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FIRST Robotics

Inspiring young people to become science and technology leaders 

Resources for teams

Design and test before you build your robot.

Prepare for the season

Learn how to use Autodesk Fusion 360 to design your robot in CAD

Use the kit

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

Free software for design

Autodesk software is available for all students, teachers, and mentors

Test with Synthesis

Use simulator technology to test and experiment with your robot models

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Free software for FIRST

Autodesk Fusion 360 is a cloud-based 3D CAD/CAM tool that helps teams explore design ideas and create models for 3D printing and machining.

Synthesis is a robotics simulator built by students for students. Teams test their designs with driver practice, robot code emulation, and more.

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

The circuits environment in Autodesk Tinkercad provides a place to program and simulate an Arduino board. No Arduino experience required.

Autodesk 3ds Max is ideal for the VRC Game Design Animation Challenge. Build a game animation by creating 3D content and simulating game play.

Additional resources

To support FIRST students in their design process, we have developed a kit of parts and field models in CAD.

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