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3D printing is advancing into the realm of production—both in terms of workholding to assist in machining operations and in custom end-use parts. In production and manufacturing, productivity is directly tied to revenue and performance. While the value of a printer may not seem apparent at first, executing the calculations will tell a different story. Use this white paper to calculate the ROI of a 3D printer.
Metal and pipe tubing are everywhere in automotive, aerospace, industrial, architectural, research, and medical applications. Aluminum and stainless steel are common pipe and tube materials, and each has attributes that make it the right choice for a given industry.
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To honor the memory of NEF friend and colleague Todd Kinnikin of Eureka Forge, the UMWC and NEF have partnered to make available an outstanding education and networking experience for a NOMMA member. 

The UMWC/NEF have committed to provide a reimbursement of up to $1,000.00 to the one person to whom the scholarship is awarded. The reimbursement is to cover the recipient's cost of a registration and expenses to attend METALfab. At the close of METALfab, dated receipts must be furnished to the scholarship chair and upon review the receipt will be reimbursed up to $1,000.00.

If you are an owner or employee of a NOMMA member company engaged in the fabrication of ornamental and miscellaneous metals, you are eligible to apply for this scholarship. 

In order to qualify, application forms must be submitted by November 17, 2017, and you must agree to provide a brief written statement of the value and of the experience after the event is over. 

Scholarships will be announced at the Winter UMWC meeting, and scholarships are non-transferable.

For additional information, please contact Scholarship Chair Mark O’Malley at 630-553-1604 or
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NOMMA News & Events


Get ready for this year's Octoberfest, which will held at Bailey Metal Fabricators in Mitchell, South Dakota!

When: October 6 - 7, 2017
Where: Bailey Metal Fabricators in Mitchell, South Dakota
What to Expect: This year's Octoberfest will feature several forging demonstrations, HyDef Plasma Demo, ins and outs of Electrostatic Painting, and much more! You also won't want to miss the vendor showcase!

**Deadline to reserve hotel rooms at the discounted rate is September 21

It's hard to believe, but Repair Days start this week! If you haven't already done so, it is time to mark Repair Days on your calendar! This year's event is September 21 - 24. As the highlight of the weekend, we are honored to welcome David Secrest as the 2017 Master Metalsmith. Secrest, well known for his incorporation of textures and patterns in forged iron, fabricated steel and bronze sculptures and furniture. We hope that you will join us in supporting Repair Days 2017. There are numerous ways to get involved...
FABTECH 2017 will be held November 6 - 9 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. While you’re there, be sure to visit NOMMA’s booth—B27104. 

NOMMA leaders and staff will be at FABTECH representing you, our members. We’ll be available to you, and we’re learning about new tools and techniques that could contribute to your success! Come see us near the Welding area in Hall B. 

FABTECH provides a convenient venue where you can meet with world-class suppliers, see the latest industry products and developments, and find the tools to improve productivity, increase profits and discover new solutions to all of your metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing needs. The annual event at McCormick Place will offer more than 1,700 exhibitors. 

Monday, November 6:         10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tuesday, November 7:         9:00  AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday, November 8:    9:00  AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday, November 9:        9:00  AM – 3:00 PM
Mark Your Calendars for METALfab2018!

NOMMA committees are already hard at work planning for METALfab 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. 

Don't miss THE industry event of the year which will include outstanding education, visits to local shops, and a massive trade show. Mark your calendars now for an event you won't want to miss!
Call for Auction Items 
Start planning and designing your donations today! It is never too early! The next NEF Auction will take place February 8, 2018, at METALfab2018 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona. 
This is NEF’s largest fundraiser of the year, and with your help we can make it the best one yet. Donations from past actions have included tools, hand forged metal items, art pieces, books, electronics, gift baskets, handmade quilts, vouchers and gift cards to restaurants, stores, airline tickets, and much more!
Look for details on where to ship donated items on the NOMMA website (, or items can be dropped off onsite at the NEF Office room at the Convention Center after February 7, 2018. The donation form is also available for download at 
Pre-METALfab Continuing Education - February 7
Mark your calendars for NEF education opportunities at METALfab2018!

(Requires separate registration not included in METALfab2018 registration package)

Start METALfab2018 off with an Outstanding Experience:
Presented by Mark Koenke and Erik Owen of Germantown Iron and Steel
  • Establishing a chart of accounts to qualifying your proposal.
  • Establishing your overhead and labor rates, SG&A and profit.
  • What is markup and what is an appropriate rate for your business.
  • Organization of takeoff and items to watch for in the takeoff process. 
Discuss and walk though specific projects from design to sending out your proposal. Expect hands on learning by putting the theoretical to practical use by working on an actual estimate that will be downloaded on your computer.
Education classes take place February 8 and 9 during METALfab2018 included in METALfab2018 registration package.

METALfab2018 Education Lineup Feb 8 & 9
Class lists, presenters and times will be posted on 
D & D Technologies (USA), Inc.
Featured Top Job Contest Winners
Category P: Restoration

To enter this category, the project must involve previously done metalwork, four photos (two prior to restoration and two after) are required. 

Gold Winner:

Custom Metals Inc.
Madison, Wisconsin

After 62 years of use and 42 years of abandonment, the Custom Metals Inc. team was hired to restore the dignity and grace of twin, brass-plated, cast iron staircases. Decades of grime and mystery substances had to be removed, rust had to be ameliorated, and there was even antique gum to be scraped away. There were missing details to replace and unexplained tack welds to remove. The only original photo—about a century old—showed railings that looked like shiny, bright brass. The client didn’t want that appearance, but in case someone wanted to pursue it in the future, the Custom Metals team opted to do nothing that couldn’t be reversed. After gentle, thorough cleaning, this talented team applied several layers of custom blended colored waxes to simulate the layers of plating and patina. The background colors are warm brown/blacks with restrained gilt highlights. The project is sealed with water-based Incralac. The building was to be LEED certified, so the Custom Metals team used a minimal amount of solvents, dispensed—literally—with an eyedropper.

Total Hours: ~700

Architectural Metal Fabricator, Master level
Iron Masters, Inc.
Mid-Atlantic award winning architectural metal studio is seeking a highly experienced metal fabricator. Minimum of 15 years of fabricating curved descending stair railings, gates, etc. Proficiency in reading architectural drawings, field measuring, template making, laying out work, installation, etc. is required. Some travel is expected.
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Tips & Tricks
In this article, you’ll learn how to layout a handrail using simple tools and techniques to get accurate measurements. You’ll see how to properly space pickets with no arithmetic or electronic device. *This article was originally published in the Jan/Feb 2013 issue of O&MM Fabricator



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