Robotics Education & Competition Foundation
Online Challenges

VRC High School - “Make It Real” CAD Engineering Online Challenge Sponsored by Autodesk

Autodesk is dedicated to preparing the next generation of tinkerers, makers, designers, and engineers to lead in the future of work. Their technologies allow students to turn ideas and innovations into reality. Have you ever wanted to design and make a new part for a robot that improves its functionality or overcomes an existing problem? Entries for this challenge will use Autodesk 3D design software to conceptualize and model a new robot component.

Choose a robot (VEX, FIRST, BEST, or any other robot you like that performs an interesting task), and design a new part for it that adds new functionality and solves a real-world design issue. To help you succeed, access to Autodesk® Fusion 360™, Autodesk® Inventor®, or Tinkercad™ is available at no charge to students. All are easy to learn through lessons and videos available in the Autodesk Design Academy. Note that parts you create in this challenge may be used in the VEX U competition, but not in VRC.

 

Grade Level Requirements
Elementary School Middle School High School College / University No Grade Level Restrictions
Program Requirements
VEX Robotics Competition

Prizes

1st: $500 VEX Robotics gift certificate and automatic team qualification for this season's VEX Robotics World Championship

4 Finalists: $100 VEX Robotics gift certificate

Finalists and winners will be selected at each of the following programs and grade ranges, for a total of three (3) prize packages:

  • VRC Middle School

  • VRC High School

  • VEX U

Eligibility

Teams must be part of a registered VRC, or VEX U team for the current season.

  • This page is for VRC High School enteries only -if you are any other program or grade level, please refer to the Online Challenge Page to find the correct page for your program and grade level.

  • Only one entry per team is permitted. However, each team in a multi-team school or club program may submit one entry. For example, teams 123A and 123B could each submit an entry, but team 123A could not submit two entries. Entries must vary in content and presentation to be considered separate entries. 

  • Entries submitted in previous years’ Online Challenges are not eligible for submission this year.

Requirements

Rules of the Challenge

 

Design and create a new robot component! 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 a 3D printed part created for 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. 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. The future is yours to design, and we can’t wait to see how you change the world!

Things to keep in mind for a successful submission:

  • What functionality does your new component improve, and what issue does it solve?

  • How is your new part used, and how does it fit into an existing robot design?

  • Which version of Autodesk design software did you use, and which features did you utilize to create and model your part?

  • What did you learn from this project, and how will what you learned help you in the future?

Technical Details

A submission must meet these minimum requirements in order to be judged.

  1. Entry is created and produced solely by student team members. It is acceptable for adults to assist with downloading any necessary resources or submitting entry components where students may need permission.

  2. CAD design must be created using Autodesk® Fusion 360™, Autodesk® Inventor®, or Tinkercad™.

  3. Format: 

    • One PDF file (up to 20MB) that includes a final report and at least one image of the design is required

    • CAD dataset in .f3d (Fusion 360), .ipt or .jam (Inventor), or .stl (Tinkercad) format is required

    • Additions: videos, animations, simulations or other additions that explain your design decisions or illustrate how your part is utilized are optional, and may be included as separate files or links.

  4. Size: 

  5. Title Page:  The summary report must include a title page that provides

    • Tile of submission

    • Names of students who participated (using first names only is acceptable)

    • Team number 

    • Location of team

  6. Images: Each entry must include at least one (1) image of your design.

 

Upload Instructions

  • Instructions to begin:

    • Click the green Enter Challenge button on the right side of the screen.

    • Fill out the submission form and type a brief description of your challenge entry in the Full Description box.

    • Click Save.

  • Instructions to upload your Final Report, including images:

    • Click the blue Files/Images button in the upper right of the screen.

    • Drag/drop your PDF file into the Upload a File box.

    • Edit the Display Name and file information to include your entry name and team number.

    • Save your edits and click Update on the entry screen.

  • Instructions to upload CAD datasets and .stl files:

    • Click the blue Files/Images button in the upper right of the screen.

    • Drag/Drop your files into the Upload a File box, using only the formats outlined in the Requirements for this challenge.

    • Edit the Display Name and file information to include your entry name and team number.

    • Save your edits and click Update on the entry screen.

  • If you are including Optional videos or animations:

    • Click the blue Links/Videos button in the upper right of the screen.

    • Enter the URL, title, and description of your video.

    • Click Add Link.

  • Click the blue All Entries button to confirm that your submission is visible.

 
 

Judging Information

  • Up to 15 points for design of a new component that improves the functionality of a robot and solves an existing issue

  • Up to 15 points for a design that is efficient, simple, and elegant

  • Up to 15 points for design work that shows proficiency using Fusion, Inventor, or Tinkercad

  • Up to 15 points for clear identification of the software version used, and description of the features used during design

  • Up to 15 points for a conclusion that describes what was learned during the project, and how that learning will be helpful in the future

  • Up to 15 points for the quality and detail of the CAD dataset and/or 3D printing files

  • Up to 15 points for the quality and readability of the writing, including spelling, grammar, and sentence structure

  • Up to 15 points for the quality and thoroughness of images used to document the project

Deadline Information

Current time:
Sun, Dec 5, 2021 5:14 PM CST

Opens:

Fri, Oct 15, 2021 6:00 AM CDT

Closes:

Tue, Jan 18, 2022 11:59 PM CST