Stop using spray-on rubberised finish

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Re: Stop using spray-on rubberised finish

Post by yu_samson » Fri Jun 12, 2020 7:26 pm

yu_samson wrote:
Thu Jun 11, 2020 1:01 am
Newer SpaceMouse Pro devices will not have the rubber coating.
I would like to make a slight revision here.

Correction: "New SpaceMouse Pro devices will not have the poor quality coating of older releases that becomes sticky easily."

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Re: Stop using spray-on rubberised finish

Post by Barrowwight » Sat Jul 25, 2020 1:48 am

Thanks yu_samson for this tip.

I have had a SpaceMouse for some time which had developed the characteristic sticky surface so had become virtually unusable. I thought the whole panel was disintegrating and, until I read your post, had not realised this was just a coating.
By carefully following your instructions, I have restored my valuable SpaceMouse to a working device.
One thing I did find was that by popping the buttons off, it was easier to work on the main surface and the four number buttons.

It seems a shame that, judging from previous posts on this topic, some people have actually discarded their products.

It is good that 3Dconnexion have discontinued the use of this process.
When considering the purchase of a CadMouse recently I was nearly put off by the appearance in the photos of what seemed to be the same surface finish.
Happily, although there is a “soft touch” surface on the CadMouse, it does seem to be a different and hopefully superior material.

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Re: Stop using spray-on rubberised finish

Post by Cyril » Mon Jan 04, 2021 6:23 am

Hello everybody,
I'm also concerned by this issue.
Would that be possible to provide spare for those plastic parts ?
If 3D connexion stopped using this rubber surface, it would be so nice to sell spare parts without rubber.
I would be very happy to buy 2 to change them myself on the 2 spacemouse pro in our office (third one is fine, not concerned)
Please, please, please !!! :wink:

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Re: Stop using spray-on rubberised finish

Post by eobet » Sun Jan 10, 2021 12:38 pm

The rubberized finish on one of my compact SpaceNavigators completely wore off at the spot where I rested my thumb. It's really a shit finish to use on an every day grippy product like this, when mold-tech finishes exist which are much more durable.

Can't take a photo unfortunately, because I threw it out after it began drifting in one axis. I really hope this market gets some competition soon.

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Re: Stop using spray-on rubberised finish

Post by sleg » Wed Feb 24, 2021 7:59 am

Hello everyone,

After several years of use, I noticed the same problem. To solve it, I completely disassembled the case, stripped it and covered it with a carbon look coating. It looks good 8)
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Re: Stop using spray-on rubberised finish

Post by jwick » Wed Feb 24, 2021 8:38 am


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Re: Stop using spray-on rubberised finish

Post by pintom » Wed Feb 24, 2021 12:53 pm

Not everyone has that much to modify a device they spent hundreds of dollars on already just to be able to use that same device without being covered in sticky goo.
Yours looks great though, perhaps 3Dconnection can hire you as their product designer!
3dconnexion Hardware: SpaceMouse Pro USB, CADMouse
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