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Customer Webinar: Specifying & Achieving Desired Extrusion Performance

As automotive aluminum extrusion applications continue to grow, engineers seeking optimized performance are increasingly going beyond the “shorthand” of alloy and temper designation and specifying the desired microstructure for the final component. This webinar will explain how various automotive applications require differing underlying microstructure for optimal performance, among other considerations.

 Export to Your Calendar 10/25/2017
When: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
1:00 PM
Where: United States

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Automotive Aluminum: Specifying & Achieving Desired Extrusion Performance

Since 2012, the usage of extruded aluminum shapes in North American light vehicles has grown by more than 50%, to over 25 pounds per vehicle. Today, aluminum extrusions can be found in applications as varied as crush cans, trim members, rocker sections and seat backs – each with a unique set of performance requirements. As automotive aluminum extrusion applications continue to grow, engineers seeking optimized performance are increasingly going beyond the “shorthand” of alloy and temper designation and specifying the desired microstructure for the final component.

This webinar, developed by AEC with Presenting Sponsor Sapa Extrusion North America, and hosted by SAE International, will explore:

  • How various automotive applications require differing underlying microstructure for optimal performance
  • How alloy chemistry and extrusion processing parameters can be manipulated to yield distinctive microstructure
  • How to effectively specify microstructure, and the critical variables to consider.


Mini cases will be used to illustrate successful application of microstructure specification.

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About the Speaker

Mark Butterfield
Vice President Engineering & Manufacturing, Magnode Corporation

Mark Butterfield has over 25 years’ experience in automotive structural and non-structural 6000-series extrusions and their applications. His background includes profile design & development, extrusion tool design, aluminum billet casting, aluminum extrusion process & equipment, 6000-series metallurgy and CNC Fabrication.

Mr. Butterfield currently manages all corporate engineering, extrusion and fabrication operations for Magnode. He is also quite active within the Aluminum Extruders Council, serving as Chairman - ET Extrusion Track, and member of the Die& Tooling and Industry Promotion Steering Committees in addition to chairing the AEC’s Automotive Team.


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