Professional Class - Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition

Individual designers and companies are eligible to enter the ET Foundation Design Competition. Aluminum extruders and their customers are encouraged to team up to enter their extrusion design in the competition.

Call for Entries
Entries were due: March 28, 2022
Winning entries were displayed at ET '22 - the aluminum extrusion industry's most important technical conference - May 3-5, 2022, in Orlando, Florida.

Professional Class Prizes

One Grand Prize of $3,500 to be Awarded across all categories and classes!

First Place cash awards are available for the best aluminum extrusion design in each of the four categories:

  • Architectural/Structural: $2,000
  • Transportation: $2,000
  • Engineered/Industrial Products: $2,000
  • Alternative Energy: $2,000

Professional Prize Categories

Versatile aluminum extruders enable sophisticated and expressive design features and labor-saving multi-functionality to be readily incorporated into building components, including:

  • Modular building systems
  • Façades, curtainwall
  • Shading, ventilation and lighting louvers
  • Skylights, entryways, window and doors
  • Office component systems
  • Walkways, bridges, decking and much more


Design engineers focused on lightweighting, durability and strength increasingly are turning to aluminum extrusions to improve fuel economy, crash performance and load-carrying capacity for:

  • Automotive
  • Rail and mass transit
  • Aerospace
  • Marine
  • Truck/trailer and recreational vehicles
  • Space vehicles


Engineered/Industrial Products
Aluminum extrusions are used in a variety of consumer and industrial components due to aluminum’s many material and process advantages. This category may include:

  • Sporting and recreational equipment
  • Machine components and controls
  • Heatsinks and insulating components
  • Lighting and lighting components
  • Electrical and communications components
  • Appliances and more


Alternative Energy
Aluminum extrusions play a key role in both alternative and conventional energy generation and power distribution systems, including:

  • Solar power systems/photovoltaics (PV)
  • Building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) modules
  • Wind power and turbines
  • Hydro-electric power and geothermal energy