Over 10 years, the 'original' Mantis became the accepted standard for ergonomics and high performance magnification with over 150,000 installed units worldwide.
Launched in 1994, the 'original' Mantis was designed to fill the gap between a bench magnifier and a microscope.
A new family of Mantis stereo viewers (Mantis Elite, Mantis Elite- Cam and Mantis Compact) were launched in 2005 to replace the highly successful 'original' Mantis.
Original Mantis now superseded by:
- Mantis Compact
- Mantis Elite
- Mantis Elite-Cam
- 2x, 4x, 6x, 8x,10x magnification options
- Superior ergonomics for fatigue-free viewing and increased quality / productivity
- Superb hand-eye co-ordination for inspection and manipulation tasks
- Long working distance and large field of view
Vision Engineering Inc. is dedicated to supporting the service and repair needs of customers, and we continually strive to provide the best value in spares and services. Our policy is to support our ‘no longer manufactured’ products for as long as commercially possible.
In February 2009 we made every effort to notify our customers and distributors through various channels about the discontinuation of Original Mantis and the impact on availability of spare parts.
Statement of Spares Availability (1 February 2009) PDF
Although some spares and replacement parts are still available, due diminishing demand for spares for the ‘original’ Mantis, it has become increasingly difficult to source and purchase a smaller volume of parts required to support this product forever.
Before contacting your nearest Vision Engineering Service Center, to help you identify replacement parts, please refer to the brochure below (login required, free to register).
Original Mantis Replacement Parts PDF (Registered users only)
The Original Mantis stereo viewer objective lenses are no longer in production and existing stocks have depleted.
However, we have an adapter (part no. MEO-030) that will allow the use of Mantis Elite stereo microscope objective lenses as replacements.
The adapter simply fits onto the collar of the Mantis Elite lenses as shown below in figure 1.0.
The adaptor is threaded to fit the Original Mantis turret, as shown in figure 2.0
Because the center of the Original Mantis turret are smaller than Mantis Elite, there is some limitation on which objectives can be used together.
The Mantis Elite objectives 4x, 6x, 8x and 10x can be used in conjunction with any Original Mantis.
4x can be used with 6x, 8x or 10x, but 6x, 8x and 10x cannot be used with each other due to the additional dimensions of the adapters.
15x and 20x objectives cannot be used with the adaptor.
25% Trade-in Special Offer
Over 10 years, the 'original' Mantis became the accepted standard for ergonomics and high performance magnification with over 150,000 installed units worldwide. A new family of Mantis stereo viewers has now replaced the original Mantis.
For a limited period, Vision Engineering Inc. is offering a substantial trade-in program for existing 'original' Mantis customers. Customers can trade-in their existing 'original' Mantis unit(s) for a 25% discount on new Mantis Compact or Mantis Elite systems (volume discounts available).
Original Mantis Trade-in Offer (US) Terms and Conditions (PDF)
What do I do next?
After downloading the Terms and Conditions, simply contact your local Vision Engineering representative or complete the inquiry form. Your local representative will then contact you to discuss your particular requirements, volume discounts available, plus the return of your 'original' Mantis.