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!


3D design using inventor


a piece of hardware which could use high strengh shaft.

We are middle school students, and not allowed to use drill.

our teacher Lisa has to do it for us. But since she is a lady, and we want to figure our a better way. So we designed this connector.

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3D design for VEX


We have designed a lot of 3D printed parts. Trying to figure out which is suitable for competition.

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Double barrel setup phnumatic resivours holder


I made this holder for a double chamber setup for pneumatics. We have a double chamber and are not setting it anywhere safely I made this and Have made it to the correct dimensions. 
This will fit onto the C- channels that we wish to mount them on.


Thank you for considering us.

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Adjustable Slipgear

The purpose of my gear is to provide a part with the functionality of a slipgear (i.e. a gear use with an incomplete set of teeth causing it to no longer turn or be manipulated by another gear using its teeth ). This issue is that students craft such a slipgear by shaving off teeth on vex EDR gears but ruin the gear for any other purpose for any other function or other robot. With my design, you can remove and replace teeth on the gear to find the exact number of teeth needed and in turn ruin no gears.  


For example, many robots in this season’s VEX...

Linear Motion Gear Attachment


Our team came up with a simple solution to a missing type of VEX piece. We wanted to make a powered linear motion that wasn't as slow as and bulky as the pneumatics system. We created a simple yoke like gear attachment that would be used to convert the rotary motion of the gears to linear piston-like motion.

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C-Channel 1x5x1x25 bent at 90°


We designed a C-Channel 1x5x1x25 that is bent at 90° corners. This will be used for a more structurally sound robot. It also gives more angles of mounting. This part could have been used in last years competition Nothing but Net. We actually built a piece similar to this to mount our flywheel launcher. It made it possible to easily mount a piece horizontal to the base. We were only able to make this piece by using a very expensive tool that a parent mentor had at their work. However most teams will not have access to those machines and a simple bench vise with pliers would not work....

Creation of a Locking VEX Pillow Block to Serve...


Team 4001E modified the existing VEX pillow block with a 1/8th in. square shaft insert. This allows the pillow block to lock onto a shaft whereas the existing pillow block allows a shaft to spin freely. The modified pillow block can then be used to make a customizable hinge by connecting a normal pillow block on one plate to our modified pillow block on an adjacent plate with a 1/8th in. shaft.

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