“Everyone in my family was in the civil aviation field and I spent my childhood around airplanes,” said Eugene. “It was expected that I would go in the same field. My father was very disappointed when, at 10 years old, I became excited about chemistry. I’ve never looked back.”
Witnessing the collapse of the Soviet Union and with little hope for a bright future there, Eugene moved from Moscow, where he was working on his PhD and earned an MS degree in Chemical Engineering from Moscow’s Academy of Fine Chemical Technology, to Canada in 1991. While living in Canada, he earned an MS in Chemistry from the University of Manitoba. Deciding to live closer to his family brought Eugene to the United States in 1997, where he still lives today.
A material scientist by training, Eugene has extensive experience developing new technologies, materials, and applications for prototyping, electronics and optics. Prior to founding Rize Inc., he worked for Z Corporation (later acquired by 3D Systems) developing new inkjet technology-based approaches for manufacturing prototyping. Previously Eugene developed and commercialized several formulations used in the electrical and electronic industries. In fact, head-mounted displays produced with materials and processes developed by Eugene were successfully tested by the U.S. Army on the battlefield and helped people with low vision syndrome.
While deeply immersed in the 3D development of other 3D printing technologies, Eugene became keenly aware of their limitations. No additive manufacturing system today can produce parts with all the same characteristics as injection-molded parts. Each technology comes with inherent limitations, so no single technology can produce parts with the same color, strength, HDT, surface finish, resolution, etc. as injection-molded parts. Achieving this will be the holy grail of additive manufacturing.
That is precisely why Eugene developed the Augmented Polymer Deposition (APD) 3D printing process and founded Rize. He recognized the sacrifices that engineers and designers are forced to make every day and his goal was to develop a new additive manufacturing process that would produce parts with all the same characteristics as injection-molded parts, quickly, affordably, easily and safely.
Thus, after leaving Z Corporation, Eugene invented and patented APD from his home outside Boston. He recruited Tom Davidson, Rize VP of Engineering, who worked with Eugene at Z Corp., to make his invention a reality. Co-founder, Leonid Raiz, joined and was instrumental in raising funding for the company. They hired a team of experts, hand picking the very best 3D printing software, materials and mechanical engineering talent in the industry - mostly from Z Corporation.
This highly collaborative team of 3D printing pioneers used iterative design, prototyping and testing at every collaborative step, while polling our network of power additive manufacturing users to prioritize features. Rize’s first 3D printer, Rize™ One, entered into beta in late 2016 so customers could test the printers. Production began and we begin shipping this month.
During those precious few hours when Eugene isn’t deeply immersed in his work for Rize, he enjoys traveling and can be found on the lake next to his home, canoeing, kayaking or hiking in a nearby woods.
What’s next for this industry thought leader and entrepreneur? Says Eugene, “My goal is to make Rize a leader in the additive manufacturing field. I’ll worry about a new goal when that happens.”