The Top 6 Smartphone Apps for Engineers
Published: 25 Sep 2014
Professional engineers have recommended a number of smartphone apps designed to help accomplish work-related tasks, such as data analysis, design simulations and engineering calculations while on the move.
See if any of these mobile apps are relevant to you:
This free app emulates an HP 48 scientific calculator using reverse polish notation (RPN) and offers many advanced functions, including matrix handling, symbolic algebra, statistics, calculus, graph plotting, to name a few. The calculator has a large library of built-in units for plotting, equation solving, and more. Popular among engineers of all disciplines, this app has been widely discussed and reviewed across forums such as Eng-Tips.com.
#2 Truss Me
Available to buy and download on iTunes, this engineering-based mobile games app is perfect for children and adults alike to test their logic and problem solving skills. Originally designed by a rocket scientist, Truss Me is a fun way to learn how to design structures, challenge yourself and find out more about simulation techniques used by aerospace, mechanical and civil engineers.
Exclusively available to Android mobile phone users, GrabCAD enables accessing 3D CAD models on mobile phones for the very first time. The app enables viewing CAD models in full, viewing and responding to comments by Workbench collaborators, creating Workbench projects and uploading files, and tracking file changes in your Workbench project. The app has a 4.4 out of 5 star rating and has close to 900 5-star reviews.
Available on iTunes, uMath is a professional calculation tool designed for solving mathematical equations with units. The app provides the ability to include units such as metres, kilograms, newtons, pascals, volts and many more within a mathematical calculation and eliminates the need for tedious unit conversion. The app is still continuously being updated and improved, and is valuable for both professional engineers and students alike.
#5 Heat Exchanger
Free to download, this mobile app is developed specifically for chemical and mechanical engineers and students. Designed to help solve heat exchanging problems, Heat Exchanger gives you a thorough and step-by-step calculation sheet.
#6 eDrawings Viewer
Designed for both the iPhone and iPad, eDrawings includes Augmented Reality and allows you to view your 3D models in 1:1 scale. By activating your device’s camera, you’re able to view your virtual 3D designs in the palm of your hand and also be able to move around the room to see your design from different perspectives.
There are many more useful apps for engineers of all backgrounds out there, from scientific calculators to various CAD design apps, so be sure to do a bit of research and find out which ones are available for download on your device.
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