3Dconnexion SpaceExplorer USB
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Product Information for 3Dconnexion SpaceExplorer USB

Highlights for 3Dconnexion SpaceExplorer USB

  • 3D Input Device
  • Pointing Device Connectivity Technology:Wired
  • Movement Detection:Optical

SpaceExplorer: The Professional 3D Input Device

The 3Dconnexion SpaceExplorer truly earns its 3D name by boldly taking 3D navigation where no human interface has gone before. Humans never had so much control, You can push, pull, twist, or tilt the 3Dconnexion Cap with its patented Six-Degrees-of-Freedom (6DoF) sensor technology to simultaneously pan, zoom, and rotate your model or environment. It's the closest thing to actually reaching in and holding the model in your hand. It's 3D input technology at its best.

Powerful Control

Stay in control of the situation and application as SpaceExplorer recognizes the active application environment and automatically assigns appropriate commands to the two Intelligent Function Keys, giving you fingertip access to relevant application commands. These are but two of a total of 15 keys that can be customized to your own preference.

The Comfort and Control Power of the Wrist

Winner of the prestigious IF Product Design Award, the Space Explorer has an advanced wrist rest that allows you to easily reach the function keys. In this manner, the SpaceExplorer ensures a comfortable working environment and experience even during the longest design sessions.

Navigational Features of SpaceExplorer

Two Handed Power

SpaceExplorer is used together with a traditional mouse. One hand engages SpaceExplorer to position the model and access important application commands while your other hand simultaneously uses the traditional mouse to edit the model or select menu items. This balanced and cooperative work style results in productivity gains of more than 20% and up to 50%. It makes for fewer mouse clicks for a more comfortable working experience and reduced risk of RSI.

QuickView Navigation Keys

Extend the power of the controller cap by providing one-touch access to four standard views enabling you to instantly view models from the top, front, left and right for improved error detection, design review and design presentation.

Navigation Settings Keys

During the course of developing 3D models, designers may want to personalize how the controller cap works by adjusting the speed or restricting navigation to certain axis. For example, when creating 2D sketches of 3D profiles, it is useful to be able to pan and zoom but not rotate the view.

Rotation key

By turning rotation off, users can focus on smooth, simultaneous pan-and-zoom navigation only. This is ideal for work modes such as sketching or for quickly inspecting standard views of your model.

Speed Key

Adjusting the SpaceExplorer navigation speed, changes the amount of force or torque that needs to be applied to the controller to move a model or environment. Lower the speed for detailed, close-up work and increase the speed for design reviews and presentations.

Performance Features of the SpaceExplorer

Intelligent Function Keys

Each application environment, such as sketch, part, or assembly has its own set of tools and processes. SpaceExplorer automatically recognizes the active application and environment and assigns 2 relevant application commands to its Intelligent Function Keys.
This seamless process ensures the right tools are available at the right time and as there’s no need to use the standard mouse or keyboard to select the commands, users experience a significantly streamlined work flow.

Advanced Wrist Rest Design

The soft coated, sculpted wrist rest guides the hand into a natural, comfortable position, while the symmetrical design means SpaceExplorer is equally suitable for left or right handed users.

Keyboard Modifiers

The convenient Ctrl, Shift, Alt and Esc keys allow users to simultaneously navigate their 3D model while accessing special application functionality or editing capabilities. This significantly reduces the need to move the hand from SpaceExplorer to the keyboard, resulting in a more optimized work flow.

3D input devices offer an alternative to an ordinary mouse. 3D input devices allow the freedom and movement not available to a regular mouse or trackball. An essential tool for certain graphic and video editing software. The Space Explorer provides with the required additional mobility. The programmable keys allow you to really adapt this 3D input device to your specific needs.

Push, pull, tilt or twist the SpaceExplorer's controller cap to simultaneously pan, zoom and rotate 3D objects and environments. Featuring an array of easy-to-reach function keys labeled and pre-programmed with commands from leading design applications, advanced ergonomics offer 3D designers high-end performance at a mid-range price.

General Information

  • Manufacturer: 3Dconnexion
  • Manufacturer Part Number: 3DX-700026
  • Manufacturer Website Address: www.3dconnexion.com
  • Product Name: SpaceExplorer USB
  • Product Type: Trackball
  • Brand Name: 3Dconnexion

    Technical Specifications

  • 3Dconnexion patented six-degrees-of-freedom (6DoF) technology
  • QuickView Navigation Keys (four standard views)
  • Two Navigation Settings Keys (Speed, Rotation)
  • Two Intelligent Function Keys
  • Keyboard Modifiers (Ctrl, Alt, Shift, Esc)
  • 15 programmable keys
  • Mid size advanced wrist rest design
  • Dimensions (LxWxH): 194mm x 139mm x 58mm / 7.6” x 5.5” x 2.3”
  • Weight: 600g / 1.32lb
  • Three year warranty

    Minimum System Requirements

  • Intel Pentium 4/III or AMD/Athlon™ processor based system
  • Windows: 140 Megabytes free disk space for driver and plug-in installation
  • UNIX/Linux: 2 Megabytes free disk space for driver installation
  • USB 1.1

    Operating System Support

  • Windows 2000 SP4
  • Windows XP Professional
  • Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
  • Windows Vista (all editions x86 and x64)
  • Windows 7
  • MAC OS 10.4.6 and above
  • Linux Red Hat Enterprise WS 4, SuSE Linux 9.3


  • Pointing Device Host Interface: USB

    Package Contents

  • SpaceExplorer USB
  • Navigation ControllerDriver CD
  • Getting Started Guide

    Certifications & Standards

    Supports over 100 CAD, DCC and Visualization Applications For a complete list visit www.3dconnexion.com


  • Standard Warranty: 3 Year
  • Additional Warranty Information: 800 Phone SupportWeb SupportEmail