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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.
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 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.
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.
Autodesk® Inventor® Professional software enables teams to produce 3D models that can help with the design, visualization, and simulation of the robot’s functionality.
Autodesk® AutoCAD® software provides productivity tools to create designs and documentation to help teams progress quickly into the build stage.
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.
The Autodesk® ForceEffect Motion™ engineering app allows teams to create and simulate functional moving mechanisms to ensure that design concepts will work properly.
Autodesk® SketchBook® software and mobile apps allow you to quickly create sketches and drawings to communicate ideas and document concepts for your Engineering notebook.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.