The ET Foundation, an educational and scientific organization devoted to promoting and advancing aluminum extrusion processes and technologies, and the Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) have released a Call for Entries for the 2024 International Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition. The competition includes two entry classes: professional and student, with each competing group within their own class. Cash prizes and student scholarships will be presented to the top designers. Student scholarships totaling $15,500 are sponsored by ALMAG Aluminum Inc., in Brampton, Ontario; Mich. Metals Inc., in Oldsmar, Fla.; and Pennex Aluminum Co. LLC in Wellsville, Pa. Professional awards, totaling $10,000, as well as a $3,500 grand prize awarded across all categories and classes, are sponsored by AEC.

The Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition aims to promote the understanding and use of extruded aluminum profiles, 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 or advantage and market impact/potential.

Professionals compete in a separate competition from students, and entries received in the Professional Class will be divided into four categories: Structural/Architectural, Transportation, Engineered Products and Alternative Energy. First-place cash prizes of $2,500 will be awarded to the best design in each category. Individual designers and companies are eligible to submit an entry. Aluminum extruders and their customers are encouraged to team up to enter a design in the competition. Team and multiple submissions will be accepted for both the Professional and Student classes.

Entries for the 2024 Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition will be accepted through February 26, 2024. Entry in the competition is free and judging will take place following the entry deadline.

More information about the 2024 International Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition, including the call for entries complete with official entry forms, is available at the competition website. Information about ET ’24, including program and registration details, can be found HERE.

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