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Engineering and Design

From Concept to Reality

Design and engineering expertise are fundamental to Penda’s ability to constantly advance the potential of system solutions for our customers.

When you work with Penda, you tap into a technical team with a combined average experience of over 25 years in product and thermoforming design, leveraging a variety of advanced tools to develop optimal concepts and rapid prototypes.

Through innovative applications of materials, process and technology, we work with you to overcome your most challenging requirements and maximize your product’s performance.

Our Design Process

Custom project or special need? Penda’s New Product Development team is capable of providing insight into projects that require ergonomic and aesthetic innovation.  Together with the experience of our Design Engineers, Penda is passionate about planting ideas into projects that grow into the innovations taken into future production.

Part renders

3D Modeling
3D Rendering

Material Selection
Process Verification
Component Sourcing
heat map of car hood

Sample Tooling
3D Printing

Design Tools in Thermoforming Engineering


  • Siemens NX CAD, 3D Modeling, Simulation, FEA and Design
  • Dassault Systemes Solidworks and CATIA V5 3D modeling and design
  • PTC Creo (PRO-E) 3D modeling and design
  • AutoDesk Inventor and AutoCAD 3D/2D modeling and design
  • Accuform T-Sim thermoforming and Blow-Molding simulation / optimization
  • Multi-axis digital scanning and CMM multi-axis layout
  • 3-Axis CNC milling / 5-axis router


  • Multiple OEM Tier-1 TeamCenter-Integration Direct-Connections
  • Connections through secure cloud-based file-exchange (Rocket TruFusion, OEM Advantage, Mimecast)
  • Color imaging 3D renderings
  • ANSI / ISO standard drawing
  • Multimedia printing
  • 3D Printing

New Product Development

At Penda, our New Product Development team is at the forefront of thermoforming innovation. With our state-of-the-art research methods and cutting-edge design tools, we go beyond traditional boundaries to discover and create new uses for thermoforming technology. From conceptualization to prototyping, our team is committed to delivering innovative solutions that exceed expectations.


Ram Box Storage

Ram box on truck

Design, build and validate inner fender storage box system for Dodge trucks. 

Working within a restricted timeline of 18 months from concept to production. Develop custom materials to meet thermal, strength, and impact requirements.