SCUTTLE Mobile Robot

The Maker-Friendly Mobile Robot

SCUTTLE is an open-source robot project that began at Texas A&M in the department of Engineering Technology. It supports hands-on education in Mechatronics engineering and Internet of Things. This maker-friendly robot is made of globally available off-the-shelf parts and 3D printed designs. SCUTTLE is used for in-lab lessons and semester projects for the Mobile Robotics undergraduate course. It’s also a platform to jumpstart a multitude of commercialized projects.


Figure 1. SCUTTLE Mobile Robot Rendering


A few goodies from our fully open-source mobile robot platform:


Open-Source Software Repository

 Youtube Playlist

Open-Source CAD Assembly


Autonomous Demo by Machine Vision



Kits for Sale

3D Printable Components




We searched high and low and found nothing under $1000 USD that carries over 20 pounds. So, we created SCUTTLE. The acronym, below, describes our goals.


Payload Performance

SCUTTLE is the most elemental platform to support a mobile payload. Design teams need a flexible design that accommodates add-on of a robotic arm, a tank of fluid, or a sophisticated sensor array. That means payload capability.

Affordable, Modular, Off-The-Shelf

This bot can be built with less than $350 in parts. We explored all designs available (from DIY all to Industrial Turnkey solutions). Good designs cost far above the sum of their parts, until now. Discover the parts list in the Bill of Materials below.

Let us admit, the expensive options and non-payload options have value for many scenarios! But for teams like us, we need a low-cost option and a modular one. Tear down the machine and reconfigure it to add more functions! SCUTTLE is designed for super-easy reconfiguration and super-available designs: both hardware and software. We want to open the door for makers.

Build a SCUTTLE (downloads)

Find all of the resources below to get started. In Summer of 2020 we added brand new documentation and improved the organization. We hope it is helpful!

Bill of Materials

Assembly & Parts Guide

Wiring Guide - Beagleboard version

Wiring Guide - Pi version (in progress)

Software Guide

Example Project Outline

Tools Guide

Kinematics Guide

IoT Guide

Applications Guide


Get Extra Help

Our community members are out to help each other. The noobs are here to learn and the experts want to create a self-sustaining project, so we are happy to chat.



The friendly SCUTTLE discord community. Chat with other designers. Discover new projects.

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For broader mobile-robot community, we encourage you to visit the r/mobileRobots on Reddit.


Video Playlist

Videos on electronics, assembly, programming, and demonstrations. Designed for the college level, but accommodates DIY’ers too.

Discover additional resources for beaglebone Blue (the first embedded computer integrated into SCUTTLE).


Project Supporters

Thanks to these groups for their support!

CREST is driving new SCUTTLE workshops and entrepreneurial challenges in Southeast Asia, linking government, industry, and academia through SCUTTLE starting in 2020.

The Mobile Integrated Solutions Laboratory at Texas A&M is an applied research team within the Engineering Technology department, and has collaborated in development and testing of the robot.

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SICK USA has become a partner of the ETID department and has provided LIDAR units for the MXET Lab which are being integrated into the mobile robots.

Beagle Board -

Beagle has offered design feedback and support on integrating their education-oriented robotics hardware, the beaglebone Blue.

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TI has held a longstanding partnership with the ETID at Texas A&M and supplied electronics hardware equipped with TI microcontrollers.


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