Adventures of a Cutting Board

Sometimes you run into some awesome things browsing the internet late at night…

…Pictured below is a Tagliere, a cutting board. When it was brand new (30+ years ago) it was completely flat. After time, and a lot of chopping with a half-rounded blade, it developed a groove. It works better now than it did 20 years ago, thanks to this perfect groove. What if we could make 3D scans of these wonderfully worn cutting boards, and mill out new cutting boards with these tried and tested grooves? …

On Tue, Feb 23, 2010 at 1:25 AM, Natalie Freed wrote:

Dear Matt Brown,

I just ran into your “Slow Design: taglieri” project. I’m taking a
class at Arizona State University in Tempe Arizona on 3D visualization
and rapid prototyping. We have access to several laser scanners, and
were wondering if you’d be interested in having us scan a cutting
board for you. The scanner generates a point cloud that can then be
turned into a 3D model.
Your projects are very inspirational and fun, I love the idea of “slow
design” and the statement of turning this back into a
rapidly-manufactured product.

Natalie Freed

A few weeks later, a beautiful old cutting board arrived in the mail.

With a ton of help from the 3D scanning gurus and awesome documentation by my friend David Huerta, I scanned the board, created a 3D model, and sent it back.

And then the project was finished!

More about the class I was taking, taught by Professor Dan Collins at ASU’s PRISM. It’s called Visualization and Rapid Prototyping (“VizProto”) and I HIGHLY recommend it.