do you have mad skills?

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Do you think you have some mad design skills?  Well, here’s your chance to show them off.

3Dconnexion has launched a design contest that challenges you to design the 3D Mouse of the Future.  Here is the official press release that was issued on July 11, 2011.

3Dconnexion Kicks Off Global “3D Mouse of the Future” Design Challenge

Design Contest Invites 3D Professionals and Enthusiasts to Create the Ultimate 3D Mouse for the Chance to Win a $5,000 CAD Workstation

BOSTON – July 11, 2011 – Dedicated to improving the way people interact with digital 3D content, 3Dconnexion today kicked off a new contest for designers everywhere – challenging them to create the “3D Mouse of the Future”. For the months of July, August and September, designers across the globe can submit their designs for a chance to win monthly prizes of 3Dconnexion SpacePilot PRO, SpaceExplorer and SpaceNavigator 3D mice, as well as a grand prize of a custom CAD workstation.

“Engineers and designers across the world in a range of industries use 3Dconnexion 3D mice to better understand their designs and improve their workflow,” said Antonio Pascucci, vice president of products, 3Dconnexion. “We initiated this challenge to give people the opportunity to show us their best creative thinking, whether they are using our devices day in and day out or not at all. We’re really excited to see what creative and innovative things the community can bring to the 3D mouse.”

To enter, designers and 3D enthusiasts are invited to create their 3D Mouse of the Future. The only element that must remain constant in each design is the integration of 3Dconnexion’s inherent controller cap. At the end of each month, a panel of judges will select their three favorite entries. The first place winner will receive a SpacePilot PRO 3D mouse, the second place winner a SpaceExplorer 3D mouse and the third place winner a SpaceNavigator 3D mouse.

The nine monthly prize winners plus a community wildcard (the entry with the most “Likes” on Facebook) will be entered into the final phase of the competition where a grand prize winner will be selected by a public vote. The grand prize winner will receive a custom workstation, up to a $5,000 value. More information about the 3Dconnexion design challenge and submission guidelines are available on 3Dconnexion’s website and Facebook page.

About 3Dconnexion
3Dconnexion is the leading provider of 3D mice for 3D design and visualization. 3Dconnexion devices support today’s most popular and powerful 3D applications by offering users a more intuitive and natural way to interact with computer-generated 3D content. 3Dconnexion’s award-winning 3D mice serve a wide variety of industries and are used by 3D designers, animators and artists worldwide. 3Dconnexion is headquartered in Munich, Germany with North American headquarters in Boston, Mass and offices worldwide. For more information, visit www.3Dconnexion.com. You may also connect with 3Dconnexion on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/3Dconnexion) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/3Dconnexion).

 

Full details on this contest can be found here on the 3Dconnexion website and also here on the official 3Dconnexion Facebook page.

So let’s see what you got!  Make your fellow SolidWorks designers proud!

3dconnexion hits the 1 million milestone

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Today 3Dconnexion announced that has achieved its 1 millionth 3D mouse shipped milestone.  That achievement is truly astonishing for me.  Below is the official press release from 3Dconexxion.

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3Dconnexion Achieves One Million 3D Mouse Milestone

3D Mice Revolutionizing the Workflow of Engineers and Designers Around the World

FREMONT, Calif. – March 2, 2011 – 3Dconnexion today announced it has shipped more than one million 3D mice, supporting today’s most popular and powerful 3D software solutions from companies including Autodesk, Dassault Systèmes,  Siemens, PTC, Google, Microsoft, and Adobe across computer aided design, digital content creation, architecture and construction, and geographic information systems.

3Dconnexion 3D mice unlock the power of 3D design applications by allowing design engineers to interact naturally with 3D content as if they are holding the model or camera in their hand. Many of the world’s leading companies in industries from aerospace to automotive, consumer goods to electronics, and machine tools to game development, use 3Dconnexion 3D mice to boost productivity, efficiency and the comfort of their design teams.

“As we accelerated through the one millionth 3D mouse milestone, we’ve seen customer recommendations become an increasingly powerful driver of our business,” said Dieter Neujahr, president of 3Dconnexion. “And the future looks bright as we continue to bring the benefits of superior 3D navigation to an ever wider range of software applications and new market opportunities, bound only by the imagination.”

To mark its “One Millionth 3D Mouse Milestone,” 3Dconnexion will host several activities throughout the next month, offering users the opportunity to win a 3D mouse. For more information, visit 3Dconnexion’s website, Facebook and Twitter.

The core technology inside all of 3Dconnexion’s 3D mice originates from the field of robotics and space exploration. In 1993, a 3D controller was used on the space shuttle Columbia, manipulating the first robotic arm in space, and was the launching point for a family of 3D mice that now help 3D professionals in hundreds of thousands of organizations to design, innovate and create some of the most well known products in the world.

About 3Dconnexion, A Logitech Company
3Dconnexion, a wholly owned subsidiary of Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (Nasdaq: LOGI), is the leading provider of 3D mice for 3D design and visualization. 3Dconnexion devices support today’s most popular and powerful 3D applications by offering users a more intuitive and natural way to interact with computer-generated 3D content. 3Dconnexion’s award-winning 3D mice serve a wide variety of industries and are used by 3D designers, animators and artists worldwide. 3Dconnexion is headquartered in Fremont, Calif. with European headquarters in Munich, Germany and offices worldwide. For more information, visit www.3Dconnexion.com. You may also connect with 3Dconnexion on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/3Dconnexion) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/3Dconnexion).

do you have what it takes? well then, render away!

logo_3dconnexionAre you the master of creating realistic images at your company?  Well, if you think you are I have the perfect contest for you.  3Dconnexion is currently holding a contest that is looking for the best rendered images using 1 of the 4 models they supply.  This contest is not limited to SolidWorks renders but any program that can read in these included file types.

  • dae
  • dwg
  • dxf
  • fbx
  • obj
  • stl
  • jpeg (preview)

The rules are quite simple.  Like their Facebook page and then download the files to render away.  Each month (October, November, and December) they will be selecting monthly winners with some awesome prices.  Also, at the end of the whole contest on December 31, 2010 they will be selecting a Grand Prize winner that will win a Apple 27” LED Cinema Display.

Here are the winning entries from October.

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To see all of the October entries, check out the Facebook photo album.

To enter the contest, visit the 3Dconnexion fan page on Facebook.

To view the full rules and download the models, follow this link to the 3Dconnexion website.

Happy Rendering and Good Luck!