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Make It Real CAD Engineering Challenge Sponsored by Autodesk ®

Have you ever wanted a particular component for your robot that was not included in the kit of parts? Do you want to design and make something unique that sets you apart from your peers? Then the “Make It Real CAD Engineering Challenge” is for you! Autodesk is sponsoring this challenge and giving you a chance to focus your passion for CAD and apply your skills to solve a real world design issue.

In this challenge, you will use the same Autodesk 3D design software used by professionals to conceptualize and model a new part for a robot that improves its functionality or overcomes an existing problem. The new part must be designed to fit an existing robot, and may consist of multiple pieces that form one part design. The robot may be a competition robot (VEX, FIRST, BEST, PLTW, SkillsUSA, TSA, etc.) or another robot that performs an interesting task. To make it even more exciting, you will also have the option to compete for a “bonus prize” by 3D printing your custom part! Note that your 3D printed part from this online challenge may be used in the VEX U competition, but not in VRC or VIQC.

To help you succeed, access to Autodesk software is available at no charge to students. In the Make It Real CAD Engineering Challenge, you must use either Autodesk® Fusion 360™, Autodesk® Inventor®, or Tinkercad™ to model your custom robot part. Whether you’ve used the software before or are brand new to CAD, the Autodesk Design Academy provides lessons and video tutorials for all skill levels.

To get started, carefully read the complete challenge requirements on this page. Then visit the Autodesk Design Academy challenge page to download software, watch tutorials and learn how to create custom parts. When you’re ready, return to this page to submit your entry.

The future is yours to design, and we can’t wait to see how you change the world!


Motor Box with six lockable sides


Motor Box with Six lockable sides

While constructing our robot, we found out that there is only one side of the motor which allow we to lock on the robot. So we decided to create a model with six lockable sides in order to devia the inconvenience. The images and lists below are the applications of our model.

With this Motor Box, people can lock the motor easiler. 

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Hub Cap


Team 94927G designed a hub cap for VEX IQ using TinkerCAD. The team was losing a lot of rubber shaft collars when they were taking wheels off and this piece helps keep them in place. The hubcap works with regular wheels and omniwheels. It also helps keep the wheel in place with only one rubber shaft collar and helps the wheel be more secure on the shaft.

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IQ Shaft Extender


The part we designed is a rectangular box with a square slot through the length of the box that can accept the metal shafts to be connected.  The part has two holes which can accept existing VEX IQ Shaft Collars.  These Shalt Collars will hold the metal shafts in place so they do not pull apart.  The centre of the new part is solid plastic (dense honeycomb pattern) which can transfer the rotation forces (torque) from one shaft to the next.

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6083C 3D Piece Entry


Carlos Miranda


Vex IQ Piece Design 2020 Challenge


This piece is a cube that will be able to connect to other pieces from all sides of the cube. It is made up of 6 4x4 plates and 150 connector pins. It can be used to sturdily connect an arm to the front of a drivetrain, or just going crazy connecting arms at all angles with a drivetrain on the bottom. The possibilities are nearly endless. This piece was created with Tinkercad. The piece was made by converting stp files of connecter pins and plates into stl files. Then they were imported...

6083B 3D Piece Entry


Corner Beams and/or Plates

We are improving the issue of needing to constantly connect pieces to cover more platforms, make bases, or adding too many pieces to arms and other functions on the robot.


The new piece could be used for a base, as it is sturdier than simply connections of multiple small corner connectors to several beams or plates.It also makes the building process easier, since it reduces the amount of connections made to the robot. Less pieces would be used, so less material would be wasted. It gives more space to connect more pieces to the...

6083A 3D Piece Entry


Identify why you created the part – what functionality are you improving or what issue are you solving?

I decided to create this part to avoid needing to build an arm and/or tower for a robot. This wheel solves the problem of needing to build and extending attachment for a robot. Instead of having an extending attachment for a robot, that could always break or malfunction, this wheel lifts and drops the robot whenever the driver commands.


Explanation of how the new part would be used and how it fits into a complete robot design.

This new...

Shaft Extender


    Our custom piece is the shaft extender. We pitched the design because with our robot, the design of our frame requires very precise shaft lengths. But due to limited resources, we usually spend a lot of time looking for the right sized shaft. This part would erase that problem entirely, by allowing us to create our own shafts, at any length. 


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Snap Together Kit


Have you ever had to take a whole shaft off just to put an additional spacer on? Or to put a gear of another size on? The fact that pieces like spacers, shaft collars, gears, and wheels are enclosed shapes make them frustrating to deal with when building. Well, be frustrated no more! Introducing...the Snap Together Kit, the solution to (most) of your problems!

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90 Degree C-Channel Coupler


To help builders when attaching base parts of C-Channel at a 90 degree angle, we often cut a triangular peice of plate. Now, we'd like this peice made for all sizes of C-Channel, so that it can be cut to the correct length.

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As part of the robotics team we would love to get pins to decorate our robots in our own customizable way, this would allow us to make each robot different not only in model wise but also a decorative way. 


We first started by measuring one of your vex pieces for size so my piece would end up fitting on the robots. Unfortunately we did not  get the size correct for a while luckily once we did get it we 3d printed it but after that piece broke so we 3d printed it...