Smart Manufacturing Company Plethora Expands CNC Machining Offerings to Additional Materials and Capabilities

Plethora has expanded their CNC machining capabilities to offer increased services in new materials. The smart manufacturing startup automates traditional manufacturing processes to produce high-quality machined parts with quick turnaround times, changing the way a traditional factory works.

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (July 5, 2017) — Software-enabled smart manufacturing company Plethora has expanded their CNC machining capabilities to offer increased services in new materials. Their automated factory now offers CNC milling and turning in 23 materials, including aluminum and copper alloys, plastics, steels and stainless steels. The machining services support 3-axis and 5-axis-indexed machining, accommodating approach vectors for complex geometry from any angle.


Headquartered in San Francisco, Plethora automates traditional manufacturing processes to produce high-quality machined parts with quick turnaround times. Plethora eliminates the inefficiencies between design and manufacturing with custom software that works directly within Autodesk Inventor, SolidWorks and NX, as well as a web-upload tool. After providing instant pricing & manufacturability feedback, their platform allows designers and engineers to order parts directly from the software and have their parts machined in Plethora's in-house factory.

"Plethora is reinventing every piece of the hardware development process--from the way engineers design parts to the way machines operate. We've developed our own automation software that automatically converts your 3D files and specs into the code to produce your parts inside our factory," says Plethora CEO and founder Nick Pinkston. "Plethora controls every piece of the process, so we're able to deeply change the way a factory can work, which gives our customers high quality parts faster and easier than anyone else."

Plethora serves an important role in making manufacturing more accessible and removes the typical barriers that hardware companies run into during the prototyping process. Rather than dealing with long, ambiguous wait times, Plethora's customers are guaranteed fast ship dates of their choosing, in as soon as three days. Within the design and engineering community, there is a dearth of knowledge in understanding how to design for manufacturability, and Plethora's CAD add-in greatly bridges the gap. Plus, the software eliminates the back-and-forth of this feedback that is typical of working with a traditional machine shop or manufacturing service. To provide even more transparency, Plethora's website dashboard tracks the progress and delivery of their parts and offers high-quality customer service.

With Plethora's ability to quickly create high-quality parts, innovators can prototype and iterate more frequently. In this way, Plethora aims to empower creators who need rapid, reliable production of parts so they can bring their ideas to market faster. Plethora applies the same agile principles of software to the world of hardware and manufacturing. "The metabolism of innovation is ever increasing and the complexity of our products keeps going up," says Pinkston.

Plethora's software is the first of its kind to provide instant design feedback and link users directly to a factory. Using powerful software, Plethora ultimately enables users to engineer their parts and automatically produce them.

About Plethora
Located in San Francisco, Plethora automates traditional manufacturing processes to produce high-quality machined parts with quick turnaround times. With instant design feedback, pricing, and custom automation software, Plethora helps customers cut days out of their ordering process and up to weeks out of their engineering schedule. Plethora's software is the first of its kind to provide instant feedback and connect users directly to a factory. The CAD add-in works directly within Autodesk Inventor, SolidWorks and NX and as a web-app platform giving instant pricing and manufacturability feedback to anyone with a CAD model. Plethora's custom automation software automatically converts 3D files and specs into the code needed to machine your parts inside our state of the art factory. Plethora controls every step of the process to guarantee that your parts will be machined to your specifications and shipped on-time. Their web-app provides transparency and quality customer service throughout the process to keep customers up-to-date on the progress of their parts.

Learn more about Plethora at http://www.plethora.com.

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