What’s all the fuss about 3D mice? We decided to ask real engineers, designers and 3D professionals how and why they use 3D mice in their design work.
He is a dedicated 3D professional with a knack for communicating complex information in an easily digestible, visual way. Whether it’s producing product visualizations or helping turn client ideas into stunning, realistic images, Paul uses 3Dconnexion 3D mice to deliver exceptional work. Here’s why.
What made you want to try a 3D mouse?
I was familiar with the concept of the 3Dconnexion SpaceMouse Pro: The ability to manipulate, translate, rotate and scale at the same time felt like the best way to interact with a 3D part. These features make you feel as though your model is in your hands. I wanted to try it when I got SolidWorks back in 2005.
What was the result? Did you adopt it right away or did you need time with the device before you decided?
I adopted right way. Within a short period of time, I was fully adapted to the new work style and moving around within my 3D environment.
What kind of 3Dconnexion 3D mouse do you use?
I have several 3Dconnexion 3D mice. I can't live without them, so I make sure to have every computer equipped with one.
What software do you use with your 3D mouse?
I use SolidWorks and MODO. I make sure that in any other 3D program I use, my 3Dconnexion mice are compatible. It is literally the first think I look for. Otherwise, without it, it’s like modeling with only one arm in the dark.
What does a 3D mouse enable you to do better in your software that you couldn’t do as well with a standard mouse?
3D mice provide a totally interactive experience. I do everything better, faster and easier. I don’t have to think about manipulating the model. And I don’t have to focus on tools, just on my design.
It is truly like having the part in my hand. I don't have to 3D print the model as soon in the process to get a feel for it; it allows me to more intimately interact with my model.
How has using a 3D mouse affected your professional life?
I absolutely see productivity improvements; however, these improvements are not quantified in 'time'. For me, it is all about a better user experience and interaction, and an ultimately more enjoyable and smoother design process. In my opinion, there is no better tool to get the job done then a 3D mouse.
Are there any projects you’ve done that couldn’t happen without a 3D mouse? If so, could you tell us a little about them?
It's not that I couldn't do the projects, it's that they would be so much more painful.
When I go to SolidWorks World to work a booth, the very first think I do is find the 3Dconnexion booth and bother them for a loaner. It makes any software demo I do smooth and less distracting to the viewer. When I plug in the 3Dconnexion mouse and load the driver, I start gliding around the interface and all is well!
What would you say to someone who has heard of 3D mice, but isn’t sure about purchasing one?
What I always say is that you have to try it. The main thing you need to go through first is the 'adoption' phase and in my experience, this takes a matter of minutes.
Once you get through that phase, you will not be able to work without it because your experience is so much more intuitive.
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