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NOMMA News & Events
December 21—Last day to enter Top Job at the regular rate
December 24-25—NOMMA office is closed
December 31—Submit completed NEF Auction donation forms so we can promote auction items in advance of METALfab

January 1—NOMMA office is closed
January 9—January Roundtable Discussion
Presented by the Upper Midwest Chapter of NOMMA
Does your company have an employee that you want to bring to METALfab 2019, or do you know of a NOMMA member shop that has not attended and you would like them to experience METALfab?
Go ahead and fill out the application or share it with them to complete. Applications are being accepted through January 10.

Next year's METALfab, which will be located in Indianapolis, Indiana, will feature the top-notch education, technology, and the amazing networking you expect. New in 2019 is the addition of the International Door Association (IDA). With NOMMA and AFA, this means a total of THREE association shows in one place. When you register for METALfab and include education, that means you can attend education sessions from all three associations! If these dates fall during Spring Break for your children, we’ll have plenty of suggested activities for your family, so bring them along! For advertising opportunities in the show issue(s) of Fabricator, contact Beth Palmer at

Lewis Brass & Copper Co. Inc.
D & D Technologies (USA), Inc.
Member News
Wishing you and your family a wonderful Holiday Season and a Prosperous New Year!!!
-Liz & Meda
Have you taken the opportunity to make sure everything is checked off before 2018 ends? Just as Santa checks his list to see if you've been Naughty or Nice, be sure to check this list. Maybe even twice!

Have you updated all necessary company policies?
Have all your insurance needs been addressed and updated?
Do you have up-to-date information on your employees?
Are your certifications updated?
Have you set budgets and goals for 2019?
Lastly, have you registered for METALfab 2019?

Be sure to join us for the next Roundtable , scheduled for January 9 at 2:00 p.m. CST/ 3:00 p.m. EST.

The Ernest Wiemann Top Job Contest is a peer-judged competition created to honor outstanding work. NOMMA members from around the world compete for awards in 17 categories, including forged and non-forged work ranging from gates and stairs to furniture and accessories. All entries are showcased during our annual METALfab convention, where NOMMA members select each year’s winners. Learn more at

Entry Deadlines & Fees

Regular Entry December 21, 2018 $90
Late Entry January 25, 2019 $140
Prevent Callbacks Before They Happen!
D & D Technologies (USA), Inc.
D&D Technologies SureClose® gate hinges and hinge-closers are hydraulic, commercial-grade closing solutions for a range of heavy duty commercial, industrial and residential gates. Shut It® industrial metal gate hinges feature high-temperature sealed bearings allowing the hinges to be powder coated while installed on the gate, are maintenance free, adjustable and offer near frictionless movement. D&D continually sets new standards in design, performance, craftsmanship and innovation. Learn more by visiting our website today
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Featured Top Job Contest Winners

Category E: Interior Railings

(Ferrous, Forged: All railings containing custom, hand-forged elements.)

Featured Gold Winner: Robert Thomas Iron Design, North Charleston, South Carolina
Description of project: This three story monumental staircase was created for a bank as a centerpiece for their flagship location. The client wanted something bold, forged, and not overly ornate, with a limited budget. The budget challenge forced the Robert Thomas Iron Design team to come up with a design featuring many forged elements, as well as clean, quick and precise fabrication. All parts were forged in-house, and a special hydraulic press was custom built to form the main, oval elements with pinched holes at the top and bottom.
MB Software Solutions, LLC
Featured Stories

Randy was a student of the legendary silversmith Porter Blanchard and has been perfecting his craft for over 40 years. His stunning work is in the White House Collection of American Art, the Renwick Gallery, Oakland Museum of California, among others. In 2016, Quentin Tarantino commissioned a piece to be made for a recent film. Randy’s work has been included in important national museums and gallery exhibitions, and he is a recipient of numerous awards.

Randy is a surfer, a teacher, public speaker, a consummate craftsman, and a California treasure.

We think you will find his story compelling as well as all the stories of the uniquely creative artists in the CALIFORNIA episode.

Please follow this link to view a 2 min. promo of the episode:

Please also take a look at two Randy Stromsoe shorts:

Craft in America California will air with the other episode of our new season entitled Visionaries, on PBS nationwide on Friday, December 21 at 9:00 p.m. *Check local listings* (Both episodes will be viewable on our website right after the airdate). 

Tips & Tricks
A metallurgist shares insights on choosing the ideal metals for 3D metal manufacturing and ensuring quality production.
In this article, a brief introduction to commonly used metal and alloy powders for additive manufacturing (AM) is given. In addition, the reader will gain a basic understanding of metal structure, metallurgy, properties, and state-of-the-art in-process quality control measures used to reliably influence the performance of a part in service. For a more rigorous study of the AM process, structure, and properties of metallic components, the reader is referred to a recent review article and the comprehensive overview book on the fundamental elements and processes used to 3D print metal.



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