# TALK3D: Interview with Terry Wohlers, the iconic figure behind the Wohlers report
If you’ve been keeping up with additive manufacturing news, you’ve probably heard of the Wohlers Report, a study published annually by Wohlers Associates, which has been part of ASTM International since November of this year. The report is a benchmark for the market and provides a clear picture of additive manufacturing trends and key applications in the industry. We had the chance to meet Terry Wohlers, Head of Market Intelligence in Additive Manufacturing at Wohlers Associates and lead author of this annual study. He gave us his vision of the market and his forecasts for the future. In honor of International Printing Day, we invite you to watch our latest TALK3D video!
Wohlers Associates was founded by Terry Wohlers in 1986, and for years has strived to describe the additive manufacturing market through a comprehensive annual review. This gives industry players a comprehensive view of the 3D printing industry. Including, but not limited to, which processes are most popular, what materials are used the most, what challenges remain, etc. The study shares concrete application cases, across all verticals, and is crucial support for many industry players when it comes to obtaining digital data. The 2021 edition is the 26th edition of the Wohlers Report, which this year highlighted weakened growth in 3D technologies due to the health crisis. So this year, we met the emblematic figure of this study to find out more about the market. One of the memorable takeaways from the interview was Terry’s comment “What we know about 3D printing is exciting, but what we don’t know is even more so”, clear proof that the additive manufacturing industry still has a bright future ahead.
According to Terry Wohlers, the healthcare, aerospace and consumer goods industries will be most affected by additive manufacturing in the future. This is probably related to the customization capabilities offered by the technology. According to him, it will be difficult in the future to buy a product that does not include 3D printing in one of its stages of development. This is great news for the market! In any case, Terry Wohlers is more than optimistic when it comes to talking about the future of technology. For him, the new generation will be even more creative and will use additive manufacturing even more in the development of ideas, to such an extent that he would like to live another 100 years to follow this promising development!
There are still some challenges to overcome, such as the cost of machines or materials, the automation of post-processing solutions, or the ability to design for additive manufacturing. In an interview Terry gave us in 2019, he explained that some players are putting resources into solving these challenges but it will still take a bit of patience before they are fully completed.
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