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3D Mouse Suggestion

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12-26-2012 11:46 AM

 

What brand of 3D mouse would be recommended for use with Inventor 2013?

 

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12-26-2012 12:47 PM in reply to: J.Gibson

I have the 3Dconneciox Space Navigator and I quite like it. It's really the only 3D mouse I've heard of so this is a one sided suggestion.

 

http://www.3dconnexion.com/products/spacenavigator.html

 

It lets you pan/zoom/rotate all at the same time and it only took a few days to really get used to it. The basic one has two buttons which can be programmed to do various things, like zoom all.

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12-26-2012 06:33 PM in reply to: pball

Ditto on Navigator - I have more advanced model too, but only use the two buttons anyhow.

I prefer to change the default zoom/pan behavior.

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12-27-2012 11:25 PM in reply to: JDMather

And within a week it becomes a "how did I ever live without this" scenario.

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12-29-2012 10:56 AM in reply to: BarryZA

Ditto, the first day take motion sickness pills and get familar with the "Home" view icon. After that you won't be able to work with Inventor without a 3D Motion Controler and will wonder how you ever worked without one.

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12-29-2012 09:41 PM in reply to: J.Gibson

I use the spaceball 5000 (usb) with an old driver.  Works fine, I find the ball more comfortable than the new ones, and they are cheap on ebay.

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12-30-2012 05:50 AM in reply to: stevec781

stevec781 wrote:

I use the spaceball 5000 (usb) with an old driver.  Works fine, I find the ball more comfortable than the new ones, and they are cheap on ebay.


What OS are you using?
I have 25 of these things that I haven't been able to get to work since changing to 64-bit Win 7.  (don't think I tried older driver)

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Re: 3D Mouse Suggestion

12-31-2012 09:31 PM in reply to: J.Gibson

They work fine on win7 64 and winXP 64 with Inv 2010 - 2013 using driver from 3dconnexion web site.  Its a bit slow with fusion but not sure if that's just a fusion problem.  Some other posts complain about fusion being slow to rotate with newer devices as well.

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