Wohlers Associates, Inc. is a 34-year old independent consulting firm based in Fort Collins, Colorado, located 60 minutes (by ground) from Denver International Airport. The company provides technical and strategic consulting on the new developments and trends in rapid product development and additive manufacturing. Much of this guidance has dealt with industrial applications, what works and what does not, hidden costs, industry trends, and growth forecasts.
The company helps to identify opportunities in mergers and acquisitions, provides advice on product positioning and competitive issues, and offers expert testimony in litigation. Wohlers Associates' past work has involved 275 client organizations in 27 countries around the world. The company has provided advice to nearly 200 additional companies in the investment community, most being institutional investors and private equity valued at billions of dollars.
About two-thirds of the company's resources concentrate on consulting projects. They involve on-site meetings with client companies, researching new processes and technologies, and presenting written and oral reports. The company helps to define, coordinate, and review the results of experiments that test methods of rapid product development, additive manufacturing, and 3D scanning/imaging.
The remaining one-third of the company's time is split between speaking at industry events, creating industry reports, writing articles and columns for trade journals, and contributing to industry committees, boards, and associations. Even though it requires a significant amount of time, key personnel also attend conferences and expositions and frequently visit organizations around the world. These activities are important to the future of the company's business and the business of its clients.
Wohlers Associates is recognized worldwide as a source of information. The company has been interviewed, cited, and/or quoted by Al Jazeera, BBC Radio, Bloomberg Businessweek, CNBC, CNN, Discovery News from the Discovery Channel, The Economist, and Financial Times. Others include Forbes, Fortune, Investor's Business Daily, National Public Radio (NPR), Scientific American, ScienceNews, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and countless domestic and foreign magazines, journals, and newspapers.
For 25 consecutive years, the company has published the Wohlers Report, which provides a worldwide review and analysis of additive manufacturing and 3D printing. The report has served as the undisputed industry-leading report on the subject for more than two decades. Many have graciously referred to it as the "bible" of 3D printing.
Wohlers Associates is a Platinum Member of America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. It is a $100+ million public/private partnership supported by the U.S. government, industry, and academia. This important national program was announced by the White House and launched in August 2012.
Most clients are manufacturing organizations from a wide range of industries. Wohlers Associates has assisted organizations ranging in size from a one-person start-up to one with more than 150,000 employees. Click here to see a list of clients and example consulting projects that the company has worked on over the past several years. More than 60 percent of the business is from outside the USA.
While the makeup of these organizations differ dramatically, their needs are often similar. Most of them seek help in sorting through the maze of choices and opportunities associated with the methods used for rapid product development and additive manufacturing. They want to be certain that they are headed in the right direction, especially when making strategic decisions that can have a long term impact on their organization.
Wohlers Associates places the highest degree of importance on honesty, integrity, and satisfaction, and seeks to exceed expectations. All clients are references.
Small. From day one, company founder Terry Wohlers has minimized organizational management and concentrated on technical and business issues. Wohlers Associates' core team consists of five people, coupled with a number of strategic partners and contractors. This lean overhead translates to efficiencies that are shared with clients.
Wohlers Associates aims to help organizations take advantage of technologies and strategies that enhance the rapid product development and manufacturing process.