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:
Creativity: innovative design, new application capability, methods to meet a new design challenge
Practicality: ease of fabrication and assembly, cost-effectiveness, use of extruded aluminum over other materials or processes, will a typical size extrusion press be able to produce your shape? Refer to the Design Tips section for more information.
Product/Process improvement: customization or improvement of extrusion processes, close tolerances, takes full advantage of extrusion capabilities to improve a product
Market Potential: design/product marketability and likelihood of market success.
Entries must be received by the ET Foundation® by the deadline date noted on the ET Foundation Design Competition website and in the Call for Entries.
Submission of an entry acknowledges the right of the ET Foundation to use it for exhibition and publication.
All entries received shall become the property of The ET Foundation.
However, entrants may request that their entries be returned at the conclusion of the Competition at their own expense.
The ET Foundation is not responsible for any lost, late, or damaged entries.
Winners shall be selected by a panel of independent judges chosen by the ET Foundation.
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.
Winners will be announced via a news release posted to the AEC website and disseminated to the media. All taxes due on cash awards are the winner's responsibility.
Entry into the Competition constitutes permission to use the entrant's design and his, her, or its name, likeness, and affiliation for promotional purposes without further compensation.
Any person signing the application on behalf of a company, firm, or organizational entity represents and warrants that he or she has authority to enter the Competition on the company's behalf and bind the company to any and all Competition rules.
All entrants agree to be bound by any and all additional rules established by the ET Foundation for the Competition.
Student Eligibility: Entrants for the Student Design Competition must currently be enrolled in a 2-year, 4-year, trade, or technical school to be eligible to participate, which includes graduate students. High school students are also eligible. Graduate students are also eligible, provided the student is currently enrolled as a full- or part-time student.
Entry Materials and Submissions
The ET Foundation is grateful to Bonnell Aluminum for their sponsorship of the
2020 Student Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition awards.
The Professional Design Competition is held periodically (typically every even year). Professional engineers, designers, architects, fabricators and manufacturers are encouraged to enter their design in the competition. Aluminum extruders are encouraged to team up with their customers to submit an entry. The more supporting material that is available, the better the entry will be able to be accurately judged.
Entry Materials and Submissions