The ET Foundation and the Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) issued a call for entries for the 2021 International Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition. Open to students currently enrolled in high school, college, university, or trade/technical school, the competition will award a total of $15,500 in student scholarships.
Scholarships for the competition are co-sponsored by leading industry aluminum extrusion companies and AEC members, including ALMAG Aluminum in Brampton, ON, Canada; MI Metals, Inc. in Oldsmar, Florida; and Pennex Aluminum in Wellsville, Pennsylvania.
The aim of the Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition is to promote the understanding and use of extruded profiles, as well as highlight innovations and recognize excellence in aluminum extrusion design. Winning entries will be those that demonstrate the benefits of extruded aluminum — whether by inventing a new product or improving an existing one — by achieving the competition’s criteria and objectives of creativity, practicality, product/process improvement, and/or advantage and market impact/potential.
Previous winners have included designs for a modular bed system for refugee camps, an easy-to-install hurricane shutter system, and a space saving greenhouse — among others.
Student scholarships will be presented as cash awards to the top student designs, including $5,000 for First Place, $4,000 for Second Place, and $3,000 for Third Place.
Students also may compete for the Sustainable Design Challenge Award of $3,500. This special design category challenges design and engineering students to think about aluminum extrusions as a holistic solution to a design problem by designing a product that — in addition to the four basic design criteria — best addresses societal and/or environmental challenges or concerns. Essentially, the winning entry must be a viable extrusion-based product that meets the demands of the environment while contributing to the quality of life for its intended users.
Helpful design resources, including webinars, presentations, and publications, such as the AEC Aluminum Extrusion Manual, webinars, and educational information — as well as entry forms — are available on the Design Competition website.
Deadline for entry is March 29, 2021. Entry in the competition is free and judging will take place following the entry deadline.