Watch the tutorials

Watch the following videos to understand how to export your robot and fields, to test your code, and to get a better understanding of all the tools available to you in Synthesis.

Exporting robots

Learn how to use the Robot Exporter to export your robot CAD files into a file usable in Synthesis.

  • 01. Opening a STEP file

  • 02. Restructuring Assemblies

  • 03. Rotational Joints

  • 04. Rotational Limits

  • 05. Linear Joints

  • 06. Linear Limits

  • 07. Guided Export

  • 08. Advanced Export

  • 09. Exporting from Autodesk Fusion 360

  • 10. Adding your Exported Robots to the Simulator

  • 11. Troubleshooting

  • Opening a STEP file (1:03 min.)

    Learn how to open CAD models not created in Inventor by importing them as STEP files.

  • Restructuring Robot Assemblies (0:50 min.)

    Learn how to restructure assemblies within Inventor so that moving parts are accessible to the Synthesis Robot Exporter plugin.

  • Rotational Joints (1:56 min.)

    Learn how to create rotational joints in your CAD model to prepare them for export. Joints are what allow your robot to move in the simulator so pay close attention to this process!

  • Rotational Limits (1:03 min.)

    Learn how to add limits to rotational joints for more realistic interactions within the simulator.

  • Linear Joints (0:49 min.)

    Learn how to create linear joints for mechanisms like elevators in order to prepare them for export. Joints are what allow your robot to move in the simulator so pay close attention to this process!

  • Linear Limits (0:48 min.)

    Learn how to add limits to linear joints for more realistic interactions within the simulator.

  • Guided Export (1:49 min.)

    Learn how to use the guided export wizard to convert your CAD model into a format that can be read by Synthesis.

  • Advanced Export (1:21 min.)

    Learn how to configure advanced settings such as encoders and gear ratios before exporting to Synthesis.

  • Exporting Robot in Fusion (3:24 min.)

    Learn how to export your robot from start to finish using the Robot Exporter plug-in within Autodesk Fusion 360.

  • Adding your Robot (0:54 min.)

    Learn how to add your exported robot or a sample robot from our website into Synthesis.

  • Troubleshooting Plugin (1:44 min.)

    Having trouble getting your plugin to show up in Inventor? Watch this tutorial to find some common solutions, if you have additional questions feel free to contact us through our forums.

Simulation

Learn how to use the Fusion Exporter plugin to export custom robot CAD files from Fusion into Synthesis.

  • 01. Mix and Match Mode

  • 02. Reset Functions

  • 03. Camera Views

  • 04. Driver Practice Mode

  • 05. Local Multiplayer

  • 06. Sensors

  • 07. Scoring

  • 08. Replay Mode

  • 09. Controls

  • 10. Graphics Settings

  • 11. Change Robot or Field Diretories

  • Mix and Match Mode (1:01 min.)

    Learn how to create Mix and Match robot within the simulator.

  • Reset Functions (1:26 min.)

    Learn how to use the reset functions within the simulator.

  • Camera Views (1:15 min.)

    Learn how to use different camera views to gain a better perspective of the field and robot.

  • Driver Practice Mode (2:56 min.)

    Learn how to use Driver Practice Mode to interact with game pieces like you would at a FIRST competition.

  • Local Multiplayer (1:23 min.)

    Learn how to configure up to six robots on the same machine to interact with one another for a virtual competition.

  • Sensors (4:53 min.)

    Learn how to use robot cameras and sensors within the simulator.

  • Scoring (2:49 min.)

    Learn how to set up and configure scoring zones for FRC matches.

  • Replay Mode (4:09 min.)

    Learn how to best analyze crash collisions and capture video footage in Replay Mode.

  • Controls (2:32 min.)

    Learn how to change your joystick controls as well as any additional driver and player preferences.

  • Graphics Settings (0:49 min.)

    Learn how to configure your graphics settings to customize your Synthesis experience.

  • Changing Robot or Field Directories (2:27 min.)

    Learn how to configure your directory settings to load fields and robots in the simulator.

Code Emulation

Learn how to use the Code Emulation to to test your C++ or Java robot code.

  • 01. Downloading the Code Emulator

  • 02. Building your Code in Eclipse

  • 03. Deploying Code to Synthesis

  • 04. Running Code in the Simulator

  • Downloading the Code Emulator (0:36 min.)

    Learn to install the additional Synthesis Code Emulation component. Note: Synthesis must be installed before downloading the code emulator.

  • Building your Code in Eclipse (1:25 min.)

    Learn how to build your C++ or Java robot code in Eclipse. This tutorial uses the WPILib Example C++ Robot Project for Arcade Drive.

  • Deploying Code to Synthesis (0:26 min.)

    Select and launch your robot code to test in Synthesis.

  • Running Code in the Simulator (0:26 min.)

    Configure your simulator driver station to test and run your code.