Nick Pinkston

Manufacturing Entrepreneur and
Activist for the Future
Manufacturing Entrepreneur
Current: Founder/CEO, Volition (in stealth)

Previously, Founder/CEO of:
  • Plethora (Operating since 2013)
  • CloudFab (Acquired by VistaTek 2012)
  • HackPittsburgh (Operating since 2009)
Activist for the Future
I see my core mission to help build a future that empowers everyone to achieve their dreams. I know this sounds corny, but isn't this what it's all about? :-)

Core Themes
  • The Future of Tools
  • Empowerment Economics
  • Pragmatic Politics



Giving hardware engineers superpowers of creation

Pittsburgh's first hackerspace, serving the local maker community since 2009.

The full-auto factory of the future with design feedback inside your CAD tools.

San Francisco's biggest meetup for hardware startups with

over 8.7K members.

3D printing marketplace and first manufacturing-as-a-service API. (acquired)

Coming soon...

Ask me :-)



Plethora Featured in

Modern Machine Shop

March 2018

Plethora Modern Machine Shop Cover Story

Plethora was featured as the cover story in Modern Machine Shop - the main magazine for the metalworking industry. Read the article here

White House "Maker to

Manufacturer" Event

June 2016


The Obama Whitehouse OSTP invited me to give a talk "Self-Training Jobs & Interfaces That Teach" about my take on the future of automation and the manufacturing workforce. Here's the deck.

The "Future of Tools" Talk at Reinvent's What's Now: New York

June 2019

My "Future of Tools" talk is about the future of hardware engineering and manufacturing. You can watch it here. and find the deck here.