Autodesk Inventor® Digital Prototyping Challenge
Using Autodesk Inventor, design a VEX robot that performs a task falling under one or more of the following categories: industry, science, exploration, medicine, or law enforcement.
- 1st: Autodesk Inventor® Digital Prototyping Challenge Award, $750 vexrobotics.com gift certificate and automatic team qualification for the 2012 VRC World Championship (if part of a registered VRC team), PLUS Autodesk is providing an Autodesk backpack, Inventor book, and a $150 Amazon Gift Card
- 2nd: $500 verobotics.com gift certificate, PLUS Autodesk is providing an Inventor book and a $100 Amazon Gift Card
- 3rd: $250 vexrobotics.com gift certificate, PLUS Autodesk is providing an Inventor book and a $50 Amazon Gift Card
- This contest is open to students anywhere in the world currently registered in an education institution at the middle school, high school or college/university level, or to home school students younger than college/university level.
- Write a description, no more than 500 words long. This should:
- Explain the purpose of your VEX robot, what it does, how it works and how its function would make it useful
- Document the design process from the beginning of the project to your final design in Autodesk Inventor, and explain what features of Autodesk Inventor were most helpful in the process
- Document the design process using three or four images of drawings that show your progress from storyboard progression to finished design, using PNG, JPEG, GIF, or PDF files.
- Additional Inventor images should include the following:
- Completed Design - Four Autodesk Inventor images (Front, Back, Side and Top views)
- Assemblies - Three or four Isometric Autodesk Inventor images that illustrate the key assemblies making up your finished robot design
- Part Documentation - Three or four Autodesk Inventor images that illustrate the progression of a key significant part of your robot and how you built from sketch to the completed part
- Produce a YouTube video up to 60 seconds long showing the Autodesk Inventor design/construction of the robot. This could be an animated presentation (such as in Autodesk Inventor Studio) or it could be still shots with narration, captions, or some other means of infrming the viewer about the design. Provide a link to this video as part of your submission.
- OPTIONAL: Build a VEX robot accomplishing the designed function to help show judges and address any concerns that the design is not "realistic or doable", but this is not required to be a finalist. This would be submitted as a second YouTube video, not loner than 60 seconds long.
- The Finalists will submit their actual Inventor files to a special site for the final round of judging -- the link will be found on this page at a later date.
- Designs submitted in previous Online Challenges are not eligible for submission this year.
- 25 Points: Robot design: Is the design efficient, simple, and elegant? To what degree does the robot meet the requirement of being useful in industry, science, exploration, medicine, or law enforcement?
- 25 Points: Does work show a high level of knowledge and skill using Autodesk Inventor? Excellence in use of Autodesk Inventor is a key criterion of the submitted design.
- 10 Points: Brainstorming and Design Process Documentation: Do the Autodesk Inventor renderings do a good job of presenting the design?
- 10 Points: Written description of the robot: Judged on clarity, thoroughness and design process
- 10 Points: Overview images: Quality of the isometric images of the front, back, side and top of robot
- 10 Points: Assemblies: Images that illustrate the key assemblies making up your finished robot design
- 10 Points: Part Documentation: images that illustrate the Inventor progression of a key significant part of your robot and how you built from sketch to the completed part