I was wondering if anyone can suggest a good 3D connexion mouse that works well with Solidworks.
Make sure that you pick the tick box to look for archived drivers. The latest one on 3DConnexions sight for the Spaceball 5000 is version 3.7.22 which you should be able to get from here
If you can't get it from the above link, here is one for 3.7.18 that I still have
Any of the current one's 3DConnexion sells work well with SolidWorks.
How much money do you want to spend?
Would like to spend between $100 - $200
I have used both a SpacePilot and SpacePilot Pro here at work. Both very nice. But I find that I do very little with programming the buttons because I have so many SW hotkeys already set and learned. So in my case, I have a SpaceNavigator at home and it works fine.
I really feel like I am crippled when I am at a machine without one.
I got a VERY lightly used Space Pilot off Ebay for $77
I really like my SpaceExplorer the most out of the 3D mice I own.
I also own a SpacePilot Pro and Space Navigator.
I do not use the buttons much on the 3D mouse. However, the SpaceExplorer has a 2D button which is really handy for temporarily locking the 3D graphics area in 2D to zoom around in.
This is great, for example, when I am looking at a plan view of a die asm and want to zoom around to visually see if everthing is lining up OK. I do not have to worry about introducing a roll or yaw when I am zooming around the plan view. When I am done it is a simple click of the button to return to full pitch, roll and yaw on the 3D mouse.
I got the SpaceNavigator and it works great in many CAD applications including SW. It has 2 buttons that are both customizable.
Just to touch on what Anna mensioned about locking to a 2D pan... i have one of the buttons set to acheive this by just selecting the correct custom function. its great
Just like everyone he has already said...anyone 3Dmc from 3DConnexion works well. I've had just about all of the Spaceballs and Pilots. I even won a free Navigator, it's still in the box. I use a Spacepilot Pro right now until they come out with something new. I always like to have the most up to date stuff from 3DConnexion. I usually get a demo model first then decide to buy. If money is the factor go for the Navigator. Yes it has less buttons but will still work fine.
Thanks all for responding. I've just purchased the Spaceball 5000 USB. Hope I like it.
Good luck and have fun. Is there a reason you ended up buying a spaceBall instead of a 3D Connexion device?
Not sure what you meant by not buying a 3DConnexion device. I thought the Spaceball is from 3DConnexion. This is what I purchased. Please don't tell me I bought the wrong part.
Don't worry Kris - Spaceball 5000 USB is a 3D-Connexion device (though now a little old). I have one near my left hand as I write...
what does a spaceball look like? can someone post a pic?
Here you go Greg - fresh from my desk...
Sorry for the confusion. There was another company that used to sell a product similar to the spaceball.
Once you use a 3D controller (whichever type) you will not like to sit down at a SWorks station that does not have one. Give it about a week and it will become second-nature to you.
thanks! looks a bit bizarre!
I received the Spaceball 5000 USB 3D mouse today but no software was included. I went to 3DConnexion website and I am told that the driver was only supported for 3 years and I cannot download it anymore. Since you have one of these I was wondering if you can send me the driver or anyone else that might have one please email me
Thanks for any help.
Kris - I use two 3D mice; an original Traveller on my XP laptop, the 5000 on my Win7 desktop, both x64. I'm currently using v3-6-7 for Win7 & v3-5-6 for XP (only because I haven't felt the need to update) and can send you either/both if you couldn't get the driver from the website. The link in John's post leads you to a dead end as you won't have registered yet, but that's just a formality as far as I know. He's right about the latest version being 3.7.22. The search result there shows a blank for Win7, but there's only one driver for Vista & XP and mine works ok on 7. Can't see your email address anywhere, so use my website Contact page to send me yours so I can send you the driver(s).
I got the driver and all is well now. Now I don't have to take home my Space Navigator for Notebooks from work anymore.
You guys are the best!!
Can you help me with my spaceball 5000 USB device settings since you own one of them? Every time I exit solidworks my settings goes back to default. I cannot seem to get the settings on my buttons to save. I tried both automatic save on and off and same result. I also save my settings as a new name and same result - does not save the settings.
Anyone else feel free to chime in if you can help.
Writing this on the fly as I play around with my settings. It's been a while since I really looked at this stuff, so this may ramble on a bit....
I've got the 3Dconnexion Control Panel settings ticked as Automatic save. I save the Device Configuration anyway (see attached) just so I can have different settings for other applications & see where I am. The Device Configuration settings of Speed & Zoom Direction are global within SW.
When in SW, have a Part open then press Spaceball Button 1 (or the 3Dcontrol Toolbar icon that loooks like a bit of toast) to get to your button mapping. Modify to your personal taste then open an assembly and do likewise. Similarly with a drawing. The settings should stick ok. Haven't a clue what to do if they don't. You may have to hunt around a bit to get to the functions you want. Note that you can do some keyboard mapping - I find Esc useful.
I just changed my button mapping (Part Mode just as an example), exited SW then back in and it's all ok. This change done from within SW, not using the Control Panel. Ah ha! Maybe that's the problem. Have you tried setting the buttons in SW, not the Control Panel? As there are three modes; Part, Assembly & Drawing you may be messing up one with the other. Try having the 3Dconnexion Control Panel open with the Button Configuration tab selected then modify the buttons in SW - you should see the mapping updating as you modify in SW. Don't bother saving anything in the Control Panel to do with buttons, just stick with setting up the buttons in SW.
Other attachment shows what you should see when pressing Button 1 (or the aforementioned icon) in Part Mode (these are obviously my settings, not the default).
Sorry for what has really become a ramble. Please let me know if you can't make head nor tail of this & I'll try again when it's not so late. Or perhaps one of the more-erudite members can prop me up here.
Thanks very much for the detailed "How to" description of configuring the mouse.
One other question!
Does the setting switched automatically between parts/assembly/drawing?
Yes, all automatic.
Let me know if you need any more info.
Mine does not switch between part/assembly
Here are my settings.
Kris - I'm out & about today so can't get to SW to check anything of mine. However, I see from your Word document that your Part- and Assembly-mode button settings are different, so I'm confused. Are you saying that they won't stick/save? When you change from Part to Assembly mode & vice-versa, which button setting sticks (or none)?
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