May 4, 2011

Autodesk Adds 3D Mouse Support to AutoCAD and Autodesk Showcase 2012

Native Support Gives AutoCAD and Autodesk Showcase 2012 Users Access to Industry Leading 3D Navigation Tools While Underscoring Critical Role of 3D Mice.

FREMONT, Calif – 3Dconnexion has announced Autodesk® has added native 3D mouse support in AutoCAD 2012, one of the world’s leading 2D and 3D CAD design tools. Autodesk Showcase® 2012 was also added to 3Dconnexion’s portfolio of supported applications, offering architects, designers, engineers, and managers native 3D mouse support in the real-time 3D presentation and rendering software that helps transform CAD files into compelling imagery, movies, and real-time presentations. AutoCAD 2012 support includes 3Dconnexion 3D mouse compatibility in the full line of AutoCAD products, including AutoCAD® Architecture, AutoCAD Civil 3D®, AutoCAD Electrical, AutoCAD Map® 3D, AutoCAD® Mechanical, AutoCAD® MEP, AutoCAD® P&ID, and AutoCAD® Plant 3D, as well as Autodesk Inventor® Fusion.

3Dconnexion 3D mice further enhance the new conceptual design tools and more robust 3D modeling tools in AutoCAD 2012, enabling engineers to design, explore and collaborate more efficiently. 3D mice also now allow designers using Showcase 2012 to more easily transform CAD data into imagery, movies and interactive presentations and improve the overall design review process. In addition, native integration into these two applications provides users with optimized access to industry-leading 3D navigation capabilities, enabling them to take full advantage of a wide range of benefits.

“Autodesk continues to innovate around its design and engineering software portfolio for manufacturers. This year, we’re proud to deliver AutoCAD customers even greater flexibility and accessibility, with the inclusion of new tools for direct modeling,” said Amy Bunszel, vice president of AutoCAD Products, Autodesk. “We’re pleased to support 3Dconnexion 3D mice in AutoCAD and Autodesk Showcase 2012, helping our customers design and navigate more quickly and easily in 3D.”

Offering a level of design interaction unattainable with a traditional mouse and keyboard, 3D mice allow AutoCAD and Showcase 2012 users to pan, zoom and rotate simultaneously enabling a superior navigation experience that boosts productivity and efficiency while aiding user comfort. Using a 3D mouse, AutoCAD and Showcase users are able to design more intuitively and with such precise control it feels like they’re holding the digital model in their hand.

“Native support in AutoCAD and Showcase 2012 marks yet another watershed for 3Dconnexion, underscoring the significance of 3D mice in today’s 3D design environments,” said Dieter Neujahr, CEO and president of 3Dconnexion. “3Dconnexion 3D mice are a must-have for any designer working in a high-performance, state-of-the-art 3D design platforms.”


The entire 3Dconnexion product line is compatible with AutoCAD and Showcase 2012, including the Professional Series with the SpacePilot PRO (MSRP $399) and SpaceExplorer™ (MSRP $299), and the Standard Series with the SpaceNavigator (MSRP $99) and SpaceNavigator for Notebooks (MSRP $129).