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INTERNATIONAL ALUMINUM EXTRUSION DESIGN COMPETITION
Aluminum extrusions are all around us...at home in windows, doors, railings, appliances...on the road, on the water and in the air...at work or school...at the gym, the playground, the stadium, the supermarket, the doctor's office. Every day we come in contact with a myriad of products made better by aluminum extrusions.
Winners in the 2017 International Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition have been announced. View the winning designs here.
The student division of the Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition occurs yearly and the next competition is planned for the 2017-2018 school year. Watch for an announcement in early fall 2017.
Instructors: AEC can help teach your students about aluminum extrusions. Go to "Academic Resources" to learn more.
International Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition: Student Class
Once you’ve learned more about the process, product applications and design tips, enter your design in the International Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition for a chance to earn a scholarship award. The competition is intended to enlighten students studying engineering, design, and architecture about the superior advantages of extruded aluminum profiles.
Scholarships totaling $8,500 will be presented as cash awards to the best student designs submitted.
Students with the winning entries will be awarded scholarships in the following amounts:
Bonnell Aluminum LED Lighting Design Challenge
The 2017 Student Design Competition will again include a special design category that challenges students to think about aluminum extrusions as a holistic solution to a design problem. Students are tasked with designing a product that incorporates LED lights and uses aluminum extrusions for structural, thermal management and/or some of the other excellent material advantages for this application. Examples include a park bench with incorporated LED lights, an LED solar-powered signboard, stairway lighting, and road sign. Think beyond a light fixture; your limit is your imagination!
The Bonnell Aluminum LED Lighting Design Challenge has separate criteria for judging.
Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition Fast Facts
Learn more about designing with aluminum extrusions
An educational presentation is available for instructors and students to learn more about aluminum extrusion. The PDF presentation is a primer on the advantages of aluminum and aluminum extrusion, as well as a good resource for some aluminum extrusion design tips (hint: it's not effective to simply transfer your steel design to aluminum extrusion).
(File size: 7 MB)
Instructors: Incorporate the Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition into Your Curriculum
The Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition provides an excellent opportunity to teach your students design techniques while exposing them to the material advantages of aluminum and benefits of designing with extruded aluminum. Incorporating the Design Competition into your curriculum provides an excellent teaching opportunity while offering students a real-world experience in product design. And, the opportunity for students to earn scholarship money is always a strong motivator.
Many members of the Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) conduct plant tours for instructors and their students from local learning institutions. If you are interested in finding an AEC-member extruder who will provide an educational tour of their facility, contact the ET Foundation at mail@ETFoundation.org or AEC at mail@AEC.org.
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