The more we’ve learned about good robot design, the more we’ve been encouraged to delve deeper into computer-aided drafting and animation. Here are some of the resources we’ve used to train our rookies and inspire our veterans.

FIRST CAD and Animation: A good place to get started with CAD and 3D animation. This page, maintained by FIRST includes key links, such as Solidworks for Kit of Parts.

FIRST Autodesk is a dedicated space within the Autodesk Education Community for FIRST teams. Download software, upload your animations!

PTC’s sponsorship of FIRST includes donations of software, including Creo, Mathcad and Windchill, to all FTC and FRC Teams. Hands-on workshops and online training can also be accessed via this website.

Team 1816 created its own intro-to-Creo training tutorial to introduce FIRST team members to the art and science of CAD. offers tutorials both free and paid on topics including Animation and CAD. Some of the beginner tutorials on MAYA animation and CAD are time well-spent.

An overview of CAD pros, cons, and software, can be found here.