Utilizing the Attributes of Aluminum Extrusion for Effective Automotive Solutions

Available On-Demand until October 5, 2017

Aluminum and the aluminum extrusion process offer product engineers a host of unique attributes. Whether it is the process’ capability of near-net shapes with high precision, the material’s combination of strength with light weight, or its high thermal conductivity, effectively employing extrusion-based components can yield cost-effective lightweighting solutions.

Extruded aluminum components and assemblies are finding ready acceptance in body, chassis, interior, suspension, and electronics applications and more. Understanding the unique attributes of aluminum and the extrusion process can help lead the engineer to new applications and solutions.

   •  How do aluminum’s key attributes contribute to various automotive applications? 
   •  What alloys – and alloy variants – should be considered? 
   •  What is the potential payoff from more complex profile designs? 
   •  What range of fabrication technologies can be utilized?

This Webinar reviews the attributes of aluminum and the extrusion process and then drills down into several characteristics of importance to today’s auto designer. It also focuses on three key design variables – alloy selection, part geometry, and fabrication – for creating effective solutions. Mini-cases illustrate creative and cost-effective extrusion solutions.

This one-hour Webinar is aimed at the designer/engineer with moderate familiarity with aluminum’s attributes, the extrusion process, and the basics of extrusion design. An audience Q&A follows the technical presentation.


Mark Butterfield, VP, Engineering/Manufacturing, Magnode, and AEC Auto Team member

Mark Butterfield has 26 years’ experience in structural and non-structural 6000-series extrusions. His background consists of profile design and development, extrusion tool design, extrusion alloy billet casting, extrusion process and equipment, 6000-series aluminum alloy metallurgy, and CNC fabrication. Mark manages all corporate engineering, extrusion and fabrication operations and he serves on the AEC Automotive Industry Promotion and Die & Tooling Teams, as well as the ET Seminar Committee, which is responsible for developing the technical content for the International Aluminum Extrusion Technology Seminar & Exposition (ET Seminar), the aluminum extrusion industry’s premier event.


Lisa Arrigo, SAE International

About AEC:
The Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) is an international trade association dedicated to advancing the effective use of aluminum extrusion in North America; its extruder members are located throughout North America and account for over 75 percent of North American extrusion production. AEC’s Auto Team is committed to bringing comprehensive information about extrusion’s characteristics, applications, benefits, design, and technology to the automotive community.
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