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3D Connextion Mouse


#1

Hello,

I don’t suppose that anyone happens to know the USB protocol for a 3D Connection mouse? I want to use it as a jog wheel for my 3D Printer, however I can’t find a document that governs its interface.


#2

Interesting mouse. Does it work well?


#3

Yes it works very good. It’s one of those things that you didn’t know that you needed but do; and not even for CAD work!


#4

Does it work like a regular mouse?


#5

It’s a controller that allows you to manipulate an object in a 3D environment. Theoretically that would be every 3D Modeling program, game and MMORPG; however widespread adoption is only now starting (e.g. Google Earth). In 2d you can map the movements to keystrokes to control programs like Firefox (back forward, scroll etc).


#6

Also, it would make an awesome controller for a CNC machine, rather than having to use a keyboard to position the end mill (or 3d deposition head). The 3D mouse has 6 degrees of freedom.


#7

Ok found a lot of info flowing off from this page (took a while to get it all) http://www.3dconnexion.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=5416&p=27127&hilit=protocol#p27127. Going to park that information here so that people in the future can find it as well.

A C# Codeshare Driver to follow soon.


#8

I got one of these for Christmas and love it for Sketchup, wish it worked in the Vectric products… looking forward to using it in SolidWorks (whenever I can actually get a copy).

I use a Logitech G13 as a pendant for my CNC now… it’s much cheaper even than the notebook version of this controller and uses standard keyboard mapping macros.

I just received two Jog It! pendants from the Kickstarter campaign - were about $100 each, not sure what he’s going to retail them for, but they are specifically set up for Mach3 already. http://dtrobotics.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.html


#9

The Logitech is cool. I don’t know about the jog it one though, can you operate it with more than one button at a time? I still prefer to use the 3d mouse though.