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ET Foundation and Bonnell Aluminum Invite Student Entries for 2017 Aluminum Extrusion Student Design Competition



Wauconda, Illinois—August 30, 2016 -- The ET Foundation, the educational and scientific organization devoted to promoting and advancing aluminum extrusion processes and technologies, and Bonnell Aluminum are seeking entries for the 2017 International Aluminum Extrusion Student Design Competition. Scholarships in the form of cash awards will be presented to the top designs. Bonnell Aluminum will be the sole sponsor for the cash awards, totaling $8,500. This is the third year Bonnell Aluminum is sponsoring the Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition.


The aim of the competition is to promote the understanding and use of extruded aluminum profiles, as well as highlight innovations and recognize excellence in aluminum extrusion design. Students studying design and engineering at universities, colleges, and schools around the world are invited to participate. The ET Foundation will accept entries for the 2017 International Aluminum Extrusion Student Design Competition through March 27, 2017. Entry in the competition is free and judging will take place following the entry deadline.

Winning entries will be those that demonstrate the benefits of extruded aluminum—whether by inventing a new product or improving an existing one—by achieving the following objectives: creativity, practicality, product/process advantage, market impact/potential and presentation and research. Scholarships will be presented as cash awards to the top student designs, including $3,000 for First Place, $2,000 for Second Place, and $1,000 for Third Place. Students also may compete for the Bonnell Aluminum LED Lighting Design Scholarship Award of $2,500. The special design category challenges students to think about aluminum extrusions as a holistic solution to a design problem by designing a product that incorporates LED lights and uses aluminum extrusions for structural, thermal management and/or some of the other material advantages for this application. Essentially, the winning entry must be a viable extrusion-based product that incorporates LED lights and meets the demands of the application while demonstrating the students’ understanding of the process, design limitations and material property advantages of aluminum extrusion. The design can be for residential or commercial, interior or exterior use. Examples include a park bench, a solar sign board, stairway or structure lighting, or road signs, all with incorporated LED lights. Students are encouraged to think beyond a simple light fixture.

“The important distinction for this special LED Design Challenge is that students use the resources available on the Aluminum Extruders Council’s website ( and apply what they learn about the process and applications, the dos and don’ts of extrusion design, and the many advantages of using extrusions to solve design challenges,” said David Asher, Process Optimization Manager for Bonnell Aluminum in Newnan, Georgia, and Design Competition judge.

Helpful Design Resources
More information about the 2017 Aluminum Extrusion Student Design Competition—including the Call for Entries complete with the official entry form, as well as a variety of tools and resources—are available on the ET Foundation Design Competition page of the AEC website at and on the Bonnell Aluminum website at From an overview of the aluminum extrusion process and choosing the right aluminum alloy, to design considerations and useful publications, the AEC website contains a wealth of information and helpful resources to help students and educators better understand the versatility and benefits of designing with aluminum extrusion. For more information, visit and choose “Academic Resources”.

The International Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition is held annually for students and periodically for professionals. Watch the website at for details as they become available.


About the ET Foundation

The Extrusion Technology for Aluminum Profiles Foundation has been established for charitable, scientific, and educational purposes to develop, promote, provide, and fund education and research related to aluminum extrusion processes and technologies. For more information, contact the ET Foundation or visit 


About AEC

The Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) is a progressive trade association dedicated to advancing the effective use of aluminum extrusion in North America. AEC is committed to bringing comprehensive information about extrusion's characteristics, applications, environmental benefits, design and technology to users, product designers, engineers and the academic community. Further, AEC is focused on enhancing the ability of its members to meet the emerging demands of the market through sharing knowledge and best practices.


About Bonnell Aluminum

Bonnell Aluminum is a subsidiary of Richmond, VA, based Tredegar Corporation.  With operations in Newnan, GA, Carthage, TN, Niles, MI, and Elkhart IN, the company produces soft and medium-strength alloy aluminum extrusions for nonresidential building and construction, automotive and specialty markets.  


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For more information please contact:

Nancy Molenda
Communications Manager
AEC/ET Foundation