Designing with Aluminum Extrusions - Webinars
Aluminum 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.
- The Power of the Hollow: Using Hollow Aluminum Extrusions to Meet Vehicle Engineering Challenges
- Automotive Extrusions Webinar
- September 30, 2020
- 2:00 p.m. ET
- Speaker: Mark Butterfield; Managing Director, MAGNODE – A Shape Corp. Company
- Hosted by: SAE International
One of the attributes of aluminum extrusions that can provide both design flexibility and performance benefits for the automotive engineer is the ability to design profiles that "put the metal where it is needed". That's particularly advantageous when
it comes to hollow shapes, particularly multi-void hollows which can be engineered for a combination of crush resistance, strength, light weight and more. This webinar will review some of the more interesting uses of multi-void hollows in today's
vehicles, and discuss the alloy, design and processing considerations necessary to ensure success.
In addition, there will be a brief overview of AEC's new online educational tool for automotive designers that highlights the use of aluminum extrusions in various vehicle systems.
- After the Press: Utilizing Downstream Fabrication to Create the Aluminum Extrusion-Based Solutions You Need
- October 14, 2020
- 2:00 p.m. ET
- Hosted by: Design World
With most aluminum extrusions, the long length of a desired shape that comes off the press is just a starting point. Rarely are these profiles used as they were extruded. In almost every case, there is subsequent cutting, drilling, milling, machining,
bending, joining and/or finishing required to transform the extrusion into a component or sub-assembly for inclusion in a final product. This webinar will recap the fabrication processes typically employed, with an emphasis on extrusion design considerations
that can reduce fabrication costs.
- Aluminum Extrusions & High Performance Building Envelopes: Still the Answer
- October 29, 2020
- 1:00 p.m. ET
- Speakers: David Baresh, Sierra Aluminum and Barb Johnson, Hydro Aluminum Building Systems
- Hosted by: Architect's Newspaper -AN
This program will explore the challenges in designing contemporary building envelopes. Potential conflicts in simultaneous objectives of achieving aesthetics, energy efficiency, sustainability, longevity, and occupant health and safety will be discussed.
In addition, how best to assess the energy efficiency of alternative window/window wall configurations will be reviewed. Advances in thermal barrier materials and extrusion profile design – in conjunction with energy efficient glazing – will be shown,
illustrating how these systems can provide window and curtain wall designs that meet or exceed more demanding energy codes while providing the daylighting and minimal sight lines that users and designers desire.
Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to:
- Identify current challenges in designing high performance building envelopes
- Assess alternative framing materials
- Understand how contemporary thermal management technologies can meet increasingly demanding energy codes
- Utilize aluminum-extrusion-based windows and curtain wall to meet often conflicting project requirements
AEC On-demand Webinars
- November 2019: Creating Cost-Effective Extruded Aluminum Component Solutions
Speaker: Andrew Tomczyk, Erbsloeh Aluminum Solutions, Inc. | Hosted by: Design News
Cost is always an important consideration when developing or updating products. But how do you know if the lowest price component will lead to
the most cost-effective solution …
- November 2019: BEV or ICE: Aluminum Extrusions & Tomorrow's Vehicles
Speaker: Ben Kuhn, Almag
Aluminum | Hosted by: SAE International
Regardless of the resolution of the current dispute over light vehicle fuel economy and carbon emission standards, the drive to reduce vehicle mass will continue.
- May 2019: Aluminum Extrusion Dies: 7 Decisions that Increase Your Die Tooling Costs
Carl Meyerhoefer & Eric Becker, Vitex Extrusion
This webinar provides a brief review of the aluminum extrusion process and then addresses seven factors that impact the cost of an extrusion die, including profile complexity, tolerance requirements,
and alloy use. Extrusion die types and tips for driving down tooling costs are also covered.
- 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.
- June 2018: Meeting Tomorrow's Challenges with Aluminum Extrusions
Speaker: Jason Weber, Taber Extrusions | Hosted by: Design World
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 performance you need in a cost-effective manner.
- November 2017: Value Engineering & Aluminum Extrusions: Preserving Your Intent
Speakers: Tom Hutch, Aeorlite Extrusion & Keith Rayburn, Jordan Aluminum Extrusions
| Hosted by: Construction Specification Institute (CSI) | Presenting Sponsor: Hydro Aluminum
This webinar explores how the architect or specifier can best manage the value engineering process to ensure that critical performance of extruded aluminum elements is retained.
- November 2017: Tips for a Successful Design Competition Entry
Speakers: David Asher, Bonnell Aluminum & Craig Werner, Kaiser Aluminum | Hosted by AEC
Designed to provide interested participants more information about the Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition, this webinar also discusses the "ins and outs" of designing with aluminum extrusions to maximize the opportunity to create an innovative, practical and potential "winning" design.
- November 2017: Fair Trade Webinar - Curtain Wall Case Update
Speaker: David Spooner, Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Presented by the Curtain Wall Coalition in cooperation with the Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC), get the latest information on the aluminum curtain wall scope case related to Chinese aluminum extrusion imports.
- October 2017: Automotive Aluminum: Specifying & Achieving Desired Extrusion Performance
Speaker: Mark Butterfield, Magnode Corp.
| Hosted by: SAE International | Presenting Sponsor: Hydro Extrusion North America
As automotive aluminum extrusion applications continue to grow, engineers seeking optimized performance are increasingly going beyond the "shorthand" of alloy and temper designation and specifying the desired microstructure for the final component.
This webinar explores: how various automotive applications require differing underlying microstructure for optimal performance; how alloy chemistry and extrusion processing parameters can be manipulated to yield distinctive microstructure,
and how to effectively specify microstructure, and the critical variables to consider. Mini cases illustrate successful application of microstructure specification.
- October 2017: 6 Design Best Practices for Aluminum Extrusion Design to Avoid Delays, Disappointment, and Added Cost
Speaker: Eric Becker, Vitex Extrusion, LLC | Hosted by: Design News | Presenting Sponsor: Vitex Extrusion, LLC
This webinar provides a brief review of the aluminum extrusion process and how process variables can impact part performance and then address six common issues aluminum extruders face when receiving a new profile design. Best practices to save the designer time, disappointment and, ultimately, cost will be covered, including tips for improving aluminum extrusion designs and drawings.
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.
- August 2017: Architectural Applications for Liquid and Powder Fluoropolymer Coatings – An Objective Review; Speaker: Scott Moffatt, PPG Industries | Hosted by: AEC
This one-hour webinar covers the different coating technologies, manufacturing processes and application methods of liquid and powder fluoropolymer coatings. The main benefit of the course is to aid architects in the coating selection process. This includes information on appearance, end use, cost and other factors.
- May 2017: Making Your Extruded Aluminum Solutions More Cost Effective
Speaker: Mark Telander, Alexandria Industries | Hosted by: Design World | Presenting Sponsors: Almag Aluminum & Sapa Extrusion North America
The one-hour webinar touches on the attributes of aluminum and the extrusion process, and then focus on three key design variables – alloy selection, part geometry, and fabrication – and how they impact costs. Mini-case studies illustrate cost-effective
- April 2017: Specifying Aluminum Extrusions: Understanding the ASTM B221/B221M Standard; hosted by AEC; Speaker: Greg Lea, Hydro Aluminum; Presenting Sponsor: Futura Industries
ASTM B221 and B221M is a material specification standard for aluminum extruded bars, rods, wire, profiles and tubes. This webinar provides an overview of the ASTM B221/B221M standard and walks through pertinent sections of the standard to help the learner better understand the ordering process for aluminum extrusions when ordering to an ASTM standard, and what to expect from the manufacturer.
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