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:
- Fábrica de Nerdes from Sao Paulo, Brazil with DUAL AXIS ROBOT JOINT
Second Prize in overall challenge, and Top Winner for High School category:
- 98807A from Wenatchee, WA with Pneumatic System Mounting
Third Prize in overall challenge, and Top Winner for Middle School category:
- 9364X from Brentwood, TN with VEX Adjustable Tension Tether
Fourth Prize in overall challenge, and Top Winner for Elementary School category:
- 1313A from Traverse City, MI with Amazing Multitask Piece
Each of the above winners earns an invitation to VEX Worlds 2018 if part of a registered VIQC, VRC, or VEX U team.
- Bonus Prize for 3D Printing: EFR from Toa Baja, Puerto Rico with The Advanced Linear Motion Kit
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!