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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!



Tiger Tech


Bethune Elementary School

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B.E.W.W. Kit - Basically Everything We Want


Work in progress. Stay tuned for updates. This is going to take a while folks. :)

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90 Degree Standoff


The Make it Real CAD Engineering Challenge Full Description for Team 56445E is attached. 

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The Scoop


*Still in progress

The full description of The Scoop for TEAM 56445D is attached. 

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The Tray


This is Team 56445J's CAD piece, The Tray! Please see the attached dcoument for a full description. 

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The Advanced Ease of Use Rack and Pinion System

VRC Team 899A - Alluminators

North Point High School

Made in Autodesk Inventor 2018, as every rendered photo shows.

All parts not submitted are sourced from the 2013 Inventor VEX Kit of Parts.

Final Report included in Files/Images


Designer and Report Writer: Maxwell Stine


Our product, the Advanced Ease of Use Rack and Pinion System (AEURPS) is designed to make linear motion easier on a standard robot build, by having far more constrainable motion and attatching points for manipulators...


Aiden Shotswell


My own design for the make it real autodesk cad engerneering challenge

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