Vision Engineering Launches a New Generation of the Mantis Stereo Microscope

Vision Engineering, the world-leading provider of innovative inspection, metrology, and digital 3D visualization solutions, announces the launch of Mantis 3rd Gen of its best-selling and award-winning Mantis range of ergonomic optical stereo microscopes.

The new Mantis generation range (PIXO, ERGO, and IOTA), incorporates Vision Engineering’s renowned patented ergonomic technology along with the latest developments in optics, digital cameras, and fully adjustable LED lighting, keeping Mantis at the forefront of stereo imaging.

New features include; improved optics for both hand-to-eye coordination and excellent depth perception, a 3-position turret to house up to 3 objectives ranging from 3x to 15x, the introduction of an 8x super long working distance lens, five different illumination options providing flexibility to optimize the lighting to view the perfect image, and the Mantis PIXO offers an improved, higher resolution camera for image and video capture. The system also features an option to switch between white light and UV light using a toggle switch.

Mantis PIXO, Mantis ERGO, and Mantis IOTA feature the revered long working distances associated with Mantis which are needed for soldering, rework, and manipulative tasks when tools are required. The new systems are designed with Vision Engineering’s unique eyepiece-less technology that delivers a large, high-quality optical stereo image, making it more comfortable and easier to view than traditional microscopes. Like the generations before, Mantis 3rd Gen is manufactured in the U.S.A.

The Mantis 3rd Gen comes with a range of new stand options and accessories to allow for greater flexibility, stability, and a reduced footprint on the workstation. “For the last 28 years, Mantis has proved to be an ideal solution for anyone who needs to perform precise work with small objects,” said Richard Nagel, VP of Sales and Marketing, Americas at Vision Engineering. “We have listened to our customers and incorporated many of their requested features into Mantis 3rd Gen. The new range is based on our flagship product and offers users an improved ergonomic stereo microscope designed with the quality users have come to expect from the Vision Engineering brand.”

Mantis is designed for precision engineering, electronic engineering, medical device manufacture, and a wide range of other applications that require high-quality images and superior ergonomics. Mantis is used in tens of thousands of R&D, manufacturing, and analytical sites around the world.

Mantis 3rd Gen is now available for purchase directly from Vision Engineering or through a network of authorized distributors. For more information, please visit

About Vision Engineering Limited

Vision Engineering Ltd is a global leading-edge designer and manufacturer of patented ergonomic stereo optical and digital instruments, used for inspection, manipulation, measurement, and analysis of manufactured parts, by most of the world’s leading manufacturers and their extended supply chains. 

Vision Engineering’s contract manufacturing division offers comprehensive contract manufacturing, design, and commercialization packages, giving customers access to the latest technology, as well as a team of experienced designers and engineers.

Founded in 1958 and wholly British-owned, Vision Engineering’s Global HQ, design, and manufacturing facilities are based in state-of-the-art modern premises in Woking, Surrey, UK, with extensive manufacturing facilities in the UK and US. Regional sales and tech support offices are located throughout North America, Europe and Asia, supported by a fully trained network of distributors.