Folding Can

I made a flat packed can. The can is made out of one polypropylene sheet.

Because of the connections it's easy to assemble or dissasemble.

It's possible to make with a lasercutter.

Step 1: What Do You Need?

Step 2: Make the Template

If possible print it on one large sheet of paper.

If not, you can print it on different sheets of paper and stick them together.

Step 3: Draw on the Plastic

Place the paper sheet under the plastic one and trace the image with a marker.

Step 4: Cut Out the Rough Form

Cut the outline out of the sheet.

Step 5: Make the Handles

Cut out the handles.

Watch out for the special shape of one of the handles!

Step 6: Cutouts

Make cutouts and incisions for the connections.

Step 7: Folds

Make light cuts with your cutter knife at the place where the folds need to come.

First the pink ones then turn around and cut the green ones.

Cut very lightly, you mustn't cut through the sheet.

Step 8: Remove the Marker

Use a solvent, for example nail polish remover to remove the marker.

Step 9: Fold It

Fold along the lines you've cut.

The folds must be on the opposite side of the cuts.

Step 10: How to Make It With a Laser Cutter.

By using the laser cutter, most of the lines can be cut carved out.

4 lines still have to be cut by hand.

Then the can is finished.

Step 11: How to Use It?

Step by step folding the can.



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    2 Discussions


    3 years ago

    This is really impressive! Did you use some design software to come up with the layout, or just figure it out through trial and error?

    Either way, the end result looks great!

    1 reply

    Reply 3 years ago

    Thank you for the nice comment!

    The layout, I just figured it out through trial and error.