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Can I use a drawing tablet for modelling in OnShape?

I am thinking of using a cheap drawing tablet for modelling to be used for 3d printing. Can  drawing tablet be used with OnShape and what would you recommend ? nothing expensive and I will be purchasing from amazon. Thank you very much for any help.

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  • _anton_anton Member, Onshape Employees Posts: 244
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    Just tried it out with my Wacom tablet - it needs some fiddling with the input mappings to get the pan/rotate/zoom working correctly (didn't determine if it's even possible, but I feel that it should be). Even if you can get it working, though, I don't think it gives you anything a mouse doesn't. Tablets are mostly useful for "softer" work like ZBrush, Photoshop, etc. because of the pressure sensitivity. I do all my CAD with a mouse.

    If you do want to try a tablet, I hear Huion makes pretty good Wacom alternatives for a fraction of the price.

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  • _anton_anton Member, Onshape Employees Posts: 244
    Answer ✓
    Just tried it out with my Wacom tablet - it needs some fiddling with the input mappings to get the pan/rotate/zoom working correctly (didn't determine if it's even possible, but I feel that it should be). Even if you can get it working, though, I don't think it gives you anything a mouse doesn't. Tablets are mostly useful for "softer" work like ZBrush, Photoshop, etc. because of the pressure sensitivity. I do all my CAD with a mouse.

    If you do want to try a tablet, I hear Huion makes pretty good Wacom alternatives for a fraction of the price.
  • nick_papageorge073nick_papageorge073 Member, csevp Posts: 624 PRO
    Get any Android (if you want cheap) or iOS tablet. They all work great.

    If you instead mean an old style drawing "screen" that plugs into your existing computer, and allows a stylus to be used, I don't think that will get you any advantages, and might even be worse compared to a mouse.
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