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Customer Webinar: Introduction to Extrusion Dies
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Customer Webinar: Introduction to Extrusion Dies

If you’re interested in knowing more about how aluminum moves through a die to create a desired part, this webinar is for you.

When: Wednesday, November 7, 2018
11:00 AM
Where: United States

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Extrusion dies can be made to produce an almost limitless array of extrusion shapes and sizes. Some dies produce simple shapes; others are quite complex. Some dies that look simple to the designer may, in fact, be difficult to extrude. How do you know if your design is easy or difficult to produce?

If you’re interested in knowing more about how aluminum moves through a die to create a desired part, this webinar is for you. We will discuss die design – and what makes a section difficult or easy to extrude. We’ll also cover how specific extrusion artifacts– e.g. location of screw lugs and walls, -- affect surface properties. And we’ll cover the flow of metal through the container to provide a better understanding of the challenges of die design, and how design impacts quality

Finally, you’ll learn how to design interlocking sections in order to make more complex products from multiple extrusions. And we’ll cover the benefits of discussing your objectives with an extruder early in the design process.


About the Speakers

Richard Dickson
Richard Dickson is Director of Customer Training and Development with Hydro Aluminum Metals USA. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the aluminum extrusion business. He has been an active member of the Aluminum Extruders Council’s Die Committee and serves on several Aluminum Association and ASTM technical committees. Richard is the editor and coauthor of Hydro’s die design and manufacturing manuals. As leader of Hydro Aluminum’s International Die Team, for many years, he drove the effort to create and/or refine ever-more productive die designs. Richard’s passion remains advancing extrusion beyond its current limits through understanding and education.

Rick Liscomb
Combining extrusion and die design with the former Alcan (now Rio Tinto) and EXCO, a global designer and manufacturer of dies, Rick Liscomb has been part of the aluminum extrusion industry for over 40 years. He has held various positions from janitorial through to upper management. The die side of his career has ranged from production design through to many die development teams. Rick has also been an active member of the AEC and has served on AEC and ET committees.

Richard, along with Rick, conducts the Die webinar series for AEC members, sharing their knowledge and expertise for the benefit and advancement of the industry. Both Richard and Rick have presented numerous technical papers at the industry’s most prestigious and respected educational conference, the International Aluminum Extrusion Technology Seminar. The next edition of this important industry seminar, otherwise known as ET ’20, is scheduled for May 19 through 21, 2020 in Orlando, Florida.

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