Erik Gjovik Erik Gjøvik is the chief product officer and co-founder of Essentium, Inc. Erik leads Essentium’s product vision and strategy to deliver groundbreaking 3D printing solutions that transform industrial additive manufacturing. In his role as chief product officer, Erik has led the development of innovative 3D printing solutions to solve the historic challenges of speed, strength and scale that many manufacturers have faced when trying to deploy additive manufacturing in their production workflows. His outstanding development of business structures and practices has resulted in industry-leading, exceptional quality and high-performance products. Erik brings a wealth of experience in engineering, manufacturing, and operations spanning diverse industries such as consumer electronics, aerospace, robotics and semiconductors. Prior to joining Essentium in 2017, Erik was senior director of engineering services for Additive Manufacturing at Jabil. During his time at the firm, Erik led a team that created machines, processes and materials to capture leading positions for Jabil in production additive manufacturing. Erik was previously director of engineering, mechanical and production for mophie Inc. where he led product development from inception to release for a broad range of mobile lifestyle products. Erik restructured the New Product Introduction system at mophie, resulting in a 3x increase product introductions while at the same time improving Time-to-Market by 45 percent. As senior manager of manufacturing design engineering for Apple Inc. Erik led a manufacturing engineering team to work on Apple’s most advanced projects including class-leading Apple laptops. He drove innovative techniques to create quality products in an ultra-high-volume CNC environment. Erik has also held senior positions at Kulicke and Soffa Industries, Orthodyne Division, where he was director of manufacturing operations; Trio Manufacturing (Trulok) as director of engineering, and Lisi Aerospace where he was senior design engineer. In these roles, Erik applied visionary thinking and engineering excellence to create high-performance design and manufacturing processes while driving detailed execution to fuel business growth. Erik holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.