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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. 

A career in robotics can start in high school (1:57 min.)

Skills that take you to a career in robotics

Learn how a group of recent high school graduates took their VEX Robotics experience to a whole new level through a summer internship program. Now they are on their way towards a career in robotics.

Learning the future of robot making at Megabots lab (2:26 min.)

VEX Robotics students learning the future of robot making at Megabots lab

What do VEX Robotics students and MegaBots have in common? Their passion for robots! VEX Robotics 2017 High School World Champions Bryon Tjanaka and Dylon Tjanaka are invited to tour MegaBots lab to learn about how professionals are building robots, and see what it takes to have a robot building career.

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.

Challenge yourself

Try these fun robotics projects and build skills.

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.

Recommended software

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Fusion 360 KoP for VEX IQ

Fusion 360 KoP for VEX EDR

KoP for VRC and VEX U

Tips, Tutorials, and Curriculum

Create a custom robot part for 3D printing

Each lesson is designed for easy integration into a standard one-hour class. Includes both video and print tutorials, as well as VEX datasets to guide students through the engineering design process.

These new courses support two pathways in the VEX robotics program:

  • VEX IQ for young learners using VEX IQ, a simplified snap-together robotics system. Start here.
  • VEX EDR for high school learners using the comprehensive VEX EDR robotics system. Start here.

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

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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