Design your most competitive robot
Autodesk design tools help you imagine, design, and create the world around you. Use them to build and test your robot designs virtually before making your first part. Catch errors early to save critical time during the competition season.
Autodesk provides educational licenses for free* software to qualified educational institutions associated with FIRST Robotics. To request free software for your organization, sign in or create an account for the Autodesk Academic Resource Center.
Design and share your electronics projects online.
3D modeling software for games, film, and video content.
3D modeling software for architects, designers, and civil engineers.
Concrete design and detailing software.
3D modeling software for steel detailing.
Automotive design, styling, and technical surfacing software.
Industrial design tools for conceptual design and surface modeling.
CAD design, drafting, modeling, drawing, and engineering software.
CAD design, drafting, modeling, and engineering software for the Mac.
The version of AutoCAD for architects.
Software for civil engineering design, analysis, and simulation.
AutoCAD software to design and document electrical controls systems.
Model-based mapping software providing access to CAD and GIS data.
Design and drafting software for automating mechanical CAD tasks.
Drafting/documenting tools for mechanical, electrical, and plumbing.
AutoCAD software to design, model, and document process plants.
Raster image editing and raster-to-vector conversion tools.
Photorealistic and high-resolution image and panorama production.
Access and explore models online or offline.
Track project activities and collaborate on-site.
Create customized, rigged, and ready-to-animate 3D characters.
Explore measurement concepts with interactive tools.
Explore the principles of design.
Sustainable building design analysis software.
Wind-tunnel simulation software for airflow studies.
Conceptualize early building design concepts digitally.
Integrated tool for collaborative product development.
Create Hollywood-style visual effects.
Web-based energy analysis service.
The CAM solution for SolidWorks.
3D conceptual design software to communicate design proposals.
View early concepts and alternatives from your iPad.
Integrated CAD/CAM solution to rapidly generate CNC machining toolpaths.
3D mechanical CAD, visualization, and documentation software.
Software for creating 2D and 3D technical documentation.
Innovative tools for 3D modeling, animation, effects, and rendering.
A 3D animation tool for indie and mobile game developers.
Create and collaborate on mechanical design mockups in real time.
3D character animation software for virtual production.
3D digital sculpting and texture painting software.
Project review software for coordination, analysis, and communication.
Create, export, or import coordinate data for construction field layout.
Reality capture software and services for 3D documentation.
Visualize and organize reality capture data in a powerful preparation environment.
BIM tools for architectural design, MEP, and structural engineering.
Architectural design and documentation software for BIM.
MEP design and documentation for BIM.
Structural design and documentation software for BIM.
Structural analysis for large, complex structures.
Rendering software for 3D design.
Fluid flow and thermal simulation tools.
Create lighter, stronger, safer, and more efficient composite designs.
Get rapid, detailed information on the behavior of composite materials.
Fast, accurate, and flexible mechanical simulation tools.
Plastic injection molding simulation software.
Professional video editing and effects software for Mac.
3D character animation and visual effects software.
Faster design reporting and more accurate data for bridge design.
Solve puzzles and create 3D contraptions on your iPhone.
Create CAD models for industrial design/engineering.
Evaluate vehicle movements on transportation or site design projects.
Use a library of VEX IQ parts to snap your robot parts together.
Photorealistic 3D design rendering software.
Built by Design video series
Check out our video training series created for FIRST students by FIRST students to learn how to effectively use Inventor Professional software and other tools to design your FRC robot.
Build a better robot video series
In this webinar series, Phil Dollan offers the FIRST Robotic team tips for designing a better robot with Autodesk solutions, including Inventor, Inventor Publisher, ForceEffect, and ForceEffect Motion software. Watch videos on YouTube.
Digital STEAM study packets
Autodesk Digital STEAM is a free resource focused on teaching students how to use the design thinking process. Projects are arranged by software, difficulty, time, and subject to help find a project appropriate for your needs. Get started now.
FIRST Robotics webinar series
The FIRST Robotics webinar series offers student resources and design education. Both mentors and students can benefit from the series. Learn more.