What is the best material to use when creating a can crusher?
I'm currently creating a can crusher on Inventor for a school project. I want to know what is the best material to use for each part, or rather should I use one material for all parts.
Standard cans like soda / beer / tin cans? You can use standard mild steel with proper corrosion protection. Maybe cover the wear surfaces (gripping the can) with rubber sheet.
The trick is to apply the force off-center, or to use a lock-twist-and-crush action. The rubber surfaces should also help to grip the cans...