Go to the 3D Connexion website. You can down load old drivers.
Thanks. From what I can see, those drivers were released in 2013. Will they still work with the newer versions of Solidworks?
I don't know about the Spacepilot but my SpaceExplorer which I bought on Ebay about 4 years ago is still working with SWX 2018.
Same here. Except I think I bought the Space Explorer about 15 years ago...
I had to trash a Space Pilot while upgrading to SW2017. However I upgraded to Win10 at the same time, and I suspect the Windows upgrade more.
Yes I got it working on 2017 solidworks. It is tricky. First off you have to download the new driver for spacepilot pro; after you have installed it you have to go to the following folder C:\Program Files\3Dconnexion\3Dconnexion 3DxSoftware\3DxSolidWorks64
copy the .dll file in your documents..... if you machine is 32 bits use the 32 bits file but if your machine is 64 bits then use the 64 bits file..... name of the file should be TDxSW64.dll if your machine is 64 bits.
Then uninstall the driver software
Now, Download the old driver for your old spacepro from the archive 3dconnection website. Install the driver using compatibility mode if you are using win 10 if not it should be ok for win xp win 7 & 8
When you open solidworks 2017 or 2016 go to..... file..... open..... then please locate the .dll file you save in your documents, select it and then click in open... nothing will happen or open it just to install manually the spacepilot driver in solidworks. That's all!!!! it should be working now
I'm happy i didn't have to spend 450 dollars for a new spacepilot pro
Also running Win10 . . . running SolidWorks2017 (soon to upgrade to 2018) . . . also had problem getting old SpacePilot (my company's IT guy found in a drawer and gave to me) to work with my configuration . . .
A much easier approach than yours is to:
1) Download the Win7 driver (3DxSoftware64_v3-16-3_r1447.exe)
2) RightMouseButton over the EXE and select "Properties"
Set "Compatibility Mode" to "Win7"
3) Double-click EXE and run the installation process
4) Plug-in SpacePilot to USB port
5) Launch SolidWorks . . . it will notice the new 3D mouse and automatically install the Add-In
6) Use the "3D Mouse Home" app (that got installed on your desktop) to configure the buttons and speed of zoom/spin/etc.
Was VERY easy . . . once me and the IT guy thought-of running the install in Compatibility Mode = Win 7 :-)
Download the old Win7 driver: 3DxSoftware64_v3-16-3_r1447.exe
Set the EXE's properties to Win 7 Compatibility Mode
Run the EXE to install the driver
(run "Custom" install, and UNcheck all the other apps except SolidWorks and the 2 'training' apps at the top of the list)
Run SolidWorks to install the add-in (it will do so automatically)
Run the "3D Mouse Home" app (that got installed onto desktop) to configure the buttons and pan/zoom speeds
Learn how to make your part/assembly move the way you want . . . :-)
I still run an older Space Pilot mouse at home and it works great. As a student you are eligible for a discount. Check out 3Dconnexion: 3dconnexion Educational Shop
You can find drivers for older products at 3Dconnexion: Archived Drivers . The archived drivers list for the Space Pilot (not Pro) has a driver for 32 and 64bit Windows 7. If your on Windows 10 it should pick up the driver just fine. If there are any issues you can use Compatibility Mode as James Bach suggests in his post.
I followed this and got my spacepilot working in 2018
But i noticed what the Meny and the toolbar is missing
And the 3D Control are missing in customize dialogs
Its not a big issue
Are you all missing them then replacing the .dlls
Not sure what menu and toolbar you're referring to . . .
I just use the "puck" to manipulate my object (it's better/easier than the standard mouse) . . . I don't use any of the buttons on the 3D mouse's base . . . I don't use any extra menus/icons in SolidWorks . . .
Sorry I can't answer your question :-(
I have a SpacePilot still working with 2018 and Windows 10. Didn't have to do anything special other then use an older version of the driver. The last one that I have found that works with the SpacePilot is 3DxWare64_v10-4-10_r2558.
I'm tempted to update to the v10-4-10_r2558 that Alastair mentions . . . currently I'm running v3-16-3_r1447 . . . but not sure what benefit it might provide. I don't use any of the buttons . . . just the puck to manipulate my object.
On my system I use the 'Pro' device at work and have the older non-Pro device at home . . . so, I need the lowest-common-denominator. I tried installing the 'Pro' driver when I got the Pro device at work, but then my non-Pro (which I took home to be a work-a-holic) stopped working :-(
I confirm what Alastair says. Just instaled the 3DxWare64_v10-4-10_r2558. in windows 7 compatibility and it works perfect all the buttons, the screen and so.
Thanks to all.