CAD Engineering Challenge

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Make It Real CAD Engineering Challenge

Do you want to design and make something unique that sets you apart from your peers? For those in competitive robotics, have you ever wanted a particular component for your robot that was not included in the kit of parts? This challenge is for you!
Learn to design and 3D print a custom robotics part in the “Make it Real CAD Engineering Challenge” sponsored by Autodesk®. Before you begin, please read the Challenge Brief here for complete details including eligibility, requirements, prizes and deadlines.
In this challenge, you will use the same Autodesk 3D design software used by professionals to create your new part. As a result, you can sharpen or learn new skills, show off your talent, and build a portfolio that will give you an edge over peers when applying to universities or jobs. All participants with eligible entries will be rewarded with a certificate, membership points in the Autodesk Student Expert program, and the chance to win cool prizes!

How to get started:

  1. Review the Make it Real CAD Engineering Challenge Brief here.
  2. Download the software for free* from the Autodesk Education Community:
    Download Autodesk® Inventor® Professional here.
    Download Autodesk® Fusion 360™ Ultimate here.
  3. If you are new to Inventor or Fusion, view our product how-to videos to get up to speed quickly:
    Get video training in Inventor here.
    Get video training in Fusion 360 here.
  4. Choose one or more of the sections below to view learning content and tutorials on how to use the software to create custom parts.
    Parametric Modeling – If you use Inventor, this is an ideal example project. Create a custom battery pack holder using Inventor’s parametric modeling features. Apply the skills learned here to create your own custom part design.
    Direct Modeling – If you use Inventor and would like to explore Fusion, this is an ideal example project showing how to import an Inventor model into Fusion for modification. Improve the battery pack holder functionality using the direct modeling capabilities in Fusion360 and then 3D print your design.
    Free Form Modeling – If you use Fusion or would like to explore its T-spline and sculpt workflow, this is an ideal example project. Design and 3D print a new wheel with tread using the free form design capabilities in Fusion360. Learn about collaboration features in Fusion360 and 3D printing.
  5. Get creative and design your own custom robot part.
  6. Submit your entry on the REC Foundation Online Challenge web page when entries open on September 16, 2015.
*Free Autodesk software and/or cloud-based services are subject to acceptance of and compliance with the terms and conditions of the software license agreement or terms of service that accompany such software or cloud-based services.  Software and cloud-based services provided without charge to Education Community members may be used solely for purposes directly related to learning, teaching, training, research or development and shall not be used for commercial, professional or any other for-profit purposes.


Design and/or 3D print a new part for your robot that will improve its functionality or correct a known issue. Students are encouraged to apply their creativity and experience in robotics to develop innovative solutions.

Deadline: January 13, 2016

Important links

Challenge Brief with Requirements
Autodesk Inventor download
Autodesk Fusion 360 download
Beginner videos for Inventor
Beginner videos for Fusion
REC Foundation Online Challenge

Submit your entry

Visit the 2016 REC Foundation Online Challenges page to submit your entry. The challenge opens on September 16, 2015. Prepare today!

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