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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!


Helical Gear Set



Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for the teeth of VEX spur gears to break under high loads. Even the high strength gears have been known to crack under pressure.

With our new gear set, teams will be able to build gearboxes that can handle heavier loads than ever before. Our new gear set contains helical gears. Helical gears have slanted teeth.

This key feature gives helical gears many advantages over spur gears:

  • helical gears have higher torque capacity than spur gears

  • helical gears...


Radial Plate


The part that i have created is a "Radial Plate" which is similar to a flat vex plate but is in the shape of a cylinder. If you would like more information please check the Challenge Report below. 

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The Wire Clip


3018V VEXcalibur's CAD Challenge 2016 - The Wire Clip

Have you ever had trouble wiring your robot? Well fear not, because with the Wire Clip, it will make your life much easier. 

We decided to try this challenge and immediately started brainstorming ideas. We wanted a product that was simple to make, but was very...

VEX Mounting Cube


VEX Robotics “Mounting Cube”

Introductory Statement

Creating the bases and elements with VEX robotics pieces proves to be a more challenging issue as the teams are creating their designs with upmost accuracy and precision. Frequently, teams find various elements of their design don’t evenly or accurately line up as they’re constructing their robot.                                            ...




I am Cole Celeste representative or Vex IQ team Titanium at Hyde Park m.s. For this year's challenge my team decided to do the Make It Real CAD Engineering Challenge, Sponsored by Autodesk ® We were inspired to do this challenge by something that happened one day in class. While we were building we decided that by having one control for both motors to the wheels we could move easier, but when we look for a Y-Cable we only found them for Vex. So, we decided it was time for Vex IQ to have one!

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Power Splitter for "Y" Cable

The piece I created would be useful for many different projects. The piece provides the same amount of power to each cable as it would to one cable. What issue I see it would fix is that when one would use a “Y” splitter cable you would only get half the power (amps) to each cable. This design would fix that.

    The components are as followed: three external cables, one battery connector, one internal power splitter for the battery. This last component still needs figuring out but most likely we would use an analog amplifier or something to that...

Remote LCD screen


Team 7983G’s entry for the Make It Real online challenge is a remote LCD screen. The remote LCD screen solves many problems we have noticed with the current LCD screen. The problem is in general during the match the LCD screen is not easily accessible. This led to the creation of our remote LCD screen that would plug into the programming port of the remote. The LCD screen will fit in the space where the VEX logo is currently placed on the remote. The LCD is smaller than the original, but the screen itself is larger and there is one more line available to include more text or...


Chassis Rails Supports


NYIT has been competing in the VEX U college division for the last 5 years with our accomplishments being largely aided by advancements in technology.  Amongst these major developments include improvements in computer-aided design technologies.  Using Autodesk Inventor, our team has designed many parts for the VEX competitions.  NYIT's career being a part of VEX has been a great experience for all of our students as well as our school.

This past year we attended the 2014-2015 VEX World Competition held in Louisville, Kentucky.  We finished 16th in the...


3D Printed Flywheel




When the 2015-2016 Nothing but Net game was revealed, the team instantly began working on countless prototypes. In our sessions during the summer, we built many different shooters such as catapults, double flywheels, and single flywheels.  Then we thought, how could we improve our prototypes?  How can we create a flywheel that provides us a higher...