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System Overview Video

The video below showcases the progress made on the MANTIS asparagus harvester, over the course of the 2012 - 2013 school year. It gives a basic understanding of what the system does.

Mantis System Overview

MANTIS Promotional Video 

This video shows many of the moments that were captured over the course of our project. It is meant more as a representation of our team than as a representation of our project.

Mantis Promotional Video

DC Motor Cutting Test 

This video shows one of two methods that we attempted to use for our end-effector. It uses a DC Motor to advance and retract a blade into an asparagus stalk. While we eventually opted to use a DC motor, the test was successful, and using a solenoid was plausible. We opted to use the DC motor because of weight, and because the DC motor appeared to have more cutting power at the time.

DC Motor Cutting Test


Solenoid Cutting Test 

This video shows one of two methods that we attempted to use for our end-effector. It uses a solenoid to push a blade into an asparagus stalk. While we eventually opted to use a DC motor, the test was successful, and using a solenoid was plausible. We opted to use the DC motor because of weight, and because the DC motor appeared to have more cutting power at the time. Additionally, the solenoid that we purchased at the time could not be easily retracted. Other solenoids exist, but the DC motor worked well enough that we halted our investigation.

Solenoid Cutting Test


Fall Validation Demo 

This video shows the work done by the fall validation test.

Fall Demo