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Make It Real CAD Engineering Challenge Sponsored by Autodesk ®

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!





Make It Real CAD ****work in progress***

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Project U hinge


     The “U” hinge will be comprised of spun and pressed steel or it will be made of a Aluminum. The overall size of the hinge will be 3x3 with three holes to put screws and bolts into on all sides. The hinge will come in two different designs, 90 degree side or a rounded edge. The hinge will be thin enough to be fit in between metal or aluminum bars and will be strong enough to survive the constant and fast movements of the robots motors,...

Improved VEX Universal Joint

Improved VEX Universal Joint

By 8110R "The Knights"

Why it was made:

This part was created with the goal of improving the transfer of axle power up to or beyond the current range of standard VEX universal joints. The regular VEX joints draw the most inspiration from standard universal joints. While this does allow for the transfer of axle power with non-parallel shafts, there is a small range of motion at which this can be accomplished. Anything close to or past 90°...

The Chainhook


Why did we make this?

We designed the Chainhook to attach HS Chain to the robot directly, something that was previously not possible. Originally, someone could not do this, having to resort to only using the part to transport rotational energy across long distances. While that is very useful, we believed that chain could be used for a little more. To attach a chain to a robot directly, the only existing method of doing so was extremely messy and difficult to build. So we designed the Chainhook, elegantly and efficiently allowing chain to directly connect to a...

Quick Release Pneumatic tank holder / Universal...


Quick Release Pneumatic tank holder / Universal easy mount

Software used: Autodesk Inventor Professional 2018, Student

(64-bit Build: 112, Release: 2018 - Thu 02/16/2017)  


Why did we design this part:

After the release of 2018-2019 VRC Game, Turning Point, we utilized 4 inch Omni wheels. These wheels provide great turning ability, however, this caused our robot to easily move horizontally making us susceptible to getting pushed off the platform. We...


The Fs Part.


I'm designing and modeling our f tool that help us to put the f inside the hubs that pushes the hubs from the inside all the way to the scoring zone.

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The Fork Part.


What the fork part does is that it has pronges that fall inside the hubs to be able to pull and push them from the inside and place them on the blue scoring zone.

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Hinge Bracket

For the Make It Real Challenge 2018, our team wanted a part that would help with our folding claw. It folds down on hinges and rests on two standoffs underneath to maintain the correct height to pick up the caps. This is sometimes inconsistent though as the standoffs may become bent or loose. We also wanted a smaller and more compact way of keeping the hinges at a constant level.

The Hinge Holder is made to be attached to the back of the hinge and can be bolted on. It is flush with the back and the bottom is held up to a certain angle. We made a 90...