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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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Zoe Bot


Me and my team are creating a robot that can pick up a box and we decided in unison that it would be easier to design a part for a robot digitally because then we could make and place the measurments  for a new set of wheels that allow the robot to stay stuck in place while peforming the actions it is programmed to do.


Michael Campes, Kenneth Aleman, Louis Jean, William Valle, Jeff Eliedor

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Vex edr chain tool


This project is about making a chain tool that can make putting on chain go faster and a lot easier in cramped spaces. This tool will be designed to be easy to use, simple, fast to print, small, and customizable. 

I used Fusion 360 to design this tool and this is my first time using it. I found the program pretty easy to learn but I am still getting the hang of it. My design was very simple but I can see how using Fusion 360 helps alot in 3D design and getting it done fast.

The tool I designed is used to keep the chain tight...

Three-Axis 45* Gusset


Introducing the “Three-Plane 45º Gusset”.  This part has been created to make it possible to simultaneously connect C-Channel in the x-y-z plane in a strong, efficient, secure, and yet simple way. The Three-Plane 45º Gusset can easily be attached to any size piece of c-channel.

In applications where the existing 45º Gusset is used to make an angled connection, the Three-Plane 45º Gusset could be used if there is a need to create additional support or structure in the parallel plane, perpendicular plane - or both planes...

Linear Components Upgraded


Coming Soon

Sneak Peak - We will be improving upon the linear slide tracks as well as the inner and outer acetal slide trucks 

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The Ramposaurous


Team 11780A's Make It Real Challenge entry.

Please see the attached documnet for a full description.

The .stl file (design in dark grey) has 4 extra holes on the sides of the design because after the printing process we realised that it works better this way. 

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Perpendicular C-Channel Coupler


 The model I have submitted is a perpendicular C-channel coupler. I have been involved in vex robotics for five years now and while designing this C-channel coupler I considered some of the bigger problems I have had when designing and testing robots for the games. One of the more tedious problems is trying to attach these pieces together without adding extra and unneeded metal that negatively affect the robot. This coupler allows teams to connect 2 C-channels perpendicularly, rather than attempting to bind them by laying metal on top of the bars. Since the resulting...

Real CAD: Adjustable Standoff 507C


This adjustable standoff was created on Fusion 360 (version 2.0.6670) because its a part 507C wished they had for their robot. The main function is to be able to have an adjustable spacing whitch is secure. Hope you like this CAD online challenge. 

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1, 4, 6 and 7 wide C-Channels


It may seem simple at first, and it is. These 4 new c-channels could be used in multiple different building senarios and allow a builder to better construct their robot using these varying width c-channels. Currently there are 2,3 and 5 wide c-channel lengths available. Many robots can be constructed by these peices (cut or not). These new channels would allow builders to explore new pathways to build specialized mechanisms for their robot. Also, builders would not need to improvise with awkward combinations of current channels or create sharp edges by spitting 2, 3 and 5 wide...



A 3D model of a 1xL, a cut angle bar. They can be used in substitution for c-channels to cut down on space and weight while still having decent structural integrity.

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The Hook


Make it Real CAD Engineering Design Challenge
2211A KHU Inventors

While practicing for the Tower Takeover game our team was having issues with the rubber bands when the cube holder opened. The rubber bands were breaking, and the cube holder was falling to the front. We modified a flat bar to work as a hook and hold the cube holder.

From this idea I decided to use Fusion 360 to design a custom part named “The Hook”. This new part goes attach to a c-channel with 2 screws and uses a spring or a rubber band. Any of those are...

404A Even Smarter Motor Mount


The "Smarter Motor Mount"

404a Make it Real Submission.


All work was done by students.

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Bender Machine UCSA


New Bender Machine UCSA

The design of a machine that helps to bend the robot parts.

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Hinged Panels


In the attached you will find the design for a 2x2 panel that has provisions that allow them to be used as a hinge.  These can be connected to other panels in order to allow the panel to used by more than just a 90 degree angle.  

By connecting these in groups, strength for the connection is increased.  This is similar to how a piano hinge works.

The holes for the connector pins are serrated in order to provide extra holding power.

To connect the two halves together, a regular metal or plastic shaft (such as used when building with...

Make it Real CAD - Team 56445B


Our team's Make it Real CAD piece operates as an inclined plane to move the balls into the cubes in the VEX IQ Game: Squared Away! Please see our attachments for more information!

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Make it Real CAD - Team 56445A


Our team's Make it Real CAD 3D printed piece functions to hold our robot's claw together so it will not become detached from the back of the robot during competition. Please see our team's attached photos and response to learn how it works!

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The Magnetic Claw


Our team's Make it Real CAD part operates as a claw to pick up items, but it also has a unique function of picking up metal items as it is "magetic." Please see our attached photos and explanation. 

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Epicyclic Gearing Kit


Why did we choose to design this?

In the Vex Robotics EDR part line, there is a vast array of parts that students can use to learn about the fundamentals of mechanical design. There is however, a gap in the library of competition legal parts that has yet to be filled: Ring gears. We designed our set of 3 ring gears, and accompanying carriers, to fill this gap,and to offer a cornucopia of new possibilities for builders and designers alike. Ring gears are a very important part of the engineering world in epicyclic gear sets, with uses spanning from pencil...