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VEX IQ Challenge "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.

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 washer


This is a washer that would separate the tire and hold a tight fitt on the shaft

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Little Motor


The piece I have made for the challenge was a smaller motor. This small motor would hopefully be able to attach and work in places a regular motor wouldn't be able to. This motor could solve problems with the robot like weight, and also helping with space around the robot. This would fit nicely in a robot design and would even allow more capabilities for the robot because of the space it gives. I used tinkercad which helped design the motor itself and other pieces along with it just to get the nice details. The version of tinkercad was the online version. I learned that it's not...


Horivertical Shaft


Hello, we are part of Team 74177Y and this is our piece. Our piece is called the Horivertical Shaft. What this mysterious piece is is that it is a connector, stabilizer and 2 shafts that can act as 1. This shaft started out as 2 shafts together but then turned into 2 separate shafts that can come together. They both have a magnet that acts--like a magnet such as the name. There is also the cone on one of them which acts as a grip for the piece.

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“Make it real” VEX IQ Challenge


We want to try and make it to where a place can fit the multiple needs and demands of people with a kind heart.

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Miniature claw


This piece could act a a smaller claw that would go on the side of your robot. How it could help is by being able to slide the riser up on the ramp more easily. This is by instead of picking it up it could push the riser making the slide much better.

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4-way Perpendicular Plate


My name is Riley and I am on team 74177Z. I worked hard to complete this challenge, but I really enjoyed the process. I designed the 4-way perpendicular plate because I think this Vex IQ part would be a great addition to the Vex IQ kit. I designed it using TinkerCAD software. I hope you enjoy reading my report and I hope you find my design useful!

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Shaft Stopper


We are very new to robotics. We have experiemnted in TinkerCAD and came up with this shaft stopper. 

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One Degree North Jr : Double-sided motor


New part - Double-sided Motor

After having lots of problems with being able to successfully mount motors and not being able to power arms on both sides without making gearboxes, there was lots of wondering about why VEX IQ does not have motors that have shaft entrance and exit points on both sides. 

The double shafted motor allows the builder to fulfill two main purposes: easier mounting of the motors and being able to power two sides of the same mechanism with one motor and without a gearbox. This is very important for complex robots because there is often not...


90 Degree Angle


This was our first time using Tinkercad. We had a great time creating differernt pieces. 

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Flashes Make it Real


We designed a part to improve the base of the robot and add support to the wheels. 

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Flashes Make It Real


Three 7th grade students created Robotics parts that would help with the new challenge.

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1 x 6 Slider beam


This piece was created to help stabilize a four-bar lift from being flimsy to be more stable. All parallel four-bar lifts, in general, are usually flimsy. The lifts tend to sway sideways because there is no support in between the two parallel bars. This piece, the “slider beam” would help solve the problem of instability and make the bar lift system stable.  

You would attach the slider beam in the first hole with the top bar on the four-bar lift. Then you would connect the slider portion to the bottom bar of the four-bar lift. I...

The Double Corner Connector


The Team 5164A, Logan, Amelia, and Hiyab designed a new piece that would allow them to connect horizontal and vertical bars on a robot.

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The Lift


Team 56445C is proud to present The Lift! 

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The Ramp


I created this part because one day, I noticed,

"Hm... the way the ball escalates up the robot seems insecure. I wish there was a way to fix it, because I certainly don't want to blow a Change Up game, when the ball spills with a malfunction." 

So, I therefore tried to improve the part by creating a smooth ramp with barriers keeping the ball from falling, therefore we wouldn't lose the ball as often in a game. The issue I'm trying to solve is an issue already stated before: spilling the ball in a game.

The new part would fit on top...

:New VEX IQ Corner Connectors


New VEX IQ corner connectors were created to enable beams to be attached together on two, three, or four sides. The new corner connectors could be used to make secure corner or closed structures.

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VEX IQ Wire Extender


We designed a wire extender part that would solve some wiring problems. The solution would be providing different sized extenders. The wire extender would also have all the necessary components like conductors or wires so electricity can flow. There would also be an end cap that would fit around the existing Smart Cables. That would let you connect two wires, with one on each side. Then, the wire would be extended to your preferences which lets it be better equipped and more customized to a robot.

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Retractable Part


This is a part that I feel would extremely benefit the construction of robots in Vex IQ. It allows the builder to get a unique beam length that would otherwise not be easily accessible with the standard parts. 

This part would be beneficial because if you are slightly above the height limit on a robot you could lower the beam very easily without having to completely demolish your robot. You could also make a claw with a unique length.

I used Fusion 360 to make this part because I knew Fusion would be much more accurate than...

Make it real


Submission from team 5081D 

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The Claw Part


My piece is a claw. This claw works by having 2 motors on the top. The shafts reach down into shaft lock plates and those plates hold onto the claw pieces. Then the left claw goes counterclockwise and the right clockwise to create an inverted claw effect. This will make it easier to grip onto the Risers and prevent it from slipping off the claw. This would be even more crucial when having to stack Risers, because sometimes the Risers slip off the claw, and you would not be able to make a stack....

Set of custom pieces


The Claw


The full description for The Claw is attached.

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VEX IQ Enhanced Controller


The reason I created the VEX IQ Enhanced Controller was to give drivers, programmers,  and builders a better chance to do more than the current controller. The new enhanced controller will provide a mini screen to program the robots and provide bigger triggers and bumpers to make the trigger adapt. For example, if you press the trigger lightly then it will make smaller amounts of movement to the arm or wheels and if you hold down the trigger then the arm or wheels will go at the fastest speed possible. 


The enhanced controller would be used to program...

TinkerCad Two sided connector


VEX IQ Two Sided Connector


Jackson Cantlon

The reason I created the VEX IQ Two Sided connector was because I did not have an idea for a piece for this challenge, so I asked some of our builders here at 214 and one of them suggested a connector that you could connect a two-by beam on both top and bottom. This piece would remove the current lip near the bottom of the current two-by-two connector and put the connection points or connector pins at the bottom without having to have a lip that disables the ability to connect a two-by beam on both the top and...

Push Pro Tinkercad 4.0


This is our team entry to the VEXIQ “Make It Real Competition”. This is our Push Pro that we made on Tinkercad. We designed and printed it. We attached lots of files and pictures to show how it works. We did it to help other teams if they get frustrated like us sometimes.

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The Blue Knights Piece


Although vex IQ has covered many important aspects of the playing game, our team 5081F The Blue Knights feels that a big part of previous games that were overlooked was the balls. The balls are circular and slick which makes them hard to pick up, and to add on to that understanding there is also no good base for a ramp. We have competed in squared away and have tried to make a ball lift and every time we tried we failed. We began to notice that the main problem for this was the ramp. A key aspect in a good ball intake is a good solid ramp for the balls to get the upward momentum in...

2929A Rockbots Connector


Robotics Online Challenge Final Report  2929A Rockbots Connector

We created this custom  piece as a variation of the normal VEX 2x2 piece, but  instead of holes there are connectors  already sticking out,  and one  side is tilted 45 degrees, so  that you  can twist  the next piece that you  attach. This new part would  be used like any other  VEX IQ piece, but  it is lighter and smaller, so it can be manipulated in different ways to  fit in different places in the robot. Our part can be used as a decoration or...

Ring Gear with Outer Teeth for Swerve Drive


We designed a swerve drive for VEX IQ but the motor wires would get twisted when it turned.  To solve this problem, we designed a new ring gear that allows the swerve drive module to be able to do infinite spin and the motor wires are not twisted.

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Base supporter


This is our first time using autocad.  The reason we made this piece is because we saw on the starter bot that the motors and drivetrain started tilting, sort of forcing the back of the motors toward the ground, causing weird driving and the motors being closer to the ground.  This piece is just an extra support to stop that from happening.

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Make It Real Challenge



Our team were having difficulties as one of their metal rods were too short. To fix this, I decided to model and 3d print a custom piece to solve their issue.


How does it work with the robot?

The piece is a square with a 2-3mm square inside, and a circle on the outside. It is like a cylinder with a square extruded into it.

Firstly, I created the 2d sketch of the circle and square on the top plane, then i clicked the space between the square and circle, simply tapped E, then extruded the piece....

Vex IQ Challenge "Make It Real": Diagonal...


     We created this part to function as a more elegant solution to building ramps in Vex IQ. Without using this part, the process of creating a sturdy and simple ramp required more parts, and more complexity, as well as weight, which could change something about the robot. This part could fit into a robot design with something like a ball collection mechanism, by making intake and dropping more smooth and reliable, by providing a gentle slope for it to fall down and climb up, rather than a harsh fall.

     I used Fusion 360 version...

360 Degree Hinge


Final Report: 

Vex Robotics Competition 2019 we created a Reverse Ending Stacker which allowed us to pick up blocks in a conveyor belt-like fashion and stacked them. However, we encountered a problem with the extending ramp that stacked the blocks. The ramp’s effectiveness was inhibited because it could not rotate across a wide range. So we decided to create a part that would fix this issue by creating a 360 hinge.  The hinge would rotate in 360 degrees. 


The robot had a hinge joint that...

Vex Part Cable Management


Our group designed a cable management part to manage the cables used on any robot. We made this because on each of our teams in the previous years, we all struggled with managing cables and making sure they didn’t tangle. Our part is essentially a box with holes running through the width. We have 6 holes to fit the cables through, and 6 places on each side to attach pins and connect it to the robot itself. For example, if someone were to build a claw and have two motors on each side, the cables could easily be tangled as the robot moves. This part would be to act as a...



We introduce, Prongs!

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The Claw


Here is my new vex piece hope you like it!

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Stallion Pride


our goal was to build a new claw that would improve the vex robot claw and solve some issue with the vex robot claw. 

This claw will have a better grip and when there a collision the ball will stay in the claw.

The claw is can be scaled down or up to fit the ball and the vex robot before 3D printing it out.

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