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Designing with Aluminum Extrusions - Webinars

AEC WebinarsAluminum 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 dont's 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. Look for this logo identifying these advanced-level webinars.

Upcoming Webinars

BEV or ICE: Aluminum Extrusions & Tomorrow's Vehicles

November 13, 2019 - 2:00 p.m. EST
Speaker: Ben Kuhn, Almag Aluminum
Hosted by: SAE International

Ben KuhnRegardless of the resolution of the current dispute over light vehicle fuel economy and carbon emission standards, the drive to reduce vehicle mass will continue.

Engineers developing the next round of vehicles not only have to strive for vehicle efficiency improvements, but also must seek to offset mass increases from additional comfort and ADAS components. It is estimated that the suite of sensors, processors, cameras and cabling for full vehicle autonomy will add 300-400 pounds. While full autonomy is still a ways off, much of the capability (and the weight) is being added now.

When it comes to battery electric vehicles (BEVs), the challenge is even greater. While the engine and transmission weight is eliminated, the addition of batteries, electric motors, cabling and control systems can easily add a net 500 pounds to the vehicle.

This 60-minute webinar will provide an overview of some of the growing ways that aluminum extrusions are reducing mass and improving vehicle performance, regardless of power train. We'll also explore how extrusions can create weight and cost-effective battery enclosures, and outline the steps in designing effective extrusion-based solutions.

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AEC On-demand Webinars

  • December 2018: How Aluminum Extrusions Can Help Meet Product Challenges
    Speaker: Mark Telander, Alexandria Industries | Hosted by: Design News
    This webinar explores the unique attributes of the aluminum extrusion process and how they contribute to effective product solutions. It will also offer tips on designing and specifying extrusions to ensure the needed performance in a cost-effective manner. 
  • November 2018: Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition 2019

  • November 2018: Introduction to Extrusion Dies

    Speakers: Richard Dickson, Hydro Aluminum; Rick Liscomb, Exco Canada
    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.
  • October 2018: Using Aluminum Extrusion to Meet the Challenges of Tomorrow's Vehicles
    Speakers: Rob Nelson & Ben Kuhn, Almag Aluminum | Hosted by SAE International
    This webinar reviews the thermomechanical extrusion process, as it is that process that drives component performance, and then explores how extrusions will play an important role in ongoing safety improvements and in vehicle electrification.

  • September 2018: Metal Flow Fundamentals
    Speaker: Jerome Fourmann, Rio Tinto Aluminium| Hosted by: AEC

    This webinar will cover the fundamentals of aluminum metal flow through the container and the die allowing a comprehensive understanding of the challenges in ensuring prescribed quality and part performance.  Particular attention will be paid to welds – both billet-to-billet and in the formation of hollow shapes – and to the challenges of wider profiles.  We will also review the press practices that can be the root causes of potential defects and how they are managed for various extrusion applications.  

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.

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