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Transportation: more than just getting from here to there

The Hyperloop that could transport passengers at 200 miles per hour in a vacuum tube. Zero emission vehicles. Driverless cars. Bicycles that fold up and fit in your backpack. Technology and innovation have merged with the transportation industry and the future is looking incredibly exciting! Students like you are already working on new design ideas that’ll change transportation as we know it. Will you be prepared to design and make vehicles of the future a reality?
 
What about our roads and infrastructure? Is there a better way to design and build bridges and highways to maximize functionality while minimizing environmental impact? Students today are learning skills that will help build a more efficient, better functioning, sustainable society.
 
Perhaps someone will someday discover how to instantly teleport people from one place to another. Until then, we’ll be relying on you and the next generation to imagine, design, and create the transportation devices, as well as the infrastructure that’ll move us beyond simply just getting from “a” to “b”.
 
Below you will find some ideas and resources to get you started on your designs. We hope you’ll share your transportation designs in the Portfolio section of Design Academy, so we can all get a glimpse of the great new ideas that will shape our future.  
 

Challenges 

Design for Industry: Automotive
Autodesk and icons in the motoring world challenge you to design the “Race Car of the Future” using Autodesk® Fusion 360™ software.  Put your automotive skills into gear, considering aerodynamics, driver safety, aesthetics and brand identity for your design and submit your entry for a chance to win cash prizes plus a mentoring session with the industry judges.*
 
F1 in Schools
Autodesk is the Premium Global Software Partner for F1 in schools. Learn about the program and how you can get involved.
 

Learning Resources

Design a bicycle pavilion 
This project guides you through the process of designing the pavilion in a series of videos that begin with a detailed examination of the design problem such as site logistics, building orientation, weather influences, what materials to use, and environmental impact.
 
F1 in Schools racecar curriculum
These tutorials help users learn how to design, analyze, and manufacture your own F1 in Schools racecar.
 
F1 in Schools: Helmet design
Get inspired to design a concept Formula One race car helmet using Autodesk® Fusion360. 
 
Fusion 360 video training
Choose the skill level on the video training. Whether you are advanced or just a beginner, we’ve got you covered.
 
Push and pull your idea to life
Learn the basics of Fusion 360 and then try out your skills by designing a vehicle using the intuitive push and pull functionality.
 

Get inspired 

Teaching 21st century skills through F1 in Schools
Read how a teacher uses the F1 in Schools project to provide a great opportunity for their students to build skills for real jobs, and encourages them to apply what they learn in their core STEAM courses to their design work. 
 
High school students tackle the Hyperloop Pod competition
Learn about this competition for a new form of pneumatic tube transportation that would allow people to travel long distances quickly and safely and how students tackled the challenge.
 
Planes, trains, and automobiles
Check out the cool concept cars, skateboard wheels, and bicycles featured in this interesting article.
 
Designing snowboards in Fusion 360
Read how a company blurs the lines between art and science, working to push the intersection of product form and function to new heights.
 

Free software for students and educators

Autodesk Fusion 360
Explore design ideas quickly and easily with the integrated concept-to-production platform.
 
Autodesk Revit
Built for Building Information Modeling (BIM), empowering design and construction professionals to bring ideas from concept to construction with a coordinated and consistent model-based approach.
 
AutoCAD Civil 3D
Civil engineering design and documentation solution that supports Building Information Modeling workflows. 
 
InfraWorks
Quickly and easily create civil infrastructure design models with InfraWorks software. Accelerate the design process and enhance understanding of project constraints for better decisions. 
 
*Please review official rules for details.