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Call for entries open for 2022 Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition

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November 22, 2021 - The ET Foundation and the Aluminum Extruders Council have released the Call for Entries for the 2022 International Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition. The competition includes two entry classes: Professional and Student.

Cash prizes and student scholarships totaling $23,500 will be presented to the top designs. Student scholarships totaling $15,500 are sponsored by ALMAG Aluminum in Brampton, Ontario; MI Metals in Oldsmar, Florida; and Pennex Aluminum Company in Wellsville, Pennsylvania. Professional awards, totaling $8,000, plus a $3,500 Grand Prize awarded across all classes, are sponsored by AEC.

Entries for the 2022 Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition will be accepted through March 28, 2022. Entry in the competition is free and judging will take place following the entry deadline. More information about the 2022 International Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition, including the Call for Entries complete with official entry forms, is available at the competition website at ETFdesign.org.

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

Students studying design and engineering enrolled at universities, colleges, and technical, trade and design schools around the world are invited to participate in the Student Class. 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 Scholarship Award of $3,500. This special design category challenges 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.

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 in the amount of $2,000 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.

Winners will be announced at the aluminum extrusion industry's most anticipated event, the Twelfth International Aluminum Extrusion Technology Seminar & Exposition (ET '22), scheduled for May 3-5, 2022, in Orlando, Florida, USA. The event will bring together more than 1,200 professionals in the worldwide aluminum extrusion industry for three days of technical education and networking. For more information, visit ET22.org. Additionally, winning entries from past Design Competitions will be displayed at the Extrusion Showcase during ET '22.

Helpful design resources, including webinars, presentations and publications such as the AEC Aluminum Extrusion Manual, are available on the AEC website at AEC.org.

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