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TurtleBot3 is a small, low cost, fully programmable, ROS­ based mobile robot. It is intended to be used for education, research, hobby and product prototyping.


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The goal of the TurtleBot3 is to drastically reduce the size and lower the price of the platform without sacrificing capability, functionality, and quality. Optional parts such as chassis, computers and sensors are available, and the TurtleBot3 can be customized in various ways. The TurtleBot3 is willing to be in the center of the maker movement by applying the latest technical advances of the SBC(Single­Board Computer), the Depth sensor, and the 3D printing.



TurtleBot is the most popular open source robot for education and research. The new generation ‘TurtleBot3’ is a small, low cost, fully programmable, ROS based mobile robot. It is intended to be used for education, research, hobby and product prototyping.


TurtleBot was developed to meet the cost-conscious needs of schools, laboratories and companies. TurtleBot3 is the most affordable robot among the SLAM-able mobile robots equipped with a general 360-degree LiDAR.


The dimension of the TurtleBot3 Burger is only 138mm x 178mm x 192mm (L x W x H). Its size is about 1/4 of the size of the predecessor. Imagine the TurtleBot in your backpack and bring it anywhere.


The TurtleBot brand is managed by Open Source Robotics Foundation, Inc. (OSRF), which develops and maintains ROS. Nowadays, ROS has become the go-to platform for all the roboticists around the world. The TurtleBot can obviously can be integrated by the existing ROS-based robots, but basically can be an affordable platform for whom want to get started learning ROS.


TurtleBot3 encourages users to customize its mechanical structure with some alternative options: open source embedded board (as a control board), computer and sensors. The Turtlebot3 Burger is a two-wheeled differential drive type platform but it is able to be structurally and mechanically customized in many ways: Cars, Bikes, Trailers and so on. Extend your ideas beyond imagination with various SBC, sensors and motors on a scalable structure.


TurtleBot3 is able to get a precise spatial data by using 2 Dynamixels in the wheel joints. The Dynamixel XM series can be operated by one of 6 operating modes(XL series: 4 operating modes): Velocity control mode for wheels, Torque control mode or Position control mode for joint, etc. The Dynamixel can be used even to make a mobile manipulator which is light but can be precisely controlled with velocity, torque and position control. The Dynamixel is a core component that makes the TurtleBot perfect. It is easy to assemble, maintain, replace and reconfigure.


The control board is open-sourced in hardware wise and in software wise for ROS communication. The open source control board OpenCR has enough bandwidth to control not only the Dynamixel but also ROBOTIS sensors that are frequently being used for basic recognition tasks in a cheaper way. Various sensors such as Touch sensor, Infrared sensor, Color sensor and a handful more are available. The OpenCR has an IMU sensor inside the board so that it can enhance precise control for countless applications. The board has 3.3V, 5V, 12V power supplies to reinforce the available computer device lineups.


The TurtleBot3 Burger uses enhanced 360° LiDAR, 9-Axis Inertial Measurement Unit and precise encoder for your research and development. The TurtleBot3 Waffle is equipped with an identical 360° LiDAR as well but additionally proposes a powerful Intel® RealSense™ with the recognition SDK. This will be the best hardware solution for making a mobile robot.


The hardware, firmware and software of TurtleBot3 are open source which means that users are welcomed to download, modify and share source codes. All components of the TurtleBot3 are manufactured with injection molded plastic to achieve low cost, however, the 3D CAD data is also available for 3D printing. The 3D CAD data is released via Onshape which is a full-cloud 3D CAD editor. Users can get an access with a web browser on desktop PC, laptop and even portable devices. Onshape allows to draw 3D models and to assemble them with colleagues. Besides, for the users who want to make OpenCR board by themselves, all details of the OpenCR board such as schematics, PCB gerber files, BOM and firmware source code are fully opened under the open-source licenses for users and ROS community. You can modify downloaded source code and hardware to share it with your friends.


Hardware Specifications

Maximum translational velocity 0.22 m/s 0.26 m/s
Maximum rotational velocity 2.84 rad/s (162.72 deg/s) 1.82 rad/s (104.27 deg/s)
Maximum payload 15kg 30kg
Size (L x W x H) 138mm x 178mm x 192mm 281mm x 306mm x 141mm
Weight (+ SBC + Battery + Sensors) 1kg 1.8kg
Expected operating time 2h 30m 2h
Expected charging time 2h 30m
Threshold of climbing 10 mm or lower
MCU 32-bit ARM Cortex®-M7 with FPU (216 MHz, 462 DMIPS)
IMU Gyroscope 3 Axis
Accelerometer 3 Axis
Magnetometer 3 Axis
Power connectors 3.3V / 800mA
5V / 4A
12V / 1A
Expansion pins GPIO 18 pins
Arduino 32 pin
Peripheral UART x3, CAN x1, SPI x1, I2C x1, ADC x5, 5pin OLLO x4
Dynamixel ports RS485 x 3, TTL x 3
Audio Several programmable beep sequences
Programmable LEDs User LED x 4
Status LEDs Board status LED x 1
Arduino LED x 1
Power LED x 1
Buttons and Switches Push buttons x 2, Reset button x 1, Dip switch x 2
Battery Lithium polymer 11.1V 1800mAh / 19.98Wh 5C
PC connection USB
Firmware upgrade via USB / via JTAG
Power adapter (SMPS) Input : 100-240V, AC 50/60Hz, 1.5A @max
Output : 12V DC, 5A

Dimension and mass

TurtleBot3 Burger
TurtleBot3 Waffle


For more details please visit TurtleBot main website.