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How to Make a Better Pringles Can

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The Pringles can was a brilliant invention. It helps prevent the chips from breaking and keeps them fresh. But it has one major drawback. Getting chips from the bottom of the can is inconvenient. The can is too narrow for many adult hands and you will usually get your hand covered in the favor powder that builds up on the inside walls of the can.

So to get around this problem, you can either pour the chips onto a plate or design a better Pringles can. I chose the latter. There are a lot of ways that the Pringles can could be modified to work better. The design that I chose uses an adjustable platform for the chips so that they can be raised as the chips are consumed. The platform is loosely held in place by the friction and is adjusted by pulling on the platform with a loop of string that is attached to the lid.
 
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Step 1: Materials

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To make this mod you will need the following items:

Thin sheet metal that is suitable for use with food (I used a dollar store baking sheet)
Needle nose pliers
Tin snips
A Sharpie (optional)
Dental floss (or thread)

Step 2: Cut the Sheet Metal to Shape

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Start by cutting out a 5in(12.7cm) diameter circle from your piece of sheet metal. Then draw a 2.5in(6.3cm) diameter circle inside your cutout. Be careful to keep the circles centered. The area inside inner circle will be the platform for the chips. The outer portion of the cutout will be used to make the spring-loaded supports that hold the platform in place.

Next we need to cut slots in the outer portion of the plate. The number and size of the slots is not crucial. I made about 40 slots that were about 3/16in wide.  

It may help to first draw a series of lines through the center of the plate. This gives you a guide to help keep the cut lines straight.
Here's the good copy of the designs.
DESIGN 1: By using a short can instead of circle sheet metal, the slots don't catch on to the inside of the can when you push the chip platform down. Also, by cutting a long slot in the pringles can itself and through that slot attaching a riser to the can, it's much easier to raise and lower the chip platform. A downside is the lost space for chips.
DESIGN 2: In this design, it works like a push-pop. The chip platform is raised/lowered by pushing or pulling a stick handle which would feed through a hole cut in the bottom of the pringle's can (ignore that part in my picture about the orange ring- a hole in the bottom of the can would be easier and more practical). This design is better because it allows for much more space for chips and is easier to construct.
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lol just had a closer look at your idea 2 and realised i just proposed the same thing minus the handle which makes complete sense to be taped to outside!

however i would say you dont need two platforms at the bottom as the lower one is redundant as really the push stick does not need a guide hole.
"Guide hole" meant the hole the handle would follow through. Without it it would easily fall apart. It would just be a small hole cut in the base.
what about a flexible plastic base that is a tiny bit more wide than the can, plus that side slider idea of yours, so that when you press the slider into the can, the plastic base is bent and allows you to move it up and down, but when it's released, it get's back to it's original shape, forcing outwards against the can's wall and holding the chips in place.
That would take the space of like 3 chips.
That's a good idea, then you run into the problem of the flexible base dislodging from the side slider (setting it off from perpendicular), which would make it hard to remove from the can... it has to have something attached to that flexible base... what if that idea was modified to have a long, thin rail (like train tracks) on the inside of the can, so the base would always stay perpendicular.
...or you could have sliders on both sides, and to make the base move you just press 'em into the can.
Good idea, but there's the problem that with two long slots cut in the can, it's unstable.
Yeah, the push pop was actually my original inspiration for the design. But I decided to go with an actuator on the top so that it doesn't have a stick coming out of the side that would make it more inconvenient to store and handle.
Makes sense, but what do you think about the slider idea? It's compact, uses as space as your design, and is easy to operate.
ChronicD1 year ago
Hello,

Enjoyed reading through this and as a guy with bug hands appreciate the solution. As soon as i cant reach the Pringles with my finger tips i have to tilt the container over and slide some into my hand - potentially covering myself, or at least the floor in crumbs.

So i would reduce your design somewhat as there are too many new connections in the mod.

Also would the design needs to specify whether this would be a Pringles can accessory (possibly third party) or a design that would be sold to Pringles as a modification to there packaging for manufacturing at a factory?

in either case my idea would be to simply the concept by identifying the goal and coming up with the least number of parts to achieve it. In this case its to get Pringles out the can without having to put your hand in.

I would take the concept of a plastic cylinder toothpaste holder or a builders glue gun tube where you have a platform with O ring seal in the bottom of the can that you simply push up and extrude the Pringles as desired.

Things to consider in this are;

1. The platform could be sold separately and with the idea being that you cut off the bottom of the Pringles can (possibly with can opener? or knife) and insert the movable platform.

2. The bottom of the can is no longer there and the Pringles factory make the tubes with the platform inside at the factory (note there may have to be a light sheet metal rim at the base to maintain structural rigidity.

3. As the Pringles are eaten the platform needs to go "up" and you will reach the point where your fingers cant reach - however instead of putting your hand in you can choose to push it up with a spoon or something instead. otherwise you could use your hand and if the O ring has done the job right there shouldn't be much there to get on your hand.

hope that all makes sense. now back to work :)
This is a cool idea, but it seems like a lot of work to solve a little problem. Plus, you would have to take all the chips out of the can to install your chip lift and then put all the chips back before eating them! When they get that low I just tilt the can until the chips slide out..
You don't have to take all the chips out if the factory does this for you. The factory would: make the can, put this contraption in, fill it with chips, seal it.
Then all you have to do is: open can, eat chips, pull string, eat more chips.
Have you considered refining your design, patenting it and leasing it to the Pringles company?
They did run a "hack your can into a speaker" promotion at one time. They might be receptive.
GitarGr81 year ago
It would be awesome if there was a version that could make use of free energy afforded to us by the earth's gravitational pull to relieve the can of it's contents. Reminds me of my brilliant idea for a wind-powered boat. Maybe someday.
millmore1 year ago
Very clever idea - I really like the simplicity of it.

However, you'd inevitably get crumbs down the side of the mechanism, and I'd have no choice at the end of the stack but to take out the mechanism and tip the remaining contents of the tube straight in to my mouth.
NoseyNick1 year ago
Surely with a simple pneumatic device, as soon as you pop the top of the can you could explode all the pringles out for rapid party distribution? :-)
darman121 year ago
Sweet Instructable! I hate reaching down the can to get the last few chips!
i cant my hands are to big
Well than it seems this Instructable is perfect for you!
well right now i eat them off my stomach since im stuck in my recliner all day
now that's funny.
Because he hurt his foot in a motorcycle wreck.
Ah, I see.
that sounded bad its just for a bit while my foot heals from an motorcycle wreck but this would be great if pringles would implement this in there packaging.
Dang, that sucks. I'm sorry about your foot. Get better soon :)
Sorry, the file came out wrong... let me redo that.
This is my version of the design.
DESIGN 1: By using a short can instead of circle sheet metal, the slots don't catch on to the inside of the can when you push the chip platform down. Also, by cutting a long slot in the pringles can itself and through that slot attaching a riser to the can, it's much easier to raise and lower the chip platform. A downside is the lost space for chips.
DESIGN 2: In this design, it works like a push-pop. The chip platform is raised/lowered by pushing or pulling a stick handle which would feed through a hole cut in the bottom of the pringle's can (ignore that part in my picture about the orange ring- a hole in the bottom of the can would be easier and more practical). This design is better because it allows for much more space for chips and is easier to construct.
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This is my version of the design.
DESIGN 1: By using a short can instead of circle sheet metal, the slots don't catch on to the inside of the can when you push the chip platform down. Also, by cutting a long slot in the pringles can itself and through that slot attaching a riser to the can, it's much easier to raise and lower the chip platform. A downside is the lost space for chips.
DESIGN 2: In this design, it works like a push-pop. The chip platform is raised/lowered by pushing or pulling a stick handle which would feed through a hole cut in the bottom of the pringle's can (ignore that part in my picture about the orange ring- a hole in the bottom of the can would be easier and more practical). This design is better because it allows for much more space for chips and is easier to construct.
I thought those were single serving cans? Once they are opened they rarely ever get the lid put back on. :-)
I haven't bought those in years, so don't have any to check.

Can anyone check for the "Servings" number which will be written on the side somewhere?

I guess its 4-5 servings in a normal can.
Who reads labels? Looks like single serving to me.
KarlSack1 year ago
Another idea would be to have a spring at the bottom under a round platform that automatically pushed upards when chips are removed.

Just like the dinner plate storage device found at buffets.

It made me smile so, great instructable!!
ptsuk1 year ago
http://s3-ak.buzzfed.com/static/imagebuzz/web05/2012/1/24/4/fixed-for-the-idiots-27715-1327398107-7.jpg

this will fix things...
lol! That's what I do :D
Rich99 ptsuk1 year ago
now that's funny.
Not really... you left the lid on :)
jmcgarey1 year ago
I could see a small hole in the center of each chip, then a screw and crank on the bottom, like a stick of deodorant. Just keep twisting and the chips keep lifting...

Way to think outside the box.
More like... outside the tube...
I thought of an easier solution. I married a girl with small hands. She gets me Pringles, I open jars. Win-win.
mjursic1 year ago
What an elegant little solution! I am a grade 7-8 school teacher. I will be giving my students this problem in a couple of weeks to get them problem solving. THANKS!
agis681 year ago
your idea is greate.but its greater to empty the rest of chips on a plate.....lol....you want to get poor the pringles firm?, you know how much will rise the cost to the final client this piece of metall and about 30 cm of wax floss?.....lol just kidding
I do hate shoving my hand down the tube and if I dump it, I just get chips all over. Nice fix :)
SenKat1 year ago
Nice work ! Now - since you made THIS 'ible - I am positive you could automate it - like a sound interface that can tell by how many crunches you make, to serve that many more chips....... :) BUT - you get an A+ regardless, as it IS a simple solution to a simple problem. Keep 'em coming !
jipznet1 year ago
I think some folks failed to read fully and watch the video. It is clearly stated this is a "proof of concept" more then a practical day to day method to eat canned chips.
I dont see why people feel the need to nit pick over the silliest of things; such as "fact that you have to dump the can makes this pointless" ... really that is your reply... is seems as foolish as saying you dont like the flavor of the chips so it will never work? This chip caulking tube that some people see as "pointless" is a very good feat of design and package engineering. Nuff said.
nimster641 year ago
if your hand don't fit in the can then you should not be eating these LOL....
Thrasym1 year ago
Interesting...kind of odd that you'd go through all this instead of just...ya know...tipping the can over your HAND to get the chips out (instead of getting something to pour the bottom chips into). I mean, it just seems like so much more work setting it up than the effort it saves, tipping.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not raging that the instructable was made, just, think it's odd how it came to be. Of course, I'm a fatty and a stack of pringles doesn't last long around here. ")
jipznet1 year ago
I cant see why there is any criticism on this instructable... This is a wonderful proof of concept that tackles a common problem. I sure hope you patented you idea. I can see this innovation being put into practice or being purchased to hide it from view. In any case you made something wonderful.
Nice job on the instructable... Nice pics and instructions though, the fact that you have to dump the can makes this pointless!
mmmattt1 year ago
May I also suggest widening the outside/bottom of the can? It seems like I used to be able to store the lid down there when I was eating but now the lip on the can is too small.
I like it! Maybe a little overkill, but I personally hate sticking my hands into bags to get things and tipping the can over to get the dregs is no fun.
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