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.
Nolan Farmer, owner of Farmer Plastics and Machining, Inc. and developer of incredible 1/5-scale four-stroke motorcycles, uses 3Dconnexion 3D mice for a more natural interaction with his designs in SolidWorks.
With 3Dconnexion devices, he’s able to navigate his designs more precisely and increase his overall productivity.
How did you first hear about 3Dconnexion 3D mice?
I ran across 3Dconnexion while surfing the internet.
What made you want to try one out?
I was in a lot of pain in my right arm from drawing with only a standard mouse for years.
Did you adopt it right away or did you need time with the device before you decided?
I was able to set up my 3Dconnexion 3D mouse right away and, in a couple of days of use, was able to get it to do what I wanted. I was elated! My arm pain has been improving ever since.
What kind of 3Dconnexion 3D mouse do you use—or which one do you use most often?
I use my SpacePilot Pro at my main workstation. I have three others in use also.
What software do you use with your 3D mouse?
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?
With my 3D mouse, I can get around inside a complex assembly with much less effort. Furthermore, the programmable buttons are great for repetitive tasks.
How has using a 3D mouse affected your professional life? Do you see productivity, speed or design comfort improvements in your line of business?
I see increased productivity in design and process because I can now catch mistakes easier. It provides me the ability to be more thorough in taking care of details within the CAD program rather than out on the shop floor.
Are there any projects you’ve done that couldn’t happen without a 3D mouse?
The last couple of projects may have never happened without the 3D mouse. The projects were all requested on a sizable time crunch. Without the use of my 3D mouse, I’m not sure that I would have been able to make those tight deadlines.
What would you say to someone who has heard of 3D mice, but isn’t sure about purchasing one?
I can’t imagine doing CAD work without one. I would retire sooner than giving up my 3Dconnexion 3D mouse.
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