I'm looking at getting a wacom bamboo. This is the most inexpensive Wacom tablet.
Has anyone used this tablet with solid works?
Intuos Medium $349
We will use the tablet with High School Students.
I have a Intuos 3 - it does NOT work with SolidWorks. I set one of the rocker buttons to emulate the middle mouse button - which works perfectly in other programs that use this button for viewport rotation - and SW refuses to recognize the input. I have no clue as to why, but I wouldn't expect the lower-caliber Bamboo drivers to work any better.
I have a wacom intuos3 6x11.
I tested it out here just now and its working fine with SW09.
This is with xp32 and tablet driver 6.1.5-3a.
I set the upper rocker switch on the pen to be middle click in the Wacom Tablet Properties = SW rotate when held down,
zoom works in the wacom strips...etc...
To the original poster I'm not sure you would want to work in SW with a tablet by choice but it would seem to be functional.
6x11 is really too big if you want to pick icons etc distributed around a large lcd = too much hand movement.
I guess you could remap the area though. 4x6 or 5x8 may be better...
Edit: Matt Lombard tried a Bamboo with SW2010 see his blog article http://www.dezignstuff.com/blog/?p=2952 - some readers opinions there too
My recommendation would be to would stay with a mouse for SW.
thanks for the replay:
what about these used units?
by the way. these really seems to be an excellent forum.
I just started learning SW. I'm a 3DS, Blender and Gimp user and am really enjoying learning SW.
Well they are probably fine esp if you want to buy used to save money. The active area might be a little too small though. I dont think a mouse on a tablet is very useful.
I think really you should be getting opinions about whats best to purchase from the cg people at your school who will be using them most.
Wacom make quality tablets whatever you decide. You definitely need good pressure sensitivity and I think tilt and rotate capability is handy. intuos4 have more sensitivity than 3.
I'm waiting for an Art Pen with rotate to be delivered presently...being a superceded intuos3 I did have a little trouble sourcing it.
Here is a list of apps and type of support http://www.nz.wacom-asia.com/faq/penfunction.html - this is probably outdated though.
I know Autodesk Alias Sketch -just out- (have a look at this I think its cool) doesnt have full tablet support (yet) - eraser didnt work + no rotate.
I would say too that not everyone is right handed - I am a leftie - so the buttons on the PTZ-431 you linked to might be a bit awkward for some.
If you could find the slightly bigger 6x8 version PTZ-630 on ebay they have buttons either side and would be better all round.
Also note that the cable might come out the wrong side for your desk arrangement as it does in my case -see pic attach.
Larger tablets take up a fair bit of desktop space and things can get cramped and tangled. My desk is 4'x8'.
Perhaps the new 5x8 wireless http://www.wacom.com/intuos/wireless.php would be best but they might interfere with each other in a class room? and of course they are expensive. Maybe they are easier to steal or drop?? they do however have a small OLED display showing what function is set for the buttons which might be helpful for the classroom situation and they are probably more comfortable/versatile to use.
They are ambidextrous - as are other intuos4 - and I think the size is good - ...havent used one so I cant say..
I would be a little shy about spending too much money on something for a school if they are likely to get rough treatment but then again you want to inspire students.
Perhaps you want to buy some smaller intuos tablets for student 'experiments', and some accessory pens to share around, and a better one (wireless?) for the teacher to demo, and older *star* students to experience...I'm thinking artists here rather than SW users.
Note that intuos4 and 3 pens are not compatible with the other.
So perhaps if you have modest funds for more capable new stuff - intuos4-small ($229) and a wireless ($399)?? I am a bit uncertain about a 4x6 - try one first.
The Bamboo series dont seem to have tilt or rotate capability (less expressive pens) -..and they vary in their sensitivity level but they are ambidextrous...the Fun 5x8 ($199) or Pen and Touch 4x6 ($99) seem like good value/most useful. Fun + wireless = beginners + advanced level???
Dunno... I guess you have to look properly into the needs and options for yourself....
As I said I think a mouse is the thing for SW - you should buy tablets most suited to the graphics courses your school teaches rather than think about CAD use.
HTH btw I'm a Blenderhead as well
Thanks for such a detailed response. The link from wacom will be extremely useful.
I feel we need purchase wired units. Things do disapear at High Schools.
As for Blender. I've only been using it for 7 months now and I really like it!
For a free package it is very powerful and our students do very well with it.
Have you ever used a Mac?
No I've never used a mac.
Blender is an amazing anomaly really.
It is quite a capable program - modelling, animation, rendering, smoke, fluids, .. all sorts of stuff...
A lot of people around the world freely contribute to and use it.
Cuba, Brazil, India, South Africa, USA, Germany, you name it, there are keen Blenderheads there.
The forums are very friendly and helpful.
SW forums are a bit business like in comparison but also helpful.
I guess artists are more sociable.
Anyway hope you find a good solution to your tablet quest.
Hmmm, that's interesting. I'm on Windows 7 64 bit. Although the Wacom site allows you to download a specific 64-bit driver for this OS, it isn't actually fully 64-bit - it installs into the (X86) program folder. Maybe that's why I can't get it to work with 64-bit SW. That being said, the Rhino V5 beta is 64 bit and the tablet works just fine there.
I hate computers.
BTW, the reason I use the tablet in CAD is twofold: RSI-reduction and simplicity - I can use custom button bindings to make modo, Rhino, and FormZ work the same, which greatly reduces the number of shortcut keys I have to memorize.
Middle Click is supported by the Wacom pen if you set it up for ALL APPLICATIONS. Solidworks will ignore anything that is set up only for itself.
I have set the upper button of the pen to middle click for "all" and it functions.
You just resurrected a 4-year-old thread!
It's the top result in google for Solidworks Middle Click Wacom.
I apologize, I do not have the whole Solidworks Forum memorized.
I only knew that by reading the datestamps on the posts.
What difference does it makes? It's still an open issue with Solidworks.
I'm just curious as to why you think a tablet would be beneficial. I'm not saying it wouldn't. Just curious.
Actually I'm looking at it for use using photoshop, gimp, and corel. If we are purchasing one I would like it to also work with SolidWorks.
Most important of all, your wrist cannot develop carpal tunnel because it is never stuck in full pronation. Unlike with a mouse. When you are using a mouse, your thumb is rotated towards your body, the 2 bones in the forearm, along with your mouse hand being stuck in a grapsing position over the mouse, those bones are continuously squeezing all of your wrist muscles together and by click click clicking and clicking some more as per Solidworks' wonderful click happy interface standards, there's another muscle moving in that tightened position the wrist is stuck in all day long click click clicking to confirm and double confirm your clicks in solidworks.
This doesn't affect everyone but for me using a pen and keyboard shortcuts for everything has been painless for decades. Working fast with a mouse, my wrist can quickly lock up.
I have a Wacom Intuos 2--but it's far too cumbersome to use with SolidWorks (works fine with older versions--haven't bothered to try it with recent versions). What benefit do you perceive with SolidWorks? These things shine brightest with freehand drawing, which is not found within SolidWorks.
are you trying to freehand sketch with tablet in adobe illustrator, then exporting a .dxf from adobe? is this the path you are trying to take?
yes. we want to create dxf files eventually so we can cnc and laser etch
wow! this is an epic forum!
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