our warehouse, keeping track of dozens and dozens of different designs/brands, and filling trucks taking those pallets to the fillers. Something he didn't cover in the process is another reason the dome of the can is shaped the way it is. The part of the bottom of the can that touches the table is called the "chine", and if you look at it, it is inset from the edge of the can also, making the dome slightly smaller. UV material is applied to the chine and them cured with microwave high power UV lights. The reason for this is that it helps the can move more easily through the construction and filling processes. The UV coating is applied right after the can exits the dryer from the washer (can is cleaned after the bodymaking process to remove die oils and sanitizes them.

Futility Belt : Why was this so interesting? Seriously, there is no way I should have enjoyed this as much as I did.

AND WE DANCE. VLOGS : This guy knows cans.

Џарог Шаџе : I don't know why I'm watching this but it's great

Sayden : I'm watching this at 1 am while eating cup noodles.

Tom : This makes learning fun! Now I'm going to go open a beer. For science!

Sandy Hooker : This is the first time a fanta commercial taught me something, thank you.

Dloweification : I don't even drink soda, but I could listen to this guy talk all day.

Teddy Roosevelt : Unintended Asmr

Paul : Excellent video that shows how something so simple has so much complex engineering.

Doug Boone : Surprisingly fascinating topic and very well put together. Like those below, I have no idea why this was in my list of recommended videos, but I was glued to it from start to finish. I love the engineering and physics aspects that go into the design and production of a simple, everyday item like aluminum cans.

4stringz : Fascinating. this is what YouTube was made for.

Quaglium Quagnarr : His calm enthusiasm coupled with the knowledge of the process in creating the aluminum can is what makes this so interesting.

Jynn : 11:36 so no one's gonna mention this little failed outtake

Jaran : What was that at the end

freeatlast1963 : Everthing you wanted to know about aluminium cans, but were afraid to ask ...

JayRad : best explanation ever of anything. this guy knows how to teach

Arbiter : What am I doing with my life

Kyle : I swear this gets recommended to me every 6 months, and I watch it every time, great video

Amin : The Ingenious Design of the Aluminum Beverage Can... ... Can what???

The Ultimate Reductionist : GodDAYUM, engineers & machinists are AMAZINGLY CLEVER!

Jake Edwards : dude this was so interesting

Dingus : Engineer guy for president

uneliasmarsu : 5:58 Imagine how much producing the actual cans take annually

mashed potatoes : Who knew such simple science could be so interesting

Ajay Kumar : Learnt more than my 4 years of engineering

bling bling : Î’ll never drink coke the way i used to!

Ugly Casanova : This was pretty awesome, something I always wondered about as well. Now when I open my beers I know how it works.

John Shakeshaft : Great vid thanks guys,, succinct and professional,with unequivocal detail with a completely studious perspective for laypersons such as I. 🤓

Zombiekiller5841 : I just sat and watched a video on the engineering of a aluminium soda can for 11 minutes and 39 seconds and it was thoroughly interesting, I didn't think there was much engineering to a simple soda can but apparently I was wrong.

Mr. Coffee : This goes to prove that we are wildly misusing our greatest minds on this planet. Look at how well this is engineered and its a stupid soda can. Yet we have an island of garbage twice the size of the USA, floating in the pacific.... kind of ridiculous.

➍-cнaи Fag : Man... This guy Probobally spent his whole life at a can crashing factory It must have been *Soda pressing*

Mateusz Kamiński : The amount of detail and thought that has been put into this video is amazing.

Michael Jones : As an ecology instructor and research scientist, now retired, I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation. Riveting! With no pun intended... This is my first exposure to you, the engineering guy, and I am looking forward to viewing others. Thanks for not only giving us a first-rate engineering lesson, you also model for other instructors a dynamic and welcoming way to teach. Best wishes, M. Jones, PhD

SatanIceCream : Well that was excellent.

SuperStruct : But a tuna can sized version is even better -Calculus

Nate Monroe : This is really well done, in 2018 and beyond. Explained quickly, with enough detail for me to grasp the solution designs that had to go into the product without any background research.

Matthew Coffey : Okay YouTube, after several months, I finally watched it, happy?

Kasey Wolf : 11:37 im dead

vondeliusc : Bill: Excellent video, earned my subscription. I am a design engineer and your smooth, concise and accurate delivery covers so much detail.

8BitGamer4life : I could listen to this guy talk about aluminum cans for the next 2 hours.

Piotr Hetman : First video of yours I've seen Engeneer Guy. Thanks for explaining it, subscribed!