I hereby assert used to brazenly pretend that I was the first person to run lunchmeat through a laser cutter. The date was October 31, 2002. We called the project “Conspiracy Sandwich” and it was done for the mysterious Ming Fu celebration at 51 3rd St. in Troy, NY. Project credits include Seana Biondolillo, Rich Pell, and myself.

Anyone wishing to dispute this claim, please submit compelling documentation and I will begrudgingly step down. [achievement unlocked!]

The idea struck when Seana, bragging about the swanky new art department printer, said something like: “and it’s going to work great until some grad student decides to run a sandwich through it.” I think it was about 1pm in the afternoon when we had that conversation, and we managed to complete the job before the architecture school wood shop closed. Fortunately Rich had the graphic content mostly ready, and also seemed to have a knack for locating bologna.

At the time I considered that there could certainly be some commercial application for this technique, but didn’t really want a future in that business — even though it did smell rather delicious.

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  1. Golan Levin says:

    New-media designer David Small, presently of Small Design Firm, lasercut a variety of foods (including bologna) in January 1999 while a PhD student at the MIT Media Laboratory. His experiments were documented in a Spring issue of Martha Stewart Living in 1999. You can see some of the experiments here: David’s lunch meats are not pictured on the current web site, but were assuredly a part of the collection. I recall that he lasercut an image of a pig on a slice of baloney.

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