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The Future of Robotics is yours to make

Autodesk is proud to partner with VEX Robotics and the Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation to inspire students to pursue careers in STEM fields, helping close the global skills gap and connecting education to industry through hands-on, curriculum-based robotics engineering programs.

VEX equips students with the skills to succeed

In VEX Competitions, teams are tasked with designing and building a robot for a game-based engineering challenge. Classroom STEM concepts are put to the test on the playing field as students learn lifelong skills in teamwork, leadership, communications, and more.

Autodesk is embedded in the VEX learning continuum, providing free* access to professional software and learning tools. Along with units in the VEX EDR Curriculum, Autodesk provides a Kit of Parts for both IQ, VRC and VEX U; and offers an annual online CAD challenge.


Resources for VEX Robotics

Free software
Software is available for all students, teachers/mentors, and schools associated with VEX Robotics.

Student Expert program
Connect with students, educators, and industry pros around the world who are passionate about robotics.

Online CAD Challenge
Design and 3D print a custom part to solve a real-world issue and take your robot to the next level.

Kit of Parts, Tips, Curriculum
Download models and datasets for VEX IQ, VRC and VEX U; Check out learning videos, tutorials, and curriculum.

VEX Robotics Events
Search for REC Foundation competition events, workshops and camps – and join today.

VEX Student Success Story

See how one VEX participant uses Autodesk software and 3D printing to design a better robot and propel his team to success.


Free access to professional design software

VEX participants and academic institutions worldwide get free* access to the same software used by today’s design professionals. Teams can use digital design tools to enhance their work and save valuable project time, from documenting design ideas to using 3D CAD software to model and test robots before they are built.

Click on each product below for instructions on how to download recommended software and apps for VEX.

Recommended software

Fusion 360
Integrated tool for collaborative product development.

Autodesk® Fusion 360™ software is a cloud-based 3D CAD/CAM tool that helps teams explore design ideas and create models for 3D printing and machining. Quickly modify robot designs, create assemblies, produce photorealistic renderings, and fabricate the parts you need to succeed.

Inventor Professional 3D CAD software

Inventor Professional

3D mechanical CAD, visualization, and documentation software.

Autodesk® Inventor® Professional software enables teams to produce 3D models that can help with the design, visualization, and simulation of the robot’s functionality.

AutoCAD
CAD design, drafting, modeling, drawing, and engineering software.

Autodesk® AutoCAD® software provides productivity tools to create designs and documentation to help teams progress quickly into the build stage.

ForceEffect simulation engineering app

ForceEffect

Analyze design concepts with a simulation app.
App Store | Google Play

The Autodesk® ForceEffect engineering app does force calculations on a mobile device so that teams don’t need to use diagrams, equations and a calculator to work out design solutions.

ForceEffect Motion app

ForceEffect Motion

Develop moving mechanical systems.
App Store | Google Play

The Autodesk® ForceEffect Motion™ engineering app allows teams to create and simulate functional moving mechanisms to ensure that design concepts will work properly.

SketchBook painting and drawing software

SketchBook

Sketch, paint, and illustrate digitally.
App Store | Google Play

Autodesk® SketchBook® software and mobile apps allow you to quickly create sketches and drawings to communicate ideas and document concepts for your Engineering notebook.

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

3ds Max

3D modeling software for games, film, and video content.

Autodesk® 3ds Max® software is the ideal solution for the VRC Game Design Animation Challenge. Teams can build a game animation by creating 3D content and simulating game play using the modeling, rendering, and animation capabilities of 3ds Max.


Download the VEX Kit of Parts

Autodesk VEX Kit of Parts (KoP)

The Autodesk VEX Parts Library provides you with digital models of all the parts included in the VEX Classroom Kit in Autodesk Inventor. Datasets are available in Imperial and Metric units, and will work for Inventor version 2013 onward. These datasets can also be imported for use in Autodesk Fusion.

Download and unzip these files to save your kit of parts. The download time is estimated at 5 minutes or less.

KoP for VRC and VEX U

KoP for VEX IQ


Tips, Tutorials and Curriculum

Design and make a custom part with 3D printing

Learn to make a custom part with quick tutorials, videos and datasets – and then 3D print it. Designed for the REC Foundation online challenge, make a unique part to boost your robot’s potential today.

 

VEX EDR Curriculum

Autodesk software is integrated into nearly half of the units in the VEX EDR Curriculum, while detailed tutorials appear in Units 4 and 13. Unit 4 teaches teams to use Inventor to design and build their VEX robots, and Unit 13 shows how to use Fusion or Inventor to design, model, and 3D print custom robotics parts.

VEX IQ Video Animations in Inventor

VEX IQ Clawbot: Take a look at what your Clawbot will look like after you complete the build.
Download dataset

VEX IQ Armbot: Take a look at what your Armbot will look like after you complete the build.
Download dataset

VEX IQ Ike: Take a look at what your Ike will look like after you complete the build.
Download dataset 

VEX IQ Linq: Take a look at what your Linq will look like after you complete the build.
Download dataset

VEX IQ Slick: Take a look at what your Slick will look like after you complete the build.
Download dataset

VEX IQ V-Rex: Take a look at what your V-Rex will look like after you complete the build.
Download dataset

VEX IQ Video Animations in Inventor

VEX IQ Clawbot: Take a look at what your Clawbot will look like after you complete the build.
View video | Download dataset

VEX IQ Armbot: Take a look at what your Armbot will look like after you complete the build.
View video | Download dataset

VEX IQ Ike: Take a look at what your Ike will look like after you complete the build.
View video | Download dataset

VEX IQ Linq: Take a look at what your Linq will look like after you complete the build.
View video | Download dataset

VEX IQ Slick: Take a look at what your Slick will look like after you complete the build.
View video | Download dataset

VEX IQ V-Rex: Take a look at what your V-Rex will look like after you complete the build.
View video | Download dataset

Autodesk Design Academy

The Autodesk Design Academy features a constantly growing collection of lessons, projects and curriculum support materials that help educators teach students creative confidence in the world of design.

VEX Webinar Series

Whether you are a mentor, teacher, or VEX Robotics team member – these recorded webinars will help you learn and teach how to use Autodesk software to design, document and test your robot, saving valuable build time.


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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