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3D Navigation Devices

3Dconnexion(r), a Logitech company, San Jose, CA, has released two new 3D navigation devices, SpaceNavigator and SpaceExplorer, that provide designers with intuitive 3D computer navigation control. SpaceNavigator is an entry-level device that lets users move naturally and fluidly in 3D environments without making repetitive mouse movements or having to type multiple keyboard commands. It features six optical sensors that communicate multiple threads of navigation data to 3D applications. It is used as a companion to a mouse, in the alternate hand, and lets users simultaneously pan, zoom, and rotate 3D objects. A small, heavy steel base holds the device to the desktop and supports a controller cap that flexes in all directions. The SpaceExplorer is a mid-range device that features a key console and 15 pre-configured function keys within comfortable reach of the controller cap. It comes with 3DxSoftware, which offers support for Autodesk Design Reviewer and DWF Viewer, and Google Earth and SketchUp. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/10960-120

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Product of the Month: Infrared Emitters & Sensors

O P T E K Technology (Carrollton, TX) offers the OP280 series of infrared emitters, and the OP580 series of matching silicon photo sensors. The OP280 emitter series consists of three standard devices: the OP180 940-nm infrared emitter, the OP280 880-nm infrared emitter, and the OP280K 890-nm infrared emitter; and the OP280PS 850-nm point source infrared emitter and the OP280V 850-nm vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL) device. The OP580 series of sensors consists of the OP580 phototransistor, the OP580PR silicon photodarlington, and the OP580RB silicon phototransistor with an integrated base-emitter resistor. The emitters and sensors are housed in standard PLCC-2 surface mount packaging, and are suitable for applications in industrial automation control, optical encoder equipment, and bar code readers.

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Photonics West Exhibitor Preview

View these and other new products on display by exhibitors at Photonics West, January 23-25, in San Jose, CA. Visit Photonics Tech Briefs at Booth 435. Visit http://spie.org/Conferences/programs/07/pw/ for more information.

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Card Provides PCI-Based Multi-Axis Motion Control

Performance Motion Devices (Lincoln, MA) offers the Prodigy™-PCI motion card for multi-axis motion control. Available in 1-, 2-, 3-, and 4-axis versions, the card provides trajectory generation, performance trace, on-the-fly changes, and commutation. Motor type can be software- selected on a per-axis basis, and includes DC brush, brushless DC, step, and microstepping. The card communicates via a PCI bus, CANbus, or serial port. Card features include S-curve, trapezoidal, velocity contouring, electronic gearing, and user-generated profile modes. The card accepts input parameters such as position, velocity, acceleration, and jerk from the host, and generates a corresponding trajectory.

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DualHead2Go™

Matrox Graphics, Montreal, Canada, has introduced DualHead2Go™, an external device that connects to the monitor connector of a computer to add support for an extra monitor. The operating system treats the device like a monitor, supporting resolutions twice as wide as standard resolutions. The device divides the monitor output from the computer into two separate displays, one showing the left half of the monitor, and the other showing the right half. Device setup does not require opening a computer, inserting parts, or replacing hardware or software. Instead, it uses a computer's existing graphics hardware and software for 2D, 3D, and video acceleration. Because it is an external upgrade, it can be used to add an extra display to closed, validated, mission-critical systems, or to computers with no available expansion slots. It includes support for Windows® 2000 and XP, and is compatible with a range of laptops and other systems.

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Adobe® Acrobat® 3D

Adobe Systems, San Jose, CA, has released Adobe® Acrobat® 3D that enables engineers to publish and share 3D design information from major CAD applications with virtually any computer user, allowing collaboration within design and manufacturing teams. Users can convert 3D designs from a number of proprietary CAD formats into cross-platform, secure Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files. When enabled by Acrobat 3D, suppliers, partners, clients, and other team members can use the free Adobe Reader® 7.0 software to review and add comments directly onto interactive 3D objects embedded within PDF files. The original CAD application is not required. Acrobat 3D lets users convert virtually any document, such as e-mail or spreadsheets, into PDF files. Users can also insert 3D CAD designs into Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files and, using Acrobat 3D, convert them to PDF. The software also enables users to publish technical documents as PDF files with interactive 3D illustrations.

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Pro/ENGINEER® Wildfire™ 3.0 CAD/CAM/CAE

PTC, Needham, MA, has introduced Pro/ENGINEER® Wildfire™ 3.0 CAD/CAM/CAE software that features 3D design and modeling, simulation and analysis, tooling design, and the ability to share digital product data among enterprise team members. It is compatible with a range of CAD tools and industry-standard data formats, and includes embedded Web services, which provide immediate access to the Internet or Intranets for real-time conferencing, a library of Pro/E models, and PTC's Windchill(tm) collaboration solution. Pro/E Wildfire 3.0 features expanded capabilities for assembly, sheet metal design, manufacturing, sketching, and drawing, and supports Windows XP 64-bit systems. The software includes 3D Drawings, which are solid models that include and display the necessary annotations, but also provide access to the underlying database for specialized queries. The 3D drawings allow users to capture knowledge from design, manufacturing, assembly, inspection, and testing environments.

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