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South Africans Invite Wohlers to Keynote Conference

FORT COLLINS, COLORADO, USA, October 31, 2002—Industry consultant, analyst, and author Terry Wohlers, founder and president of Wohlers Associates, Inc., will serve as a keynote speaker at the Third Annual International Conference on Rapid Product Development. The conference, scheduled for November 5-7, 2002, in Bloemfontein, South Africa, will focus on many important technologies and issues in manufacturing. Topics include design analysis, prototyping, tooling, simulation, casting, and advanced manufacturing strategies.

Wohlers' keynote, titled Rapid Prototyping: An Industry Comprised of Exciting Change, will highlight a range of industry trends and developments, as well as his view of the future. Wohlers also served as a keynote speaker at the first and second annual South African conferences in Pretoria and Stellenbosch.

The conference is being organized by the Rapid Product Development Association of South Africa (RAPDASA). Technikon Free State in Bloemfontein is hosting the event and the Global Alliance of Rapid Prototyping Associations (GARPA) has endorsed it. 

Terry Wohlers is a frequent speaker and the author of 260 books, articles, reports, and technical papers on engineering and manufacturing automation. One of his most recent publications, Wohlers Report 2002, is a 250-page worldwide progress report on the rapid prototyping and tooling state of the industry. Additional information is available at