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.
Scott Moyse, Director of Operations at Design & Motion, and MFG Technical Specialist at CADPRO Systems, is a CAD engineer specializing in manufacturing design processes, software and team management. With more than ten years of professional design experience, Scott works in a number of disciplines, including 3D CAD, PDM and PLM, CAM programming, CNC machine operation and research and development.
Scott uses his 3Dconnexion 3D mice to design more precisely and accurately, and increase his overall productivity.
How did you first hear about 3Dconnexion 3D mice?
I first learned of 3Dconnexion 3D mice nine years ago. I kept seeing people manipulating their models in Inventor on YouTube videos. So I set about hunting down how they were achieving such fluid and natural movements. I believe I eventually got an answer from someone on YouTube.
What made you want to try one out?
Quite simply, all the YouTube videos I was watching while learning to use the product. I was jealous and wanted to manipulate my models that way as well. No one else around me had a clue what 3D mice were.
What was the result? Did you adopt it right away or did you need time with the device before you decided?
After getting my hands on the SpaceNavigator, I was up and running within an hour. But in all honesty it took me five to ten working days for it to become second nature for me to use. I immediately configured the two programmable buttons for each environment in Inventor.
What kind of 3Dconnexion 3D mouse do you use—or which one do you use most often?
I used the SpaceNavigator for years then, in October 2013, I switched to the SpaceMouse Wireless upon its release.
What software do you use with your 3D mouse?
I regularly use my 3Dconnexion 3D mouse with Autodesk Inventor. I have used it with Solid Edge and found it made navigating around Adobe Photoshop more tolerable as well. Furthermore, my 3D mouse sorted out all the navigation flaws in AlphaCAM, making it a more usable and functional program to move around in.
What can you do in your software better, faster and/or easier using a 3D mouse that you couldn’t do as well with just a standard mouse?
Using my 3D mouse provides me the ability to get to the area of the assembly or part that I am working on quicker. Rather than waiting for the ‘Select Other’ tool to appear, then cycling through the list of available options, I can just orbit and zoom simultaneously to that face for selection.
It makes applying constraints in the Inventor Assembly environment far more efficient. Beyond that, you can configure the programmable keys to execute your most commonly used commands. Doing so enhances my workflow and accelerates my productivity.
How has using a 3D mouse affected your professional life? Do you see productivity, speed or design comfort improvements in your line of business?
Using a 3Dconnexion 3D mouse makes working in CAD more enjoyable. You can’t put a price on that—the effects permeate through every aspect of your work. You will never hear anyone joke about throwing their 3D mouse across the room in anger when their CAD application of choice is misbehaving. They love them too much.
What would you say to someone who has heard of 3D mice, but isn’t sure about purchasing one?
Why would you try to use a hand drill and a jigsaw to cut a slot, when you could use a router? If you were a carpenter, you would make sure you owned a router. You are a CAD modeler so you should be using the right tools for the job. You need to buy a 3Dconnexion 3D mouse.
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