Robotics Education & Competition Foundation
Online Challenges

Make It Real CAD Engineering Challenge Sponsored by Autodesk ®


First Prize in overall challenge, and Top Winner in College/University category:

Second Prize in overall challenge, and Top Winner for High School category:

Third Prize in overall challenge, and Top Winner for Middle School category:

Fourth Prize in overall challenge, and Top Winner for Elementary School category:

Each of the above winners earns an invitation to VEX Worlds 2018 if part of a registered VIQC, VRC, or VEX U team.

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 or VIQC.

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™, Autodesk® Inventor®, or Tinkercad™ 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.

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!


The Advanced Linear Motion Kit



Do you think your linear mechanisms run smoothly? It’s space efficient? How about virtually zero friction? Well, think again. Engineering Freaks proudly presents: The Advanced Linear Motion Kit.

The linear motion kit offers superior parts for all your linear motion mechanisms, providing very low friction, ultra-light weight, and easy assembly design.

For more information, check out the full PDF report below!

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Shock Absorber


This is the Autodesk CAD Challenge Entry by Central Hardin Robotics Team 6135W. The report for our entry is listed as a word document in our files.

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Better Motors


Our team saw that the motor might be able to be smaller. We were going to see if the motor could be smaller but mantain the same power

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L Pice


Our team came up with this idea because we were looking for a simple way to make a cornor without blocking any holes.

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9364X: VEX Adjustable Tension Tether


     The VEX Adjustable Tension Tether is a multifunctional system designed to replace typical rubber bands by increasing durability, being more reliable during competition, and lasting longer than standard rubber bands in order to enhance the torque and speed robot mechanisms.

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Amazing Multitask Piece


Hello my name is Jack Schopp and I am a 5th grader on the Roborunners team 1313A.  I have been in VEX IQ for 3 years now.  I have enjoyed designing, building, and testing my ideas through TinkerCad and SnapCad for the past 2 years. I have been the lead builder on my robotics team for the past 2 years as well.  I have sometimes found it difficult to create a strong vertical support for my robot base.  One that is strong enough to support the robot and any arm attachments to the robot.  I have often thought it would be great if VEX IQ could make a piece that I...

Wire Tubing


The part was created by Issac Magallanes, from the team 6526E of La Verne, California.  The part was a type of tubing in which it can be attached and tightly fastened to the c-channel so that the wires can move freely throughout the tubing and still be organized and have the connections available to switch.  The functionality of this part was improved upon the ideal situation to give free wires the slack to move along the robot but not be in the way of moving parts and gears.  This tubing would very efficiently improve wiring for many teams with limited...


Make in Progress


Currently engineering models

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VEX Helical Gears


Helical Gears

By 8110R "The Knights"

Why it was made:

The reasoning behind the creation of these helical gears was the need for easily transferring axle power 90°. While there are some ways of doing this already through either a complex series of gears or a few universal joints, using the helical gears would save a lot of resources and space. A new gear that can cut down greatly on space is extremely useful for vex teams by helping them keep their robot small and also by...


New Vex Controller


A redesign of the Vex Controller with the same internals, but lighter, sleeker, easier to use. 

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Stable and self tight

When we move our houses, we need to pack our things. But first, if you are going to live in a high floor, when you need to get those packages to that floor. In Korea, there is a aerial ladder truck. And in that aerial ladder truck, there is  a outrigger. It places the ladder truck so that it doesn't move when it's lifting. This is what I have though about. To use it on the vex robots. When it is lifting or placing a cone, it will place it on the ground so that it can stand from any distractions. For the self tight, sometimes, the bolts tend to get loose. So when it...

Make It Real CAD Engineering Challenge


Make it Real CAD Engineering Challenge           


          When completing this challenge, our group had to make a decision that would decide which part we created. It was a tremendous choice between many good ideas. When we finally found a part that was effective and solved a problem that we were having as a team with our robot, we went to work. Our part is shaped as a large “X”, with holes evenly placed across each leg of the...

Vex IQ Extraction Driver


Problem Statement

While working with Vex IQ Robots we always struggle with detaching various connectors from the beams. Gears etc. Often time we our hurting our fingers, our thumbs while disconnecting connectors.

We have often also found ourselves in a situation where we are not able to eject/detach the battery from the brain.

We have a Vex IQ battery back, which uses AA battery, and often the back lid is stuck, and it’s a pain to get the back lid, and then the batteries from the VEX IQ battery pack.

Following are main...


New Easy Field Assembly Design 4154A


After coming up with thoughts, we came up with making a clip that would help attach to parts of the field and would still be as sturdy. We used tinkercad for making this 3D field.


How it works:

Instead of having to screw the field together, which takes for ever and is a huge pain, we thought why not use clips to put the field together. These clips are 3D printed onto a piece of plastic, they can either be glued onto the field pieces or drilled through and screwed on. We haven't come up with a way to do the corners of the field but we...


the big battery holder


this part allows the big blue battery to stay in place and prevents it from falling during movement. Instead of using zip ties that are then cut when replacing the battery. i believe this would help reduce tge need for zip ties being wasted and wasting plastic.

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Battery holder


This piece allows the battery to be held in place without the need to use zip ties.


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Shift Trapezoid


     The shift trapezoid is a new piece to help with the problem of spacing. In Vex there are 2 wide c-channels that have holes that make it so you can put axles half a space over. All of the other sized c-channels, 3 wide and 5 wide, only have the holes at 0.32 inch intervals. The shift trapezoid makes it to where you can have a stand off, shaft, or screw between the normal holes. In this year’s competition every inch counts with having to squeeze a mobile goal lift and a vertical lift to get cones into an 18”x18”x18” space.


Vex Gear (918D)


VEX Gear:

When we started the VEX Robotics Competition, one of the first problems we had with out robot was that we didn't have a gear that would be able to hold together all of the robot with just one of this gear. Therefore, we have designed a new VEX part that solves this issue. The intent of the spikes attached to the main body is to allow a axle to connect through a small hole at the tip, which would allow for maximum tension. There would be 3 of these spikes, in order to have more space for more parts to be connected. Since the tension is high, the robot would be held...



The IMB Presented by PUJ1

Simple and useful.

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Vertical Hinge


Our team used hinges and we had to use extra peices to secure it, so we came up with the idea for a vertical hinge.A verical hinge would be useful for many things. It would hold onto certain parts beter than a normal hinge. It would also be able to attach to another vertical style peice withou ends haning of akwardly.

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Multi battery holder


It a battery hollder that can hold multiple batteries


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