How to Upgrade Your CAD Hardware for a Better Design Experience

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Jan 8, 2018 10:00:00 AM

    Upgrading your CAD hardware and tools can be a significant investment, but a necessary one for professionals hoping to up their game. Investing in newer, high-performance tools and software comes with a price tag, but it also comes with plenty of benefits, including:

    • Enhanced comfort
    • Improved accuracy and precision
    • Improved credibility in the eyes of clients and stakeholders
    • Higher-quality designs and final products 

    Keep reading to learn how you can upgrade your CAD hardware for a better design experience.

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    Tags: 3D CAD, Comfort & Ergonomics

    4 Easy Exercises for Pain-Free CAD

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Dec 27, 2017 11:00:00 AM

    Facing tight deadlines and pressures to innovate, engineers often spend long hours working in CAD. However, repetitive typing and clicking can put strain on your hands and wrists. If you do not take proper precautions to prevent pain, excessive straining can lead to stiffness, long-term injuries or carpal tunnel syndrome, which could ultimately jeopardize your career.

    Below, we provide four exercises to reduce discomfort and prevent long-term injury while working in CAD.

    1. Spider Stretch

    Stretching can help prevent cramping and keep your wrists loose and relaxed while working in CAD. The spider stretch exercises the median nerve, which becomes irritated in individuals who have carpal tunnel syndrome.

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    Tags: 3D CAD, Comfort & Ergonomics

    You Have Severe Wrist Pain from CAD. Now What?

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Sep 26, 2017 10:00:00 AM

    As a CAD user, you’re likely no stranger to wrist pain. You may even be a pro at preventing it with helpful stretches, ergonomic tools and more. But, despite their attempts to prevent it, most people will experience severe wrist pain. This is especially true for those who work on the computer regularly.

    In fact, each year more than 500,000 people in the United States alone must undergo surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), a common painful wrist syndrome that impacts the median nerve.

    Prevention is important, but how can you relieve the wrist pain you already have without compromising on your work? Below we highlight a few remedies you can try to alleviate your wrist pain, as well as the importance of consulting with your doctor.

    Rotate Between Hot and Cold

    Both ice packs and heating pads can help relieve pain quickly, although both serve different purposes. Ice packs can help numb pain and cut down on swelling, while heating pads relax the muscles and allow blood to easily flow to any kind of injury.

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    Tags: Why I Use a 3D Mouse, 3D CAD, Comfort & Ergonomics

    Cutting Back on Clicks: Why You Should Do It and How to Get Started

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Jul 19, 2017 11:12:00 AM

    Cutting down on the number of mouse clicks may sound like just a minor adjustment. But, it can have a major impact on your overall experience when working in CAD. Reducing the number of mouse clicks can add a boost to your comfort, speed and precision when working in CAD—all of which lead to better designs.

    Luckily, there are a few tools that can help you cut down on clicks and make designing in CAD more enjoyable.

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    Tags: 3D CAD, Comfort & Ergonomics, CadMouse

    5 Easy Ways to Combat Wrist Pain in CAD

    Posted by Mark Driscoll on Apr 26, 2017 10:45:00 AM

    What’s the biggest threat to your job as an engineer or 3D design professional? Some might say technology itself, which is automating even complex tasks. Others might point to competing professionals.

    The reality is: it’s none of these.

    The biggest threat to your ability is something all too common that most CAD users consider an unavoidable side effect of working in CAD: wrist pain.

    Approximately 46 percent of CAD professionals reported their wrist pain as being so impactful that it interfered with their job performance. Consider: nearly half of industry pros are actively missing out on peak performance thanks to this issue.

    While wrist pain in CAD is common, it doesn’t have to completely halt your workflow and ability. We’ve highlighted five simple ways you can prevent and relieve wrist pain.

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    Tags: 3D Mice, Comfort & Ergonomics

    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

    A 3D Mouse Is a CAD Engineer’s Best Friend

    Posted by 3DxBlog Team on Apr 6, 2016 10:00:00 AM

    A dog might be man’s best friend at home, but what is an engineer’s best friend at work? We’re willing to bet it’s a 3D mouse. That’s not so crazy when you think about it. Let’s look at the traits of a best friend – maybe you’re lucky enough to have both!

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    Tags: 3D Mice, Productivity, Comfort & Ergonomics

    3 Resolutions All CAD Designers Should Make in 2016 (And How To Keep Them)

    Posted by 3DxBlog Team on Jan 28, 2016 10:00:00 AM

    Are you part of the 45% who usually make New Year’s resolutions? How about the 17% who make them sometimes?

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    Tags: Creativity, Productivity, Comfort & Ergonomics

    The Tools That Deliver The Highest ROI For The Least Capital Outlay [FREE WHITEPAPER]

    Posted by 3DxBlog Team on Sep 29, 2015 1:00:00 PM


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    Tags: Creativity, Productivity, Comfort & Ergonomics

    CAD Pain Is Killing Your Career (Here’s How To Stop It)

    Posted by 3DxBlog Team on Sep 23, 2015 10:20:31 AM

    In a recent post, Why Comfort Matters In CAD, we touched on repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) and some stats to show how much of a problem muscle pain and strain is for CAD designers. It’s serious enough to take a closer look at just what RSIs are and the long-term effect they can have on you and your career if they’re not prevented.

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    Tags: 3D CAD, Comfort & Ergonomics