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!


Noah Garon 4154A Battery Protector


For this challenge I created a battery protector. Built to fit on the 7.2V Robot Battery NiMH 3000mAh, this product will help prevent battery damage. All pictures as well as the final report are attached in the document.

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Zev 4154W ~ Vex Cad Design


Zev Lerner's spacer CAD design. 

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David Farache CAD Design 4154B


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Faillace, Victor MicroCase 4154A


Victor Faillace



Have you ever been in the middle of a competition when your battery slips out from it’s plug into the microcontroller? Or with the purchase of a 250$ robot brain be scared of who holds it so it doesn’t get damaged. This invention is to now both protect accidental drops and prevent from loose battery directly to the micro controller.

The way this case works is with the flexible material it is made out of so the with the same ease of putting a phone case on your phone you will put it into the...


VEX AutoCAD Challenge



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Ball and Socket Latch

The part I created is called a ball and socket latch. I began concepts of this idea in my engineering notebook after struggling for many days on a mechanism to lock our claw inside of the 18x18x18 inch size requirements for robots in the VEX robotics competition. The ball and socket latch is designed so that you can attach each of the two pieces, the ball and the socket, to two separate faces and pop them into each other to hold them together. Under a medium amount of pressure, the two would separate and become independent of one another until they are connected back to each other...

24 tooth gear

The reason why I created this part is so there can be a gear size between a 12 tooth and 36 tooth gear. This season when my team was designing our drive base we wanted to be gear driven so both the motors we had on the drive base would equally distribute there power to both wheels, but we wanted to a little more speed then a 1:1 gear ratio but not quite as much as a 1:3 ratio. We also needed to consider the sizes of the gears so our wheels would be close to where we wanted them. A 24 tooth gear would have given us the exact spacing we would have needed.

The design intent of this...


The amazing castor socket!

As my team started brainstorming robot ideas we realized we needed an omnidirectional wheel. Although Vex already sells omnidirectional wheels their wheels need an axle which can be cumbersome. This castor ball socket will eliminate the need for an axle and will be able to carry out the functions of an omnidirectional wheel.

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Snap-On Bearing Blocks


Why was this part created?

Our snap-on bearing block part was created in order to make using axles, motors, and gears more easily.  Bearing blocks commonly lose their screws and become loose constantly, which creates problems during competitions. With this new part, bearing blocks will not have to be periodically tightened and replaced.

How will this part be used?

This part can be used to replace bearing blocks on VEX robots. The snap-on pins can be moved around or taken out of the holes as needed, such as when motors...