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Last updated March 6, 2014

The Space Dock

A comfortable dock for 3D Connexion's Space Navigator series of 3D Mice.

The Space Dock

A comfortable dock for 3D Connexion's Space Navigator series of 3D Mice.

$1,534
pledged of 5.000 $pledged of 5.000 $ goal
26
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, July 26 2013 4:50 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated March 6, 2014

About

Who are we?

CMP. Bringing our specialty in aerospace manufacturing and design to consumer products, we hope to provide products that will outlast their owners.

Whats a Space Dock?

The Space Dock is a line of products designed by CMP to fit the original 3D Connexion's Space Navigator 3D Mouse.

We love our 3D Mice. We literally cant manage to work without them. However, we're also perfectionists; and have long had some gripes with their affordable Space Navigator line.

If you already own one, you're likely familiar with some of them.

  • It's a bit too light, and will often lift up when pulled.
  • It doesn't offer a enough wrist support.

The higher end SpaceMouse Pro fixes both of these issues, but with a $220 price gap, its pretty hard to justify the cost.

We are offering two distinct models.

Model A was designed by Coy Andrew. It features a 3D profiled retaining system with a polyurethane film liner that follows the contours of the Space Navigator. This holds the Space Navigator securely down using the pressure of your hand. The Top Side provides a comfortable ergonomic palm rest to reduce the risk of repetitive stress injury. It also has large cutouts for easy access to the side buttons. The Bottom has four rubber feet that match the height of the Space Navigator's rubber bottom to keep it in place.

Model A SpaceDock - Top side
Model A SpaceDock - Top side
Model A SpaceDock - 3D profiled retaining system with a polyurethane film liner
Model A SpaceDock - 3D profiled retaining system with a polyurethane film liner
Model A SpaceDock - Bottom side
Model A SpaceDock - Bottom side

Model B was designed by Rob Lockwood. It features an O-ring retention system that fully captures the Space Navigator, allowing it to remain in place when picked up. Stylish tapered appearance and rubber feet.

Model B SpaceDock
Model B SpaceDock
Model B SpaceDock - Bottom side
Model B SpaceDock - Bottom side

Each design starts as a solid block of 6061 aluminum. They are then 3D profile CNC machined. Next they are Glass Bead blasted to give them a soft look and feel. Black Anodizing will provide a professional look while also sealing the aluminum from corrosion so you know they will last. The professional appearance ensures they will look excellent on your desk. And will be the envy of your co-workers. The additional weight from aluminum construction adds to the stability of your mouse, and ensures that even the largest assemblies won't allow your Space Navigator to lift.

*Note: The Space Dock is currently not compatible with the Notebook series of Space Navigator mice. Given enough interest, a few simple changes could ensure compatibility in a future product.

Wait, What's a 3D Mouse?

Space Mouse
Space Mouse

Used mostly in CAD design software, a 3D Mouse enables you full control over your 3D designs. 3D Connexion has a great page explaining the many benefits, which can be found at http://www.3dconnexion.com/products/what-is-a-3d-mouse.html.

Now featured at Solidsmack!

Notable Quotables include..

"As a previous user of a Space Navigator and now a user of a Space Pilot Pro, I can’t stress enough the difference between working with a wrist support and without." ~Simon Martin, Solidsmack.com

http://solidsmack.com/fabrication/behind-the-design-process-the-space-dock-3d-mouse-dock-for-space-navigator-mouse/

What will we use the money for?

Production machining fixtures and programs are already generated, but we need your funding to cover the costs of raw materials. Further, all additional funds will be used to cover development on some additional projects we have planned.

Without your help, we will be left to enjoy our Space Dock's ourselves, and that's not fair to you. 

When will the rewards ship?

We specialize in CNC machined parts, which will be produced by our in house machine shop (XYZ Machine Inc). Rewards offered with priority will begin production when our goal is reached. In most funding scenarios, those will ship on the date of completion. Other rewards will begin production when funds are received. Check the rewards section for our best estimate.

Thank you for your support.

Risks and challenges

While many projects face numerous risks, we believe ours is quite limited.

Each of us are highly experienced in CNC Machining, with our own production facilities at our disposal. In addition, we have strong relationships with area machine shops should any issues arise.

Our prototype stage is complete, and the methods used for prototyping could be applied directly to a production run of each product. Should demand exceed our capacity on any given reward, we are prepared to increase our capacity accordingly.

Moderate risks involved with the few out-sourced parts and labor (anodizing, rubber feet and o-rings, etc) do exist, as we have less control over these factors. However, we have a long standing relationship with our local anodizer, and anticipate no delays. Our typical lead-time from this supplier is three days. All other required parts are standard, off the shelf products from major suppliers, and are regularly available overnight.

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