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2018 Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition Details

Aluminum extrusions are all around home in windows, doors, railings, appliances...on the road in cars, trucks, signs, traffic lights...on the water in boats and docks... in the work or the gym, the playground, the stadium, the supermarket, the doctor's office. Every day, you come in contact with a wealth of products made better by aluminum extrusions.

Students have a unique way of looking at the world, which makes them well-qualified to offer innovative solutions to design challenges. Think beyond the ordinary to come up with unique and resourceful uses for extruded aluminum!

Winning designs in the Student Class are presented with scholarships for First, Second and Third Place. A scholarship for the special Sustainable Design Category is also available. Winners also will be awarded complimentary attendance to the Extrusion Design University (EDU) '18 event scheduled for May 14-16, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois

Entries due by April 2, 2018

Qualifications for Entry:

  • Must currently be enrolled as a student in high school, college/university, technical school, or graduate school to be eligible.
  • It is highly recommended to include a 3-D printed prototype of your component design
  • Your extrusion design must fit within no larger than a 10-inch circle size to be considered for an award.
  • Provide as much support material as possible to illustrate the design, its utility and practicality (i.e., art boards, images – jpeg preferred – drawings, full and complete explanation of how your entry meets the four judging criteria)
  • Proper grammar and spelling is a must!

Be sure to visit Key Considerations on this website for more information on aluminum extrusion design.

Call for Entries & Entry Form

For complete information, including judging criteria, eligibility, tips on a successful entry and more, download the Call for Entries brochure. Download the Student Competition Entry Form here. For team entries, each member of the team should complete an entry form.


Comprehensive Rules:

Designs must be original and make use of at least one extruded aluminum component. Multiple entries may be accepted. If any category yields no entries deemed by the judges to adequately address the competition’s criteria, a prize will not be awarded in that category.

Winning entries will be those that best demonstrate the benefits of aluminum extrusions – whether by inventing a new product or improving an existing one – by achieving the following objectives:

Innovative design, new application capability, methods to meet a new design challenge.

Ease of fabrication and assembly, cost-effectiveness, use of extruded aluminum over other materials or processes.

Product/Process Advantage
Product/Process improvement: customization or improvement of extrusion processes, close tolerances, takes full advantage of extrusion capabilities to improve a product.

Market Impact/Potential
Design/product marketability and likelihood of market success.

A panel of professionals from the aluminum extrusion industry, academia, and/or the trade press will judge the competition in spring 2018.

For complete rules and criteria, visit


In addition to the above awards, winners will be offered complimentary attendance to EDU ’18. Visit for program details.

*One Grand Prize is awarded to the best entry from either the Student or Professional Class 



The Bonnell Sustainable Design Challenge

Humanitarian and environmental disasters and people with physical disabilities often inspire savvy designers and inventors with ideas to develop solutions to these challenges -- and aluminum extrusions offer the perfect sustainable material.

The Bonnell Aluminum Sustainable Design Challenge accepts entries that, in addition to the four basic ET Foundation Design Competition criteria, best addresses societal and/or environmental challenges or concerns.


Bonnell Design Challenge Requirements:

  • The entry must be a viable extrusion-based product that meets the demands of the environment while contributing to the quality of life for its intended users.
  • Interested students should indicate they are seeking consideration for the Sustainable Design Award on the Student Design Competition Entry Form.
  • Explain in the written brief, how their entry meets the criteria.
  • Examples of entries for the Sustainable Design Challenge Category include:

- A refugee tent                   - A hydroponic gardening system

- Water purifier                    - Assistive device for individuals with physical limitations


Want to gain insight into designing aluminum extrusions?

Webinar: Tips for a Successful Design Competition Entry
Listen to the webinar on our YouTube channel to better understand the aluminum extrusion process, see real-life examples of applications for extrusions and discover some considerations when designing with aluminum extrusion.


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

 All entries are due no later than April 2, 2018