ABOUT Robot Utility Tank (R.U.T) 

Project Abstract

Currently off the shelf manufactured Utilitarian robots are upwards of $20,000 to purchase. The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences currently has a Utilitarian style robot tank base that houses the LOUIE Robot that will be used to give guided tours of the Engineering Building. Currently that Robotic base costs $18,000 to purchase for the manufacturer. Our goal for this project was to design and create a utilitarian robot for $2,000. The team used reverse engineering techniques to manufacture a similar robot providing similar functionality. We designed a full metal frame housing the electrical components as well as a track system that was made in house. With this design we were able to design a robot that can carry a load of 200 lbs and 2 mph for $2,000. This shows that one could design a similar robot to ones offered on the market while keeping the same functionality.