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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!


Multi-Angle Corner Connector - Gear Squad 21549A


This is our entry for the 2020 Make It Real CAD Challenge. 

we have designed a 2 part piece, which moves at a hinge and can be used for connecting 2 beams together at different angles

more info in the documents attached

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Axle Union

                                                Axle Union

I developed the axle union because we have a large amount of short axles that were not long enough to use for my project. My project was to make a round baler. The baler made a round bale out of peat moss. I used a thera band as the belt for the baler. The thera band kept compression on the bale to improve the quality of the bale. I had to fix the belt pattern multiple times to...

Plate Flipper


It happens all too often. There you are between matches trying to get your bot repaired, get fresh batteries on, and get over to the queuing table in time for the next match. Once at the table you let out a sigh of relief, you made it and you’re ready to battle it out with your opponent. You look down at your bot to admire the beautiful machine that you and your team created. Then and only then does it hit you. WE DIDN’T CHANGE OUR PLATES!  The College of Southern Maryland’s Robotics team has experienced this one too many times and have decided to do something to fix...

The Vex iq Wire holder


Are you tired of figuring out how to make the wires not get stuck into the wheels? We have the right solution! We have created the wire holder because we wanted to solve the issues where the wire gets stuck in the wheels and then the wheels don't move.

It would fit in the Robot by putting the wires in the holder and then connecting the holder to the whole robot. You can connect the holder with the vex IQ connector pins because there is an actual vex IQ 2 by 4 block.

I used Thinkercad to create this model and I used version Tinkercad 2019_10_14.



Vex IQ Piece


This piece is meant to hold a bar in the middle hole for support and to keep the bar still.

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Trap-Door License Plate Holder


Introducing the "Trap-Door License Plate Holder". This part was created in direct response to officials at competitions notifying teams of R28(a)(i) of the Tower Takeover Game Manual. The holder can easily be placed onto any piece of C-channel.

In the competitions that we have seen in recent, teams were allowed to compete but were issued warnings for not being compliant with R28(a)(i). With this part, teams would be able to avoid such warnings and continue without further issues. Some teams have attempted using standoffs as a way to hold the license plates, but they...

Adjustable Spring-loaded Chain Tensioner

Welcome to 39k's submission to the Make It Real Challenge, the Adjustable Spring-Loaded Chain Tensioner. Our final report is available in downloads, along with a presentation that goes into detail with renders, pictures, and drawings. Note: As of submission time, .iam (assembly) files aren't rendering on the entry page.  Renders of these parts as a png file are viewable, but in order to see the assembly, you must download the files. 

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VEX V5 Controller Lanyard Holder


VEX V5 Controller Lanyard Holder

By Jordan Cantu

8931F Vbots Jolt



The motivation to create this part was to make VEX Robotic Competition competitors jobs a lot easier during competitions. I know as a competitor, there are 2 ways to hold a V5 controller when you are going to and from a match at a competition. 1. One person carries the robot and another person carries the controller. 2. The V5 controller is put inside the robot as you are transporting it. But these...

The 3 Axis Corner Connecter by Team 499R

I created the “3 Axis Corner Connecter” to fix some common issues when connecting 3 plates together at a corner. Depending on how you do it, the plates may not be on the same level, nuts may not fit together, and it's quite messy and frustrating. This new part makes attaching 3 different plates on 3 different axis easy and painless. The CornerConnecter holds plates together reliably with at least 2 points of contact for each plate and can be used in a variety of different configurations. All you need are plates, screws, and the corner connector. This part would save...


Low-Friction Slider Truck

VEX U Team QUEEN - Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada


There are several existing methods for creating linear motion structures on VEX Robots. These include both VEX's linear slides, and existing designs for custom systems, using C-Channels, spacers, and other standard VEX parts. However, these all have issues that prevent them from being used in demanding applications. The VEX slides are notoriously poor at handling any amount of torque about an axis normal to the slide surface (which is a key component of our application), in addition...