SolidSmack my integrated Space Pilot & keyboard solution

I can’t write much more about this. Josh Mings (@JoshMings) covered it in a nutshell on his website, SolidSmack.com. You can read about my interim solution for integrating a 3Dconnexion (@3DConnexion) Space Pilot with a standard keyboard here:
http://www.solidsmack.com/rockin-cool-stuff/3dconnexion-3d-mouse-mod/

Of course, if you all want to help me out and design it yourself you can enter the 3Dconnexion design challenge: http://www.3dconnexion.com/challenge or vote for the integrated designs already posted to the 3DConnexion Facebook page.

Design your ultimate 3D mouse – no holds barred!! The only criteria is to ensure your design integrates 3Dconnexion’s existing controller cap. After all, it’s the heart of a 3D mouse, so look after it!

Thanks again @JoshMings, @SolidSmack, @3DConnexion as well as @InventorTopixJD (Jamie pointed me in the right direction for the already submitted designs.)

 

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Engineer Vs. Designer

This is just pure entertainment: http://evd1.tv/. A new weekly podcast series from Josh Mings from SolidSmack.com and Adam O’Hern from CadJunkie.com, with guest Al Dean from Develop 3D magazine is sure to to keep you glued to your speakers. The first podcast is an intro to Engineer Vs. Designer where they cover some very un-CAD related subjects and get Al’s insight into the CAD industry. If they keep up this pace, I’ll be sure to listen every week. Listen for yourself and let them know what you think.

Follow them on Twitter at @evd1

 

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Where do you go for help?

Quick poll of the week. If you select other, add a comment to this post. I’m guessing most people who vote for this poll are going to vote for online forums and social networks. How else would you have found this poll?

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It’s almost beta time

It’s almost that time of year again when Autodesk starts up the beta programs for next years software updates. This is a great way to get a direct path of communication to Autodesk for not only providing bug reports for the current beta but your wishlist items. Usually it’s too late in the beta process to get some crazy new feature request added to the release, but if it’s a small request and you can justify the need well enough it has the possibility of making it in.

Participating in the beta program provides an early look at the new features. They do state that their is no guarantee that all the features from beta will make it into the final release, which is fair. Most new features do usually make it into the final but may not behave exactly as they did in beta.

Beta is also a great way to plan ahead for the software updates by learning the new features yourself first so that your team can hit the ground running with new features.

If you are not registered yet for the beta program, you can do so through the Autodesk customer feedback site located here: http://beta.autodesk.com

 

Note: You are held under a non disclosure agreement when you participate on the beta programs which means you are not allowed to openly discussed the content of any of the beta programs with the general public.

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