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The Philadelphia Eagles had to fight throughout the 2016–17 season for their Vince Lombardi Trophy.  Robert Pugliese, director of the Health Design Lab at Thomas Jefferson University, just had to print his.

Pugliese used 3-D imaging software and a 3-D printer to make a faithful—albeit slightly smaller—replica of the trophy. Using the equipment at Jefferson’s old bank vault-turned-innovation lab, he created the Super Bowl award, complete with the score of the game etched into the base. Click here to watch.

Pugliese, who is also a clinical pharmacist at Jefferson, declares himself “an evangelist for design and the importance of design in health care.”


“Sometimes that means working on things that have real outcomes, and sometimes it means getting people excited about technology. If that means 3-D printing the Lombardi trophy so people will be interested in asking questions, then I think that’s also important,” he says.

To make sure the project reached as many people as possible, he set up a Periscope broadcast that has been watched by more than 23,000 viewers.