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ET Foundation Calls for Extrusion Design Competition Entries

The ET Foundation invites professional designers, engineers, and manufacturers to enter the 2020 International Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition. The winning entries from the competition will be displayed in the Extrusion Showcase at the Twelfth International Aluminum Extrusion Technology Seminar & Exposition – ET ’20, which will be held May 19-21, 2020 in Orlando, Florida.

Celebrating 50 years, the ET Seminar is the world’s longest-running educational event devoted to all facets of the aluminum extrusion industry, including aluminum profile production, die design and technology, metallurgy, equipment, and product applications. ET attracts industry professionals from around the world, including more than 50 countries.

Entries are due by no later than March 30, 2020. For complete details visit the website at:

Professional Competition

The Professional Competition provides eligibility for individual designers and companies to enter a design that utilizes at least one extruded aluminum component. A total of $11,500 in cash awards is available to the top designers. First Place $2,000 cash awards are available to the best aluminum extrusion design in each of four categories:

  • Architectural/ Structural
  • Transportation
  • Engineered/ Industrial Products
  • Alternative Energy

A $3,500 Grand Prize is available to the best design overall, regardless of category or class.

For designers and engineers, the possibilities are endless when designing with aluminum extrusions. Aluminum profiles can provide the solution to many design challenges. Aluminum profiles have many advantages, including: favorable strength-to-weight ratios, flexibility of numerous alloy, ability to design to close tolerances, and unsurpassed advantages of the extrusion process—all of which make aluminum extrusion the material and process of choice.

The 2018 grand prize winning Roll-A-Cover can be used to open up or cover outdoor seating areas year round. (See 2018 winners.)

Student Competition

A Student Competition will also be conducted, with a total of $27,000 in scholarships available to the first, second, and third place student designs, as well as an award for the special Sustainable Design Category.

The competition is intended to enlighten students about aluminum extrusions’ superior advantages and many applications. To enter, a student in high school, college/university, technical school, or graduate school must design a product or system featuring aluminum extrusions. The design must be original and make use of at least one extruded aluminum component.

First Place in the Student Competion went to Garen Gibbs, Purdue University, for his “Axial Bike Cargo Rack” with adaptable storage and integrated LED signal lights. (See 2017 winners.)

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