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The Autodesk 123D Design Challenge is now open for makers between 13-18 years old! Answered

The contest has just started! It runs from now until 10/21. Click here to view the contest.


Cool, innovative products are all around us, many that we use every day. But do you ever stop to think about where they came from? From intelligent robots and cooking utensils to water purifying pitchers and self-parking cars—no matter how simple or complex the product, it all started with an idea and a design.

Think you can design the next amazing product? Enter the Autodesk® 123D® Design Challenge, apply your inventive skills, and you could win cool prizes and earn bragging rights among thousands of students! To enter, simply reimagine an existing product or design a new one that can take the world by storm. Use the easy and powerful Autodesk® 123D® Design app to model your innovation, then show off your skills by creating an Instructables® project and posting it here. We dare you … are you up to the challenge?

Here’s how to enter.Please read the Official Rulesfor more information.

1) Get the Autodesk 123D Design app for free!*

•  Go to http://www.123dapp.com/design.

•  You can try the app online, get it for your iPad® tablet, or download to your Mac® computer or PC.

•  Select the option you want, and start creating!


2) Learn how to use the app by watching these video tutorials:

•  http://www.123dapp.com/howto/design
•  http://autode.sk/19ZcDCo
•  http://autode.sk/19ZcIG0


3) Create your amazing product idea or enhancement with the Autodesk 123D Design app.Remember that you can use a product that exists today as your inspiration, but you should not copy it in a manner that infringes another party’s intellectual property rights.

4) Post a step-by-step photo or video Instructable that explains how you made your product come to life by using the 123D Design app.Be sure to include screen shots from the app, and tell us what cool features you used to bring your product to life! Remember, you are creating a step-by-step tutorial so that we can follow along using the 123D Design app. Don’t forget to include details on how to use the app, so that we can create your amazing product too! Learn how to create an Instructable here.

Submit your invention and you could win loads of fun prizes, including a MakerBot® Replicator® 2 Desktop 3D printer, a 123D Design Premium Account Membership, a free 3D print of your design, e-patches, the right to have your work showcased on the Autodesk® Facebook and Community pages, and much more! We’re awarding one Grand Prize package, 10 First Prize packages, and 25 additional prizes. You are responsible for the payment of any taxes or other costs related to receiving, claiming or collecting any prize. See the Prizes page for additional information. 


This would deserve clarification since the age criteria is not mentioned on the sidebar of the contest announcement page. Is this a "kid's only contest" restricting the age of entrants from 13-18 years old?

how many "parents" are going to "help" Anything more complex than a baking soda/vinegar volcano is done with someone older than 18 :-)

I have to disagree with you there. I'm fourteen years old and I have published 40 instructables, all thought of and created by me. But well, what do I know. I have never made a baking soda volcano in my entire life.

the comment was geared to the parents who have engineering degrees that make their kids projects for them.

Ah, the joy of youth not knowing what parent sarcasm is and disdain for the real competitive world out there. You should make a baking soda volcano though and marvel at the wonders of being a kid. Don't let that pass you by.

Hey! I can do some pretty good stuff.... though I'm 17, so almost past that age.

just to use 123D might take an engineering degree to work, the interface is not intuitive, there is a steep learning curve (in my humble semi-professional opinion, lest the Autodesk gods take back my prize winnings...wait)

Contest participants must be 13 years of age or older; and if under 18 or legal age of majority In your place of residence, you must participate under a parent or legal guardian's supervision.
Last time I used my daughters info like that, I was getting the home phone and water turned back on.

There is probably some mention of what's allowed use of human shields in the Geneva Convention.

I already told her she was going to be the first to "unmask" in the event of a chemical attack. I got the 2 pam chloride and atropine already ready.

Still no Android app?

Nope, but there's a web app and you can download it for both Mac and PC.

I think it works much better on an actual computer instead of a tablet or smartphone. :D

You need a computer with adequate specs though. Both the desktop software and browser software were SUPER laggy, to the point that I couldn't use it. It could be the fact that I only have 2Gb of RAM, or that I have an integrated graphics card (most likely).

I ended up using the iPad app which works well. It started lagging when I had more parts, but that's because my iPad mini's specs are lower than the iPad 3.

In the end I ended up with a decent model! I created the "Modular Desktop Organization System" Quite the mouthful, but I think it describes it well.

Anyway, I hope this information helps... I kind of went off on a tangent though :)

Great! Can I participate? Yes, I know I'm 35 and I can't win because I just finished my AiR. But somebody has to lead by example, no?

Get a young relative or friend to join and "enter".

I've told my boys to send this to all their friends. Some aren't 13 yet, but will be by the entry deadline.

That's a good idea! The problem is Colombia wasn't included in the contest :-(

Then they all need to collaborate with members in legitimate countries!

* goes to look, yup, King George III signed off on that one... *

I've downloaded this software but it keeps crashing. Does anyone know how to fix this problem ?