When firms design faster, they increase revenue and profits by maximizing return on investment from their human capital.
When engineers design faster, they create more value for their firm and attract positive attention from managers.
How can both parties achieve this goal? By reducing mouse movements.
Consider this: Full-time CAD professionals move their mice up to 1 kilometer per week. That’s a ton of movement. And it takes its toll. Extensive muscle motions prolong design sessions and cause muscle strain that slows work even further.
But don’t worry. Faster design sessions are right around the corner when you use these tips to reduce mouse movements during CAD work.
Stop Clicking and Dragging the Mouse
By far the best way to reduce mouse movements is to stop moving the mouse. So, how can you do that?
Easy: Adopt a 3D mouse.
3D mice are used in your non-dominant hand, while a mouse—or better yet, a CadMouse—are used by your dominant hand. You’ll pan, zoom and rotate CAD content with your 3D mouse’s patented 6-degrees-of-freedom controller cap. Simultaneously, you’ll click, select and create with the CadMouse or ordinary mouse.
The result is a two-handed workflow that makes CAD work faster precisely because it reduces muscle movements and distributes the remainder across both hands.
Master Keyboard Shortcuts
Keyboard shortcuts are a CAD pro’s best friend. Each CAD software package offers keystroke combinations that perform critical tasks within the program. Find out which keyboard shortcuts your preferred software offers and learn them diligently.
We know, nobody likes extra homework—especially memorizing boring key combinations—but we promise this exercise is worth it: It will save you hours per week with a little effort.
Get a Mouse Right for the Job
Companies spend millions on CAD hardware and software. Engineers drool over the latest kit and optimize the heck out of it. But when it’s time to buy a mouse, companies settle for a bargain bin purchase from an electronics store or site.
Why is that? Because until recently, there was no dedicated mouse for 3D professionals who work in CAD.
That’s no longer true. Enter the 3Dconnexion CadMouse. The 3Dconnexion CadMouse is designed from the ground up specifically for CAD work. It offers a dedicated middle mouse button for more comfortable, convenient work and ultra-precise sensors that reduce unnecessary movements
Check out the other features here—they all result in more productive CAD work.