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conjuring fears of price gouging and project
delays while waiting for that just-right piece
to be cast and delivered. In this paper, we'll
expose some industry secrets and insider tips
your foundry doesn't want you to know, but that
will save you time and money while getting you
the exceptional designs you dream of.

1

The Savings are in the Details
Have a great idea for a distinct ornamental piece? Quick, grab a napkin and
sketch it out. A good foundry can take the
most basic idea sketch, provide you with a
quote, and turn that sketch into quality custom
castings. But, many foundries don't have the
time, resources, or desire to hand-hold clients
through the entire custom design and casting
process. This scenario can produce vague
and inadequate communication which leads
to costly delays.
A great foundry will work with you to
develop a detailed design drawing with the
specifications and measurements necessary to
develop a comprehensive price quote. They'll
ask questions that give the foundry a detailed
understanding of the scope of the project and
the application of the custom piece, and offer
recommendations on the types of alloys that are
ideal for the planned end use. Don't be offended
if your foundry tells you that they're not right for
the job, a project should be viable for both the

Things to ask when interviewing foundries:
What's the largest casting size I can get from your foundry?
What types of metals do you cast, and which is right for my project?
Do you have a restriction on casting weight?
Do you have a minimum quantity or dollar amount per custom order?
Will the casting be paintable (if applicable)?
Will the casting hold a finish (if applicable)?
Do I need to prepare the casting in any way for final finishing?
Can your castings be welded?
Do you provide heat treatment (if applicable)? Is that included in the price quote?
Are they any charges in your quote other than pattern-making/tooling and price per piece?

producer and the end user. A great foundry will
direct you to the right resources for what you
need - whether it's another foundry, a machine
shop, or a metal fabricator. Look for a foundry
that is willing to consult with you from the earliest stages to help you get started and bring
your project to life.

2

One Size - or Price - Does NOT
Fit All
Receiving a lump sum quote may
seem like a good thing - until you need to
increase or decrease your order and have
no idea how much you're paying for each
individual piece. Likewise, lumping together

pattern-making and tooling makes it difficult
to compare shops. Look for a foundry that will
offer transparent, itemized pricing for patternmaking, tooling, and per piece casting.
Sketches for decorative castings often lack
dimensional detail. If details are vague or missing, it forces the woodcarver/pattern-maker
to provide his or her own artistic interpretation. The detailed design drawings mentioned
earlier? Taking the time to specify details,
cross sections, and dimensions can save
you significantly once you enter the patternmaking portion of the project. Pattern-making
consumes the majority of a typical custom
project timeline, and mistakes made here can

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018

President’s Letter
Letter From the Executive Director
NOMMA Network
NOMMA Education Foundation
2018 Metalfab / Fencetech Attendee Brochure
Three Things You Need to Know* to Save Money and Time When Commissioning Custom Metal Castings
The Collective Mind Gate Series - Part Vi
Change Orders
Women in Industry
What Experience Modifiers Do, and What You Can Do About It
How to Handle Your Toughest Employee Problem
Supplier Members
New & Returning NOMMA Members & Iron Club Members
Gold Members
Take a Stroll Down Memory Lane - Nomma’s First Years
2018 Product Preview
Index of Advertisers
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - Intro
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - cover1
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - cover2
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 3
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 4
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 5
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O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 8
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 9
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 10
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - President’s Letter
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 12
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - Letter From the Executive Director
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 14
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - NOMMA Network
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - NOMMA Education Foundation
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 17
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 18
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 2018 Metalfab / Fencetech Attendee Brochure
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 20
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 21
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 22
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O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 28
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 29
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - Three Things You Need to Know* to Save Money and Time When Commissioning Custom Metal Castings
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 31
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 32
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 33
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - The Collective Mind Gate Series - Part Vi
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 35
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 36
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 37
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - Change Orders
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 39
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 40
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 41
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 42
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - What Experience Modifiers Do, and What You Can Do About It
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 44
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 45
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 46
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - How to Handle Your Toughest Employee Problem
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 48
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 49
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 50
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 51
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 52
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - Supplier Members
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 54
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - New & Returning NOMMA Members & Iron Club Members
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 56
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - Gold Members
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - Take a Stroll Down Memory Lane - Nomma’s First Years
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 59
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 60
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 2018 Product Preview
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 62
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 63
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 64
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - Index of Advertisers
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 66
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - cover3
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - cover4
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