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|Design Competition: For Students|
INTERNATIONAL ALUMINUM EXTRUSION DESIGN COMPETITION
All entries are due no later than April 2, 2018!
Aluminum extrusions are all around us...at home in windows, doors, railings, appliances...on the road, on the water and in the air...at work or school...at the gym, the playground, the stadium, the supermarket, the doctor's office. Every day we come in contact with a myriad of products made better by aluminum extrusions.
Instructors: AEC can help teach your students about aluminum extrusions. Go to "Academic Resources" to learn more.
Learn more about how to design using aluminum extrusion below.
Download the Design Competition brochure here.
The 2018 International Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition: Student Class
Students have a unique way of looking at the world, which makes them well-qualified to offer innovative solutions to design challenges. Think beyond the ordinary to come up with new and resourceful uses for extruded aluminum!
Winning designs in the Student Class are presented with scholarships for First, Second and Third Place. A scholarship for special Sustainable Design Category is also available.
All entries must be submitted no later than April 2, 2018.
Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition Tips
Competition Rules & Judging Criteria
Designs must be original and make use of at least one extruded aluminum component. Multiple entries may be accepted. If any category yields no entries deemed by the judges to adequately address the competition’s criteria, a prize will not be awarded in that category.
Winning entries will be those that best demonstrate the benefits of aluminum extrusions – whether by inventing a new product or improving an existing one – by achieving the following objectives:
For complete rules and criteria, visit www.aec.org/CompetitionRules
Bonnell Aluminum Sustainable Design Challenge
Humanitarian and environmental disasters and people with physical disabilities often inspire savvy designers and inventors with ideas to develop solutions to these challenges – and aluminum extrusions offer the perfect sustainable material.
The Bonnell Aluminum Sustainable Design Challenge accepts entries that, in addition to the four basic ET Foundation Design Competition criteria, best addresses societal and/or environmental challenges or concerns.
The student winner of the Bonnell Aluminum Sustainable Design Challenge will win a cash scholarship in the amount of $2,500.
How to Enter the Competition
To enter the 2018 Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition, please download the brochure here!
All entries must be submitted prior to April 2, 2018!
2017 Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition Winners
Winners in the 2017 International Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition have been announced. View the winning designs here.
Learn more about designing with aluminum extrusions
An educational presentation is available for instructors and students to learn more about aluminum extrusion. The PDF presentation is a primer on the advantages of aluminum and aluminum extrusion, as well as a good resource for some aluminum extrusion design tips (hint: it's not effective to simply transfer your steel design to aluminum extrusion).
(File size: 7 MB)
Instructors: Incorporate the Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition into Your Curriculum
The Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition provides an excellent opportunity to teach your students design techniques while exposing them to the material advantages of aluminum and benefits of designing with extruded aluminum. Incorporating the Design Competition into your curriculum provides an excellent teaching opportunity while offering students a real-world experience in product design. And, the opportunity for students to earn scholarship money is always a strong motivator.
Many members of the Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) conduct plant tours for instructors and their students from local learning institutions. If you are interested in finding an AEC-member extruder who will provide an educational tour of their facility, contact the ET Foundation at mail@ETFoundation.org or AEC at mail@AEC.org.
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