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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.

Synthesis tutorials
Check out these videos created to help take your robot CAD and code and test it on a virtual field.

Free Fusion 360 class for FRC
Learn how to use Autodesk® Fusion 360™ to design your next robot in CAD.

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

Recommended software

Synthesis: An Autodesk technology is a simulator for testing robot CAD and code.

Synthesis: An Autodesk Technology is a robotics simulator built by students for students. A plug in for both Inventor and Fusion 360, it enables teams to bring robot CAD models into the simulator to test their designs with driver practice, robot code emulation, strategy and more. Using network multiplayer, teams can collaborate and strategize with other teams virtually.

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.

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.


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 2019 Kit of Parts
Inventor Kit of parts | STEP | Fusion 360 Kit of parts

FRC 2019 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 2018 Kit of Parts
Inventor Kit of parts | STEP

FTC 2019 Field Model
Inventor Field Model | STEP | Fusion 360 Field Model


Previous releases
Download previous releases of the kit of parts.

FRC 2018
Inventor Kit of parts | STEP | Fusion 360 kit of parts

FTC 2018
Inventor Kit of parts | STEP

FRC 2017

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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