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FIRST Robotics

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics inspires young people to become science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting extracurricular high school robotics programs.

Video: High school robotics expert explains FIRST design strategies
Video: 7:06 min.

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.

Free software for educational institutions

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.

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3ds Max 3D modeling, animation, rendering, and compositing software

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ForceEffect Motion app

ForceEffect Motion

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Autodesk 360 Mobile app

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Inventor Professional 3D CAD software

Inventor Professional

3D mechanical CAD, visualization, and documentation software.

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Maya 3D animation, modeling, simulation, rendering, and compositing software


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Video: High school robotics competitors teach Inventor
Video: 48 sec.

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.

Chapter 1: Basic understanding 
Chapter 2: Speed and efficiency
Chapter 3: Presentation and communication 

Video: Build a better robot video series
Video: 8:06 min.

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.

Video: Digital STEAM Workshop introduction
Video: 1:33 min.

Design Academy Learning Videos
Autodesk Design Academy 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.

Additional resources

FRC Kit of parts
To support FIRST Robotics teams in their design process we have developed a kit of parts to jump-start the design process.

FRC 2015 Kit of Parts
Kit of parts | STEP

FRC 2015 Field Model
Field Model | STEP

FTC kit of parts
To support FIRST Tech Challenge teams in their design process we have developed a kit of parts to jump-start the design process.

FTC 2014-2015 Kit of Parts
Kit of parts | STEP

FTC 2014-2015 Field Model
Field Model | STEP


Previous releases
Download previous releases of the FRC kit of parts.



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.

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*Free software available through Academic Resource Center (ARC) portal is limited to Autodesk approved education institutions in certain markets and subject to the applicable Terms of Use, software license agreement and eligibility requirements.  Any software provided through ARC may only be used for purposes directly related to learning, teaching, training, research and development that are part of the instructional functions performed by a qualified educational institution and may not be used for commercial, professional or any other for-profit purposes.  Autodesk software license agreements