Make It Real CAD Engineering Challenge

In this challenge, participants will use Autodesk 3D design software 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. 

2017 overall winner: The VEX Two-Speed Transmission



Complete details on requirements and eligibility

  • One 1st prize: Make It Real CAD Engineering Challenge Sponsored by Autodesk Award, a desktop 3D printer, a $750 gift certificate, and automatic team qualification for this season's VEX Robotics World Championship if the entrant is part of a registered VIQC, VRC, or VEX U team.
  • One 2nd prize: A desktop 3D printer and a $500 gift certificate.
  • One 3nd prize: A desktop 3D printer and a $250 gift certificate.
  • One 4th prize: A desktop 3D printer and a $150 gift certificate.

Additionally, one “bonus prize” will be awarded to the best entry that uses a 3D printer.

  • Bonus prize: A drone quadcopter.

Helpful material:

​Watch these tutorials to learn how to create custom parts.

Using Tinkercad

Using Fusion 360

Moving from Inventor to Fusion 360

Using Inventor 

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Download software

Students, educators and mentors have access to free Autodesk software. Learn more here.

Ready to submit?

All entries must be submitted here before January 10, 2018.

Check out some of the great submissions from past challenges.