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Stacker LLC
www.stacker3d.com / Projected 2017 sales: $10 to $15 million / Headquarters: Minneapolis /
Employees: 8 / Specialty: 3-D printers / Norston Fontaine, CEO: "Everybody needs a 3-D printer."

Midwest

Printing Excellence

stacker's 3-d printers offer clients quality and
efficiency at a lower cost. by alan dorich

ceo norston fontaine
claims stacker makes the
most affordable industrial
grade 3-d printer.

Stacker LLC's customer base includes almost anyone in the world,
CEO Norston Fontaine says. "Everybody needs a 3-D printer," he declares,
naming industrial plants that move
fluids as an example.
"[They] should have a 3-D printer
so they can make their own gaskets,
O-rings or seals," he says. "A first-year
CAD student could design anything
that most industries need for cheap
[with a 3-D printer]."
Minneapolis-based Stacker manufactures high-speed, multi-part and
industrial-grade 3-D printers. Fontaine founded the company last year
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with a highly successful Kickstarter
campaign that raised $413,000 in just
13 days.
"We're really proud of what we did,"
he recalls, noting that campaigns for
niche projects sometimes fail. "According to Kickstarter, it was pretty
incredible."
After fulfilling all of the company's
obligations, Stacker took its profits
and brand equity and put them toward its current generation of printers. This includes the S2, which can
print up to two parts at once, and its
S4, which can print up to four parts
at once.

Planting the Seed
Fontaine has long experience with 3-D
printers. "I've been a design engineer
for most of my life," he says, noting he
bought a 3-D printed prototype in 1988
for $3,000. "I always willing to get 3-D
printed objects of my prototypes."
The idea for Stacker came when
he worked on a project that required
dozens of parts to be printed. When
Fontaine built his own printer, "It
worked fantastically," he recalls.
"I came up with new technology to
do things," he says, noting that the
success planted the seed for Stacker.
"I said, 'Let's go to market with this.'"


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