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Aluminum extrusions offer an outstanding level of design flexibility, the ability to tailor component properties, cost-saving functionality and environmental benefits. Yet extrusions' almost limitless design possibilities present unique challenges to the designer and engineer:
  • How should extrusions be designed for minimal system cost and optimal manufacturing?
  • What are the do's and don'ts in profile design?
  • How can shapes be optimized to meet structural requirements?
  • How can extrusion design impact the economics of extruded components vs. alternative materials?

The Aluminum Extruders Council offers webinars aimed at educating engineers and designers on the advantages of and practical considerations for designing with aluminum extrusions.



AEC has added a series of webinars aimed at designers, engineers and others who wish to delve deeper into the ins and outs of aluminum extrusion. The new series, AEC Aluminum Extrusion Tech, is intended to inform and educate those with some knowledge of aluminum extrusions but who are interested in a more technical focus. Watch for this logo identifying these advanced-level webinars.

Upcoming Webinars:


Automotive Aluminum: Specifying & Achieving Desired Extrusion Performance
Date: October 25, 2017
Time: 2:00 p.m. EDT | 1:00 p.m. CDT | 11:00 a.m. PDT

Speaker: Mark Butterfield, Magnode Corporation & AEC Auto Team Leader
Duration: 60 minutes
Hosted by: SAE International
Presenting Sponsor: Sapa Extrusion North America

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 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.


AEC On-demand Webinars

This webinar will provide a brief review of the aluminum extrusion process and how process variables can impact part performance and then address six common issues aluminum extruders face when receiving a new profile design.  Best practices to save the designer time, disappointment and, ultimately, cost will be covered, including tips for improving aluminum extrusion designs and drawings.

This webinar covers the requirements it takes to achieve optimum properties for structural extrusions. Higher strength 6xxx alloys, such as 6005, 6061 and 6082 will be covered; however, the content will be broadly applicable for most 6000-series alloys. Technical issues for assuring properties and maintaining profile geometry for structural applications will be discussed.