Models from Thin Air Some day in the next millennium,
architects may be able to put design information into a machine that
will automatically construct a complete building; authored by B.J.
Novitski and published in August 2000.
Prototyping: A Subtle Industrial Revolution, published in the April
2000 issue of Industrial Equipment News.
to Product Concept & Design Engineering—a
supplement to Automotive Manufacturing International published
in 1999 by Sterling Publications Limited (London, England).
Digital Architect: Rapid prototyping lets
architects make scale models from computer files, authored by B.J.
Novitski and published in December 1999.
Amazing New Instant Prototypes, published in the January 12, 1998
edition of Fortune magazine.
Additive Manufacturing: Identifying the Future of Freeform Processing,
a government-sponsored report produced by 65 experts from academia,
industry, and government in March 2009 in Washington, DC.
Click here for a list of
94 books, chapters, and technical papers (1984-2012)
"Wohlers" column in Time Compression
2011The Discovery of 3D Printing by the Mainstream
Good news to those in
additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing industry: The mainstream
media has discovered the technology.
2011The DIY Maker Movement
Additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing are
maker movement, a collection of activities in the large and growing
do-it-yourself (DIY) community.
May/June 2011Will Additive Manufacturing Change
AM could very well become the most diverse,
flexible, and accessible manufacturing technology ever.
2011Why You Won't Have an AM Machine in Your
For many years, additive manufacturing (AM) industry
insiders have speculated on the role the general public will play in
the adoption of AM.
2010How Document Printers Are Like Additive
The document printing industry has experienced a long and vibrant life.
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.
2010Additive 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 2010Additive Manufacturing 101: Part III
manufacturing (AM) systems that build parts in photopolymer were among
the first to emerge in the late 1980s.
2010Additive Manufacturing 101: Part II
Laser sintering (LS) is a process that has grown in popularity for
making strong plastic parts.
2010Additive 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.
20093D 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.
2009RapidTech: 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.
2009A 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 2009What 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.
2009Gaming + Additive Fabrication = Big Business
The use of additive fabrication technology to produce video game
characters and player avatars is growing at an almost unbelievable
Wohlers "Viewpoint" column in Time-Compression Technologies
200810 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 2008History 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.
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
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.
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
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.
2007How 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 2007How 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.
2007Confused by Terminology?
"Rapid prototyping" once served well as the term used to describe a
class of technology and its applications, but times have changed.
2007A Jaw-Dropping Display of Color Models The 3DP User Group
organized the world's most impressive collection of color models
produced by 3D printing.
2006The Industry's Next Major Turning Point What is the next major
crossroad, for better or worse, in additive fabrication?
May/June 2006Where 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.
2006Obstacles to Rapid Manufacturing Will material cost, processing issues and company
culture stifle growth?
2006A View from 10 Years Ago Terry Wohlers'
view from 10 years ago—Where
the industry was headed and where it ended up.
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.
2005Too Many Industry Events? Industry and
academic conferences and expositions in the U.S., Europe, and other
parts of the world focus on additive fabrication.
the 3D Systems/EOS Settlement Means to the Industry The resolution
of eight lawsuits paves the way for improved competition and a stronger
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
Wohlers "3D Printing" column in Time-Compression Technologies
2005Factors 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.
20053D Printing in Education How High Schools, Colleges and Universities Leverage
3D Printing Technology.
Send a Model When You Can Fax a 3D Print? Terry Wohlers
talks about the benefits of this new technology for your business.
20053D Printing Supports Collaboration with
Suppliers Around the Globe Fast, affordable 3D prints facilitate interaction
between product design and manufacturing.
Printing Provides Benefits Throughout Product Development Communicate increased product knowledge from conceptual
design through production.
"Perspectives" column in Time-Compression Technologies
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.
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
2003 Is CNC Machining Really Better than RP? Knowledge of
both technologies is important for the selection of the right tool for
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.
2002 Surviving Tough Times From these
challenging economic times, the RP industry will gain strong leaders,
new applications and exciting solutions.
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.
2002 The Real Cost of RP What to consider
before bringing RP in-house.
RP Applications: The Possibilities Are Endless New advances and
trends yield surprises
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.
Obstacles to RP's Growth Rapid
prototyping is not immune to the wide ranging obstacles that limit the
growth of new products and technology.
Lessons from Guttenberg's Legacy
What has the RP industry taken from this German inventor and the
processes that follow?
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 2001What'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 2001Rapid 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 2001Here Lies... Obituaries of RP Manufacturers
Many rapid prototyping vendors have failed, and more will follow.
2001Rapid Prototyping in 2006
change. Is that all that can be expected of the rapid prototyping
"Internet Editorial" from Rapid Prototyping Journal