Sandia National Labs NM Partnerships Collaboration Report 2021-2022

2022 New Mexico Capstone Challenge Students design a 3D-printed cradle to withstand the accident environment for the 2022 New Mexico Capstone Challenge

The final aspect of Operation Humpty Dumpty, the 2022 NM Capstone Challenge sponsored by Sandia, brought together 23 students and their faculty advisors from UNM, New Mexico State University (NMSU) and New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NM Tech). This year’s goal was to design an efficient 3D-printed cradle that could withstand the accident environment (temperature changes, vibration, shockwave) from explosion. On April 20 and 21, students conducted environmental testing and blast tube testing at Sandia and gave presentations. NMSU’s Dean of Student Success, Dr. Gabe Garcia, gifted the annual commemorative dog tags to students and mentors.

The 2022 Capstone Challenge participants from UNM, NMSU and NM Tech gathered at Sandia on April 20 and 21 to test their 3D-printed cradles and give presentations.

The team from NMSU designed the most efficient 3D-printed cradle and won the 2022 NM Capstone Challenge.


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