Robotics Education & Competition Foundation
Online Challenges

Make It Real CAD Engineering Challenge, Sponsored by Autodesk ®

CONGRATULATIONS WINNERS FOR THIS SEASON’S CHALLENGE:

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.

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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!

Finalists

Talking the Torque

FAHS_Robotics

We have designed a Continuously Variable Transmittor unit that can alternate between a 1:4 and 4:1 gear ratio, with every possible ratio in between. This unit means we can achieve a maximum torque ratio, but allows us to smoothly and quickly change to a high speed ratio, without the need for extra motors. 

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Hanging mechanism

14610893@utgz.edu.mx

In this project was realized a piece in 3D which aims to achieve the objective High Hanging.
Designer Arturo Aguilar Santes 

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Rotating Ratchet CAD Design

minguyen

Made using Autodesk Inventor Professional 2016 -- Student Version .

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Laser sight

Paul

We have designed a way of sighting up where the robot is pointing at the start of a match, this helps in setting up the robot for autonomous at the start of a match. The design is a laser marker, which eventually develloped into a twin beam marker so a precise locaiton on the field could be marked.

Entry by Jonathan Reading of 6023S

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Hudson Bearing

cnmance

One of the greatest problems faced by the prevalent design of Starstruck, the clawbot, is the fact the robot is extremely prone to tipping. This can be combatted through clever building and placement of weight so as to manipulate the robot’s center of gravity, but such a robot will often require incredibly precise and careful driving, which is another problem a driver must consider while trying to score as fast as possible. Another way to prevent tipping is an anti-tip mechanism, but these will often drag on the ground, adding friction to the drive. In a year where robots are...


The Lock by 4073G VexJets

sdnr314@gmail.com

This is a lock built to keep fold- out pieces of a robot or one-way functions of a robot stable and locked. It was built using Autodesk Inventor 2015 and 3D printed for testing,which was successful.

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AURA: Motor Attachment Blocks

Jij

AURA's entry to the Make It Real CAD Engineering Challenge: Motor Attachment Blocks.

AURA decided to use Autodesk Inventor Professional 2017 to tackle one of the most basic but frustrating issues talked about by teams when building VEX robots – attaching motors such that they can be easily removed without the hassle of dismantling other parts just to reach the motor.

Please read the report for full information about our design, why we created these, and how.

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DYNAMIC FRACTIONAL GEAR

gankutsuoucid@gmail.com

DYNAMIC FRACTIONAL GEAR IS AN EASY SOLUTION TO IMPLEMENT ROBOTS VEX TO LAUNCH OBJECTS LONG DISTANCE. IT IS AN ELEMENT THAT HELPS SUBSTITUTE THE CAM.

 

PLEASE SEE ATTACHED DOCUMENT FOR FULL WRITE UP.

 

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3rd

VEX License Plate Holster

PROTON

Team 9364D - Brentwood Academy (Brentwood, TN)

MIDDLE SCHOOL DIVISION

VEX LICENSE PLATE HOLSTER


The Challenge

One of the challenges that many teams have struggled with is attaching and changing license plates quickly and efficiency. My dad has been running inspection at a few of our tournaments and noticed that teams were frequently misplacing their plates, showing up at inspection with plates unattached, or unsure of how to attach plates to their robots. My Brentwood Academy...