3Dconnexions unveil 3D mouse

To meet the rigorous demands of design engineers working in powerful 3D applications, 3Dconnexion developed the SpacePilot PRO. The 3D mouse is designed to deliver better controllability of 3D models, easier access to features and superior comfort.

"3Dconnexion's 3D mice have rewritten the rules on the way design engineers and professionals interact with 3D environments," said Dieter Neujahr, president of 3Dconnexion. "Our SpacePilot PRO builds on our market-leading industry experience, delivering the most powerful 3D mouse we've ever made. It enables increased performance that ultimately results in better designs, created in less time."

Features of the SpacePilot include:
- LCD Workflow Assistant: the colour LCD lists function key assignments and provides at-a-glance access to Microsoft Outlook e-mail, calendar and task lists, allowing professionals to access important information for a fully integrated design experience with fewer distractions.
- Advanced Navigation: five new dual-function QuickView navigation keys improve error detection, design review and design presentation by providing one-touch access to the following top and bottom, right and left, front and back, two isometric and 90-degree rotation views.
- Intelligent Function Keys: five fully customisable, dual-function keys offer immediate, one-touch access to 10 frequently used commands within any supported 3D application.
- Superior Comfort: The SpacePilot PRO has a sculpted, soft-coated wrist rest that positions the hand in relation to the controller cap to support a balanced workflow. The micro-precision six-degrees-of-freedom sensor allows for fingertip control with minimal effort from the arm, wrist and hand, while frequently used commands are conveniently positioned at your fingertips. The intuitive and symmetrical layout of the function keys makes the device usable with either hand.

Unlike traditional mice confined to motion on one flat plane, 3Dconnexion 3D mice enable design engineers to move in all three dimensions simultaneously, using six-degrees–of-freedom sensor technology. By gently lifting, pressing and turning the controller cap, design engineers can easily pan, zoom and rotate without stopping to select commands. Using a 3D mouse together with a traditional mouse engages both hands into a balanced and cooperative work style.

3Dconnexion provides advanced and affordable 3D mice that are supported by more than 130 of today's leading and powerful 3D applications, including Autodesk Inventor, SolidWorks, CATIA, Pro/ENGINEER, NX and Solid Edge.

Author
J Cunningham

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