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10/09/08 02:47 PM
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I have used 3D motion controllers for a while now and when my old unit was on the way out I was delighted to find that the Astroid was available at 1/3rd the competitors price - but I was a bit nervous that the low price would mean reduced quality. Luckily for me I was able to see the unit being demonstated at the Edge Australia stand at a local trade show where they were using it to drive Solid Edge. Any hesitations to purchase the unit was dispelled quickly as the control was very smooth and fluid and it appeared to be well built. The guys on the stand told me that the whole unit - from the ball to the buttons - was cleverly engineered using a minimum of parts which was one reason the price was low. They also said that the inventor of the entire 3D motion concept was responsable for the Astroid and that many of his new ideas had been implemented. I was also really excited about the new drivers that are now fully integrated into Solid Edge. Anyone who uses 3D CAD will really appreciate being able to fly thru the model - whether you want to "walk thru" a boat or house or check visually the inside of a tiny electrical unit you may be designing. Also the way the rotation works at close proximaty is excellent - the model never swings out of view and seems to adjust the sensitivity the closer you get to the model which is exactly what you want. My unit arrive about 2 weeks ago and I am soo happy with it that I have convinced many of the people I work with to buy one as well.

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