Robotics Education & Competition Foundation
Online Challenges

Make It Real CAD Engineering Challenge, Sponsored by Autodesk ®


First Prize in overall challenge (Worlds Qualification), and Top Winner for VEX U category:

  • Team EFR Engineering Freaks from Toa Baja, Puerto Rico with “The VEX Two-Speed Transmission”

Second Prize in overall challenge, and Top Winner for VRC High School category:

  • Team 86868 THE RESISTANCE from Santa Clara, CA with “The Standoff Slide Truck”

Third Prize in overall challenge, and Top Winner for VRC Middle School category:

  • Team 9364D Iron Eagles from Brentwood, TN with “VEX License Plate Holster”

Winner of Bonus Prize (quadcopter) in the “Make” category

  • Team AURA Auckland University Robotics from Auckland, New Zealand with “AURA: Motor Attachment Blocks”

Congratulations everyone!!! Your entries these season were absolutely amazing, and you should be very proud of your work. We hope to see ALL of you entering again next season, and wish you the very best of luck and skill!

Don’t forget: All participants with eligible entries will be rewarded with a certificate for your portfolio and membership points in the Autodesk Education Expert Network, which allows you to showcase your work with industry professionals, among other benefits.


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™ or Autodesk® Inventor® 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!



GMS Gears of Glory

We are a team from Downey striving to go to the VEX World Championships and have fun and compete. We got into states last year but was barely short of making it to the VEX World Championship. Just being in the VEX World Championship would b e the biggest accomplishment.

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spiral gear

We would make a gear that is shaped like a corkscrew.

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Nyloc Standoff


This basic part would have the same structural advantages as a regular standoff but with locking end this part could easily be interchangeable with current vex standoffs and would offer a wider veriety of use for this sort of component. This new standoff could come in your same basic lengths including your .5'',1'',1.5'',2'',2.5'',3'',4'',5'', and 6'' measurments. One could also offer a 9" and a 12" standoff in this form for another part for students to utilize. This standoff would be the same width as...

Corner C-Channel

Vex Corner C-Channel

By Team 8110R "The Knights"

Vex Corner C-Channel

By Team 8110R "The Knights"


Why Was It Created?

The reason for the creation of this part was to solve the issue of having to create right angles with the C-Channels for the frame and structure of robots. If your bot...


Planetary Gear


I am going to design a planetary gear which can be use on its own for gear reduction, or in use with other parts to make a sort of tranmission.

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Epicyclic Gear Box Set/Kit For VEX Lifts


Throughout Team 22283A's years in robotics, we always came across the problem where we run out of spaces for gears to make a high torque four bar lift, six bar lift, scissor lift, etc. Because of this problem, we decided to create a gearbox that increases torque by adding more "chains" of the gearbox in front of the next. Our project is a 3D printed epicyclic gear kit/set which incorporates an epicyclic gear box that can be continuously added on to increase the torque of a system;the more epicyclic gear chains added, the greater the torque. Unlike a...