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!



7110X Fired Up!

In our online challenge, we chose to create our own part for our robot. A problem we had in the construction of our robot was our wheels. Our initial design had two motored wheels in the middle and had wheels in the corner similar to a normal drive train. This made our final drive train have 6 total wheels. This allowed our robot to be able to make a complete 360 degree turn. This did not end up working because the center wheel was too small compared to the gripped wheels on the outside, so the middle wheel that had the motor would spin in place a few rotations before starting. This would...


Motor Pin Protecter

4768 A-J Make It Real CAD Engineering Challenge, Sponsored by Autodesk by Joel Ward and John Siy


For this years online challenge we have decided to develop a 3-d printed pin clip that is low cost and would save time and effort in a team’s yearly build. This part and it’s design would protect motor and sensor pins from bending and breaking. One variation is a sleeve that goes over a motor and motor controller connection.


We believe that motor pins breaking are one of the most...

Make it Real CAD Engineering Challenge: Team 7110F



     This hook part was essential to our robot at one of its features consisted of hanging from the hanging pole and achieving a high hang. Before this part was designed our team used 4 90 degree gussets which were bent in to fit into the hole this solution was creative but also wasted perfectly good gussets and was heavy as we needed many standoffs to make it rigid enough to support the weight of the robot. The designed hook was made of plastic and was one piece which makes it simpler to install and much, much,...


Shaved Gears

The Gear was designed for Piston Shooters. The reason was to supply the team with the availability of this gear they will have a shaved gear for piston shooters. There is no need to shave this gear unless you want a less pointy Teeth for the gear.

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Kaizen 4305A New Motor System


Are team has come up with a hole new body and housing for motors for easy fixes and changes. See full description in video and documents.

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High Strength Strength Axel Bar Lock 1460Z


    We created this part after realizing that having a high torque arm/lift is not very benafitial when the drive shafts bend and twist so easely, and when you use a High Strength axel, it's not very efficient to fasten the arm to it in any way. So what we did is design a drive shaft lock bar, for high strength axels using Autodesk Inventor.
    This part would be used that the previous drive shaft bar lock, only for high strength axels. You would get your metal with a good sized hole in it (for the axel to go through) and then you would fasten the...

Wire Rails, the colorful way to organize your...


Wire rails are a cylindrical tube that uses prongs that are easily attachable and detachable. Absolutly no screws required. The wire rails are bendable and translucent tube that has a special suprise. The tube has a rgb light strip to personailize your robot with a colorful light show. They are an effective and protective solution to the organization of wires.

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6135H CAD Challenge Entry

This is team 6135H's entry for the Make It Real CAD Engineering Challenge. It is a battery holder for the VEX 7.2V Robot Battery (3000mAh). We got the idea for this part when the drive began stalling because the standard VEX battery clips were dragging on the ground. This battery holder should be more discrete and space efficient. It is a rubber strap with two holes in the center to allow it to be screwed to a c-channel. On one end of the strap is a hard plastic peg and on the other is a hole. The peg snaps into the hole to hold the battery in place. This part was made in Autodesk...


VEX 3D parts design


We are trying to use autodesk inventor to create new parts for VEX.

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