6th Bi-Annual F4 CADathon

Hello everyone,

F4 is pleased to announce that we will be hosting our 6th CADathon from 6pm Eastern of December 20th to 8pm of December 23rd Eastern. These dates were selected based on the responses from this poll. The live show will be featuring a brand-new panel of judges and will be streamed on **January 3rd **on the First Updates Now (FUN) twitch channel!

Due to the steady rise of competing teams, we are giving Judges a full week to judge the submissions this time around.

Watch Live on the 3rd : Twitch

There will be giveaways for those who watch live, and prizes for winners of various awards. Stay tuned for further information on this.

For those unaware, a CADathon is like a hackathon but with CAD. People/teams are given a short period of time to CAD a specific thing (in this case a robot) ending with a panel of judges selecting a winner. If you would like more information on the CADathon check out our second, third, fourth, or fifth CADathons.

As for what will go on in ours:

Teams will be made of up to 3 participants. Teams can be premade with people who know each other or participants can enter by themselves and compete solo or be assigned a random partner if they wish. Partners will be assigned by skill level along with the prerequisite of sharing a common CAD suite. We will try to make sure partners are in the same time zone but that will be more difficult.
From there, every CADathon participant will be invited to the F4 CADathon slack, where they will be able to talk to each other, and be able to ask the GDC questions directly. The teams have approximately 3 days to CAD a robot from the game reveal. The game reveal will include a CAD model of the field, and a game manual. When they are done, teams must create a high quality render of their robot and submit a link to their robot uploaded in its entirety on GrabCAD. Help will be provided if you need help rendering, or using GrabCAD
Teams will also submit a google forms “pit scouting document” which will help explain their design to the judges. All files need to be submitted by 8pm on December 23rd. Once done, the files will be inspected to make sure they adhere to the game rules. On January 3rd, a special F4 CADathon show will go live, hosted on the FUN twitch channel. A panel of 3 special guest judges will judge each robot on set categories explained in the game manual. The judges will also present their scores for each design, their reasoning behind their scores, and finally announce the winners.

The only prerequisites to join are that you are willing to spend time doing it and that you have access to some CAD software. You can be any age (this is not limited to students) and we encourage everyone from newbies to the most advanced CADers to put their skills to the test. If you are new to CAD and would like to be on a larger team to help yourself learn, please contact us as these will be handled on a case to case basis. If you are interested please sign up at the link below. Sign Ups close on December 16th at noon but please sign up as soon as you decide to participate.

Sign up form:

If you are interested in being a Judge on the show, apply at this google link:

If you have any further questions currently, either post them in this thread, or PM Rohit Gondi (dirtbikerxz) or Samuel Perkowsky (sperkowsky) directly.

Signup form w/o goo.gl shortener (for schools that block those):

Judging Application:


Looking forward to another fun competition! Thanks for organizing this, it’s a great learning resource for 1072.

I’ve gotten a few questions about this so I figured I should publicly let everyone know that teams can be made up of 3 people regardless of skill level. In the past it was 2 ͏m͏a͏x with a third that was a beginner but we decided to lift that clause as it was too difficult to determine if someone was actually a beginner.

45 signups already!!!

Passed this on to the 1293 kids. Hoping they’ll take the bait.

140 signups!!!, deadline to signup has been extended by 24 hours due to requests, any last minute signups do it now!!!

Presenting the 6th Bi-Annual F4 CADathon game: Decoration Dash !!!

You can find the game manual here: https://tinyurl.com/yatnwp28

You can find CAD models of the field here: https://tinyurl.com/ycolkuh5

For any formal rule clarifications etc. Please ask them via the Q&A form (the form will be closed for the first 30 minutes READ THE MANUAL): https://goo.gl/forms/hxJ25R2NZbTdF4Ut1. And you can view pending and answered questions here: https://tinyurl.com/yaovk49v.

Just a reminder, CAD files, renders, and Pit Scouting sheets are due by December 23rd 8pm EST

What time is the show starting tonight?

8:30 Eastern.

I hope everyone enjoyed the CADathon this time around. Stay tuned for the archived version of the show as well as a google form for improvements as we want to make sure every single one of these is an improved version of the last. See you guys in the summer!