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June 20, 2018 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Machining devices

Fine work as fine art. Mustang car part. Specialized colletors unit to tie headers to turbos.Mustang tuner item. Fine work as fine art. (Image: FatHouse Fabrication/

Fine work as fine art.Specialized colletor unit ties headers to turbos. Mustang tuner item.(Image: FatHouse Fabrication/

Deus ex machina. Every device has it’s critics

“Whatever good things we build end up building us.” (Jim Rohn, American businessman 1930-2009)

So will humans build machines that will partner with us to build good and goods?

“From furniture generated by algorithms to designs brought to life by a robot, the work of experimental Dutch designer Joris Laarman challenges the boundaries of art, science, and technology…Along with his advanced production processes, which often involve digital fabrication methods and robotics, Laarman (born 1979) remains inspired by nature, giving equal attention to organic form and beauty.” (source

Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age (View his studio and work here)

Machining a lovely life.

“A house is a machine for living in.” Le Corbusier

Swiss architect 1887-1965. More about him and his philosophy of housing here

Le Corbusier, with his interest in form, function, and materials – a man of social consciousness and vision – would probably be intrigued by  Icon and 3D printed housing.

A commonsense way, he might say, to build solutions for this country’s homeless, those forced from their homes by volcanoes, forest fires, floods – you know, tax paying citizens dealing with natural disasters, and even temporary housing for immigrant families stuck in the processing mire.

“Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.” Le Corbusier.

Devices machining the art of living. There will always be critics.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Mustang motor up on edge. Turbo headers mocked up to be welded.(Image: Fathouse/

Some sort of wizard getting ready to speak? No doubt it talks fast. What’s under the hood of a Mustang. Turbo headers mocked up to be welded…perhaps mocking its’ creators.(Image: FatHouse Fabrication/




  1. easyweimaraner / Jun 20 2018 6:10 am

    that is true what Jim Rohn said… and it is the dame with diy products… we screw something together and at the end we are screwed…

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 20 2018 7:17 am

      Sometimes I wonder if tools were given to humans to keep them busy and fiddling in order to try and keep their mitts off the Nature’s great outdoors. And right now there are ladders in the dining room….for days…for a 3 hour project…
      Thanks for hammering out a comment


  2. cat9984 / Jun 20 2018 1:49 pm

    What an interesting idea. If we could use affordable 3-D houses and computer designed furniture to house some of the homeless, it would be amazing

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 20 2018 2:26 pm

      Charities are heading that direction with this company in other places – why not here? On the old military bases perhaps. Small villages as transitional lodgings. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
      Thanks for building a comment highlighting a positive future

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  3. shoreacres / Jun 20 2018 9:40 pm

    I can’t get my mind around 3D printing. I’ve watched videos, promos, and all that. I need to see one in real time, churning out something. I have learned that for about $3K I could have my very own printer. It might be able to do a house, but I saw it print a chocolate bar. What’s not to love about that?

    Ladders up? Uh-oh. Me, too. Now that the new floors are in the kitchen and bath, the paint in the bathroom wasn’t right. It’s the domino effect, for sure.


  4. ShimonZ / Jun 21 2018 6:52 am

    I like the viewpoint. I’ve often seen engineering as a sort of art. It includes a lot of room for aesthetics.
    The video you shared with us is fascinating. If once we worked with hammer or saw, now our primary tool has become the computer, and the computer will help us design all other tools. Our work will be finer and smoother, more closely connected to our imagination. Can’t wait till they design the perpetual motion machine…

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  5. Ally Bean / Jun 21 2018 11:12 am

    I’m tired of machines, truth be told. They seem to be some of the neediest things on earth. I have to sweet talk my printer to do its thing, and it’s a simple machine. This makes me wary of any machine that claims to be able to build a house. Exactly how much coaxing would that take?


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 21 2018 11:25 am

      Now you know the truth: printers are unreliable…after all they are just copycats, constantly being told what to say/print and when to do so – and people so often forget to feed them – all they as is neatly stack paper in a tray for goodness sakes! If printers ever decide to talk – no, sing, to authorities, friends, and neighbors…well, we may realize that information collection has been going on for longer than we ever thought? Worries that all of them chatter through their networking and connectivity now. Bigger gossips than humans possibly…we’re in trouble.
      Thanks for putting together a warning!

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  6. aFrankAngle / Jun 21 2018 7:04 pm

    Design and building are both art forms. Then again, being human creations makes them susceptible to flaws.


  7. LordBeariOfBow / Jun 22 2018 11:25 pm

    Whenever I see an engine /motor I wonder what sort of warped mind designed such a strange looking object that performs so brilliantly! I have absolutely no instinct / idea about mechanics but admire those that do.


  8. Roxie / Jun 25 2018 4:33 pm

    what will we do if we run out of 3D material, that plastic everlasting stuff? I know, it’s better than cutting down trees, although i’m not so sure we can fully say that. can’t you see dorothy’s plastic house whirling in a tornado and her yellow plastic road leading to some trumpean oz? ooops, i slipped up on that one, forgive me.
    good post phil, we need to consider technology performing for people, by people.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 25 2018 5:48 pm

      Once only a plastic goo, now 3-D using food, steel, and natural fibers like cotton and linen – cloth and clothing! – totally amazing ( will share later this week. Some realistic potential for solid beautiful design at affordable prices? And maybe recycling all those old car building robots to keep them out of landfills? All I could say upon actually seeing the items was WOW) Thanks for seeing the design ( and danger) and constructing a comment! Hang on!

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      • Roxie / Jun 26 2018 4:09 pm

        oh that would be genius! let’s recycle landfill objects!


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 28 2018 7:55 am

          Somewhere that concept got lost…it used to be trendy – and it was real recycling…not the recreating new “vintage-style” pieces using more manufacturing process that damage the climate and earth… I just keep wondering what happened? (before, in the 60’s it was just responsible and being good custodian of the earth…) Attitudes about conspicuous consumption was so 50-60’s yet look around. Sigh.



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