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IntelliCAD Technology Consortium and 3Dconnexion Announce Integration Partnership Streamlining the CAD Workflow


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April 2021 – IntelliCAD Technology Consortium (ITC), developer of one of the most popular platforms in the CAD industry, and 3Dconnexion, the industry standard for CAD input devices, announce the availability of an integration between software and hardware to streamline the CAD workflow and improve control and efficiency in the IntelliCAD framework.

The direct integration between IntelliCAD’s software platform and 3Dconnexion’s award-winning CadMouse and SpaceMouse products improves CAD engineer efficiency by 28% per hour with advanced features such as a dedicated middle mouse button for smooth, intuitive navigation.

CAD modeling software is growing more sophisticated to keep pace with the progress of technology. Some of the most powerful platforms in this space, such as IntelliCAD, contain over 1,000 unique commands. To help CAD engineers leverage this, they rely on modern engineering workspaces. This trend toward intuitive CAD software supported with professional input devices that offer more accurate and efficient workflows benefits organizations by providing improved product quality and faster time-to-market.

For organizations with time-sensitive projects, leveraging professional input devices can speed up development times dramatically. The integration between IntelliCAD and 3Dconnexion provides end users with effortless navigation, including QuickZoom functionality, extensive customization options, unlimited command access that switches dynamically with environments, radial menus, macros, and much more. All this with peace of mind knowing that all future 3Dconnexion devices will also be compatible with IntelliCAD.

President of IntelliCAD Technology Consortium, David Lorenzo stated, “We create intuitive software, but in the end, ease-of-use comes down to how users interact with their input devices. We have been working within the limitations of standard keyboards and mice for years, and our members are excited that 3Dconnexion is creating innovative input devices specifically for CAD users and 3D modeling. Our partnership with 3Dconnexion ensures a solid implementation for their current devices and the opportunity for us to innovate with them on future devices.”

Jason Poitras, General Manager of MicroSurvey Software, a part of the Hexagon Group and an ITC member tells, “This will be a great addition to IntelliCAD and I’m looking forward to using it to navigate 3D models and environments in our IntelliCAD based solutions MicroSurvey CAD and Leica Geosystems Map360.”

ITC Chairperson and CEO of CAD-Manufacturing Systems, Inc., Vitor Neves shares, «CMS IntelliCAD software users will have the option to use and enjoy the state-of-the-art 3D mouse technology for modeling and, consequently, increase their productivity immensely. 2D users can gain productivity too using the 3Dconnexion CadMouse with high precision control and five programmable buttons.»

This integration was developed by IntelliCAD in partnership with 3Dconnexion, using the freely available 3Dconnexion Software Development Kit (SDK). IntelliCAD will offer the integration as part of their standard build starting with the 2021 release of IntelliCAD version 10.1. For device selection and availability, please visit 3Dconnexion.com.


About the IntelliCAD Technology Consortium

The IntelliCAD Technology Consortium is an independent, non-profit organization funded and directed by its members specifically for the shared development of CAD technology. By sharing the development cost for complex projects, ITC members develop solutions for far less money than any single company could do alone. The result is a complete CAD engine and development platform: IntelliCAD.

ITC members use the IntelliCAD platform to create some of the most popular CAD engines and applications for surveyors, architects, and engineers. As a result, millions of end users work and draw in products based on IntelliCAD in more than 130 countries. The ITC is also a founding member of the Open Design Alliance, thereby contributing to interoperability in the engineering industry.


About 3Dconnexion

3Dconnexion creates the world’s most advanced, research-based professional input devices for design and engineering. Optimized for over 300 software packages, our products help people across industries worldwide produce better designs more efficiently. The company’s mission is to provide peace of mind to the professionals who design the buildings, machines, and products that power our world. Technology and build quality combine to deliver the performance that professionals demand.