Watch as Bill from the Youtube channel Engineerguy explains the shape of soda cans in a fun and logical way. Don’t forget to check out the video in the next page.

#1. The shape.

A circular can would have the most diameter but would also leave too much empty space in packing, and would roll off the table. A square can would have no empty space when packing but would require super strong corner, not to mention how it would be hard to drink from. The cylinder is a meeting of the two.

#2. Blank

The first step starts with an aluminum disk that’s called a ‘blank’ which sits on a drawing die with a blank holder on top.

#3. Aluminum Cup

A cylindrical cup pressed down on the die creating a cup, which is then pressed through successive dies, until the can is thinner and taller.

#4. Three Steps To A Taller Thinner Can

The taller thinner can is the can we know today.