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Spacemouse Alternative

SamWorthington
11-Garnet

Spacemouse Alternative

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For the last few years we have been working on Project Wing. The aim was to develop a new 3D computer input device, something beyond what is on the market now. We’ve been using Creo for the design work and now have the fully working prototype shown in the photograph.

 

We now need to get the software side of things sorted. This is pretty easy for games, as the operating system just sees it as a mouse and 4-axis joystick. The trouble is, getting it to work with CAD software. Ideally, we want to develop a piece of open-source software that allows the output a 4-axis joystick to control the view in the CAD software as an alternative to a Spacemouse.

 

The trouble is, we are mechanical engineers, and don’t know much about getting a software project like this started. We don’t have anything like the resources to contract out the driver programming for each different CAD program, and as the software would work for any joystick input, open-source seems the ideal way to go.

 

I've shown a image from Creo of the internals below. There are some more details on the Project Wing website http://www.worthingtonsharpe.com and Facebook page. It’s all geared up towards games at the moment until we get the CAD side of things a bit more grounded.

 

 

 

If anyone can provide any advice on the best route forward or some pointers good open-source communities it would be really appreciated.

 

All the best,

 

Sam

 

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It's been a long battle but we've not got the Wing working with Creo and with lots of other CAD programs.

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I'd love to hear what people think.

Sam

We've created a short (four question) survey to try and get a general overview and I'd be very grateful if you could complete it.

Wing Survey

Many thanks,

Sam

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