The Best Ways for Engineers to Stay Productive on Group Projects

    Posted by Danielle Adams on Oct 9, 2017 10:05:00 AM

    In the course of daily labors, engineers are often given tasks and projects that are incredibly complicated in nature. Being efficient and productive while working on these assignments is critical, but it often proves difficult, especially when multiple individuals are involved in the work. These days, though, there are various pieces of hardware and software that can help make life easier, both for engineers and for their product managers. 

    Stay On Task

    With big projects, you don’t just need to be productive individually, you need to coordinate efforts and keep everyone up-to-date. That’s where task or project management software comes in handy. Apps like TrelloAsana and Workfront help add visibility to projects, allowing everyone involved to see what’s completed, what’s in progress, and what has yet to be done. They also provide a way to share documents and files, attaching them to tasks so they’re easy to find.

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    Tags: 3D mouse, 3D CAD, Productivity

    How to Adjust to a Two-Handed Workflow in CAD

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Oct 3, 2017 10:40:00 AM

    Engineers constantly seek new ways to optimize their workspaces with the latest tech, but what about their workflows? A two-handed workflow is the most sensible solution when working CAD and can be easily implemented by any designer.

    By using a two-handed workflow, CAD professionals can reduce muscle movement, improve comfort and expedite designing for maximum productivity without compromising the quality of his or her work. 

    Below, we outline how to seamlessly transition to a two-handed workflow in CAD with the SpaceMouse Enterprise Kit.

    The Benefits of Two-Handed Workflows

    Engineers are constantly challenged to produce the highest quality of work in the least amount of time. Approximately 97 percent of users claim to experience less pain when using a 3D mouse compared to a regular computer mouse, which has encouraged engineers to transition to two-handed design.

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    Tags: 3D mouse, 3D CAD, Productivity

    How to Find the Best 3D Mouse for You

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Jul 5, 2017 11:00:00 AM

    Whether you work remotely or at a desktop, prefer lighter, wireless tech or a fully equipped CAD kit, there is a 3D mouse for every work style and design scenario. 

    This is ideal for designers and engineers. When users have the perfect tool to fit their individual work styles, they’re more likely to achieve better results.

    That’s why it’s critical to select the right 3D mouse for the job. Don’t know how to pick the right tool for your needs? Read on to see which 3D mouse is best for each work style.

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    Tags: 3D mouse, 3D CAD

    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.


    “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



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



    “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

    CAD Links Worth Your Time: 3D-Printed Case Improves Pokémon Aim, CAD in Virtual Reality and More

    Posted by Mark Driscoll on Oct 6, 2016 12:45:00 PM

    CAD News

    Nike’s 3D-Printed Shoe Improves Olympian’s Speed

    Nike’s new 3D-designed spike plates made their debut in the Rio Olympic games as Olympian Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce ran in the women’s 100- and 4 x 100-meter relay. The shoe’s spikes are printed using 3D technology and custom-made to fit the sole of the sprinter’s foot.

    Prior to the Rio Olympic games, researchers spent years testing how the firmness and build of the spikes affected the overall pace of the athlete, as different levels can affect how each step recoils from the track during a race. 3D printing allowed researchers to quickly test more than 20 prototypes of the plates, ultimately leading them to a new innovative design to cut down on sprinters’ times.

    Fraser-Pryce went on to win medals in two of this summer’s Olympic games. She received silver in the women’s 4 x 100 meter relay and bronze in the women’s 100 meter.

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    Tags: Design, 3D mouse, 3D CAD, 3D

    How Do I Stop Wrist Pain When Designing in CAD?

    Posted by 3DxBlog Team on Jul 6, 2016 11:00:00 AM

    Reoccurring and even constant bodily pain isn’t uncommon for professionals who spend the majority of their day working at a computer. Repetitive mouse clicks and arm motions can lead to issues with the wrist, arm, shoulders and even back, affecting performance and even making seemingly simple tasks away from the computer hard to complete.

    These repetitive strain injuries can also result in more serious conditions, like carpal tunnel syndrome, which occurs when the median nerve is pinched or squeezed at the wrist. Whileengineers may think they can deal with a little wrist pain, carpal tunnel and other related muscular injuries could actually make it too painful to work in CAD. 

    However, there’s good news: not only can these pains be treated, they are actually preventable by incorporating some tips and tools into your daily work routine.

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    Tags: 3D mouse, Comfort & Ergonomics

    The Most Important Piece of Your Dream CAD Setup Is the Most Overlooked

    Posted by 3DxBlog Team on Apr 20, 2016 10:00:00 AM

    Imagine you just bought a brand new HDTV. It’s the latest model with the biggest and best screen possible. You’ve hooked it up with the best cable package with more than 500 channels. You paid a pretty penny for it, but it’s worth it. You go to pick up the remote and you’re only option for choosing a channel is to scroll up or down (through 500 channels). It’s not the most pleasant experience.

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    Tags: 3D mouse, 3D CAD, Productivity

    Design Like A Champ With The Optimal SOLIDWORKS Setup

    Posted by 3DxBlog Team on Dec 3, 2015 10:00:00 AM

    More than 2.8 million designers use SOLIDWORKS around the world. However, according to Computer Aided Technology (CATI), many of these users are not as productive as they could be due to an inferior setup of their workstations. The benefits of optimizing your workstation for SOLIDWORKS include:

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    Tags: Design, 3D mouse, Productivity

    CAD Links Worth Your Time: Cosplay, Browser CAD Wars, CAD In The Classroom

    Posted by 3DxBlog Team on Dec 1, 2015 10:00:00 AM

    CAD News

    Cosplay for Everyone Thanks to the 3D Design and 3D Printing Services of Forg3d Props

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    Tags: Engineering, 3D mouse, 3D CAD, CAD Tips and Tricks, onshape

    3Dconnexion Partners With Onshape – And Everybody Wins

    Posted by 3DxBlog Team on Sep 17, 2015 1:33:00 PM


    3Dconnexion builds its line of SpaceMouse 3D mice and its brand new CadMouse to make designing more comfortable, productive and fun. This is only possible by working closely with the movers and shakers in the CAD software world, which is why our new partnership with Onshape has us so excited.

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    Tags: Engineering, Design, 3D Mice, 3D mouse, 3D design efficiency, 3D CAD, Productivity, Communication, 3D product design, CAD Management, onshape