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Make It Real CAD Engineering Challenge, Sponsored by Autodesk ®

Have you ever wanted a particular 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 make it even more exciting, you will also have the option to compete for a “bonus prize” by 3D printing your custom part! Note that your 3D printed part from this online challenge may be used in the VEX U competition, but not in VRC.

As a result of this challenge, you may just uncover the path to your destined career! You can sharpen or learn new skills, show off your talent, and build a portfolio that will give you an edge over peers when applying to universities or jobs. This is especially important as employers today are looking to hire new graduates with demonstrated experience and skills.

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™ Ultimate or Autodesk® Inventor® Professional 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. You can learn more about parametric, direct, and free form modeling on the Autodesk Design Academy web page created just for this challenge.

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!

Winners



Simplified Motor Gear Check / Anti-breaking pins

Kronos2990a

A new motor case is introduced that is clear, which allows for teams to check the internal gear ratios without having to open the motor casing, which saves time and lessens the chance of screws getting stripped from constant opening and closing for the purpose of checking the ratios.  

In addition to the clear casing, the motor wire has been removed and the pins are inside the motor casing.  This prevents the pins from accidentaly snapping off, which if the pins snap off, it then renders the motor unusable.  In order to use the new motors, teams would simply use...


Motor Pin Protector

DianneH@fsusd.org

Don’t you guys hate it when those darn motor pins always break under connections. The motor pin protector solve all of your problems. This part successfully protects the pins from any damage saving you dollars and motors. The part is simply used by attaching it to the end of the pins on a motor controller.





 

To create our part we used Autodesk inventor to create our idea for the part. Autodesk Inventor helped us develop our idea with the ease of using physical models. We were able to create prototypes...


1028A's Simple Voltmeter

jman0527

We created the voltmeter in order to always know our battery voltage. Battery voltage is extremely important in this year’s challenge, as it affects how far the robot can shoot a ball across the field. For many teams, paying fifty dollars for a poorly-lit and inefficient LED that requires programming is unrealistic or undesired. The voltmeter we designed is far more affordable and user-friendly.

 

The voltmeter fits into the complete robot design because it is simple and efficient. Instead of wasting time trying to correctly measure...


 

Make it Real CAD Engineering Challenge

jahermann98@gmail.com

The design used for this challenge is a derivative of the VEX Hinge piece. The issue with the original piece was that there was no way to make the hinge rigid. This became problematic when the piece was used to hinge heavier pieces or components. The newly designed piece is different because it is made up of two pieces and a friction screw. The friction screw holding the two pieces together fix the issue that the hinge piece had. It would allow for the designer to build the component and keep it rigid at the designated angle. This would allow for better positioning and a more rigid...


Make it Real CAD Engineering Challenge

mheng1997@gmail.com

Make it Real CAD Engineering Challenge

 

The design of the part is derived from a standard vex hinge. The problem with the VEX hinge is that the VEX hinge was designed with a near frictionless rotation. Although this is not necessarily a problem since the part was designed to do that, the frictionless rotation does not allow the part to hold a specific angle to mount pieces on. For many of our applications during competition we require a part that can hold a specific angle. For example during some competitions, our design requires a cage to be created to hold the...


Make it Real CAD Engineering Challenge

jahermann98@gmail.com

The design used for this challenge is a derivative of the VEX Hinge piece. The issue with the original piece was that there was no way to make the hinge rigid. This became problematic when the piece was used to hinge heavier pieces or components. The newly designed piece is different because it is made up of two pieces and a friction screw. The friction screw holding the two pieces together fix the issue that the hinge piece had. It would allow for the designer to build the component and keep it rigid at the designated angle. This would allow for better positioning and a more rigid...


 

Double Sided Rotating Battery Clip

olatsa

This is a double sided rotated battery clip that will allow ease with batteries.  

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Advanced Angle Gussets

Miranda_Vexmen

This is my sixth year competing in Vex robotics and ever since my rookie year, I have wanted a larger variety of angle gussets. My fellow club members and teammates share this opinion. After years of frustration wondering when someone would make a part allowing me to better stabilize and connect angled joints, I realized I was someone and I could do something about it. This led to the creation of the Advanced Angle Gusset set that I have submitted for the challenge. I cannot wait until next year when I graduate from the high school division and move into Vex U so I can actually use the 3-D...


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