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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!


Shock Absorber


This is the Autodesk CAD Challenge Entry by Central Hardin Robotics Team 6135W. The report for our entry is listed as a word document in our files.

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Better Motors


Our team saw that the motor might be able to be smaller. We were going to see if the motor could be smaller but mantain the same power

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L Pice


Our team came up with this idea because we were looking for a simple way to make a cornor without blocking any holes.

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9364X Iron Eagles


*Project Being Engineered*

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Amazing Multitask Piece


Hello my name is Jack Schopp and I am a 5th grader on the Roborunners team 1313A.  I have been in VEX IQ for 3 years now.  I have enjoyed designing, building, and testing my ideas through TinkerCad and SnapCad for the past 2 years. I have been the lead builder on my robotics team for the past 2 years as well.  I have sometimes found it difficult to create a strong vertical support for my robot base.  One that is strong enough to support the robot and any arm attachments to the robot.  I have often thought it would be great if VEX IQ could make a piece that I...


VEX Helical Gears

Why it was made:

The reasoning behind the creation of these helical gears was the need for easily transferring axle power 90°. While there are some ways of doing this already through either a complex series of gears or a few universal joints, using the helical gears would save a lot of resources and space.

How it works:

Helical gears differ from regular gears through their slanted teeth. By locking together, they can turn just like regular versions with the added benefit of the slanted teeth having greater surface area,...


New Vex Controller


A redesign of the Vex Controller with the same internals, but lighter, sleeker, easier to use. 

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Stable and self tight

When we move our houses, we need to pack our things. But first, if you are going to live in a high floor, when you need to get those packages to that floor. In Korea, there is a aerial ladder truck. And in that aerial ladder truck, there is  a outrigger. It places the ladder truck so that it doesn't move when it's lifting. This is what I have though about. To use it on the vex robots. When it is lifting or placing a cone, it will place it on the ground so that it can stand from any distractions. For the self tight, sometimes, the bolts tend to get loose. So when it...


Make It Real CAD Engineering Challenge


Make it Real CAD Engineering Challenge           


          When completing this challenge, our group had to make a decision that would decide which part we created. It was a tremendous choice between many good ideas. When we finally found a part that was effective and solved a problem that we were having as a team with our robot, we went to work. Our part is shaped as a large “X”, with holes evenly placed across each leg of the...


Motor Multiplexer


Problem Statement

Vex IQ Challenges always have Motor Restrictions. For exampel in the curent challange rule <R11> says - Robots may use up to six (6) VEX IQ Smart Motors. This brings lot of ristriction on design, and sometime severely cripple the design.

Problem we faced, and Actions that triggered the solution -

We particiapted in our very first vex competition last month. our design involved creating a Drive train (Which used up 3 motors, 2 for going fwd, back & turn, and one to slide...


New Easy Field Assembly Design 4154A


After coming up with thoughts, we came up with making a clip that would help attach to parts of the field and would still be as sturdy. We used tinkercad for making this 3D field.


How it works:

Instead of having to screw the field together, which takes for ever and is a huge pain, we thought why not use clips to put the field together. These clips are 3D printed onto a piece of plastic, they can either be glued onto the field pieces or drilled through and screwed on. We haven't come up with a way to do the corners of the field but we...