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PepsiCo and Formlabs Discuss In-House Rapid Tooling With 3D Printing

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Most traditional manufacturing processes like injection molding, thermoforming, stretch blow molding, or casting require custom tooling to create end-use parts.

However, tooling comes with high upfront costs and weeks or months-long lead times from service providers, significantly slowing down product development.

Incorporating in-house rapid tooling such as 3D printed molds, patterns, and dies into the product development process empowers businesses to validate the design and material choice with functional prototypes before transitioning to mass production and provides an affordable means to produce custom or limited series of end-use parts.

In this webinar, Juliette Combe from Formlabs will discuss the possibilities of in-house rapid tooling with 3D printing, while Max Rodriguez and Thangthip Tekanil from PepsiCo will explain how they have internalized this process in their rapid prototyping department for bottle and nozzle design, among other things.

What you will learn:

  • General workflow and method for using 3D printed rapid tooling
  • The business impact of bringing this in-house
  • Detailed breakdown of how PepsiCo uses this process internally

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Webinar Speakers


Juliette Combe

Application Engineer at Formlabs

Juliette Combe is an application engineer at Formlabs, conducting research on 3D printing workflows for engineering and manufacturing. Her scope of work includes collaborations with customers, in-house testing, and knowledge transfer through the creation of technical content and training. Previously, she worked in the Open Innovation group at GE Power. She has a master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from ETH Zurich and carried out research on nano-3D printing at UC Berkeley.


Max Rodriguez

Sr. Manager-Global Packaging R&D at PepsiCo

Packaging Sr. Manager in PepsiCo’s Science and Technology Group, part of Global R&D. Drive short to mid-term packaging innovation technology pipeline and new formats, to deliver against PepsiCo’s beverage innovation platforms. Lead a team responsible for conducting research and establishing the feasibility of breakthrough and breakout packaging technologies to the existing and emerging PepsiCo beverage portfolio. Work in close collaboration with the NY Design Team, Marketing, Consumer Insights, and Global Procurement, by linking the consumer experience to new concepts, business models and emerging packaging solutions. Max has demonstrated leadership in: New Product Development, Technology Development, Technology Transfer, New Product Commercialization, Quality Management, and Manufacturing Start-Ups (In-house and 3rd Party).


Thanghtip Tekanil

Packaging Engineer, Global Packaging R&D at PepsiCo

Packaging Engineer in PepsiCo’s Advanced Design & Engineering Group, part of Global R&D. Leads R&D’s Advanced Rapid Prototyping Strategy pillar for the Beverages Category. Works in close collaboration with Packaging Developers, Industrial Designers, and other cross-functional partners, to accelerate packaging development and innovation. Thangthip graduated from UMass Lowell with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Plastics Engineering. Thangthip’s interests consist of but are not limited to material science, research and development, injection molding, rapid prototyping/additive manufacturing, and project management.