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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.


Resources for FIRST Robotics

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

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

Kit of parts
Download the Autodesk kit of parts to help you in the design process.

FIRST Robotics Events
Search for FIRST Robotics opportunities and events near you.


Click on each product below for instructions on how to download recommended software for FIRST Robotics.

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 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.

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.

Videos

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 and Inventor Publisher 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 2017 Kit of Parts
Inventor Kit of parts | STEP | Fusion 360 kit of parts

FRC 2017 Field Model
Inventor Field Model | STEP| Fusion 360 Field Model

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 2017 Kit of Parts
Inventor Kit of parts | STEP

FTC 2017 Field Model
Inventor Field Model | STEP

 

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

2016

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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