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!

Entries

7110W CAD Part

xTapz

While working on our clawbot we were trying to place rubberbands on our claw, to do that we had to use a regular standoff a spacer and a screw so the rubber band didn't come off. Then there was also the idea of connecting parts diagonally. So one of the members of our team came up with the idea of an angled standoff, which would make doing this easier. It doesn't take up as much space as a normal standoff bc it isn't as long and at the same time we wouldn’t have to use extra parts to hold the rubber bands in place this would also help us in the future if we ever...


 

plate patent

felipebustos

Introduction

When thinking about the invention of a piece, several ideas come to facilitate the construction of a prototype, but by rephrasing this question in a broader way, taking into account other variables, and, What is the end?, Posing this question we can reach to several conclusions, such as: It must be very useful for different teams, must have a permanence in the competition and must facilitate a process, since, without this last will not serve the manufacture of this.

With these variables, the emergence of an idea...


 

Make it Real Design Challenge

472979@kernhigh.org

Team 7983W

 

90 Degree Hinge

Introduction & Explanation: We developed the 90 degree hinge in order to allow a better alternative to be used over other methods used to constrain a scoop lift to give the lift a competitive chance.This part would allow robotics team using the scoop lift to utilize this part to not only have an effective hinge mechanism for their robot, but also a hinge mechanism that takes up very little space compared to all other designs. The way this would be attached to a robot’s lift...


 

Design Challenge

matthewghilarducci@gmail.com

Team 7983W

 

90 Degree Hinge

Introduction & Explanation: We developed the 90 degree hinge in order to allow a better alternative to be used over other methods used to constrain a scoop lift to give the lift a competitive chance.This part would allow robotics team using the scoop lift to utilize this part to not only have an effective hinge mechanism for their robot, but also a hinge mechanism that takes up very little space compared to all other designs. The way this would be attached to a robot’s lift...


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