Terry Wohlers

Industry consultant, analyst, author, and speaker Terry Wohlers is president of Wohlers Associates, Inc., an independent consulting firm he founded 28 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 240 organizations in 24 countries. Also, he has provided advice to 150+ companies in the investment community, most being institutional investors that represent mutual funds, hedge funds, and private equity valued at billions of dollars.

For two decades, Wohlers has served as a voice in the additive manufacturing industry. Wohlers has been cited by Bloomberg Businessweek, CNBC, CNNMoney, Computerworld, Discovery News from the Discovery Channel, The Economist, Financial Times, Fortune, and Inc. magazine. He has been included in articles published by Investor's Business DailyNewsweek (Japan),  Reuters, Scientific American, ScienceNews, WIRED, and countless domestic and foreign magazines, journals, and newspapersForbes published an interview with Wohlers in November 2011 and an article about him in March 2012.

In April 2014, he appeared on CNBC's Fast Money program. 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 JournalHe has been interviewed by CCTV News (Beijing, China) and twice by National Public Radio (NPR).

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 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 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. 

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. He has twice served as the kick-off speaker at events held at the White House Conference Center.

Wohlers has authored 400+ books, magazine articles, and technical papers on engineering and manufacturing automation. Also, he has been given the opportunity to speak to thousands of engineers, scientists, and executives around the world. Wohlers has given more than 125 keynote presentations on five continents in cities ranging from Seoul to Pretoria and São Paulo to Melbourne. He has visited more than 200 organizations worldwide to witness their capabilities, best practices, and challenges. 

Wohlers is a partner of the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (also referred to as America Makes), a $70 million initiative funded by the U.S. government and industry and academic partners. This important national program was announced and launched in Q3 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 in this position and is also a member of the ASTM F42 Executive Committee.

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 ancient pyramids in Egypt, and traveled crocodile-infested rivers of Malaysian Borneo.

In May 2004, Wohlers received an Honorary Doctoral Degree of Mechanical Engineering 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 1992, Wohlers led a group of 14 individuals from industry and academia to form the first association dedicated to rapid prototyping. 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. Today, GARPA serves as a catalyst for the exchange of information on additive manufacturing technologies and applications across international borders.  

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