Build Beyond CAD Challenge

October 19, 2021

Over the past few months, our community has been highlighting their innovative building skills by participating in our Build Beyond CAD challenge. Each week, we released a new challenge that could be completed using Autodesk FUSION360 (or a similar platform). Some of our challenges included creating designing a contactless robot to deliver pizza to designing a back-to-school school supply. 

What is Computer-Aided Design (CAD): CAD is the use of computer-based software to help in design processes. CAD software can be used to create two-dimensional (2-D) drawings or three-dimensional (3-D) models. During our FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) and FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), teams use a myriad of tools to help them build, including the use of CAD to 3D print models, or even creating designs before they build it. 

Throughout our Build Beyond CAD Challenge, we had several exciting project submissions and wanted to share a few:

Pizza bot by Todd L.

PizzaBot by Todd. L

Challenge Inspiration: Pizzabot is an autonomous food delivery and vending robot that was inspired by the hundreds of pizzerias in New York City. Its primary purpose is to deliver pizza from local pizzerias to customers in an urban environment. Additionally, just like a New York City pizzeria, Pizzabot can carry up to 8 individual slices of pizza that can be sold to anyone who happens to walk by or see the robot’s location on an app. The integrated touchscreen display allows a user to interact with the robot and easily purchase a slice. Pizzabot also accepts contactless cards and cash so any New Yorker can enjoy a spontaneous slice of pizza. The rugged terrain wheels and LiDAR sensor enable Pizzabot to navigate complex urban environments without human assistance. The Pizzabot also has a built-in heating system to keep pizza warm for longer deliveries. Pizzabot is designed and rendered in Fusion 360.

Dream Bedroom by Raquel C.

Dream Bedroom by Raquel C.

Challenge Inspiration: My bedroom was based on a minimalistic, but outgoing design. Minimalistic in terms of which there is a lot of space, but outgoing with the unrealism of a two-tier bedroom. I also made sure to have my bed separated from my work/school area to enforce the importance of them alone. Lastly, I made sure to include everything that a mini studio apartment has to embrace how introverted I am, so being that I spend a ton of time in my room, I made sure to make it comfortable!