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More than $200,000 awarded to date

2018 Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition

The Call for Entries is now open for the 2018 Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition! Download the brochure, including entry forms now! Click on the image to download.

The Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition is intended to enlighten students and engineering, design, and architecture professionals about aluminum extrusions' superior advantages and many applications.

Enter your unique designs in the 2018 Aluminum Design Competition! Show off your talent, ingenuity and creativity by designing components, systems and/or products that feature aluminum extrusions.

The 2018 Design Competition offers two possible tracks to compete in:


The Student Class is open to students currently enrolled in high school, college/university, technical school, or graduate school.

  • Scholarships are awarded for First, Second, and Third Place
  • Scholarship for special Sustainable Design Category also available

Go to the Student page to learn more >>


The Professional Class is open to designers, engineers, architects, manufacturers and others who design components and systems.

  • Cash prizes are awarded in four categories: Architectural/Structural, Transportation, Engineered Products, Alternative Energy

Go to the Professional page to learn more >>

Learn more about the 2018 Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition Judging Criteria and Competition Rules.

Cash Prizes and Student Scholarship Awards

Grand Prize - $3,500 - open to Student and Professional Class submissions

Student Class

Scholarships totaling $8,500 will be presented as cash awards to the best student designs submitted. Winning entries in the Student Class will be awarded in the following amounts:

  • First Place - $3,000
  • Second Place - $2,000
  • Third Place - $1,000
  • Sustainable Design Award - $2,500

Professional Class

A First-Place Prize may be awarded for the best design in each of the four categories:

  • Structural/Architectural - $2,000
  • Transportation - $2,000
  • Engineered Products - $2,000
  • Alternative Energy - $2,000


The ET Foundation is grateful to Bonnell Aluminum for their sponsorship of the 2018 Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition awards.

To enter, please download the 2018 Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition Brochure here.

 All entries are due no later than April 2, 2018


More than $200,000 awarded to date

International Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition

Winning entries in the 2017 International Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition have been announced. Scholarships are being awarded for First, Second and Third Place, as well as for the Bonnell Aluminum LED Lighting Design Challenge. 

View the 2017 winning student designs

View all past winning entries >> 



2016 Design Competition Winners

The ET Foundation has announced the winners of the 2016 Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition, sponsored by Bonnell Aluminum.

A total of $12,000 in scholarship awards and cash prizes were awarded in two classes: Student and Professional.

View the winning designs>>


Some winners from the 2016 Design Competition were in attendance when the winning entries were revealed in Chicago at the Eleventh International Aluminum Extrusion Technology Seminar & Exposition – ET ’16 in early May. Pictured from left to right: Rob Nelson, Almag Aluminum Inc. (Grand Prize winner), David Asher, Bonnell Aluminum (competition judge), Stephon Giscombe, student -University of Alabama- Huntsville (First Place Student Class), Craig Werner, Kaiser Aluminum (ET ’16 Chairman), Rachel Hernandez, student -University of Alabama- Huntsville (First Place Student Class), Zach Hellman, student - Purdue University (LED Lighting Design Challenge Award), and Bill Rogers, Aloca (competition judge).