The next generation drone claw from Mantis Technology
About this project
The Mantis Carbon is a new design by Ben Kardoosh based on the original Mantis Drone Claw. The new design aims to be a vast improvement on the previous version, with increased size and grip for ease of deployment.
The new claw weighs around 150g and is well-suited to fairly powerful drones such as Phantoms and custom racers.
Currently at the working prototype stage, we are ready to try our first production batch and are in need of a little funding for the required tooling.
As with the previous version, we may have to make minor design changes here and there as the project progresses to ensure the product is the best we can achieve. Rest assured, any developments will be in the interest of maximising both style and functionality. It is our philosophy that good design is where elegance and utility overlap.
Be sure to check out our campaign video and prototype gallery for more product info. Stay tuned for updates!
Meet the Team!
Ben Kardoosh – Design and Engineering
Mechanical Engineering grad and designer of the original mantis claw. CEO of Mantis Technology LTD
Ollie Kardoosh – Web/Technical
Ollie studies computer science at Royal Holloway. As well as being technically capable he is generally a clear thinker and always useful to have around when making decisions.
Reina Fujimoto – PR and Administration
Currently a 3rd year student at the University of Sheffield, Reina will be manning all our social media pages. You can find us on Facebook (@mantistechteam), Twitter (@MantisTechTeam) and Instagram (@mantistechteam)
Risks and challenges
The biggest design challenge will be the effective implementation of Injection Moulding technology to manufacture parts of the product. While fast and efficient, this method of manufacture involves a large upfront investment in tooling. Keeping this tooling cost to a minimum will be key to the success of the project. It is therefore crucial that the mould design is perfected without too many expensive alterations.
Manufacture and assembly always present unforeseen challenges, however we learned a lot from the last project we did. Our lessons are reflected in the design of the new claw which aims to keep skilled labour to a minimum throughout the manufacturing process to minimise variations in quality.