Smart phones are everywhere now and with the addition of smart apps, its use has been transformed from simply making calls to doing something productive. There are millions of apps available to download for mobile devices working on iOS and Android platforms. For on-the-go mechanical engineers, here are some of the apps that can be productive and time-saving.
Autodesk ForceEffect Motion
The Autodesk ForceEffect Motion is a mobile engineering app that can be used to simulate design concepts on the go. It allows users to develop functional moving mechanical systems through simulation and calculates all the required engineering data. The tools allow creating functional mechanical support such as collars, welded joints and actuators such as motors or linear to simulate the mechanism. The obtained mechanism can then be utilized to calculate static load analysis.
AutoCAD 360 is an easy to use drawing and drafting app through which users can view, modify and share 2D and 3D drawings anytime. Inbuilt tools allow drawing, editing, scaling and rotating objects easily. Users can also convert their DWG files to PDF and can share them via email. While this app is available for free, its pro version unlocks many other features such as creating new drawings and larger file storage capability.
Mechanical Engineer is an ideal app for any mechanical engineering professional or student. It contains over 300 important formulas, 300 conversion formulas and 70 area formulas to help you figure out important design information anywhere, anytime.
TinkerBox is an interesting and intuitive physics puzzle game that helps in improving knowledge on important engineering principles. With Invent mode, users can take charge of tools in their own hands and explore their creativity and imagination to build great machines and share with friends. This app is highly useful to improve problem solving ability.
Engineering Unit Conversion
Engineering Unit Conversion is an all inclusive unit conversion app that consists of more than 700 units to guide engineers, scientists and students anywhere. With 77 unit categories for 700 units, it becomes easier for users to find the exact conversion by directly moving to the particular category.
Popular among the CAD community, GrabCAD mobile app provides access to the largest library of CAD models as well as access to private projects for users of GrabCAD workbench. The app enables engineers to collaborate and accelerate the product development process.
About the Author: Prahlad Parmar is an Engineering Specialist working at Mechanical 3D Modelling for the past 4 years. He caters critical engineering challenges with ease and performs exhaustive procedures to develop robust, well-engineered and high performance designs. He can always be found in the lab discussing, brainstorming and tweaking designs.