Soda Can Pull Tab

soda can pull tab

A lot of engineering goes into a soda can. This dataset shows the ridges in the can lid that let you to open it with one finger—but that keep the can from bursting before it gets to you! 

We put a can under an Alicona optical 3D measurement system to have a look. 

The data shown above includes an image overlay (click the Camera icon in the OmniSurf3D toolbar to view the overlay). Can you guess which of the ridges breaks when you open the can? Scroll down to find out!

Measured via: Alicona InfiniteFocusSL, 10X

Data source:  Digital Metrology Solutions











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How to cite

If you use this dataset, please reference it as follows:

Digital Metrology Solutions. “Surface Library.” Digitalmetrology, Accessed May 29, 2024.