What productivity tools does Engineers use when designing in CAD?

3D Mouse, specific mouse commands, Macros, some software?

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I'd be totally 100% lost without my 3DConnexion SpaceExplorer! Being able to manipulate my models in Solidworks with the SpaceExplorer saves *many* mouse clicks and toolbar visits to achieve the same effect! In fact, I don't know how users cope without using one!! Having employed a contractor recently to help on a design, it was both amusing and frustrating to watch him explore the model he was working on for me, feverishly clicking toolbar buttons and dragging the mouse around...

 
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i agree with Manolis.i just concentrate on my work by listening to music in the background.

 
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Music. I function better with my favourite music in the background

 
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I use a 3D conncexion SpaceNavigator. Helps me work alot faster when doing assemblies and stuff like that where you turn the model around all the time.

 
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I use Mapkeys in Pro-e.....they are very effective and will definately increase your productivity.

 
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My 3D Connexion Space Pilot is a great tool, BUT, dual monitors is such a major productivity booster for me...I would not survive long without it. :-)

 
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Learn the keyboard shortcuts, remap them if needed, and ditch the 3D mouse ;-)

 
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Excel. This is the software to make simple designs expand into product lines.

 
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Essentials are:

Roark's formulas for stress and strain
Mathcad
Excel
All applicable industry standards (ISO, ASME, API, ASTM etc)
Big stack of scrap paper

 
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Second monitor, the s button in SolidWorks, right click to complete a feature in SolidWorks, good music

 
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Numeric keyboard.
This it's my favorite gadget.I use numeric keyboard for shortcuts,for example '+' for Boss Extrude, '-' for Cut Extrude, '5' for Circle, '4' for Line, '1' for Copy, etc.

 
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