Consulting Projects

Wohlers Associates has participated in many consulting projects over the company's 32-year history. The work has involved more than 267 client organizations in 26 countries around the world. Also, the company has provided advice to 180 companies in the investment community.

Wohlers Associates has provided organizations of many types and sizes consulting advice on wide-ranging issues associated with rapid product development, additive manufacturing, and 3D printing. The work has dealt with organizational strategy and direction, investment, growth trends, and what the future holds. Wohlers Associates has also assisted with partnership opportunities, product positioning, competitive issues, and whether to enter a particular market segment.

The following are example projects.

Industry Developments and Trends

  • Assisted with additive manufacturing technology roadmaps for the countries of Australia, South Africa, and the U.S.
  • Provided insight and advice to a large aerospace companies in Europe and the U.S.
  • Assisted with the development of a report on additive manufacturing for the U.S. White House.
  • Reviewed the current market and competition for a major European producers of materials for additive manufacturing.
  • Helped a Japanese company understand recent developments and trends in prototyping and tooling.

Expert Witness

  • Provided assistance to a large U.S. manufacturer of consumer products involved with litigation. The company received a favorable settlement and avoided a trial.
  • Supported a U.S. company involved in patent litigation with a Japanese giant and testified in court. The jury decided in favor of the U.S. company.


  • Provided consulting assistance to companies in the investment community, most being institutional investors that represent mutual funds, hedge funds, and private equity valued at billions of dollars.
  • Assisted venture capital firms with investments in technology companies.
  • Helped large corporations and national governments with long-term planning and investment strategy.

Technology Acquisition and Training

  • Researched the licensing of a tooling process for a large manufacturer of consumer products.
  • Explored technology acquisition options for a manufacturer of additive manufacturing systems.
  • Researched acquisition candidates for an established prototyping service provider in central Europe.
  • Provided design for additive manufacturing hands-on learning for a large aerospace organization in the U.S.

New Product Introduction

  • Collected information and helped develop a business strategy for a large materials company in Europe.
  • Reviewed a new additive manufacturing system in Asia and provided input on how the company might develop, position, and market the system.
  • Conducted a market analysis for a new additive manufacturing material for a company in Europe.
  • Provided strategic advice to the top management of a company that offers CNC machines and 3D scanning systems.
  • Helped a company expand into markets outside of Japan.
  • Evaluated a European company's products and helped plan a new product family and marketing strategy.

Prototyping and Tooling

  • Evaluated approaches to tooling for manufacturers of surgical instruments and mobile phones.
  • Recommended options for prototyping and tooling to a manufacturer of bar code printers.
  • Explored options for entering the 3D printing industry for a large manufacturer of computer products and services.
  • Evaluated tooling options for a major manufacturer of mobile phones in Europe.

Process Automation

  • Developed a laser scanning solution for a manufacturer of custom-fit in-the-ear hearing aids and explored options for additive manufacturing.
  • Identified 3D design and CNC machining software for a manufacturer of footwear and other products in Brazil.
  • Tested new approaches to 3D modeling, reverse engineering, and additive manufacturing for a government agency.

Client List

Wohlers Associates places the highest degree of importance on honesty, integrity, and customer satisfaction, and seeks to exceed expectations. All clients are references.

Wohlers Associates counts the following among its clients.

Aerospace and Industrial Machinery

ABB (Finland)
Airbus (Germany)
Belcan Corp.
Borusan (Turkey)
Cimatron (Israel)
Dicon (Denmark)
Dover Corp.
EADS (Germany)
Exide Electronics
Lockheed Martin
Hughes Christensen
ITS Machinery (Israel)
John Deere
National Bearings Company
Premium AEROTEC (Germany)
Rockwell Automation
United Technologies
WestingCut (China)

Chemicals and Materials

BASF (Germany)
Evonik (Germany)
Huntsman (Switzerland)
UCB Chemicals (Belgium)
Valspar (Switzerland)

Business Machines and Consumer Products

Apple Inc.
Ericsson (Sweden)
Haier (China)
Imaginary Design
Irwin Industrial (Brazil)
Nokia (Finland)
Procter & Gamble
RØDE Microphones (Australia)
Sigma Innovation (Sweden)

Events and Publications

Ariel Communications
Communication Technologies
DEMAT GmbH (Germany)
Elmia AB (Sweden)
Euro-Team (England)
Expoconsul International
Marcus Evans (Malaysia)
MCB University Press (England)
McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Microcentrum (Holland)
Miller Freeman
MoldMaking Expo
Penton Media
Rapid News Publications (England)
Rapid Product Development Association of South Africa
Rising Media (Germany)
Rogers Publishing (Canada)
Society of the Plastics Industry
Sterling Publications (England)
Ziff Davis


Advanced Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre - AMCRC (Australia)
Air Force Research Laboratory
America Makes - National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute
Atlantic Council
City of Loveland, Colorado
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation - CSIRO (Australia)
Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Québec - CRIAQ (Canada)
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research - CSIR (South Africa)
Industrial Technology Centre (Canada)
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Local Government Association of Queensland (Australia)
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Sandia National Laboratories
State of Wisconsin Investment Board
Swedish Institute of Production Engineering Research (Sweden)
U.S. Department of Energy
U.S. Department of Defense
U.S. White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Investment and Finance

Guidepoint Global
Mosaic Research Management
Vista Research
William Blair & Company

Medical and Dental

Align Technology (Invisalign)
Planmeca (Finland)
Scott Laboratories
Starkey Labs
Sulzer Carbomedics
3D Medical (Australia)
Tissue Regeneration Systems

Professional Societies and Associations

Additive & 3D Manufacturing Tecnologies Association (Spain)
Aerospace Industries Association of Canada
American Mold Builders Association
Asian Manufacturing Association (China)
Finnish Rapid Prototyping Association (Finland)
French Rapid Prototyping Association (France)
Institution of Mechanical Engineers (England)
Japanese Society of Die and Mold Technology (Japan)
Laser Institute of America
Machine Tool, Accessories, Component Parts and Tools Manufacturers' Association of Spain
National Computer Graphics Association
Rapid Forming Technology Committee of the Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society (China)
Rapid Product Development Association of South Africa (South Africa)
Society of Manufacturing Engineers
Toy Manufacturers of America
3D Systems North American Stereolithography Users Group
Vocational Industrial Clubs of America

Rapid Product Development, Additive Manufacturing, and 3D Printing

Alphaform AG (Germany)
America Makes
Anubis Manufacturing Consultants (Canada)
BMP Technology
Chervona Hvilya (Ukraine)
Cimatron (Israel)
Cubital (Israel)
Desktop Factory
Desktop Metal
DTM Corp.
DSM Desotech
Ellison Group
EOS (Germany)
Formero (Australia)
INCS Inc. (Japan)
Materialise (Belgium)
Micromod (Israel)
Objet (Israel)
Phillips Plastics Corp.
Primary Systems
Progressive Components
Proto Labs
Roland DGA
Schneider Prototyping (Germany)
Solido (Israel)
2Phase Technologies
3D Systems
Thogus Products
Vantus Technology Corp.
Waikato Innovation Park (New Zealand)
Z Corporation

Research, Academia, and Education

Asnuntuck Community College
Auckland University of Technology (New Zealand)
Bergen County Technical Schools
Central University of Technology, Free State (South Africa)
Colorado State University
Connecticut Communitiy Colleges
Fraunhofer Society (Germany)
Georgia Institute of Technology
Griffith University (Australia)
Helsinki University of Technology (Finland)
Loughborough University (England)
National Center for Rapid Technologies - RapidTech
National University of Singapore (Singapore)
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Polytechnic Institute of Leiria (Portugal)
RMIT University (Australia)
Saddleback College
Sirris (Belgium)
Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing & Technology
Tennessee Tech University
Tsinghua University (China)
University of Dayton
University of Maribor (Slovenia)
University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee
Vaal University of Technology (South Africa)
Virginia Tech

Design and Engineering Software

Auto-Trol Technology
Cimatron (Israel)
CyberPro Engineering
DeskArtes (Finland)
Master Graphics
Materialise (Belgium)
Muse Technologies Inc.
Precision Visuals
Versacad Corp.

3D Scanning and Reverse Engineering

FARO Technologies
InnovMetric Software (Canada)
Ultimetrics, Ltd.
VX Technologies (Canada)