• Nick Pinkston

    Founder & CEO of Plethora

    Nick is the Founder & CEO of Plethora – a rapid manufacturing service that gives you real-time design feedback and pricing inside your CAD software, and then produces your parts in a new kind of on-demand automated factory that programs itself to make your parts.

    Previously, Nick started CloudFab, the world’s first manufacturing-as-a-service API, and also HackPittsburgh, a collective workshop for the makers of Pittsburgh. Nick was named one of Forbes 30 Under 30 in Manufacturing and Industry in 2016.

    Nick’s mission is to make developing hardware as easy as software through better tools to accelerate the pace of invention and make it accessible to everyone. He also organizes the SF Hardware Startup Meetup and is heavily involved in building the hardware startup movement.

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  • Completed: May 16, 2019 EST

    How the World of Hardware Will Soon Transform Like Software

    Hardware is the new software – or will be soon. Working in the world of software today is relatively easy and fluid compared to a decade or two ago. Many basic software components are modular, are freely shared through open source, and can make use of standardized interfaces and APIs that allow easy interoperability. That is not the case in the world of hardware today. Tools in the manufacturing process do not link together like software. Companies actually work to prevent others from quickly and easily building off their hardware tools and products. Yet that may soon change. That’s the message of Nick Pinkston, the young founder of two successful startups that applied advanced software to accelerate the manufacturing of hardware, and who will be our featured guest of the next What’s Now: New York event.

    Participants: Nick Pinkston
  • Completed: October 18, 2016

    The Maker Movement and the Next Manufacturing Revolution

    The digital revolution has thoroughly transformed everything to do with information, and we’re now in the early stages of the digital revolution transforming the world of material things. In our October What’s Now: San Francisco event, Nick Pinkston, co-founder of one of San Francisco’s most intriguing next-generation manufacturing firms, Plethora, explained what’s happening in this new industrial revolution and reflected on the coming repercussions.

    Participants: Nick Pinkston

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