Terry Wohlers

Industry consultant, analyst, author, and speaker Terry Wohlers is head of Advisory Services and Market Intelligence at Wohlers Associates, powdered by ASTM International. Wohlers sold the company to ASTM in Q4 2021 after 35 year in business. The Wohlers Report business, consulting and advosry services, market intelligence, and design training were included in the acqusition.

For 3.5 decades, Wohlers Associates has provided technical and strategic advisory services on rapid product development, additive manufacturing, and 3D printing. Wohlers has provided consulting assistance to more than 280 organizations in 27 countries. Also, he has given advice to nearly 200 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, Forbes, Fortune, Inc. magazine, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. 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 newspapers

In 2012 and 2014, Wohlers was a featured speaker at events held at the U.S. White House. He has appeared on many television and radio news programs, including Al Jazeera, Australia's Sky News, Bloomberg TV, CBS Radio News, China's CCTV, CNBC, CNN, Fox Business, MSNBC, and NPR. 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.

Wohlers has authored 440 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 170 keynote presentations on six continents in cities ranging from Seoul to Pretoria and São Paulo to Bangalore. He has visited more than 200 organizations worldwide to witness their capabilities, best practices, and challenges. 

Wohlers is a partner and platinum member of the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (commonly known as America Makes), an initiative of more than $300 million funded by the U.S. government, industry, and academic partners. This important public/private partnership was announced and launched in Q3 2012. 

Wohlers is a principal author of Wohlers Report 2021, a publication that provides data of importance to product developers, manufacturers, service providers, investors, researchers, and educators worldwide. The 375-page report is in its 26th edition and was developed with assistance from 88 expert contributors in 34 countries. It was also developed with support from 124 service providers, 113 manufacturers of AM systems, and 23 producers of third-party materials.

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. Most recently, Wohlers heli-skied in waist-deep snow on the mountain peaks of British Columbia, Canada.

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 May 2016, Wohlers became an Adjunct Professor at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.

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.

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