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!


Standoff Support



With Autodesk Inventor 2016 we created the Standoff Support to help teams who use standoffs for fork intakes this year and those who will use standoffs for additional support to their robot in future years. The goal of this part is to prevent metal that long standoffs are attached to from bending.


This year we noticed many people use standoffs as a fork intake for stars and cubes, but if the standoffs get caught on the fence or the wall, the metal that it is attached to...

Motor Bearing Block

The Motor Bearing Block

By: 1575D


One recurrent issue in our building has been the placement of our bearing blocks and motors. In order to build an efficient subsystem, bearing blocks are needed in order to make the system as frictionless as possible. Due to the implications of mounting a motor on top of bearing blocks and the issues involved with building compact gear boxes, where bearing blocks don’t often fit, we took it into our own hands to develop a solution to this...

393 Motor with Modified Casing


Aloha, this is Pearl City High School Robotics' Team 4142's entry into the Make It Real CAD Engineering Challenge of 2017.  Our team has decided to create an innovated motor which will bring added stability to the attachment of motors and their axles atop robots.

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Castor Wheels Set



This design is for a VEX castor wheel which can easily be firmly attached to a robot but at the same time can spin in any direction. This is unlike the omnidirectional wheels supplied by VEX in that the wheel can pivot in any direction needed without adding extra friction.  These wheels are able to support the robot without limiting its movement around the arena.


Design Process and Functionality

Our Starstruck robot design utilizes a very large claw, which...


Tank Holder


Our university has a rich history of competing in VEX-U tournaments and doing relatively well.  From season to season, one can see the improvements and innovation for all our designs coupled with more advanced programs. We have only been able to achieve such success because we are constantly faced with high level challenges at the VEX competitions we attend, and we are able to overcome them.

In the previous game, Nothing But Net, we continued to show our prowess by placing 14th in the world in regular competition, 1st in robot skills, coupled with the Amaze Award. We aim for...

Modular Slip Gear

The 36-tooth segmented gear solves the issue of destroying a 36-tooth gear to make a slip gear with its removable segments of teeth. It also allows damaged teeth to be replaced easily. This is done by having four sides of a gear to be easily taken off with a screwdriver. To add the sides onto the gear it would require a screw and a lock nut. Throughout this year and last year, a slip gear has been a common sight. The problem with them is that when the season is over or if the design is obsolete the gear would have to be thrown away and never used again because it is made specifically for...


Rubberband Standoffs


Our university has a rich history of competing in VEX-U tournaments.  Every season, we can see improvements and innovations for all our designs. Every season, we also have more advanced programs.

For Nothing But Net, our team’s prowess was seen by us placing 14th in the world, 1st in robot skills, and we won the Amaze Award. Every year, our goal is to have a well-rounded robot that performs well in all aspects of the game. If our robot is not well-rounded, we lose critical opportunities to gain points, so we create robots that are able to tackle most of the design...

The 30 Degree Gusset


The 30-degree gusset is the most necessary VEX part. For example, students can use it to create a powerful 90-degree angle with a 30-60-90 triangle. Also, students can use it for the eccentric angles created by claws in this year's game. 

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Wheel Locks


The NYIT Bears team from the IEEE Student Branch at the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury has competed in VEX Competitions in 2012. Every season, students join and students graduate, but there is a fundamental principle amongst our members: keep the legacy alive.  By following our timeline, one can see that each generation of students is performing at a higher level of engineering excellence, and that is something we hope to continue.

In Nothing But Net, our team placed 14th in the world in regular competition, 1st in robot skills, received the Amaze Award....


Team 7700B 90 degrees screwangler.


Team 7700B CAD Challenge

Team 7700B made the 90 degrees screwangler.


The document is uploaded as .pdf

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