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The Automatic Air-Lifting Claw For Your Quad!
The Automatic Air-Lifting Claw For Your Quad!
The Automatic Air-Lifting Claw For Your Quad!
319 backers pledged £10,452 to help bring this project to life.

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Mantis Drone Claw

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Mantis is a beautifully engineered lightweight accessory which allows your quad or drone to automatically grab and lift small objects. Use it to salvage lost or hard-to-reach items, or simply when your TV remote is all the way over at the other side of the room! The design requires no power source or actuators and grabs automatically when lowered onto an object, simply by virtue of an elegant mechanism. Five talons move independently to accommodate objects of many different shapes and profiles.

 Three different models of the claw are available:

Ultra-light: Lightweight, high strength aluminium alloy components with self-lubricating polymer joints, and a tough Kevlar cord. Weighing in at under 20 grams. Can lift up to a kilogram (IF YOUR DRONE IS UP TO IT).

Hardcore SS: Only the best. Same beautifully lightened structure but made from shiny Sheffield Stainless with classic brass joints and a practically unbreakable Kevlar cord. Flameproof, chemical proof, water proof and rust proof. If for any reason you ever needed to use a drone to pick up a 2kg burning hot coal, covered in acid, in a toil of ocean spray; with this you could. Weighs in at around 70 grams.

The Sheffield Star: Beautifully hand crafted by the inventor himself. Only the finest quality Sheffield Stainless components, hand assembled and finished with gleaming sterling silver plate. Complete with display cabinet and letter of appraisal. Don't use it. It's too pretty.

Over the last six months we've been honing our design to a thing of beauty, but now we need the help of the kick-starter community to afford a first production batch! Check out our videos to find out about our product and concept! 

Meet the team! :

Me (Ben) and my bro, Ollie
Me (Ben) and my bro, Ollie
Fraser - Test Pilot & Drone Technician
Fraser - Test Pilot & Drone Technician
Jaa - Manufacturing Logistics
Jaa - Manufacturing Logistics
Sherry
Sherry

Risks and challenges

As Engineers we are well aware that the biggest challenge when creating a new production system is achieving a high standard of quality control. With this in mind, we have specifically designed the claw to lend itself not only to practicality of use, but also to simplicity of manufacture. This is the true mark of good Engineering.

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    Pledge £10 or more About $13

    Do-It-Yourself Acrylic Version!

    During our search for the perfect material we gave Acrylic some serious consideration. It's strong for its weight, and really rather pretty!

    This is our fun Self-Assembly acrylic version, geometrically identical to the real thing! It's a bit fiddly but once complete the sparkling mechanism is beautiful to behold!

    Although intentionally decorative it's actually lighter than the Aluminium version! It works too!! Feel free to strap it to your quad and use it to lift objects of up to 100g. (Just don't get it caught in those rotors! ;)

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    Get the T-shirt and a big THANK YOU!!! :)

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    Ultra-Light (The standard model): Lightweight, high strength aluminium alloy components with self-lubricating polymer joints, and a tough Kevlar chord. Weighing in at under 20 grams. Can lift up to a kilogram (IF YOUR DRONE IS UP TO IT).

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    Hardcore SS: Only the best. Same beautifully lightened structure but made from shiny Sheffield Stainless with classic brass joints and a practically unbreakable Kevlar cord. Flameproof, chemical proof, water proof and rust proof. If for any reason you ever needed to use a drone to pick up a 2kg burning hot coal, covered in acid, in a toil of ocean spray; with this you could. Weighs in at around 70 grams.

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    Mantis Ultra-Light Serial numbers 1-10

    Want to be the first to review the Ultra-Light?
    Serial numbers 1-10 will be despatched three weeks early!!!

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    Mantis Hardcore SS - Serial numbers 1-10

    Want to be the first to review the Hardcore SS?
    Serial numbers 1-10 will be despatched three weeks early!!!

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    Pledge £133 or more About $175

    The Sheffield Star: Special edition, beautifully hand crafted by the designer himself. Only the finest quality Sheffield Stainless components, hand assembled and finished with gleaming sterling silver plate. Complete with display cabinet and letter of appraisal. Don't use it. It's too pretty ;)

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