Can Opener

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This can opener is manufactured by Durabrand. The primary function of the can opener is to open cans by cutting the metal lid off. An electrical motor spins the geared wheel, which in turn spins the can. The blade remains stationary as it cuts the lid off.

User Requirements

  • plug outlet to power the device
  • standard size canned product
  • small enough can to be successfully held by the can opener

Engineering Specifications

  • minimum power output
  • minimum can diameter
  • minimum can height and weight


The table belows lists the Bill of Materials for the Durabrand Can Opener:

Table 1: Durabrand Can Opener Bill of Materials
Part # Part Name Category Function Material Picture
1 Casing Structural component Holds, protects, and supports internal and external components ABS plastic Image
2 Guide bar Support element Guides lever arm and can Metal Image
3 Magnet Support element Holds can lid Ceramics Image
4 Geared wheel Output Rotates can Metal Image
5 Cutting blade Output Cuts though can lid Metal Image
6 Lever arm Structural component Holds blade and magnet; on/off switch Plastic Image
7 Motor Input Rotates the geared wheel Metal plate, coil Image
8 Medium gear Output Converts the electrical energy into the horizontal mechanical energy Metal, plastic, and ball bearings Image
9 Large gear Transmission Reduces speed of rotation and provides more torque; connects to geared wheel Inner gear - metal; outer gear - plastic Image
10 Switch Power supply Completes circuit; on/off switch Copper with plastic plate (nonconductor) Image
11 Power cord Power supply Supplies power to motor Wires and insulation with a metal connection Image