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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 don'ts 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. Watch for this logo identifying these advanced-level webinars.

Upcoming Webinars:

Using Aluminum Extrusion to Meet the Challenges of Tomorrow's Vehicles

Thursday, October 18, 2018
2:00 p.m. EDT (1:00 p.m. CDT)
Hosted by: SAE International

In the past five years, the aluminum extrusion content in the average North American auto or light truck has increased by nearly 50% to about 40 pounds per vehicle.  Today extrusions are found in a wide range of applications – from crash management systems, to structure and trim – with an equally wide range of performance requirements.  But the needs of future vehicles are rapidly evolving as demand for ongoing efficiency drives further lightweighting, while EVs and autonomous vehicles move toward center stage. How can the product designer utilize extrusion to meet the challenges to tomorrow’s vehicles?

This webinar will review the thermomechanical extrusion process – as it is that process that drives component performance – and then explore how extrusions will play an important role in ongoing safety improvements and in vehicle electrification.



Introduction to Extrusion Dies

Speakers: Richard Dickson, Hydro Aluminum; Rick Liscomb, Exco Canada 
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
12:00 p.m. ET
(11:00 a.m. CT; 9:00 a.m. PT)
Hosted by: AEC

Extrusion dies can be made to produce an almost limitless array of extrusion shapes and sizes. Some dies produce simple shapes; others are quite complex. Some dies that look simple to the designer may, in fact, be difficult to extrude. How do you know if your design is easy or difficult to produce?

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

Finally, you’ll learn how to design interlocking sections in order to make more complex products from multiple extrusions. And we’ll cover the benefits of discussing your objectives with an extruder early in the design process.




AEC On-demand Webinars

  • 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.