Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition

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Endless possibilities...

For designers and engineers, the possibilities are endless when designing with aluminum extrusions. Aluminum profiles can provide the solution to many design challenges. With aluminum extrusions, you don't have to compromise your design to accommodate standard shapes, you can design exactly the shape you need and let the production process accommodate itself to your specific design.

Aluminum profiles have many advantages, including:

...making aluminum extrusion the material and process of choice.

Careful design is the way to gain maximum benefit from the many variable characteristics of aluminum alloys and from the flexibility of the extrusion process. The Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition is a great place to show off your talent and innovation in design...and it offers the possibility of winning money and recognition for your unique design!

How to Enter

To enter the 2020 Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition, please download the brochure here!

All entries must be submitted prior to
March 30, 2020!

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In addition to the chance to compete for the Grand Prize award of $3,500, 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

*If any category yields no entries deemed by the judges to adequately address the competition criteria, a prize will not be awarded in that category.

Aluminum Extrusion Design Resources

As you plan your design for the International Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition, visit the Design Resources page for some useful tips and links to helpful design and technical information.

Webinar: Join us for a discussion of the "ins" and "outs" of designing with aluminum extrusions to maximize the opportunity to create an innovative, practical and potential "winning" design.

Tips for a Successful Design Competition Entry: check back for date and time.

Event Categories

Architectural / Structural

Photo courtesy of Classic Exhibits.

  • Office component systems
  • Exhibit display booths
  • Furniture
  • Architectural facades, windows
  • Bridges & bridge decking
  • Modular building systems
  • Satellite components

Engineered Products

  • Bicycles, sporting goods, recreational equipment
  • Ladders, scaffolds
  • Lighting, lighting tracks
  • Appliances, other durable household goods
  • Scientific, agricultural, industrial, mining equipment
  • Machine components
  • Electrical & thermal components


Photos courtesy of Classic Trailers, Inc. and Aluminum Chambered Boats, Inc.

  • Auto chassis & space frames, motorcycle frames & components, seat runners, roof rack rails, steering columns, door handles, radiator frames
  • Truck grills, trailer frames, flooring, cross members
  • Rail car frames & components
  • Airplane wings, seat tracks, window frames, handrails, landing gear
  • Space vehicle components
  • Boat hulls, crossbars, support bars, door & hatch cover trim, tracks & rub rails

Alternative Energy

Photo courtesy of Acciona

Aluminum's sustainable characteristics, along with the versatility of the extrusion process, make aluminum extrusions ideal for alternative energy applications, including:

  • Photovoltaic and Concentrated Solar Power
  • Building-integrated photovoltaic modules
  • Wind power
  • Hydro-electric power
  • Geothermal energy systems

Any part or component designed for use in an alternative energy system will fit into this category.