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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!


V5 Smart Port Inserts


Our entry is the V5 Smart Port Insert. This insert blocks out dust or dirt particles from entering any smart ports. It can be used on any V5 electronic that uses smart ports, including the brain, motors, sensors, etc.

More information is in the attached report.

Version Used:

Active Plan: Fusion 360, Student
Windows 10 (19041)

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Standoffs are one of the many VEX components that are essential in building a functional robot to complete certain tasks. They serve a wide variety of uses from structural support to interacting with game objects. However, sometimes getting the correct standoff length can be difficult, and they can often be annoying to swap at a moments notice. Therefore, our team decided to create an extending standoff (extendoff for short) that would allow teams to adjust the length of a standoff quickly. 

How to Use


Battery Holder V2




Many people have complaints about the Vex battery clips. They make it a pain to remove batteries, they break easily, or maybe you just want to use one hand for the battery. This new holder seeks to remedy all of those issues. The new holder features 2 parts: a clip, and a holder. The battery slides into the holder and you clamp it in place with the clip’s latch. The part could be added to any robot without much trouble, although it is ideally placed vertically. 




To create this I...

Clip On Washer


The clip on washer will save builders precious minutes when it comes to fitting spacing into the crooks and nannies of their robot.

Team 5327Z

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Omni-Wheel Lockers


A full PDF can be found in the attachments to this submission with the images mentioned in this description.


Throughout the many seasons of the Vex Robotics Competition, maximizing your robot’s scoring capabilities has often been the ultimate end goal for any competitive team. One strategy to achieve this is to not only maximize your score, but minimize your opponent’s score using defensive strategies. In recent seasons, such as the 2018-2019 game Turning Point, robots with more defensive capabilities have become more prevalent. One ability that many...

High Strength Axle Connector


We decided to create a high strength axle connector in order for us to be able to use the pieces that VEX provides us at their fullest potential. In many of our builds we utilize these axles but have issues with their length and versatility. This was our final design in an attempt to solve these issues.


Please review

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Adjustable Support Beams


Adjustable Support Beams 

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