Autodesk is dedicated to preparing the next generation of tinkerers, makers, designers, and engineers to lead in the future of work. Their technologies allow students to turn ideas and innovations into reality. Have you ever wanted to design and make a new part for a robot that improves its functionality or overcomes an existing problem? Entries for this challenge will use Autodesk 3D design software to conceptualize and model a new robot component.
Choose a robot (VEX, FIRST, BEST, or any other robot you like that performs an interesting task), and design a new part for it that adds new functionality and solves a real-world design issue. To help you succeed, access to Autodesk® Fusion 360™, Autodesk® Inventor®, or Tinkercad™ is available at no charge to students. All are easy to learn through lessons and videos available in the Autodesk Design Academy. Note that parts you create in this challenge may be used in the VEX U competition, but not in VRC.
Enter by January 18, 2022
Teams must be part of a registered VRC or VEX U team for the current season.
1st: $500 VEX Robotics gift certificate and automatic team qualification for this season's VEX Robotics World Championship
4 Finalists: $100 VEX Robotics gift certificate
Finalists and winners will be selected at each of the following programs and grade ranges, for a total of three (3) prize packages:
Design and create a new robot component! 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. Note that a 3D printed part created for this online challenge may be used in the VEX U competition, but not in VRC.
To help you succeed, access to Autodesk software is available at no charge to students. 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. The future is yours to design, and we can’t wait to see how you change the world!
Things to keep in mind for a successful submission:
A submission must meet these minimum requirements in order to be judged.