Design for Autodesk project requirements

Requirements for participation:

  1. You must be eighteen (18) years of age or older.
  2. You must be a resident of one of the following eligible countries: France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, United Kingdom, or United States.
  3. You must be (i) a student enrolled in a two (2) or four (4) year accredited college/university/vocational technical school/high school in an eligible country or (ii) a graduate student enrolled in an accredited college/university in an eligible country or (iii) an educator at a college/university/vocational technical school/high school in an eligible country.
  4. If you are a U.S. resident, total payments cannot exceed the program maximum (currently $500/student).  If you are a resident of any other eligible country (excluding the United States), then you must not have received any previous payment for the Design for Autodesk program. Please note that all U.S. participants will be required to submit a valid W-9 tax form in order to receive a reward payment.
  5. Read and sign the Services Agreement (open from the link on the Project Information window), which governs your participation in this project.
  6. The Design for Autodesk program will be available through July 1, 2016 (11:59 p.m. PDT)

Design for Autodesk guidelines:

  1. Project must be created exclusively using Autodesk Fusion 360.
  2. Project must include 15+ individually named1, unique components2.
  3. Project must include mechanical details describing the interior as well as exterior of the model.
  4. Project's components must be combined and submitted as one .f3d or one .f3z file.  Please see Tips for Exporting files from Fusion 360
  5. All individual components must be modeled by you.  You cannot import existing CAD data into your design, with the exception of components from McMaster-Carr3
  6. You must be the sole owner of the project and all materials submitted to Autodesk.  Projects sponsored or funded by third parties may not be used.  No third party (including your school or project sponsors) should have any rights to materials you submit.
  7. Projects comprised mostly of extruded rectangles (Ex. rectilinear furniture or architecture) will not be accepted.
  8. Projects must demonstrate proficiency in at least two of the following criteria:
    1. Free-Form modeling
    2. Traditional parametric, sketch-based modeling.
    3. Functional Joints that can be manipulated with a mouse to convey motion.

  1. Components and bodies must be named to be counted.  Ex: "Component1, Component2, or Body1, Body2..." will not be counted.
  2. Identical components like wheels will be counted once.  Additionally, the components within a wheel (bearing, hub, tire, air valve, etc.) will each count once.
  3. Pre-built components such as nuts, bolts, and brackets may be imported from McMaster-Carr, but multiples of the same will only be counted once.

How to submit your project and claim your reward:

  1. Ensure your design meets all of the above project requirements.

  2. Add your design to the Fusion 360 gallery marked with #education and copy the link to your project.

  3. Submit your final project deliverables on Design Academy here by clicking SIGN IN at the top right, and then clicking "Complete Project" at the top of the page.  You must include your finished model and images, as well as the link to your project in the Fusion gallery.  Please click here to learn how to properly save Fusion 360 designs for upload to Design Academy.

  4. If your design is approved, Autodesk will send detailed instructions on how to claim your reward payment. It may take up to four weeks for your model to be reviewed, and up to 6 weeks to process payment.

  5. Please add to your safe-sender list to ensure that project status updates and approvals reach you.

  6. Email with any questions.


  1. Does the project have to be an original design or can I model a preexisting item?
    Your project must be created in Fusion 360. The project can be your original, pre-existing design as long as you are the sole owner of the design and no third party (including your school) has any rights to any materials you submit. Projects sponsored or funded by third parties may not be used. You may not submit any projects that infringe on the intellectual property rights of any third party.

  2. Does the modeled assembly have to be a mechanized item?
    We prefer mechanized items, but no, your model may be something else as long as it has 15 unique pieces.

  3. I’m having trouble saving Fusion 360 designs to a local f3d or f3z file format, please help.
    Click here to learn how to save Fusion 360 designs to a local f3d or f3z file for uploading to Autodesk Design Academy.

  4. Can you provide more details on the limitations of designing my project? For example, am I able to use an academic project?
    Yes, use of an academic project is acceptable provided they have 15 unique pieces (not including components like nuts and bolts), it is modeled in Fusion 360, and as long as you are the sole owner of the design and no third party (including your school) has any rights in any materials you submit.  See question 1 for more information.

  5. Can I sign up for more than one project?
    You can complete up to two projects if you reside in the United States. If you reside in any other eligible country, you can only complete one project. Approved projects will be paid $250 if you reside in the United States, or €250 if you reside in France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, United Kingdom.

  6. How do participants from Europe get paid for projects completed?
    If you reside in an Eligible Country in Europe (as defined in the Services Agreement), Autodesk or its service provider will deliver €250 Euros via wire transfer to your bank account. You must have a bank account in your name to receive payment for your project. Your bank may charge additional fees for receiving payment in Euros and converting the payment to the local currency (if required) based on the bank’s applicable exchange rate. You are responsible for all fees charged by the bank and agree to the exchange rate provided by the bank. Autodesk is not responsible for any fees charged by the bank or any reduction in the amount paid by Autodesk due to bank charges or exchange rates. In order to receive payment, you must submit a signed invoice to Autodesk’s service provider, Adwork GmbH. After Autodesk has accepted your project, Autodesk or its service provider will send you an email with instructions on how to complete the invoice and submit it to Autodesk’s service provider.

  7. How do I submit the deliverables for a completed project?
    Once you complete the project, visit the Design for Autodesk home page, and click on the SIGN IN link at the top right corner to log in.  Then click on the "Complete Project" link at the top of the screen to submit your deliverables.

  8. How long does the review process take?
    Please allow up to 4 weeks after submission to be contacted with your review results.

  9. How long does it take for payments to be made?
    Please allow up to 6 weeks from approval for payment to be processed and shipped.

  10. I have feedback about Fusion 360.  How can I submit it?
    If you have a defect report, suggestion or general feedback on Fusion 360, click here

  11. When will the Design for Autodesk program end?
    The Design for Autodesk program will be available until July 1, 2016 (11:59 p.m. PDT).

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