As a CAD user, you owe it to yourself to include the best design equipment or tools you are more comfortable working with when creating your workspace in order to maximize your productivity.
These tools can be your favorite desktop to CPU combination, multiple hard disks or a customized mouse designed to meet your specific needs…and today’s post will focus on helping you simplify 3D CAD processes by introducing to your work space the revolutionary 3D mouse.
Everyone conversant with a computer definitely knows what a computer mouse is and the functions it handles but when it comes to the 3D mouse, most people—including CAD users—have little or no idea about what this device can help them accomplish.
Therefore, before going into specifics on today’s tips on using a 3D mouse, here is a brief description.
The computer 3D mouse is a directional/pointing device made up of two components—a 3 dimensional controller cap and a standard mouse—that serve diverse purposes.
The 3D controller cap serves as both the directional device and a manipulator by panning, zooming and viewing 3D objects in three dimensions while the standard mouse acts as the selection tool which allows the user select menu items and objects.
This unique arrangement makes working with 3D applications on a digital interface quite intuitive and increases the pace in which you interact with 3D applications and objects on your workspace.
So here are some tips to using a 3D mouse as a CAD user.
4 Tips to Working with a 3D Mouse in a CAD Workspace
1. Understanding Your Mouse: The first step to using any new gadget is becoming acquainted with the features that make it work and the 3D mouse is no different. Therefore the first tip is to become familiar with your controller cap and its working process by playing with its panning, zooming, and 3D movement capabilities on your favourite CAD workspace. this will get you acquainted with the functions associated with tilting, moving and sliding the controller cap
2. Turn on the Single Axis Mode: the first lesson most of us learnt after our introduction to CAD was how to draft simple 2D designs in a single plane—the XY axis. This learning concept is what the single axis mode attempts to accomplish by restricting the controller’s cap movement to a single axis thereby mirroring the capabilities of your average mouse and as you get more comfortable using the 3D mouse, simply switch off this limitation and enjoy the complete experience.
3. Work with Multiple Design Platforms: for designers who make use of Photoshop as an editing tool, Solid Work for modelling and Maya for animation, it is important to note that the 3D mouse works quite differently on each of these apps interface. So the tip here is to rotate your try-outs among all the design apps you use in other to be completely proficient with its use.
4. Practice, Practice, Practice: the last tip for today is to take advantage of the learning materials provided by both the manufacturer of your 3D mouse and online tutorials that can be found on You Tube/other online CAD communities. On obtaining these materials, the next step is definitely the practice you require to become perfect.