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Lift trucks, also known as forklifts, are an integral tool to various industries and disciplines. We would like you to share how you see this technology advancing as needs shift.

Show us how you envision the future of the lift truck. You may use any of the prompts below as a jumping off point or go a completely different direction with your design. Additionally, don’t forget about the quality, reliability, and comfort when considering components and design:

  • Workforce:
  • What forklift enhancements in universal design would benefit novice, expert, GenZ and aging operators?
  • Electrification:
  • What are the owner and operator perceptions about electric forklifts outdoors?
  • What new challenges and potential solutions are there?
  • Human Machine Interface:
  • How can controls and the flow of information be improved?
  • Mobile Workstation:
  • What amenities, improved comfort and storage enhancements are possible?
  • Work environments:
  • What features and improvements will aid in work environments with robots and pedestrians as well as manual, remote and automated forklifts?
  • Space:
  • How would a forklift on the moon be different than one on earth?
  • What would the containers, interface mechanism and operator compartment look like?
  • How would you optimize remote operation and sensing?


  1. Open to students currently enrolled in a secondary or post-secondary institution in the United States.
  2. All entries MUST share school entrant is currently attending in the introductory step.
  3. All entries MUST use Fusion 360 in their design.
  4. Submissions must be entered between March 14, 2022, and May 9, 2022 (11:59pm PT).


Join us on Discord to receive the following benefits:

  • Answers to all your contest and Fusion 360 related questions.
  • Learn from other contestants and Autodesk staff while designing a fun project.
  • Fusion 360 workshops and office hours provided to facilitate learning:
  • Introduction to Fusion 360, Generative Design Workshop, Workspaces Q&A, reviews, & work parties.

If you have never posted an Instructable before, please refer to the How to Write an Instructable guide for more information. See examples of previous Fusion 360 Student Design Contest entrants here for more inspiration, and read the Official Rules below for futher details.

The Envision the Future of the Lift Truck Student Design Contest is closed.

Grand Prize


San Jose State University Judges Prize


Grand Prize

One Grand Prize Winner will receive:

  • $500 Amazon Gift Card

First Prize

Three First Prize Winners will receive:

  • $250 Amazon Gift Card

Second Prize

Five Second Prize Winners will receive:

  • $150 Amazon Gift Card

San Jose State University Judges Prize

One Entrant from San Jose State University will receive:

  • $250 Amazon Gift Card

Runner Up

Ten Runner Up Prize Winners will receive:

  • $50 Amazon Gift Card

Write an Instructable

Create a new Instructable that fits the guidelines outlined in the contest description above. To be eligible, Instructables must be published between Mar 14, 2022 and May 9, 2022 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select Envision the Future of the Lift Truck Student Design Contest. If you have entries currently eligible for entry, it will also show up by clicking "Enter this Contest" on the right side of this page.


Entries are accepted by Instructables staff within one business day Monday - Friday. What matters is the submission time, not acceptance time.


A panel of judges made up of Instructables staff and respected members of the community rate the finalists. The averages of the ratings determine the winners.


When the winners are decided they will be notified and announced here on the contest page.