The Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) and the ET Foundation announced the 2020 International Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition call for entries. The competition includes two entry classes: professional and student. Cash prizes and student scholarships totaling $27,000 will be presented to the top designs. Student scholarships, totaling $15,500, are sponsored by Bonnell Aluminum, headquartered in Newnan, Ga. Professional awards, totaling $11,500, including a $3,500 grand prize, are sponsored by AEC.

Entries for the 2020 Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition will be accepted through March 30, 2020. Entry in the competition is free and judging will take place following the entry deadline. More information about the competition, including the call for entries complete with official entry forms, is available at the competition website at

The competition’s aim 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 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 Bonnell 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 category 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 12th International Aluminum Extrusion Technology Seminar & Exposition (ET ’20), scheduled for May 19-21, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. Winning entries will be displayed in the Extrusion Showcase during ET ’20. For more information, visit

Design resources, including webinars, presentations and publications such as the AEC Aluminum Extrusion Manual, are available at