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3D connexion SpaceExplorer 3D Navigation Device with USB Interface ( 3DX-700026 )


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  • Intuitive 3D navigation
  • Six degrees of freedom via a controller cap designed to flex in all directions
  • 15 pre-configured keys
  • Support for 3D applications from Autodesk, SolidWorks, Dassault Systemes, PTC, UGS and Google
  • Ergonomic and stylish design
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 6 x 2 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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  • ASIN: B000LB5IXC
  • Item model number: 3DX-700026
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 7, 2004

Product Description

Product Description

3Dconnexion SpaceExplorer USB 3DX-700026 Trackballs

From the Manufacturer

Ergonomically Advanced 3D Navigation

Boasting 3Dconnexion's patented optical sensor technology, plus an advanced ergonomic design, SpaceExplorer offers effortless navigation for more than 100 of today's most powerful 3D design and visualization applications.

High-end performance. Mid-range price.

Simply push, pull, tilt or twist the SpaceExplorer's controller cap to simultaneously pan, zoom and rotate 3D objects and environments. SpaceExplorer features an array of easy-to-reach function keys labeled and pre-programmed with commands from leading design applications. Keys automatically map as you move between applications for unified navigation.

50% fewer mouse clicks. 30% greater productivity.

Gone are the days when 3D navigation meant endless mouse clicks to move around an object or to fly through space and remembering how to change views and control objects within the X, Y, Z axes...one tedious step at a time. Plus, it is no longer necessary to remember different application's unique commands for manipulating 3D objects or scenes.

Using SpaceExplorer together with a mouse engages both your hands in a natural, intuitive work style. One hand drives the SpaceExplorer, positioning your model, then rotating, panning and zooming in one single, fluid motion. Your mouse hand can simultaneously edit the model or select menu items.

The SpaceExplorer button array includes two numbered buttons for programmability of the user's favorite application commands, plus keys for Speed, Views, 2D only, Fit, Control Panel and keyboard modifiers. This enables you to master any supported 3D application without having to leave the device to reach for the keyboard.

The new SpaceExplorer 3D navigation device

  • Boosts productivity by over 30%, while reducing mouse usage by 50%
  • Automatically maps functions on keys as you change applications
  • Enables no-look access to modifier keys on device
  • Provides instant positioning of models and scenes with Fit and View keys
  • Reduces fatigue with its ergonomic design and soft, sculpted palm rest

Preconfigured. Easy to customize.

SpaceExplorer's software automatically recognizes the programs already loaded on your computer-such as Autodesk Inventor, SolidWorks, Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire, Solid Edge, UGS NX, and a host of other CAD and DCC applications-and installs default configurations that predefine the functions assigned to programmable buttons.

Earn your wings in no time at all.

3Dconexion's Configuration Wizard is an interactive tool that uses animation and imagery to guide you through controller cap movement and configuring your preferences. The Configuration Wizard also provides demonstration applications so you can practice or start using the device right away.

Plus, your 3DxSoftware will never be out of date, because 3Dconnexion's Update Wizard keeps you up-to-date on the latest OS and application versions and new features.


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Righteous dude in PA on April 28, 2008
The hype is true. This mouse does make SolidWorks faster and more pleasant. The learning curve (adjustment period) is about 15 minutes. Some fiddling with the setup may be required, but this is relatively painless. In short, I love it. But...

It has an annoying habit of not working from time to time. If you look long enough, an internet search will reveal a "reboot" procedure where you hold the 1 and 2 buttons down while plugging it into the USB port. You'll want to make a note of this, because I have to do it fairly often. Without the reboot, the mouse occasionally will not work. As in completely dead. I had to find this little secret reboot tidbit on the internet after an hour of frustrated fiddling around. I called tech support and received decent help, but only after answering a dozen marketing survey questions that I found to be invasive and annoying. My mouse was dead and they wanted to know my number of employees etc before they'd answer anything.

That said, I'd buy another one if this one died. I just wish the company spent some of their marketing/data harvesting budget on fixing the reliability issue.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Reedy on May 6, 2007
I've been using a spaceball for over 10 years. This is a big improvement over previous models and I'm happy the price has finally come down. I've so thoroughly integrated this into my workflow than I am handicapped without it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CMOS on September 16, 2009
Christoph is correct. Even though 3D Connexion claims that this device is supported under OS X and with Cinema 4D, it is basically a paperweight. Virtually none of the buttons work, and on their support forums the company refers complaints to a 2 year old thread where they claim they're "working on it". This company doesn't give a damn about Mac users but they want Mac users' money; that's the bottom line. Look to another company for your 3D devices on Mac.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Andersen on June 10, 2007
The 3D connexion SpaceExplorer is a great time saving tool, when using SolidWorks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By southpawami on July 17, 2012
This controller is for gaining better control of 3D space within 3D applications and modeling. Gaining better control is accomplished by using a 3d connexion in the secondary hand, while using a mouse, trackpad, or trackball in the primary hand. One is for working with selection, while the secondary hand is for working with the 3D space that the selection is within. Applications of this type are generally specialty applications such as Rhino(a 3d modeler). As the VAST majority of 3D software supports this control partially, I created a test results list to prevent further frustration.

The six controls for this device - Pan LR, Pan UD, Zoom FB, Tilt FB, Spin Rot, Roll LR
ALL Supported correctly
Rhino 4sr9(better experience than modo/lightwave in 3d connexion controller use), Lightwave 11, modo 6

5 of 6 supported correctly - not necessarily the same supported controls shared between these applications
3ds Max Design 2013, Shade 12.1(correct yes, but not smooth), MoI 2, DAZ 4

4 of 6 supported correctly
Mudbox 2013

3 of 6 supported correctly
blender 2.63a

The driver that supports the option of starting windows with the program is the standard driver. These results are based on the standard driver. Also, the standard driver is what developers should be working with. The beta driver for using this device for any application is a keymapping driver, which a lot of supported software is only supported because of a provided keymap, not due to actual support. This includes software like Second Life. Keymapping is not as good as the developer spending the effort to program specifically for the device, and the discerning user will notice this.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T. Pease on June 17, 2008
Product functions well. It would be nice to have more indents on some of the buttons so your fingers don't get lost. One major complaint I have is with the protective rubber coating around joystick. The coating is thin and made of rubber and started coming off whithin a month of use.
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This is my latest "crutch" product, right after my TrackMan Wheel (e.g., products that I MUST HAVE to work productively...). I use it on Pro/E, AutoDesk products and SolidWorks.

Yes, the "3D mouse" aspect is all but transparent after about 10 minutes.

Yes, it requires a huge amount of customization to get it to do exactly what "you expect it to" / "it should".

Yes, it is not nearly as plug-and-play as an average user would hope for, given the price of admission.

But seriously. Buying a specialty piece of hardware aimed specifically at a market segment that thrives on cutting-edge time savers comes with its own caveats. The "I want it to do exactly [this] with [this one piece of software] that I use [every day] and so do [the 8 other people in the world] that use it" is available, you just have to know how to get there without the company that produced the hardware holding your hand.

This is a commercially produced product that comes with its own SDK; that alone should clue people in to the capacity, limitations and developer expectations of this product.

What it boils down to is this:

You have the capacity to change the "supported software" list on your own. If you're not up for that, find a different solution.
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