Seeking proof of principle to produce realistic 3D prints of snack products

  • PepsiCo
  • From United States
  • Responsive
  • Project Size Range : 250,000 - 1,000,000 €
  • Deadline completed
    The submission process for new proposals is closed. Proposals submitted before the deadline will follow the standard evaluation process.

Desired outcome

PepsiCo is seeking proof of principle to produce realistic 3D prints of snack products using mainly photogrammetry techniques. Potential exists to use other scanning techniques but must be able to produce most realistic full colour final product.


Details of the Innovation Need

Transporting food products, in particular new snacks, around the globe is time consuming and difficult due to complex regulations. The ability to photograph a prototype and print a 3D model is integral to PepsiCo sharing new product developments to their global locations.

Key Success Criteria


  • Vendor with current capabilities to run printing study in next 6 months
  • Photogrammetry capabilities (or equivalent alternative)
  • Capabilities to convert photos to 3D models
  • Full Colour printing capabilities (colour could be post printing if within process)
  • Minimum 0.5mm (or preferably even smaller) detailing printing capability
  • Print to at least as small as 1.5mm thickness


  • Previous work with modelling food textures
  • Minimum 0.25mm detailing capability
  • Print to 1mm thickness

Some examples of 3D models are shown in the attachments sections.

Approaches Not of Interest

ProJet 660pro printer of a Gypsum based composite held together with colour (CMYK and clear) binders unless can print to

Related Keywords

  • Electronics, IT and Telecomms
  • 3D printing
  • Industrial manufacturing, Material and Transport Technologies
  • Design and Modelling / Prototypes
  • 3D printing design and modelling
  • Printing
  • Agrofood Industry
  • Technologies for the food industry
  • Food Packaging / Handling
  • Food Processing
  • Food Technology
  • Food quality and safety
  • Safe production methods
  • 3D
  • Printers
  • Consumer related
  • Food and Beverages
  • Cereals and Bakery Products
  • Nuts and Nut Products, Snacks
  • photogrammetry
  • 3d prints
  • snack products

About PepsiCo

PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers more than one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $70 billion in net revenue in 2020, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker, Tropicana and SodaStream. PepsiCo's product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 23 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.


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