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3Dconnexion 3DX-700028 SpaceNavigator 3D Mouse

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  • Advanced 6 degrees-of-freedom optical sensor
  • Simultaneously pan, zoom and rotate 3D models
  • 2 programmable function keys
  • SpaceNavigator SE model includes commercial use license and full technical support
  • Ideal for 3D designers, CAD engineers, architects
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  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 3 x 2 inches ; 1.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B000LB7G00
  • Item model number: 3DX-700028
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (315 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 7, 2004

Product Description

Product Description

3Dconnexion SpaceNavigator SE (Standard Edition) 3D Navigation Device USB ( 3DX-700028 )

From the Manufacturer

From the Manufacturer

Let a 3D mouse empower your Design
A true 3D mouse, SpaceNavigator represents a great leap forward in price and performance for controller technology. Unlike a conventional mouse that confines movement to a flat plane, the SpaceNavigator 3D mouse makes it much easier to control 3D models and scenes. By gently pushing, pulling, tilting or sliding the SpaceNavigator’s pressure sensitive controller cap users simultaneously move objects with six degrees of freedom. By varying the amount of pressure on the cap users can easily accelerate or decelerate actions with precision.
The Perfect Companion for 3D applications.
Unique pressure sensing technology makes the 3D mouse a virtual extension of a user’s body—and the perfect companion for today’s most popular 3D applications, including SolidWorks, Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk 3ds Max, Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended, ArchiCAD, and many more.
An Indispensable Asset
"I've been a user since 1998. I find your products are an indispensable asset in doing my job easier and quicker and with less repetitive stress. If you work on a CAD system, do yourself a big favour and get one of these products." Dana Fiorucci Senior Design Engineer

Why use a SpaceNavigator 3D mouse?
The key advantage of a SpaceNavigator over a mouse and keyboard is the ease of performing intricate adjustments to camera views and models without repeatedly stopping to change direction, zoom, or rotate. With a SpaceNavigator you can do all three at once while simultaneously using the mouse to access commands and tools.

Heavy for precision.
A heavy (479 grams) brushed stainless steel base keeps the SpaceNavigator stationary and provides a stable platform for the spring-mounted pressure sensitive controller cap.

Convenience.
  • Universal compatibility: Works with all your favorite 3D applications--on Windows, Mac, or Linux.
  • Affordable precision: Step up to advanced 3D technology--at a price that’s comparable with many 2D mice.
  • Space saving: The small footprint of SpaceNavigator 3D mouse conserves space. Your work area remains uncluttered, even if you’re also using a conventional mouse.

Customer Reviews

Took a little bit of getting used to at first but learning curve isn't very long.
PlanetZelda
This is an excellent tool to use with the programs that it works with, like Solidworks, NX, and 3d programs.
D.
Set-up was super easy with a quick driver download from the 3Dconnexion's site for Mac install.
Joseph M. Barone

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

92 of 92 people found the following review helpful By M. St Louis on April 29, 2008
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1st make sure you read all other reviews. They all have pertinent information. I'm a mechanical product developer for the aerospace industry. Using Solidworks for 3D modeling and Mastercam for programming CNC machining centers, I find the Space Navigator priceless. I do own the Space Pilot, and the Space Traveller and the Space Navigator. All are worthy of their intended capability. So if you need to design/model intriquete parts where you need to explore inside cavities to confirm interaction of mating parts, this is the tool that does make it easier and faster than any other tool in the CAD industry. If you want to play with one for anything other serious CAD modeling, buy the cheapest one and get it out of your system. There's no need for this device unless you're needing 3D solid model control. As far as the differing prices, I'm equally satisfied with my $59 Navigator as I am with my $499 Space Pilot. If you need this tool and don't need the customizable features, spend the $50+.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Karl VINE VOICE on September 15, 2008
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Anyone doing 3D modeling, particularly in architecture, really has to have one of these devices if their software supports it.

The SpaceNavigator supports several products that I use on a daily basis: Graphisoft ArchiCAD, Abvent Artlantis Studio, Google SketchUp and Google Earth. [Right-handed user assumed here...] It is placed to the left of the keyboard, so that you have you right hand still on your mouse. It is not a selection device, but a navigation device.

Navigating in 3D in many 3D applications is a jerky process - smooth pan, rotate, etc followed by moving your mouse to a new position (causing a pause in the action) and start moving again.

With the SpaceNavigator, movement is fluid and (if you change the preferences to high speed) - fast (and fun)!

The SpaceNavigator can be set up to work in your model in either a fly-through mode or in 'object' mode. I prefer 'object' mode. If I am looking at a building, the movement of my hand on the SpaceNavigator is identical to if I was holding a physical model of that building in my hand. If I rotate away from me, the building rotates away. Push to the left, the building pans to the left. Lift on the knob, the building rises on the screen. Etc. Extremely intuitive and slightly immersive.

In ArchiCAD or Artlantis, I can work much faster than with mouse alone... and in perspective mode, so the views are more realistic. I can instantly get to the back side of the building, looking up at the fascia to deal with a rafter issue there, for example.

I'm a heavy user of keyboard shortcuts, and do not find that it interferes at all with that, as suggested by another reviewer.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By M.L. on August 21, 2011
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I work on CATIA V5 8+ hours a day and started having full-arm aches and pains in November 2010. I ordered an Evoluent Vertical Mouse for my right hand in December and the pain went away. Fast forward to July 2011, the pain is back. I bought the SpaceNavigator to spread the workload between my Right and Left hands. It works great for panning, zooming and rotating. The actions on the screen are very fluid and smooth. I was worried that the unit would slide around on the desk but the motions required to input a command are so subdtle and the base looks to be a solid, stainless steel ring, it does not move at all. I still have pain in my right arm, but not as intense as I am not performing click-hold-drag operations with my mouse during pan/zoom/rotate, the SpaceNavigator takes care of those functions. It is not a cure-all, as other environmental factors contribute to my discomfort (desk too high, chair too low), but my company's ergo team is working on those issues. One drawback, I have to manually launch the software BEFORE I launch CATIA V5 in order for the SpaceNavigator to work. If I forget, I have to close, launch the software, and reload my parts. Could be because CATIA V5 is not listed as a supported software or because of how CATIA V5 is setup at my company. Not a huge deal, just something to get used to.

UPDATE: I contacted 3Dconnexion about CATIA V5 issues listed above. Never heard back from them. Good product, horrible customer service.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Richard on January 14, 2010
Purchased Space Navigator through Amazon and use it daily with Blender 3D and Adobe Inventor. If you use hotkeys for 3D modeling routines (and you should), you need this. Even if just used for simple rotation, translation and scaling, it is a time saver. I use it in addition to a digital tablet. It is not replacement for a mouse but will increase your productivity by concentrating a bunch of functions into one device.
Pros:
Big time saver (after you get used to it).
Did not slow my computer (with Inventor and Blender and Google Earth).
Excellent customer service - failed unit was quickly replaced, no questions asked.
Cons:
Heavy if you carry it around in a bag with other items (like a digital tablet).
A little fragile - mine failed after about 5 months possibly from note being stored in a case. I now store mine in the plastic bubble case it came in.
Make sure that the application you want to use it with has a driver, some are not supported (POVRay, Rhino3d).
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