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Design Competition: Resources

Design Resources

To help you get started with your aluminum extrusion design, the AEC website has a wealth of technical resources on aluminum extrusion. Not familiar with the aluminum extrusion process? Check out the Extrusion Design section on this website for more information.

Aluminum Extrusion Technical Resources

As you plan your design for the International Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition, here are some resources that will assist you in learning about the features and benefits of extruded aluminum, the process used to create them, and examples of extrusion applications.


  Download the educational presentation (PDF), “Designing to the Limits of Your Imagination”, to learn more about aluminum extrusion applications, design and processes. 

The AEC Aluminum Extrusion Manual is your one-stop resource for creating more effective products by using aluminum extrusions.

  • Learn more about the aluminum extrusion process
  • Discover how to optimize profile designs
  • Find technical information on alloys, finishes, tolerances, etc.
  • Get inspiration from the many application examples
  • Access valuable reference documents, and much more.
   Visit the AEC YouTube channel for webinars available on-demand covering the attributes of aluminum and the aluminum extrusion process, as well as technical aspects of extrusion design, including alloy selection, part geometry, fabrication and more. Find us on YouTube under AECorg.
  Review past winning entries from the Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition (student and professional) for inspiration and thought starters for your aluminum extrusion design.
  Check out the AEC Library. You'll find expanded information about the application features that appear on our home page, as well as white papers, FAQs on a range of extrusion-related topics, additional webinars presented by AEC, and much more.