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    Question CAD mouse / 3D mouse - anyone use these?

    Simple CAD station situation. I am not using this setup but I came across this looking for some relief in my workday. Especially when we are busy.
    Personally I have issues in my hands, wrists, forearms and elbows from 20+ years of CAD work. I am curious if anyone else deals with this as I do? And what, if anything, have you done to relieve the pain? And of course, have you heard of this product? Or use this product? Its expensive ($500-ish) but may be worth it for the long run. Thoughts?

    https://www.3dconnexion.com/nc/buy/shop/view/ListView/step/one.html


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    Repetitive Stress Syndrome (RSS) / Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
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    Yes I know it for sure and played with it during one of my Revit update training sessions.
    I think it needs some getting used too, so I did not really like it much back then because of the short time I was able to use it.
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    I have the space mouse wireless, and only started trying to use it for a session or two. lots of control learning to do with the spacemouse, and definitely pull the speed down to minimum for me. Before that it was like a wild video game! Over the break I am going to try to get used it it..We have a member on here from England I think, who uses one and loves it. Michael Annuevo did a good review on it somewhere, specific to revit, I think on an engineering website.
    Here it is, on his website...https://www.littledetailscount.com/i...exion-products
    He does amazing stuff!
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    Tested them out years ago...our office decided not to purchase.

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    I sympathise about the wrist issues and over the years I've tried every device on the market just about - sideways mice even, special 'cad' mice - but the only thing that has worked for me is using a pen. Kurta tablets in the 1990s then Wacom Intuos and the all-in-one screen/tablet. After years of trying both the latter I decided that a regular Wacom Intuos tablet and pen was better for posture than the Cintiq screen/tablets.

    3D mice I find are great for presentation to clients and with Enscape views linked to Revit. Not quite so good with Revit itself - control isn't as smooth in Revit, although not bad (and it works well in Autocad and some other programmes).

    I wouldn't use one as my main mouse in Revit though.

    Something else I use off and on over the years is software like Workpace which interrupts your use of pen/mouse/keyboard and prompts you to do some relaxing exercises after prolonged use. Drives you nuts but that's the point - it interrupts you when you are getting stressed

    Overall, what works for me after 25 years of cad is the Wacom pen in right hand (and mouth occasionally - Yuk!), a 3D mouse for left hand and a number pad on the left hand - also the X-Keys Macro keypad for reducing the number of shortcut keypresses into one touch commands.

    I hope that is some help.

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    If you look closely you'll find their devices are intended to work alongside a mouse. If you're right handed it goes on the left side of the keyboard so you can use your left hand. It allows for view navigation and frees up the mouse for selection and right click interaction. That's not a bad thing. I've used a couple of them and have their wireless mouse right now. I stopped using the other devices for no other reason than I use a laptop 90% of the time and if I'm not using it I'm using someone else's computer. It was just one more thing to carry around with me and setup...laziness kicked in.

    If I was spending my entire day in Navisworks/Revit at a fixed workstation I'd probably put it back in action.

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    For left handed instead of mapping the ESC and TAB across to the other end of the keyboard, they can reside on the spacemouse. Though I never did get around to actually setting that part, but pretty sure it was possible. But boy the default speed was like one of the old asteroid shooting games.! Vrrooom, where did the building go?

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    I saw that recently with the Spacemouse - the Revit model was shooting about all over the place.

    I reinstalled the driver and it settled down - it isn't normally like that in my experience

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    I think I solved it by pulling the speed right down to minimum. I will look again over the break, may have to reinstall. Thanks William.

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    Eratic, I also had a student who used a vertical mouse who had wrist problems. Couple of weeks getting used to it and he was flying with it. The challenge is to find these specialist mouses in left-handed versions!

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