VEX Robotics Competition "Make It Real" CAD Engineering Challenge Sponsored by Autodesk®
Have you ever wanted a 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. Note that your 3D printed part from this online challenge may be used in the VEX U competition, but not in VRC.
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!
The entry for 4478F to the Vex Robotics "Make it Real" online competition, the i channel. The paragragh is attached in the files.
The optical shaft encoder is one of the most important sensors to include on a vex robot. The sensor measure speed and distance of the shaft by using coding. Many Vex teams use the sensor on their drive train to incorporate rotation and distance into their PID code.
The functionality of the sensor itself is phenomenal, but the casing for the hardware has a complicating design that only includes screw mounts for one side of the encoder. This can cause inconsistencies like friction or uneven elevation of the axel to give inaccurate readings on the encoder. The encoder includes a...
9393B Rockbots Corner Piece
The piece that we created is a type of piece corner piece. However, this corner piece instead of just connecting 2 pieces to make a corner, is just one whole piece. Using this type of piece can save the number of pieces used in a robot and the less pieces there are, the lighter the robot gets making the robot a bit faster.
You might be thinking, what’s saving one piece and a few screws going to do? Well, a single corner piece by itself does not make the robot too much faster, but an entire robot has a lot of...
We have been working on VEX Robotics for the past three years, and each season, one of the main goals was being able to grasp game objects. Whether you need to stack cubes or launch balls, intake mechanisms have always been a crucial part of VEX robots. From In the Zone, to Tower Takeover, many different intake mechanisms have been used. However, one of the most frequently used structures was ‘Roller Mechanisms’, which are also the main component that form most of this season’s robots. The aim of my design is to improve the stability of the Roller...
I am Mattias Peroni from team Jelly 2733J, and this is our entry for the 2021 VEX Robotics Competition “Make it Real” CAD Engineering Challenge sponsored by Autodesk. The part we have designed and printed is capable of holding sheet metal and plastics at a desired angle or bend. When building something that needs to hit a target, we look to have precise aim and adjustability with our design. Therefore, it is important to find the right angle of the launching mechanism. This would have been a great piece to have for this year's challenge where balls have to be placed...
This part was created to help solve the problem of ratcheting systems in Vex. Often vrc competitors are forced to use traditional hardware and rubber bands to create ratchets. While a large amount of these devices are effective, they take up a large amount of space and can cause significant frictional losses.
This part is a special type of one-way bearing that was specifically designed to be 3D printed in one part. Typical bearings use spherical rollers which are effective at reducing friction between the outer and inner race. However, spherical rollers...
VEX Robotics Competition "Make It Real" CAD Engineering Challenge Sponsored by Autodesk®
- With this piece I am solving the problem of gear. Sometimes gears take too much space so I created a piece that is like a gear. It works like a gear but it’s smaller and allows the c-channels to move better. It also can be used in replacement of... Read more
Have you ever wondered if there was an easier way to protect your motors from external collisions and potential damages? Well, with this new gear that we created, there is a lighter and an easier way so that we can protect our motors.
This motor case covers 3 sides of the motor which helps with placing the motor on the robot. Although, you might think that the left outside would be at risk, well there is a removable 4th side to our case which assists you in a way that it is both easy to insert in the case, and it protects the motor just as well as the other 3 sides. This piece of...
One of the most essential areas to success in VEX Robotics is a strong and consistent autonomous program. However tracking wheels, which are extremely popular mechanisms for autonomous consistency, have a number of design flaws. In this years Autodesk CAD Challenge I designed a custom tracking wheel bracket to eliminate such problems.
See attached final report for further details and video for an overview.
Our part for the "Make It Real Challenge" is Vex compatible belt gears to combat the inneficancy and pley of traditional sprockets and chains. Our part enable one to use belts for transmission, this could be for a drive or just a more efficiant and accurate replacement of sprokcets and chains. The gears also allow you to use a belt for greater accuracy and precision.
Introduction: After hours and hours of re-running and editing out autonomous, we could never get a 100% accurate run, and we realized it was because of the massive pley within our...
CAD Make it Real Challenge Submission for team 8054A
The funny thing about wires is, embarrassingly, how little design thought they are given in VEX robots despite their importance. Speaking from experience, wires are generally added shamefully at the last minute and secured only with zip-ties and a bit of hope. “Bad wires” are a plague not limited to just our team, and our submission has been designed specifically to remedy this issue easily. Our Cable Organizer Box allows us to organize wires in a neat and compact way and takes up minimal space to...
Ball Scoop - 751C
The Ball Scoop was designed with the purpose of picking up a ball effectively and efficiently. This part is important in the process of holding a ball with the least amount of hardware needed and the best weight efficiency, a lightweight and sturdy piece to ensure that picking up balls can be done consistently. Having this as our means of collection could prove to be very beneficial to the bot. Alternatives in VEX are not round and suited to competitions or challenges involving round objects, for example,...
Anthony Andrews, Paul Wang, Conrad Lui, and Kelly Tanaka
07 December 2020
Make it Real Cad Final Report
We created this part to solve a major issue not only our team had but an issue that many other teams' struggled with. Last year when we were testing and competing with our robot we had a lot of issues with our robot not moving. At first, we thought that our motors were broken and that we needed to buy new ones. But after rigorous testing, we found out the real issue was that the motors were getting dust and other metals in them but that was not the only...
When we first noticed the Flex Wheels were legal for VEX Robotics Competition tournaments at the high school level, we got to experimenting and found numerous flaws, not with the wheel itself but the bores used around the Flex Wheels, and the VersaHex inserts. In addition, we wanted to be able to mount gears and sprockets to the wheel in a more secure manner using screws already on the gears, along with a few other changes. We believe that this part will be able to replace the current bore and insert system and be more compatible with VRC legal parts. The PDF submission and CAD files can...
Teams in competing in VEX robotics commonly use sprockets as part of a rubber band intake or indexer system for spherical objects. Games such as Change Up are well suited to these designs
We set out to create a dedicated part that offers a number of advantages over the traditional sprocket system:
Cleaner, stronger rubber band mounting: The rubber bands fit perfectly into the slots of this part, making them less likely to slip or come off
Tough but low profile: The c-channel mounting is stronger...Read more
After experiencing difficulties with building intakes during the Tower Takeover and Change Up challenges, we decided to make a part that would aid us in assembling a flexible intake system with improved stability. We wanted to incorporate smooth openings and closings for our intake while supporting the weight of the ball in an efficient manner. Thus, our team used Tinkercad version 2019_10_14 to design a new part that would work to eradicate some of these functional issues.
The unit we designed uses a trigger mechanism that functions through the use of potential energy released...
Coronado High School Robotics Team 7870A
Rubber Band Intake Sprocket
Vex Make It Real Challenge by Autodesk 2021 Online Challenge
Made is Fusion 360 v2.0.9439
The Rubber Band Intake Sprocket is a modified 24T Vex Sprocket designed for use in Rubber Band Intakes. The part utilizes T-shaped teeth to hold rubber bands in place. This allows more customization and prevents the bands from slipping off during competition. The part was optimized using Fusion 360's shape optimization and tested in Fusion 360's simulation...
Team 8059X's "Make It Real" Online Challenge Submission: 4" Wheel Mounting Attachment
The 4" Wheel Mounting Attachment is a compact, add-on part to the spokes of 4” wheels, which serves to provide mounting holes for a wider range of constructional versatility. These mounting holes were designed to line up with those on Vex gears and sprockets, but also can be used to connect wheels to one another or mount on any other Vex part easily.
The 4" Wheel Mounting...
With this year’s challenges to robotics regarding COVID-19, a particular and unexpected problem arose: Wearing a face mask in addition to traditional safety glasses causes fogging on the lenses. This seemingly simple problem can have disastrous results. Through hard work and perseverance, 39Y designed a part that solves this problem. In doing so, we have managed to continue the VEX legacy of providing a fun and safe environment for all students who are passionate about learning, creating, and problem solving.
James B. Castle High School
“Make It Real” CAD Engineering Challenge
December 8, 2020
This is the “P-Lock Chain” which is a modified chain that has more structural strength than a normal chain. It also has been designed to be more rigid than the high-strength chain so it decreases the chances of the chain breaking when an exterior force or obstruction makes contact with the...
Team 8059Z's "Make It Real" Online Challenge Submission: Vex Pulley Block
The Pulley Block consists of a bracket that holds the pulley wheels and three mounting holes, of which any two can be screwed into a Vex C Channel. Pulleys increase the pulling force of a winch at the cost of increasing the length of the string connected to the winch. Pulleys have many applications in other machines and we feel as if the Pulley Block can help us bring such applications into Vex.
Structural stability is integral to many everyday structures, such as buildings, bridges, and furniture. And the most structurally stable shape is the triangle. Triangles and trusses are everywhere, think: bridges, freeway signs, and houses. In VRC, advanced teams use triangle bracing quite often, but sometimes, VRC legal parts make it difficult to achieve light, efficient triangle bracing. Our part aims to make triangular structures easier to achieve in VEX.
How to Use
Based off of the structure of a pillow...
VEX U Team QUEEN - Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Linear motion is one of the many things that we feel has been somewhat left behind in the world of VEX Robotics. After our submission of the Low-Friction Slider Truck last year, we felt that we should create another part to add to our linear motion toolbox. An issue with the current linear motion systems is that there is no clear-cut way to ensure one-directional motion, meaning that a mechanism can move in one direction, but not the other. Additionally, many existing solutions...
VRC Team 3018E Paracord - Techna PWN Robotics - Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States.
All VEX robots using the V5 system require a V5 battery. Since batteries have a limited run time, they need to be swapped frequently. Most teams use the V5 battery clips (part 276-6020) to attach the battery to their robot. While these clips do hold the batteries securely, they have several disadvantages. Swapping batteries held on by the clips is generally a slow, two-handed process. The clips offset the battery from the mounting points...