3Dconnextion integration

BIMcollab Zoom – 3Dconnexion integration ensures easy, quick and efficient model validation

BIMcollab and 3Dconnexion have announced a brand-new integration partnership, enabling BIMcollab Zoom users to work with models using the acclaimed SpaceMouse. BIM professionals working with Zoom can now experience a faster, more efficient operation due to quick commands, controlled movement acceleration and various navigation modes.

Hotkeys and efficient workflows

3Dconnexion’s SpaceMouse strives to improve ergonomics and efficiency at the CAD workplace. The 3D purpose-built and specialized product delivers intuitive, effortless, and high precision 3D navigation. BIMcollab Zoom on the other hand, is gaining fast and widespread acknowledgment for the quality, performance and easy to use IFC validation and data extraction tool. By integrating the SpaceMouse with BIMcollab Zoom, users can use hotkeys for functions such as ‘creating an issue’ and ‘run a clash detection’. This not only saves a lot of time, but creates better workflows as well.

“A high number of Zoom users requested an integration with the SpaceMouse, so it became a priority to collaborate with 3Dconnexion. As a result, we can proudly say we are now certified by 3Dconnexion. We hope this integration contributes to even faster and smoother experience with our product.”

Gerben Bouthoorn, Product Owner BIMcollab Zoom

Multiple navigation modes

With the SpaceMouse products, users have various navigation modes at their disposal, which can be selected depending on the object, workflow and requirement by using the settings in the driver interface. BIMcollab Zoom users can walk through a model in camera mode, intuitively rotate, zoom and tilt the model in object mode and move around a fixed point using the target camera mode.

Christian Del Taglia, Senior Project Leader at the Swiss company Helbling Beratung + Bauplannung AG, tested the integration: “With the 3D mouse it’s easy to zoom, pan and rotate the model in all directions when working in BIMcollab Zoom. You can control and tune the movement acceleration, so that you move from one part of the model to another part very quickly. I already started working with the 3D mouse in my company, and will encourage other BIM professionals in Switzerland to do so as well.”

This enhanced experience is not limited to the SpaceMouse. The whole 3Dconnexion product line is fully integrated with BIMcollab Zoom, providing additional CAD features and support. For example, the Quick Zoom function, which simultaneously zooms and recalculates the center of rotation. The CadMouse includes a dedicated middle mouse click and radial menu button as well. 

Overall goal of connectivity

 The integration with 3Dconnexion’s products contributes to BIMcollab’s overall goal of BIM collaboration, connectivity and improving BIM workflows. The integration offers Zoom users a two-handed working style, which makes navigating through models, running clash detections and extracting data that much smoother.

“3Dconnexion is constantly expanding its portfolio of products and thereby also focuses on BIM users. We are excited about the successful collaboration with BIMcollab and that our mutual customers can now take advantage of both SpaceMouse and CadMouse products in BIMcollab Zoom.”

Jason Rodriguez, Product Manager at 3Dconnexion