If you happen to be a fan of Google SketchUp, here’s something you might want to know about. 3Dconnexion, the 3-D mice maker, has released a new driver that brings intelligent 3-D navigation and a streamlined 3-D mouse interface to the online 3-D design tool. Designed to give the SketchUp community increased control of their designs and workspace, the new enhancements automatically follow the point of interest to continuously determine the optimal center of rotation when controlling spin, tilt and roll motions. There is also a new pop-up menu addition to the interface that centralizes all 3-D mouse-related options, along with a new “helicopter” mode that provides a more consistent navigation experience with Google Earth. The new enhancements are available for Windows now and will be available for the Mac in September, both via free software updates.
Engineers throughout the US are in the midst of celebrating Engineers Week. But the celebration extends beyond the country’s borders, and even beyond the Earth itself; the crew of the International Space Station joined the festivities, too!
Many engineering professionals have come to view CAD as something of a commodity, not an area where much innovation can be expected. CAD tools continue to get better, however, with software delivering powerful capabilities for the evolving product design process.
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