My parents often joke that there were five things I was holding in my hand at birth. I have no idea why it was only five, or what they all were, but one of them was a crane cabin joystick. That’s right, a joystick you would see in a flippin’ tower crane.

Well, the trauma of family and friends laughing at my over-sized, crane-grasping baby hands all came back when I saw this incredible joystick modeled by Magnus Skogsfjord in NX. He designed it to demonstrate the capabilities of using NX for ID, taking it though production with 3D printing and how you get mucho respect for modeling cool stuff. He’s provided both .prt and .stp files, and you can bet the surfacing is out of this world awesome–just check out the images.

You can download the model on GrabCAD.

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Josh is founder and editor at, founder at Aimsift Inc., and co-founder of EvD Media. He is involved in engineering, design, visualization, the technology making it happen, and the content developed around it. He is a SolidWorks Certified Professional and excels at falling awkwardly.