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.