Robert Beatty

Robert Beatty

As the founder and CEO of Plex Systems, Robert Beatty was one of the pioneers of the cloud services industry. He retired in 2006 to spend more time with his family and pursue his writing career. Today, he and his daughters build robots for their own fun and learning, and sometimes for museums. His first novel for young adults will be published by Disney-Hyperion in 2015.

Latest from Robert Beatty


“Let’s build something creepy, Dad…”, my teenage daughters said. We had no idea this creepy crawly creature would utilize our machining skills to the fullest. Read more »


Swapping out the motor of an old belt sander to create a precision finish sander. Read more »

Camille and Genevieve Beatty with their CNC mill.

Robert Beatty and his daughters Camille and Genevieve use their CNC mill to make custom aluminum parts for their robots on They share their list of 10 essential accessories for your CNC mill. Learn some great tool tips from these experienced makers! Read more »