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Wohlers to Keynote Conference in South Africa

Global Alliance of Rapid Prototyping Associations (GARPA) Scheduled to Meet at Event

FORT COLLINS, COLORADO, USA, September 4, 2001—Industry consultant, analyst, and author Terry Wohlers, president of Wohlers Associates, Inc. (, will serve as the keynote speaker at the Second Annual Conference on Rapid Technologies in South Africa. The event is November 14-15 in Stellenbosch near Cape Town. Wohlers served as keynote speaker at last year's first annual conference in Pretoria, South Africa.

"The use of CAD/CAM, rapid prototyping, and related technologies in South Africa is advancing at an impressive pace," Wohlers said. He attributes much of this progress to the launching of the Rapid Product Development Association of South Africa, founded in November 2000 at the first conference. “The excitement of using these technologies is contagious,” Wohlers stated. “So the association has a very important role to play.”

In connection with the event, the association will serve as host to Global Summit 2001, the annual meeting of the Global Alliance of Rapid Prototyping Associations (GARPA). The alliance is made up of 15 groups and associations in Australia, Canada, mainland China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, South Africa, Sweden, the UK, and the USA. GARPA serves as a catalyst for the exchange of information on rapid prototyping and tooling across international borders. Terry Wohlers and Dr. Ian Gibson of the University of Hong Kong co-founded GARPA in 1998. More information on it is available at

The conference will include such topics as CAD/CAM/CAE, industrial design, rapid prototyping and tooling, and high-speed machining in tool and die making. In his keynote presentation, Wohlers will concentrate on worldwide developments and trends in rapid product development. “The South Africans are outstanding organizers and hosts, so I am really looking forward to being a part of this fine event again this year,” Wohlers stated. 

Terry Wohlers has authored more than 250 books, articles, reports, and technical papers on engineering and manufacturing automation. One of his most recent publications, Wohlers Report 2001, is a 250-page softbound publication on rapid prototyping and tooling developments and trends. It was developed with input from 53 industry experts, 43 service providers, 23 machine manufacturers, and countless others worldwide. Last year, Wohlers gave featured presentations in France, Germany, Israel, Japan, South Africa, Sweden, the USA, and Wales.