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Students Invited to Enter the 2017 Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition

The ET Foundation invites students studying design, engineering, architecture, or related fields to enter the 2017 International Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition. A total of $8,500 in scholarships will be awarded for First, Second and Third Place, as well as for the Bonnell Aluminum LED Lighting Design Challenge. There is no fee to enter the competition.

Submissions will be accepted through March 27, 2017. Entry forms can be downloaded at www.ETFdesign.org.

General Judging Criteria

Winning designs will be those that best demonstrate the superior benefits of aluminum extrusions whether by creating a new product or improving an existing one. Designs must be original and make use of at least one extruded aluminum component. Multiple entries may be accepted.

Entries are judged based on the following criteria:

  • Creativity
  • Practicality — cost effectiveness, ease of fabrication and assembly, etc.
  • Product/Process Advantage — design takes full advantage of the capabilities of the extrusion process, utlizes the performance characteristics of aluminum, demonstrates the inherent advantages of the material and the process
  • Market Impact/Potential — marketability of the design, likelihood of commercial success

A panel of respected professionals from the aluminum extrusion industry, academia, and/or the trade press will judge the competition in spring 2017.

Download the Call for Entries to view Ten Tips for a Winning Design or visit www.aec.org for design tips.

2015 Second Place Winner — The ScintilLITE extruded aluminum light fixture housing for parking garages.
2015 Second Place Winner — The ScintilLITE extruded aluminum light fixture housing for parking garages.

The LED Lighting Design Challenge

The 2017 Student Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition will include a special design category, sponsored by Bonnell Aluminum that challenges students to think about aluminum extrusions as a holistic solution to a design problem. Students are tasked with designing a product that incorporates LED lights and uses aluminum extrusions for structural, thermal management, and/or some of the other excellent material advantages for this application. Examples include a park bench with incorporated LED lights, an LED solar-powered signboard, stairway lighting, and road sign.

The Bonnell Aluminum LED Lighting Design Challenge Award will be presented to the student entry that in addition to the four basic judging criteria, addresses the following:

  1. Entry is an LED lighting application that utilizes either standard or custom-designed extruded aluminum shapes
  2. The LED lighting application can be for either a residential or commercial, interior or exterior application
  3. Entry addresses the technical aspects of extrusion design — demonstrates the entrant’s knowledge and application of lightweighting aluminum extrusion design relative to competing materials; demonstrates heat transfer knowledge and application in designing the heat dissipating specifications for the lighting fixture; and takes advantage of the natural reflectivity of aluminum versus competing materials
  4. Designer takes into consideration the limitations of the extrusion process
  5. Quality of the design aesthetics in the intended target market place.
2016 Design Competition - HUB LED Light
2016 Bonnell Aluminum LED Lighting Design Challenge Award winner — the HUB LED light focuses on modularity and takes advantage of aluminum’s conductivity and heat dissipation properties to serves as the nerve of any construction site.
2013 First Place Winner – Solarboard, a semi-permanent solar-powered bulletin board, by Dominic Atibil, Purdue University
2013 First Place Winner – Solarboard, a semi-permanent solar-powered bulletin board, by Dominic Atibil, Purdue University

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