Carleton University Design League

About Us

The Carleton University Design League (CUDL) was founded in Summer 2021 as a chapter of the National Design League. Our team’s mission is to provide students with opportunities to develop and apply their design skills outside of the classroom and in a meaningful way. We host CAD skills workshops throughout the year to help our members develop their design skills in various CAD softwares. The goal of these workshops is to give students the confidence and the ability needed to successfully compete in CUDL’s largest event of the year, our annual Designathon!


CUDL’s Designathon is a 36-hour design competition held over the course of three days where students compete in teams of 3-4. Teams must select between a handful of real-world engineering problem statements and must then conceptualize a solution and create a 3D CAD model of their design. On the last day of the event teams present their solutions to a panel of judges and the winners of each design challenge are chosen.

Each problem statement is unique from the others and touches on various fields of engineering, which allows designers from all backgrounds to participate. We want to encourage creativity and as such you are allowed to use CAD software that you and your team are comfortable with!

Participants will also have the chance to be mentored by experienced designers and attend networking sessions held by our sponsors and submit their resumes for sponsor review.

This year the Carleton Designathon will take place on March 18th-20th. Registration is now open!



This year CUDL will be hosting a two-part Autodesk Fusion 360 Workshop series. Over the course of these two workshops we will learn the in’s and outs of Fusion 360 and build an assembly model. These are a great way to learn Fusion 360 and practice to prepare for the upcoming Designathon!