Dustin Cram



ProtoPlant founder Dustin Cram is a licensed Professional Engineer with a BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Montana State University. He is co-inventor on several patents, has hardware he designed and built for the Solar Dynamics Observatory currently flying in space, and is passionate about design and manufacturing.

While not at ProtoPlant Dustin loves spending time with his family and exploring the beautiful Northwest while hiking and camping.   He is also an accomplished DIY-er, there is nothing like a good project!


Alex Dick

3D Printing Innovator 


Having worked in 3D printing for more than 10 years, Alex brings industry-specific experience to the team. A mechanical engineer specializing in laser sintering technology, Alex has a deep technical understanding of additive techniques, though his true strength is in understanding opportunities and building relationships.

Alex is actively involved in local engineering and maker communities, serving on the executive board for Portland SME and acting as area major for 3D Hubs. Alex enjoys cultivating, preparing, and preserving food and spending time with his wife, daughter, and two dogs.


Aaron Cram

Co-founder, Software Engineer


As Dustin's older brother, Aaron has been an integral part pf ProtoPlant from day one. Armed with a degree in computer science, Aaron not only creates all of our customized software and quality assurance devices, he also provides troubleshooting and engineering work and creates marketing materials.

When he's not experimenting with code, Aaron enjoys pondering the mysteries of the universe under the endless Tuscan sunshine.


Sara Shepherd

Community Outreach Coordinator & Web Admin

A native Oregonian with degrees in English and Theater, Sara stumbled onto Proto-pasta while writing about 3D printing for her blog. She became an instant believer in ProtoPlant and now helps spread the word about our products and mission by coordinating events, managing our websites, and supplying us with a steady supply of doughnuts from Portland bakeries.

In her free time, Sara enjoys spending time with her family and dog, eating at the city's many food carts, and playing Dungeons & Dragons (2nd edition).