WIRED | 3/13/2019 | Michael Hardy
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Growing up in Vancouver, Mike Warren liked to take apart electronics for fun—VCRs, phones, anything he could get his hands on. He's still taking stuff apart, but instead of a screwdriver he now uses a state-of-the-art, 60,000-psi water jet cutter capable of slicing through 3 inches of steel. Such water jets, which use a mixture of water and extra-fine garnet sand, are generally used to cut sheet metal, but a few years ago Warren began using one to bisect ordinary objects like boxing gloves, oil filters, and golf balls that he found at Goodwill or other second-hand stores.

"Basically, it’s whatever I find that I think would look interesting cut in half," he says.

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After studying engineering and architecture in college, Warren worked for four years as a city planner in Burnaby, British Columbia, but found the pace of urban design too slow for his restless curiosity. In his free time, he created YouTube videos of his homemade inventions, eventually leading to a new job at the San Francisco-based company Instructables, which produces open-source DIY hardware projects. In 2011, Instructables was acquired by the software company Autodesk, which, in addition to its main business, maintains the design workshop where Warren now works.

Warren's YouTube videos showing him cutting open power drills and soccer cleats proved so popular that...
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