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    What Makes 3D Mice Special, According to the People That Use Them

    Posted by Mark Driscoll on Jan 16, 2017 11:30:00 AM

    3Dconnexion’s 3D mice are something special in the world of CAD—we already know that. But, do you? If you’re still considering whether or not to make the purchase, take it from the people who use 3D mice every day, including the SpaceMouse Pro,[1] the SpaceNavigator[2] and more. 

    In a recent survey, we asked some of our customers the following question:

    What would you miss most if you could not use a 3Dconnexion device anymore?

    Their responses show just how much a 3D mouse makes CAD work faster, easier, more comfortable and enjoyable.

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    “I would miss being able to freely manipulate the object on the screen the same way regardless of the software that I am using.” – Troy Ashby

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    “I would miss the immersive two-handed experience, and distributing the work between both hands to relieve strain.” – Jordan Chapman

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    “3D modeling—I'd have to give it up! It offloads my mouse hand so much.” – Red Byer

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    Tags: 3D mouse, 3D design efficiency, Productivity

    6 SketchUp Secrets to Design Better and Faster

    Posted by Mark Driscoll on Dec 13, 2016 10:38:00 PM

    SketchUp is one of the most popular 3D modeling software packages on the market. And there are always new tools and tips to learn. By installing helpful plugins or extensions, new apps or tools, SketchUp users can reduce production time and create more accurate, realistic designs.

    To help simplify your workflow in SketchUp, we’ve rounded up six secrets that will help you use the software better.

    1. Go Mobile 

    Download SketchUp’s latest Mobile Viewer, V3.0. V3.0 is a downloadable app for iPhone and Android that displays 3D models and performs a handful of commands right from a smartphone or tablet. Users view designs by clicking on files in 3D Warehouse, Dropbox, Trimble Connect or email attachments. In V3.0, users are then able to:

    • Play scene-based animations.
    • Use Section Planes, Edge Styles and Watermarks.
    • Pull measurements with the Tape Measure tool.

    Having mobile access to all SketchUp designs helps you make minor adjustments on the go and keeps your portfolio of work on-hand, no matter where you are.

    Check it out here: SketchUp Mobile Viewer V3.0

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    Tags: 3D CAD, Productivity, SketchUp

    6 More SketchUp Extensions You’ll Kick Yourself for Not Having

    Posted by Mark Driscoll on Nov 30, 2016 10:30:00 AM

    1. Mirror

    Mirror is a must-have for designers who aren’t looking to recreate objects from scratch but need to mirror groups of them within the same design. Users simply choose which object or objects they want to mirror, then select points within their design to reflect it upon.

    This extension takes the headache out of having to recreate shapes or objects, allowing for a faster workflow.

    Who should use this extension: CAD professionals of all industries.

    Get it here: Mirror

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    Tags: 3D CAD, Productivity, SketchUp

    3 Mental Habits All Engineers Need to Have

    Posted by Mark Driscoll on Nov 22, 2016 11:15:00 AM

    Engineering is a notoriously demanding field when it comes to the amount of problem solving and concentration needed. Thankfully, there are a handful of mental habits engineers can incorporate into their thought processes to do better work. These mental habits are proven thinking strategies that are used by some of the world’s smartest people to solve tough challenges and produce superior results. Adding the right ones to your problem solving skills can help you produce better outcomes at work.

    Reverse thinking, managing redundant solutions and implementing a margin of safety are a few examples of mental strategies that help engineers enhance their creative thinking, protect them from overlooking potential problems and develop innovative solutions. 

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    Tags: Engineering, Creativity, Productivity

    4 SOLIDWORKS Tools You Should Be Using

    Posted by Mark Driscoll on Nov 16, 2016 10:55:00 AM

    In order to get the most out of your SOLIDWORKS software and improve your efficiency, there are a number of add-ins to give you a boost.

    Add-ins often include helpful shortcuts and processes to eliminate extra steps in your workflow. Many add-ins are already fully integrated with the software platform, though some tools require a simple download or one-time purchase.

    Below, we’ve highlighted four helpful add-ins that can improve your designs in SOLIDWORKS.

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    Tags: 3D CAD, Productivity, SOLIDWORKS

    6 (More) Productivity Tools Engineers Should Be Using

    Posted by Mark Driscoll on Nov 8, 2016 9:55:00 AM

    By implementing more efficient design and collaboration tools to boost engineer productivity, companies can save up to $50,000 per month in labor costs. And with the help of such tools, CAD users can improve their designs faster and easier than ever before. Below, we’ve highlighted six of the best productivity tools to save time when working in CAD.

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    Tags: 3D CAD, Productivity, Communication

    6 CAD Videos You Can’t Miss

    Posted by Mark Driscoll on Nov 2, 2016 8:19:00 AM

    CAD software has evolved rapidly over time to accelerate the design process, improve efficiency and help engineers innovate. 

    Fortunately, engineers have access to an abundance of online resources that provide CAD techniques and information on changes in technology. Videos serve as engaging and effective resources for those who want to understand CAD software and current trends in engineering as they provide far more than words on paper. 

    Here are six CAD videos providing quick tips, tutorials and testimonials that all engineers should watch.

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    Tags: 3D CAD, CAD Tips and Tricks, Productivity

    3 Professional Development Secrets for Engineers

    Posted by Mark Driscoll on Oct 24, 2016 10:50:00 AM

    As often as the field of engineering changes, it’s equally important that engineers continue to evolve, too. Engaging in professional development practices can keep engineers competitive in the market, as well as improve their work and final product.

    So, how can engineers stay ahead in such a dynamic field? Keep reading to discover how to learn more information faster and better, market your ideas more effectively, and become more creative.

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    Tags: Engineering, CAD Tips and Tricks, Productivity

    8 (More) CAD Influencers You Need to Follow

    Posted by Mark Driscoll on Sep 13, 2016 11:30:00 AM

    Paul Munford (@CadSetterOut)

    Paul Munford authors the blog cadsetterout.com and updates it with weekly CAD tips and tricks, particularly with AutoCAD and Autodesk Inventor. Once you’ve followed him on Twitter, be sure to subscribe to his blog to get new tips every Friday.

    Jon Hirschtick (@jhirschtick)

    Software entrepreneur Jon Hirschtick offers tips to help your design process run smoother. As a founder of Onshape and SOLIDWORKS, he also provides updates on the latest developments in CAD software.

    Pat Sweet (@engileader)

    Pat Sweet is a blogger, entrepreneur and engineer for Engineering & Leadership, which aims to help engineers also take on the role of leaders and project managers in their workplace.

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    Tags: 3D CAD, CAD Tips and Tricks, Productivity

    6 (More) Design Sites You Need to Bookmark

    Posted by Mark Driscoll on Sep 7, 2016 11:30:00 AM

    To stay up to date with the most recent advancements and technology impacting the world of CAD, we’ve gathered seven more important sites for you to add to your bookmarks. Each site includes many valuable resources for you to take advantage of, including industry news and events, webinars, CAD tips and more.

    Design Engineering

    If you’re looking to stay up to date with the latest advancements in CAD, 3D design and technology, and all things engineering, Design Engineering is the place to start. The site is updated daily with articles on the latest products in all fields of engineering, as well as the newest products hitting the market. Once you’ve checked out the site, be sure to subscribe to their weekly newsletter for regular updates straight to your inbox.

    3DPrint

    3DPrint.com not only publishes their own news and features on the newest 3D technology, but also includes a weekly wrap-up of curated content to cover all things impacting the 3D printing industry. The site also includes regular content about 3D technology in the community and how it impacts different industries.

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    Tags: Design, 3D CAD, Productivity