Specifying & Achieving Desired Extrusion Performance

Available On Demand until October 25, 2018

Since 2012, the usage of extruded aluminum shapes in North American light vehicles has grown by more than 50%, to over 25 pounds per vehicle. Today, aluminum extrusions can be found in applications as varied as crush cans, trim members, rocker sections and seat backs – each with a unique set of performance requirements.  As automotive aluminum extrusion applications continue to grow, engineers seeking optimized performance are increasingly going beyond the “shorthand” of alloy and temper designation and specifying the desired microstructure for the final component.

This 60-minute Webinar will explore:
  • How various automotive applications require differing underlying microstructure for optimal performance
  • How alloy chemistry and extrusion processing parameters can be manipulated to yield distinctive microstructure
  • How to effectively specify microstructure, and the critical variables to consider.
Mini cases will be used to illustrate successful application of microstructure specification.

An audience Q&A will follow the technical presentation.


Mark Butterfield, Chairman, AEC Automotive Team, Vice President Engineering & Manufacturing, Magnode Corporation 

Mark Butterfield has over 25 years’ experience in automotive structural and non-structural 6000-series extrusions and their applications. His background includes: profile design & development, extrusion tool design, aluminum billet casting, aluminum extrusion process & equipment, 6000 Series metallurgy and CNC fabrication. Mark currently manages all corporate engineering, extrusion and fabrication operations for Magnode. He is also active within the Aluminum Extruders Council, serving as chair of the ET Extrusion Track, as a member of the Die & Tooling and Industry Promotion Steering Committees and as chair of the AEC’s Automotive Team.


 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% of North American extrusion production. AEC’s Automotive Team is committed to bringing comprehensive information about extrusion's characteristics, applications, benefits, design and technology to the automotive community

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