Is there a way to use an arduino to output a rotation/pan command to a program like solidworks or Autodesk inventor?
Your question does not contain enough information on what you want to do.
I don't know. I have a 3-D mouse. It has its own driver and only works with programs that support it (AutoCAD, Inventor, etc.), but it is not supported by other programs.
Some of the arduinos can emulate a mouse and keyboard. you might be able to mimic the rotation and pan by emulating keystrokes.
That's what i was thinking of doing. I was unsure if there was another way. Thanks