Vision Engineering

Vision Engineering Ltd is a leading-edge manufacturer of ergonomic stereo microscopes and non-contact measuring systems. Since its formation in 1958, Vision Engineering has become one of the world's most innovative and dynamic microscope manufacturers, with offices across Europe, Asia and North America.

Engineers and scientists worldwide use our systems for a wide range of general magnification, inspection and measurement application in both industrial and life science markets. More than 300,000 units have been installed worldwide to date.

Vision Engineering's main manufacturing base is at Send near Woking in Surrey, UK. Further commercial and assembly activities are carried out at a second site in Woking. Vision has a North American division, which manufactures in Danbury, Connecticut, USA.

Mantis Compact   Mantis Compact

Low Magnification Stereo Magnifier

  • Patented eyepieceless optics reduce operator fatigue
  • x2 - x8 magnification range Now with x8 magnfication!

Mantis User Guide
Mantis Compact Technical Details
Mantis Compact UV Data Sheet

Mantis Elite   

Mid Magnification Stereo Microscope

  • Patented eyepieceless optics reduce operator fatigue
  • x2 - x20 magnification range

Mantis Elite-CAM   

With factory-integrated USB2.0 digital camera

  • Permits simultaneous optical and digital viewing
  • Compatible with all Mantis Elite options & accessories

Export and Distribution

With over 80% of manufacturing output exported, Vision recognises the importance of strong distributor relationships and in 1991 received the Queen's Award for Export. Other accolades include the Prince of Wales Award for Technical Innovation in 1997 and a Queen's Award for Technology in 1974.

Patented Optical Technology

Vision Engineering holds world patents for optical techniques which remove the need for conventional binocular microscope eyepieces. These techniques are employed in Vision's Dynascope®, Expanded-Pupil and Spatial Imaging optical systems and offer users advanced ergonomics, optical clarity and reduced eyestrain leading to improved productivity and accuracy. An example of the benefit of eyepieceless optics can be illustrated in the success of Vision's Mantis stereo viewer.

Launched in 1994, the original Mantis was designed to fill the gap between a bench magnifier and a microscope. Since then, Mantis became the stereo viewer of choice, with in excess of 130,000 units installed worldwide.

Vision Engineering's new Mantis family was introduced in 2005 and has built on the success of the original.

Research and Development

In recent years, a substantial research and development programme has been the key to success, ensuring that new and existing products are continually developed to meet the needs of science and manufacturing. Vision Engineering continues to lead the way in optical innovation and technology with new products and technology continually under development.