The Ultimate Rescue Robot


Turr, wich stands for “The Ultimate rescue robot” was built for the course Engineering Design, a basic course that all students at the Eindhoven University of Technology have to follow. Groups of students designed robots that could rescue casualties from a disaster zone.
The robots were assessed on if they boarded casualties in a humanitarian way, the innovativeness of their design and their functionality.


The design of Turr is rather simplistic. Its motion platform consists of two motorized wheels in the front and one swivel wheel in the rear. This gives the robot the manageability it needs to safely and effectively move through the disaster area.
Boarding casualties is done by a large rotor in front that pushes casualties up a ramp into the holding area. In order to be able to lift the ramp off the ground, the front wheels could move pushing the ramp off the ground, before boarding the ramp would be lowered.


During the process of building the robot, I was largely responsible for the physical prototyping and building. We came up with the design together as a group. I put the design into Fusion360. All the large parts of the robot were laser cut. We 3d printed all the connectors for the servo motors and the connection for the rotor. Together with a few of the other group members I built the robot and did all the electrical wiring.


In order to test the functionality of the robots, there was a big event at the end of the course. All robots had 45 minutes to rescue as many casualties as possible. All robots were equipped with a camera and the operators were located elsewhere so they could not see the robot. A spotter was allowed to give instructions to the operator. We managed to rescue 15 casualties, more than any other team.

Turr detail

Turr was built for the course Engineering Desing, given by the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology.

In collaboration with:
Paul Broeckx - Tijn van Genugten - Boris van der Hoeven - Lars Sogelée