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Create, Share, & Teach with One Easy-to-Use Program

SnapCAD is a community-built solution for designing virtual VEX IQ models and creating printable, shareable instructions for them. Use SnapCAD to test out a novel idea in the virtual world before building it physically, or to share your creations with the world in the form of step-by-step build instructions!

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Transform your VEX IQ Classroom

SnapCAD is a FREE download and available to anyone with a PC running Windows 95 or newer (see below for full system requirements). Students can even install it on their home computers and bring their models (saved in the lightweight .ldr or .mpd file formats) into class the next day.

A Community Effort

The SnapCAD vision began when some members of the VEX IQ community began converting VEX IQ CAD files into the popular open-source LDraw format. This made them available for use in a number of publicly available LDraw editors.

Built for VEX IQ

Drawing from community expertise, SnapCAD is a new LDraw editor designed specifically for VEX IQ. Students can use SnapCAD
to learn the fundamentals of computer-aided design (CAD) and create new VEX IQ robots!

Getting Started

Building your own VEX IQ creations using SnapCAD is only a few clicks away! Use the Installation Guide to help with downloading SnapCAD. Be sure to access the SnapCAD help by clicking "Help > Help Topics" on the top menu bar.

System Requirements

  • Operating system: Windows 95 / 98 / ME / NT4.0 / 2000 / XP / Vista / 7 / 8 or Linux
  • CPU: Pentium processor (Pentium II or higher recommended)
  • Graphics card: VGA graphics card w/ resolution of 800 x 600
    (1024 x 768 with 24bit colors or better recommended)
  • RAM: 32 MB or higher
  • Hard disk space: 512 MB (1 GB or higher recommended)
  • Browser for integrated help

SnapCAD Support

For additional support using SnapCAD, please visit the VEX IQ Forum!