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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. Look for this logo identifying these advanced-level webinars.

Upcoming Webinars:

How Aluminum Extrusions Can Help Meet Product Challenges

Tuesday, December 4, 2018
2:00 p.m. ET (1:00 p.m. CT, 11:00 a.m. PT)
Hosted by: Design News

Today, engineers are looking to aluminum extrusions to help meet the challenges of restoring our infrastructure, advancing medical therapies, extending usable commercial spaces, and reducing the carbon footprint of vehicles. Product designers and development engineers in a wide range of industries routinely turn to extruded aluminum components to solve product challenges. Extrusions are contributing to product solutions in a diverse range of applications including construction, transportation, electronics, consumer durables, and recreational products.

This webinar will explore 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.

Following the webinar, the participant will better understand:

  • Key attributes of aluminum extrusions
  • Alloy selection and trade-offs
  • Best practices for extrusion design
  • The importance of microstructure in critical applications



AEC On-demand Webinars

  • 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.