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Jan 092011

Book cover, Making Things Move

WHEN: January 13th, 6pm-9pm “Craft Night*”


(*Craft Night will be open for general hacking/crafting as per usual, the special event takes place in our large room.)

Come to NYC Resistor on the 13th when author and engineer Dustyn Roberts will donate a copy of her new book, Making Things Move, to the members of NYC Resistor.  She’ll tell us what it’s all about, and bring all your mechanical questions for a Q&A session!

In Making Things Move, hobbyists will learn how to build moving mechanisms through non-technical explanations, examples, and do-it-yourself projects – from art installations to toys to labor-saving devices.  The projects include a drawing machine, a mini wind turbine, a mousetrap powered car, and more, with the applications of the examples limited only by the reader’s imagination.  A breadth of topics is covered ranging from how to attach couplers and shafts to a motor, to converting between rotary and linear motion.  The book assumes no prerequisite knowledge of electronics or robotics.

Each chapter features photographs, drawings, cross sections, and 3D models of the components and systems involved.  Emphasis is placed on using off-the-shelf components whenever possible, and most projects use readily available metals, plastics, wood, and cardboard, as well as accessible fabrication techniques such as laser cutting.  Simple projects are designed to engage the reader in applying the material in the chapter at hand.  Later in the book, more complex projects incorporate material from multiple chapters.

Dustyn Roberts
is a mechanical engineer, teacher, author, and perpetual student.  She founded a consultancy, Dustyn Robots (, and developed a course for NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) called Mechanisms and Things That Move.  Dustyn started her career at Honeybee Robotics as an engineer on a project for NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission.  She holds a BS in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, an MS in Biomechanics and Movement Science from the University of Delaware, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Mechanical Engineering at NYU-Poly.

Making Things Move: DIY Mechanics for Inventors, Hobbyists, and Artists by Dustyn Roberts
0-07-174167-4; 978-0-07-174167-5

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