Wohlers Associates, Inc. is a 29-year old independent consulting firm based in Fort Collins, Colorado, located one hour (by ground transportation) 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 also helps to identify opportunities in mergers and acquisitions, provides advice on product positioning and competitive issues, and offers expert testimony in litigation. Wohlers Associates 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. In addition to these companies, Wohlers Associates' past work has involved over 240 client organizations in 24 countries around the world.
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 new textbooks and 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 many 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 cited or quoted in Bloomberg Businessweek, CNBC, CNNMoney, Computerworld, Discovery News from the Discovery Channel, The Economist, Financial Times, Fortune, Investor's Business Daily, Scientific American, ScienceNews, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and countless domestic and foreign magazines, journals, and newspapers. On July 11, 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. And the day after it, he was included in an article published by The Wall Street Journal.
Forbes published an interview with Wohlers Associates in November 2011 and an article in March 2012. In November 2011, Wohlers Associates was part of a Business News Network (BNN) program that was broadcast live, nationwide in Canada. In June 2010, Sky News (Sydney, Australia) conducted a live, nationwide broadcast with the company. In January 2012, Bloomberg Businessweek published an audio interview with Wohlers Associates. Wohlers appeared on Bloomberg TV in August 2013.
Wohlers Associates is a member of the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, also referred to as America Makes, a $100 million initiative funded by the U.S. government and industry and academic partners. This important national program was announced by the White House 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. Wohlers served in this position for several years and continues to serve as a member of the ASTM F42 Executive Committee.
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 consists of eight people, as well as 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.