Wacom has unveiled the Wacom Pro Pen 3D, a digital pen equipped with new features empowering professional designers and artists to bring their best work to life.
Made for use on a Wacom MobileStudio Pro, Cintiq Pro or the 2017 Intuos Pro pen tablet, the new pen’s third button provides additional control options for 3D programs and applications, a feature frequently requested by creative professionals working in industrial design, game design, animation, virtual and augmented reality and 2D and 3D art.
“We created the Pro Pen 3D for our customers who expressed a need for a three-button stylus, and we’re excited to share it with our community in the creative world,’’ said Ed Neumann, senior vice president of marketing for Wacom’s Creative Business Unit. “The Pro Pen 3D facilitates a greater ease of use than ever before for digital artists and designers who value a streamlined, highly customizable workflow.”
The Wacom Pro Pen 3D’s new button provides additional ways for users to manipulate and speed up the design process when sculpting within 3D software applications such as Pixologic’s ZBrush or Autodesk’s Maya. Out of the box, the three buttons allow designers and artists to do most of their work in their 3D applications right from the pen, without having to touch their keyboard. The pen’s default settings for the third button control tumbling and rotation, engaging users with all the small details in a 3D model.
By way of the Wacom driver, users can customize these default settings as other shortcuts for their preferred tools or commands. For example, they could leave the new third button as the default to activate the tumble or rotate function, so they could quickly and seamlessly change a model’s orientation.
They could set the second button to enable pan or zoom, based on whether they want the pen tip to hover above the tablet or touch it, while they could use the first button to quickly access right-click menus.
The Wacom Pro Pen 3D retains the same performance features that creative professionals love in the Wacom Pro Pen 2, including 8,192 levels of pressure sensitivity and a sensitive pen tip. All settings and functions can be customized by users to suit their preferred style of work and workflow.
Priced at $99.95 USD, the Pro Pen 3D is now available at the Wacom eStore and select stores.