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Publications by Wohlers

Summary of 394

  • Click here for a list of 177 articles (1992-2014)
  • Click here for a list of 123 articles (1984-1991)
  • Click here for a list of 94 books, chapters, and technical papers (1984-2012)

"Wohlers" column in Time Compression

  • September/October 2011 The Discovery of 3D Printing by the Mainstream Press
    Good news to those in the additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing industry: The mainstream media has discovered the technology.
  • July/August 2011 The DIY Maker Movement 
    Additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing are supporting the maker movement, a collection of activities in the large and growing do-it-yourself (DIY) community.
  • May/June 2011 Will Additive Manufacturing Change Manufacturing? 
    AM could very well become the most diverse, flexible, and accessible manufacturing technology ever.
  • March/April 2011 Why You Won't Have an AM Machine in Your Garage 
    For many years, additive manufacturing (AM) industry insiders have speculated on the role the general public will play in the adoption of AM.
  • November/December 2010 How Document Printers Are Like Additive Manufacturing Machines 
    The document printing industry has experienced a long and vibrant life.
  • September/October 2010 AM FAQs 
    In June 2010, I spoke to about 600 engineering and manufacturing professionals in Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, and Brisbane about additive manufacturing (AM) for part production.
  • July/August 2010 Additive Manufacturing 101: Part IV 
    Additive manufacturing (AM) systems have been capable of building metal parts for more than a decade, but only recently have these systems begun to gain traction in the market place.
  • May/June 2010 Additive Manufacturing 101: Part III  
    Additive manufacturing (AM) systems that build parts in photopolymer were among the first to emerge in the late 1980s.
  • March/April 2010 Additive Manufacturing 101: Part II  
    Laser sintering (LS) is a process that has grown in popularity for making strong plastic parts.
  • January/February 2010 Additive Manufacturing 101: Part I  
    The importance of additive manufacturing (AM) is certainly growing, and many people are being confronted with the tech that they may not have even a basic understanding about.  
  • November/December 2009 3D Printing Goes Open-Source  
    A relatively recent development is quietly taking place, and it could have an interesting impact on the additive manufacturing (AM) industry.
  • September/October 2009 RapidTech: Industry's Best Kept Secret  
    Have you heard of the National Center for Rapid Technologies, also known as RapidTech? The National Science Foundation funded the launch of the four-year program at Saddleback College (Mission Viejo, CA) in September 2007. Its purpose is to support industry and education at all levels, particularly in the adoption of rapid technologies, such as additive manufacturing (AM), to increase global competitiveness.
  • July/August 2009 A Low-volume Production Site: Coming to a Garage Near You  
    Service providers, also known as “service bureaus,” have long been a staple in the additive manufacturing (AM) industry. They were among the early adopters and pioneers in the application of AM technology.
  • May/June 2009 What Do You Call It?
    "3D printing" is becoming a popular term, and some expect it to develop as the most accepted umbrella term in the future.
  • March/April 2009 Gaming + Additive Fabrication = Big Business
    The use of additive fabrication technology to produce video game characters and player avatars is growing at an almost unbelievable pace. 

Wohlers "Viewpoint" column in Time-Compression Technologies

  • September/October 2008 10 Methods that will Impact the Next 10 Years
    Methods of additive fabrication will have a profound impact on the future of rapid product development and manufacturing.
  • May/June 2008 History of Additive Fabrication (Part 2)
    This two-part series provides a timeline that shows how additive fabrication technologies have developed from their inception in 1987 to 2007. The first part picks up where Part 1 ended. 
  • March/April 2008 History of Additive Fabrication (Part 1)
    This two-part series provides a timeline that shows how additive fabrication technologies have developed from 1987 to 2007. The first part covers 1987 through 2002. 
  • January/February 2008 International Business Etiquette (Part 2)
    More and more business is being conducted abroad, so it’s a good idea to know about the culture before you go so that you don’t commit a major faux pas. For this and the next issue, our Viewpoint column will touch on some of the major cultures around the world and what is accepted, expected and just plain frowned upon. What’s proper in one country may not be in the next. Avoid mistakes that can lead to a less than favorable impression and reduce the chances of success when traveling on business.
  • November/December 2007 International Business Etiquette (Part 1)
    More and more business is being conducted abroad, so it’s a good idea to know about the culture before you go so that you don’t commit a major faux pas. For this and the next issue, our Viewpoint column will touch on some of the major cultures around the world and what is accepted, expected and just plain frowned upon. What’s proper in one country may not be in the next. Avoid mistakes that can lead to a less than favorable impression and reduce the chances of success when traveling on business.
  • November/December 2007 (Service Provider Supplement) The Outgrowth of Service Providers 
    In the last several years, a number of new materials for additive systems have been developed that greatly increase the ability of parts to be used as functional prototypes. As a consequence, the demand for functional prototype parts is expected to increase and service providers will likely fulfill the bulk of this demand. 
  • September/October 2007 How to Survive Extreme Global Business Trips (Part 2)
    Learn more tips from someone who survived a nine-day loop around the world to make your own business trips a little easier.
  • May/June 2007 How to Survive Extreme Global Business Trips (Part 1)
    Business trips around the world are starting to become more common. Learn how Terry Wohlers managed to survive one extreme business trip where he traveled from the U.S. to Europe, to Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Tokyo, and then back to the U.S. again to complete a loop around the world in just nine days.
  • March/April 2007 Confused by Terminology?
    "Rapid prototyping" once served well as the term used to describe a class of technology and its applications, but times have changed.
  • January/February 2007 A Jaw-Dropping Display of Color Models
    The 3DP User Group organized the world's most impressive collection of color models produced by 3D printing. 
  • September/October 2006 The Industry's Next Major Turning Point
    What is the next major crossroad, for better or worse, in additive fabrication?
  • May/June 2006 Where Additive Processes Fit in The Mass Customization Movement
    Additive technologies will play a significant role in the production of custom and personalized products in the future.
  • March/April 2006 Obstacles to Rapid Manufacturing
    Will material cost, processing issues and company culture stifle growth?
  • January/February 2006 A View from 10 Years Ago
    Terry Wohlers' view from 10 years agoWhere the industry was headed and where it ended up.
  • November/December 2005 (Special Supplement) How to Find the Right Service Provider
  • November/December 2005 Are Under$1,000 3D Printers in Our Future?
    As 3D printer hardware and materials evolve, and the demand for them increase, some unit prices will likely dip below $20,000 for the first time.
  • September/October 2005 Too Many Industry Events?
    Industry and academic conferences and expositions in the U.S., Europe, and other parts of the world focus on additive fabrication.
  • May/June 2005 Will Multicolor Flourish or Flounder
  • March/April 2005 Material Options: An Absence or Abundance?
    For some, it is easy to forget that material can make the difference between success and failure when prototyping.
  • January/February 2005 Rapid RP Growth in South Africa
    Recent international conference and exhibition underscores the country's strong interest in the technology and its application.
  • November/December 2004 Will A/E/C Embrace RP? 
    Opportunities abound, but questions remain.
  • August/September 2004 What the 3D Systems/EOS Settlement Means to the Industry
    The resolution of eight lawsuits paves the way for improved competition and a stronger industry.
  • April/May 2004 Rapid Short-Run Production Will Protect U.S. Manufacturing
    With its leadership in RP technology, the U.S. is poised to secure a precious share of manufacturing in the future.

Wohlers "3D Printing" column in Time-Compression Technologies

  • November/December 2005 Factors to Consider When Choosing a 3D Printer
    With shipments of 3D printers nearly doubling over the past year, interest in acquiring 3D printing technology has increased dramatically.
  • September/October 2005 3D Printing in Education
    How High Schools, Colleges and Universities Leverage 3D Printing Technology.
  • May/June 2005 Why Send a Model When You Can Fax a 3D Print?
    Terry Wohlers talks about the benefits of this new technology for your business.
  • March/April 2005 3D Printing Supports Collaboration with Suppliers Around the Globe
    Fast, affordable 3D prints facilitate interaction between product design and manufacturing.
  • January/February 2005 3D Printing Provides Benefits Throughout Product Development
    Communicate increased product knowledge from conceptual design through production.

"Perspectives" column in Time-Compression Technologies

  • October/November 2003 Will the Service Provider Survive?
    The key to RP success is a strategic plan for the future while acquiring the people, processes and skills necessary to support the plan.
  • March/April 2003 Has Anything Changed in Ten Years?
    The Rapid Prototyping Association (RPA) of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. Since the inception of this organization, much has changed. And yet, many things remain the same.
  • January/February 2003 Is CNC Machining Really Better than RP?
    Knowledge of both technologies is important for the selection of the right tool for the job.
  • November/December 2002 A Year Filled With Promising R&D
    Despite a challenging year, the RP industry has continued its research and development of new products, processes, materials and applications.
  • September/October 2002 Surviving Tough Times
    From these challenging economic times, the RP industry will gain strong leaders, new applications and exciting solutions.
  • May/June 2002 Timing Isn't Everything, But Almost
    Nothing in itself is truly good or bad. It is when you put it to work that matters in the end.
  • March/April 2002 The Real Cost of RP
    What to consider before bringing RP in-house.
  • February 2002 RP Applications: The Possibilities Are Endless
    New advances and trends yield surprises
  • November 2001 Can Technology Acquisition Be An Emotional Decision?
    To offer winning products, companies must make sweeping changes--both cultural and technical--to their product development practices.
  • October 2001 Obstacles to RP's Growth 
    Rapid prototyping is not immune to the wide ranging obstacles that limit the growth of new products and technology.
  • September 2001 Lessons from Guttenberg's Legacy  
    What has the RP industry taken from this German inventor and the processes that follow?
  • June 2001 3-D Printers for the Home: Are They in Our Future?  
    Reviewing the cost of a 3-D printer will determine if it's a justifiable expense and a desirable solution.
  • May 2001 What's in a Name?  
    Although the definition of rapid prototyping is varied and the application of the term diverse, it may continue to be the most commonly used definition.
  • April 2001 Rapid Production: Key Barriers to Growth  
    The ways in which rapid production could change the future of manufacturing, coupled with its economic impact, are astounding, but there are barriers.
  • March 2001 Here Lies... Obituaries of RP Manufacturers
    Many rapid prototyping vendors have failed, and more will follow. Here's why.
  • January/February 2001 Rapid Prototyping in 2006
    Incremental change. Is that all that can be expected of the rapid prototyping industry?

"Internet Editorial" from Rapid Prototyping Journal

  • October 2002, Vol. 8, No. 5, Internet Editorial: Xpress3D
  • June 2002, Vol. 8, No. 3, Internet Editorial: The Traveling Engineer
  • April 2002, Vol. 8, No. 2, Internet Editorial: Will Magazines Become Obsolete?
  • October 2001, Vol. 7, No. 5, Internet Editorial: Castle Island's Web site
  • August 2001, Vol. 7, No. 4, Internet Editorial: Will Internet Companies Thrive in the Future?
  • June 2001, Vol. 7, No. 3, Internet Editorial: Is efunda an Industry Best Kept Secret?
  • April 2001, Vol. 7, No. 2, Internet Editorial: E-commerce: The Challenges of Creating a B2B Exchange
  • January 2001, Vol. 7, No. 1, Internet Editorial: Bits2Parts.com
  • October 2000, Vol. 6, No. 4, Internet Editorial: Are You Puzzled Too?
  • July 2000, Vol. 7, No. 3, Internet Editorial: Quote Generation on the Web

"Wohlers Talk" column from Prototyping Technology International