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First Robotics

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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

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.

  • 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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