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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!


Caster Wheel for VEX IQ


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Team 1313A - RoboRunners (Elementary VEX IQ)

In many beginning level VEX IQ workshops and classes, we have helped kids build their first robot. An easy beginning design is the VEX IQ Speed-Bot. We made this part because when kids drive a VEX IQ Speed-Bot on carpet, or play this year’s “Next Level” IQ game, the “standoff and connector” that sticks down gets stuck on carpet or blue barriers and drives jerky. This is a problem if you want to use the Speed-bot on anything other...

Multi-Directional Collar



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As any robotics participate can attest to, the shaft collar is one of the most challenging parts to work with. Reasons vary from the fact that the set screws are often lost or broken to the fact that collars tend to fall off easily during a competition. For this reason, our team designed a new shaft collar, based off the original, in order to optimize its use in the everyday robotics and to fix the issues mentioned previously. 

Our new part would end up fixing all these...

Multi Purpose Wheel Design


First of all special thanks to my brother  to design support and hardware for this challenge.

Why this Design?
    I found an alignment error in  recent robots in university challenges.
after some mechanical research I found that the accuracy comes with higher accurate manufacturing.
    Presently, in VEX ROBOTICS normaly weight of robots is between 5 to 35 kgs.

  1.  Why you created the part?

    Because , i found an alignment error in...

Wheel Stopper


This mechanism stops the wheel from turning. It'll be useful when fighting over the top platform in Turning Point because it causes resistance. The mechanism is basically a worm gear connected to a motor that can extend out to go in  between the rim of the wheel and stop it from moving.

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Cable Anchor


In late summer of 2018, I began my first iteration robot for the VEX IQ Next Level Challenge. I made a list of parts that I needed. I thought that I remembered seeing a cable anchor for VEX IQ, but I couldn’t find it on the VEX IQ website. When my mom called to place the order, we asked VEX Support if there was such a part, and they said there was a cable anchor for EDR, but not IQ.

As my team worked through the iterations of our robot, the cables were a constant problem. The robot’s arm needed to be long in order to pick up the bonus hubs from the pegs. We needed to...

C channel sliders

The C channel sliders I have design are intended to adapt 2, 3, and 5 hole wide C channels into use as a rail for linear motion, like the current linear motion kit. I created this part as an alternative to the current linear motion kit, because I have found last year that there were many issues with friction between the track and truck, limited structural support, and other issues which caused my team's scissor lift robot to fail. This year, my team has been using the linear motion kit with ball punchers, and also has started on prototyping improved linear systems using spacers to...

V5 Mounting System


V5 Mounting System

CAD and Report by Devin Ho

3D Printing and .stl Conversions by Alan Onuma


The V5 Mounting System is an extension of the existing parts used to mount V5 Electronics. There is no way to mount the V5 Brain, Battery, Vision Sensor, and Radio in ways other than what the flanges, battery clip, or existing screw inserts allow. This means that teams must use bulky and inconvenient metal structures to mount these parts in different orientations. These parts allow teams to mount their V5...

Vex Snap-In License Plate Holder



This license plate holder was created to allow you to quickly remove and replace VEX license plates, while also providing a slim and spatially conservative holder. By providing small ridges in the sides of the holder, it allows you to snap the license plate into place much more quickly than screwing or rubber banding it onto the robot, and hold it so it will not fall out like it would if you had hung the plate over a piece of metal.

On the Robot

This part is used in a VEX robot to hold license plates in a convenient...

Licence Plate Holder


The License plate holder allows teams to store and display the license plates during a match. It also alows teams to quickly switch the plates after the match.

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Vex IQ ball bearing holder

I created a Vex IQ Ball bearing holder to allow robots to have faster more precise turns. Since Vex IQ robots turn a lot during their runs this will allow them to accomplish tasks much quicker, and more accurately. The bearing and holder act in place of a robot's two back wheels and has 2 holes at the top where it attaches to the robot by axles. I first drew a diagram of how I believed it should look. I then designed it using Tinkercad version 4.4. I designed it by merging a sphere with a rectangle then using a hole that is the right size to fit a 2 cm diameter ball bearing...