Terry Wohlers

Terry Wohlers

Terry Wohlers, MSc., Dr. h.c., FSME
Principal Consultant & President
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Short Biography

Industry consultant, analyst, author, and speaker Terry Wohlers is president of Wohlers Associates, Inc., an independent consulting firm he founded 32 years ago. The company provides technical and strategic consulting on the new developments and trends in rapid product development, additive manufacturing, and 3D printing. Through this company, Wohlers has provided consulting assistance to more than 267 organizations in 26 countries. Also, he has provided advice to 180 companies in the investment community, most being institutional investors that represent mutual funds, hedge funds, and private equity valued at billions of dollars.

For 37 years, Wohlers has focused his education, research, and practice on design and manufacturing. Over this time, he has authored 421 books, magazine articles, and technical papers on engineering and manufacturing automation. In 2007, more than 1,000 industry professionals from around the world selected Wohlers as the #1 most influential person in rapid product development and additive manufacturing. The results were published in TCT Magazine (UK) as part of its TCT Top 25 Influential People survey.

Wohlers has appeared on many television and radio news programs, including Al Jazeera, Australia's Sky News, Bloomberg TV, CBS Radio News, China's CCTV, CNBC, CNN, Germany's Deutsche Welle, Fox Business, MSNBC, and NPR. He has been cited by Bloomberg Businessweek, CNNMoney, Computerworld, Discovery News from the Discovery Channel, The Economist, Financial Times, Forbes, Fortune, and Inc. magazine. He has been included in articles published by Investor's Business Daily, Newsweek (Japan), Reuters, Scientific American, ScienceNewsWIRED, and countless domestic and foreign magazines, journals, and newspapers. Forbes published an interview with Wohlers in November 2011 and an article about him in March 2012. 

In July 2018, he addressed 3D-printed guns in a live interview on CNN with Brooke Baldwin. In April 2014, he appeared on the CNBC Fast Money program and a Fox Business broadcast, as well as a Bloomberg TV news program in August 2013. In May 2013, an interview by Wohlers was broadcast on an MSMBC program called Your Business. In July 2012, Wohlers was included in a USA Today article that was published on the front page of the Money section. The following day, Wohlers was interviewed live by CBS Radio News. A day later, he was included in an article published by The Wall Street Journal.

In November 2011, Wohlers was part of a Business News Network (BNN) program that was broadcast live, nationwide in Canada. In June 2010, Sky News (Australia) conducted a live, nationwide interview broadcast with Wohlers. In January 2012, Bloomberg Businessweek published an audio interview with him. In October 2001, Wohlers served as analyst on a fast-paced television news morning show titled Business Now on ABC. 

Wohlers provided live interview commentary on The Monocle Daily radio program from London, England in November 2012. He was also interviewed on German radio in June 1999 and again in December 1999 in a program titled Computer and Communication. Wohlers was a part of a Slovenian radio program in 2008.

In 2012 and 2014, Wohlers was a featured speaker at events held at the U.S. White House. In November 2011, Wohlers presented to the deputy director of policy at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. His highly sought-after views and opinions come from years of collecting and analyzing market data, coupled with his work as a consultant and advisor to major organizations in the Asia, Europe, the Middle East, South America, and Africa. 

Wohlers has been given the opportunity to speak to thousands of engineers, scientists, and executives from around the world. He has given more than 155 keynote presentations on five continents in cities ranging from Seoul to Pretoria and São Paulo to Melbourne. Also, he has visited more than 200 organizations worldwide to witness firsthand their capabilities, best practices, and challenges.

To satisfy his appetite for adventure, Wohlers has climbed the Great Wall of China, hiked the rain forests of New Zealand, bathed in the Dead Sea, and summited the 4,346-meter (14,259-foot) Longs Peak in the Rocky Mountains. He has ridden elephants in Thailand, encountered lions and Great White Sharks in Africa, explored the ancient pyramids in Egypt, and traveled crocodile-infested rivers of Malaysian Borneo.

In May 2004, Wohlers received an Honorary Doctoral Degree from Central University of Technology, Free State (Bloemfontein, South Africa). Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa and Nobel Peace Prize winner, received this honorary degree in 2002. In 2005, Wohlers became a Fellow of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. Less than 1% of the SME membership is granted this distinction, making it one of the most prestigious honors presented by the Society. In May 2016, Wohlers became an Adjunct Professor at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.

In 2004, Wohlers initiated the Bright Minds Mentor Program for high school students in the USA. The program coincides each each with SME's RAPID Conference & Exposition. Over the years, hundreds of young people have benefited from the experience and guidance of practicing professionals and industry leaders. In 2006, he initiated a youth awareness program in South Africa that introduced 3D printing to about 250 high school students from across the country. In 2005, Wohlers became an active participant of RP4Baghdad, a humanitarian effort focused on assisting severely injured civilians in Iraq.

In 1994, Wohlers met with and presented to the Under Secretary for Technology at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Its purpose was to convey the vital role that additive manufacturing plays in American industry. Since then, tens of millions of dollars have been awarded to support the development of additive processes through many government-sponsored programs.

In 1992, Wohlers led a group of 14 individuals from industry and academia to form the first association dedicated to rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing. In 1993, the association joined the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) to become the Rapid Prototyping Association (RPA) of SME. Today, it is known as the Rapid Technologies and Additive Manufacturing Community of SME. In 1998, Wohlers co-founded the Global Alliance of Rapid Prototyping Associations (GARPA) involving 22 member nations around the world. For many years, GARPA served as a catalyst for the exchange of information on additive manufacturing technologies and applications across international borders.

Achievements in the Industry

Terry Wohlers has earned a reputation as an industry leader:

Consulting for Major Organizations
Wohlers has provided organizations of many types and sizes consulting advice on wide-ranging issues associated with rapid product development and additive manufacturing. His consulting projects and client list grow year after year. 

Writing Best-Selling Publications
He is the author of one of the world's best-selling and longest published CAD textbooks by McGraw-Hill Higher Education, with more than 500,000 copies in print. The book was first published in 1986. 

Wohlers is a principal author of Wohlers Report 2018, a publication that provides data of critical importance to product developers, manufacturers, service providers, investors, researchers, and educators. The 344-page report, representing the 23rd annual edition, was developed with assistance from 76 co-authors in 32 countries. It was also developed with support from 92 service providers, 64 system manufacturers, 19 producers of third-party materials and desktop 3D printters, and many others worldwide.

Contributing Articles to Top Trade Publications
Wohlers has authored more than 421 books, articles, reports, and technical papers on engineering and manufacturing automation. His articles have appeared in Architectural & Engineering Systems, CADalyst, CAD/CAM Journal, CADENCE, CATIA Solutions, Composites Technology, Computer-Aided Engineering, Computer Graphics World, European CEO, DesignNet, European Tool & Mould Making, InfoWorld, and Manufacturing Engineering. They have also appeared in MoldMaking Technology, PC Magazine, Pro-E: The Magazine, Prototyping Technology International, Rapid Prototyping Journal, Rapid Prototyping Report, Solid Solutions, T.H.E. Journal, TCT Magazine (UK), Time Compression, and World Class Design To Manufacture.

Wohlers authored the "Wohlers" column for Time Compression and served on the magazine's editorial advisory board for many years. During the magazine's previous ownership, he authored the Viewpoint column for the magazine and served on its editorial advisory board. He currently serves on the editorial advisory boards for TCT Magazine (England), Virtual and Physical Prototyping journal (England), and the Journal for New Generation Sciences (South Africa). Since 1997, he has served as an advisor to the Rapid Prototyping Journal by Emerald (England) and was the Internet editor/columnist for this publication from 2000 to 2002. His Wohlers Talk column appeared monthly in Prototyping Technology International (England) in 1997 and 1998. Wohlers was a Computer Graphics World contributing editor for 15 years (1987-2002) and contributed monthly to CADENCE magazine for six years (1986 to 1992). He also served on the editorial advisory boards for the Rapid Prototyping Report, Prototype magazine (England), MoldMaking Technology Magazine, and Vektorrum Executive Report.

Forging a Leadership Role in Industry Organizations
Terry Wohlers holds leadership positions in major industry organizations:

Wohlers is a partner and Platinum Member of America Makes, which is the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. It is a $100 million initiative funded by government agencies, industry, and academic partners. This important national program was announced and launched in 2012.

In January 2009, Wohlers accepted an invitation to chair the Terminology Subcommittee for the ASTM International F42 Committee on Additive Manufacturing Technologies, an international standards development effort. He continues to serve as a member of the ASTM F42 Executive Committee.

In November 2004, the Rapid Product Development Association of South Africa (RAPDASA) named Wohlers the first honorary member of the national association. 

In 1992, Wohlers led 14 individuals from industry and academia to form the world's first association dedicated to additive manufacturing. In 1993, the association joined the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) to become the Rapid Prototyping Association (RPA) of SME. Wohlers was RPA/SME chairman in 1993 and 1994. RPA/SME became the Rapid Technologies and Additive Manufacturing (RTAM) community when SME restructured the organization in 2003.

In 1998, he co-founded the Global Alliance of Rapid Prototyping Associations (GARPA), formed to encourage the exchange of information across international borders. Members included groups and associations in Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland,  UK, and USA. He has participated in every Global Summit (beginning in 1998), held in nine countries, and served as an advisor to GARPA.

Wohlers is a founding member (2009) of SME's Innovation Watch Committee and contributed to it for three years. Each year, the committee publishes "Innovations That Could Change the Way You Manufacture."

Wohlers served as an appointed member of SME's Manufacturing Enterprise Council for two three-year terms (2004-2009). Past members have been top executives from companies such as Cummins Engine Company, Walt Disney Studios, Boeing, and Kohler Engines.

In September 2007, Wohlers received the first Career Award at VRAP 2007 in Leiria, Portugal. Also, the VRAP organizing committee named him honorary chairman of the every-other-year event.

Wohlers is a founder (1987) and was chairman (1987-1993) of the CAD Society, a non-profit CAD membership organization that was once a part of the National Computer Graphics Association (NCGA). He was an elected member NCGA Board of Directors from 1987 to 1993, and served on many NCGA committees.

He is a founder (1988) and was chairman (1988-1992) of the world's largest CAD competition, sponsored by the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America, which is now SkillsUSA. The competition has impacted the careers of hundreds of students across the United States.

Wohlers is a founder (1984) of the International CAD Forum, a series of five annual conferences and expositions in the USA and England focused on practical applications of desktop computer-aided design and drafting.

Wohlers holds/held advisory board positions with the: 3rd International Conference on Rapid Prototyping & Manufacturing in Beijing, China (co-chairman, 2008); NSF-funded National Center for Rapid Technologies (2007-present); SME's annual RAPID conferences (1993-2008); Centre for Rapid and Sustainable Product Development at Polytechnic Institute of Leiria in Leiria, Portugal (2008-present); 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th International Conference on Advanced Research in Virtual and Rapid Prototyping (VRAP) in Leiria, Portugal (2011, 2009, 2007, 2005, and 2003); 3rd International Conference on Manufacturing Automation in Hong Kong (2002); and TCT 2002 (conference chairman) in Manchester, England.

Also, Wohlers has held advisory board positions with the: Third International Conference on Rapid Prototyping & Manufacturing in Beijing China (advisory committee co-chair, 2008); Second International Conference on Rapid Prototyping & Manufacturing in Beijing, China (co-chair, 2002); 8th International Conference on Rapid Prototyping in Tokyo, Japan (2000); 8th European Conference on Rapid Prototyping in Paris, France (2000); First International Conference on Rapid Prototyping & Manufacturing in Beijing, China (1998); SME's Autofact '98 conference; Second International Conference on Manufacturing Automation in Hong Kong (1997); the University of Dayton's international conferences on rapid prototyping (1993-1997); International Symposium on Automotive Technology and Automation in Germany (1995, 1998); and the International Conference on Rapid Product Development in Stuttgart, Germany (1995). Wohlers served as an advisor to the popular TenLinks.com on-line CAD directory (1999-2001).

An Internationally Recognized Speaker
Wohlers is a frequent speaker at industry events around the globe. For 25 consecutive years, he has been invited to present the additive manufacturing state of the industry and its future at the annual RAPID Conference & Exposition, sponsored by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. According to SME, this annual presentation is a cornerstone of the industry.

Wohlers served as a keynote speaker at the following events in 2017-2018:

Wohlers served as a keynote speaker at the following events from 2013 to 2017:

Wohlers served as a keynote speaker at the following events from 2011 to 2013:

From 2008 to 2010, Wohlers served as a keynote speaker at the following events:

From 2005 to 2007, Wohlers was a keynote speaker at:

From 2001 to 2004, Wohlers served as a keynote speaker at:

From 1991 to 2000, Wohlers was a keynote speaker at the following events: 

As a visiting lecturer, Wohlers has given presentations and seminars at The Swedish Institute of Production Engineering Research (Stockholm, Sweden), Georgia Institute of Technology, North Carolina State University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Colorado State University, Washington University, Milwaukee School of Engineering, and other institutions. His award-winning presentation in 1986 in London, England accurately predicted the explosive growth of desktop-based systems for computer-aided design and drafting.

Applying Advanced Teaching Skills
Wohlers is one of the world's foremost computer-aided design (CAD) educators. He was the author and instructor of the first self-instructional university independent study courses on AutoCAD and CADKEY. An estimated 2,000 practicing design professionals from around the world enrolled in these top-rated credit courses (1988-1996). 

Previously, Wohlers developed and taught the first graduate and undergraduate courses on CAD at Colorado State University's Department of Industrial Sciences (1981-1986). Also, he has held affiliate faculty positions (1988-1996 and 1999-2002) at Colorado State University's Department of Industrial Sciences.

Educational Background

Wohlers earned a master's degree in industrial sciences from Colorado State University (1982) and a bachelor's degree in industrial technology from the University of Nebraska at Kearney (1980).

In May 2004, Wohlers received an Honorary Doctoral Degree of Mechanical Engineering from Central University of Technology, Free State (Bloemfontein, South Africa). 

Business Philosophy

"I believe strongly in personalized service. That means working as an integral part of a team to develop unique solutions to problems. My clients work directly with me. This ensures that they get the expertise and special attention they deserve. I am always available to answer questions promptly and accurately."