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, 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.

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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 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!

Winners

The Advanced Linear Motion Kit

Engineeringfreaks

Introduction

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

6135W

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

TechCats

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

TechCats

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

9364-IronEagles

     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

Roborunners1313A

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

imagallanes20@damien-hs.edu

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...


 

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