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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!


VEX Suspension System


VEX Suspension System

Have you jared your robot brain, knocked pieces loose, or detroyed your wheels on the PVC pipes during the In the Zone game or climbing the center platform this year?  The VEX Suspension System can solve all these issues..  

We designed a lift system for Vex robots so that the task of reaching elevated objects would no longer be an issue for your robot. We achieved this by creating the Vex Suspension System. It was designed to lift the robot a total 3 inches higher from its standard height. The Vex...

Forty-Five Degree Bracket

One of the issues are team has had in previous years has been lack of support for the tower/arm of the robot. It can be connected to walls on the sides, or brace bars, but it still tilts after so much use. This part will be used to add stronger bracing to all 45 degree angles when needed.

We had all of our members come up with part ideas, and we decided on which one would be the most useful. After several prototypes on TinkerCAD, this is our final design.

This project is very helpful for teaching all team members how to use 3D modeling software and will be useful...

Quadruple Screw Collar


Quadruple Screw Collar

Issues with collars slipping?  Try this,,,

The part created is a square collar that improves upon the design of collars that are used today. With the current collars they have only one point of contact on the axels, with the square design it has 4 possible contact points. Another design change is the actual hole, we have changed it to a square hole so you are guaranteed to get it on the flat surfaces of the axel.

The new collar would be used in the same way that a normal collar would be used, to hold axels...

V5 Smart In-Wheel Motor


AON-Robotics Design Team presents a new V5 Smart In-Wheel Motor concept that enables robotics teams to used the space in theur robot even more efficiently. Particularly useful now that VEX competition rules for VEX-U teams restrict one robot to a cube of fifteen inches and allow certain VEXpro components. Refer to uploaded files for final report. Take a look!

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VRC Classroom Battery Charging Station (Single...


Over the past few years, our robotics team has grown to include over 30 students and 5 robot builds. This number of robots requires us to maintain more than a dozen charged batteries for a competition. We’ve tried several different designs for creating battery charging stations, including one made from VEX parts, and another made from an old toolbox. None of those designs worked well for us, so we decided to make our own from scratch. Our prototypes include a battery station for a single battery, as well as for multiple batteries. We got our inspiration from the old battery charging...

Advanced Pulley Motion Kit

Introducing the Advanced Pulley Motion Kit (APMK)

String is often an underused component in VEX robots.

The APMK fixes this problem by introducing new ways to build VEX robots, and to make use of lightweight, low friction, low backlash string mechanisms.

The APMK allows the creation of a very large variety of new mechanisms, as well as offering more efficient ways of creating existing ones.

Software Used: Autodesk Inventor Professional 2019 (Build:136)

Full PDF Report is attatched, alongside...

45 degree new part



My name is Sebastian Alejandro Zertuche Hernandez, I’m 12 years old and I’m driver and designer of the team 10622A – Robotik World Center of middle school category.


I designed this new part because on my robotics school team we was thinking to use a holonomic drive chassis for the robot to be able to move around the field easily using four motors.

But placing the wheels at 45 degrees requires using many parts that take up a lot of space that is useful for...

Shaft Load-Bearing


New VEX component: replace lengths of c-channel for shaft support with the shaft load-bearing!

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Metal alignment pin

This part is designed to align and temporarily hold together aluminum C-channels, plates, and other parts. It is intended to aid in prototyping and building by providing a quick and precise way to attach metal together.

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Universal Vision Sensor Mount


This year, VEX introduced the new V5 control system for the High School Competition. Since the beginning of this season, we have had a great time beta testing the new V5 control system, learning about it’s quirks and abilities every day. One aspect of the new system we were really looking forward to was the vision sensor. Over the summer, we heard numerous rumors about this “camera” and how it could recognize colors. In our heads, we saw endless applications of this new sensor to the VEX ecosystem.


Right off the bat, we...