Best Mobile Apps for Engineers

Smartphones and tablets aren’t just for texting teenagers, gamers, and social media moguls these days. Mobile devices have quickly become a one-stop-shop for communication, entertainment, productivity, and finances. Tech-savvy engineers have hopped on the mobile app bandwagon to make their jobs easier, more accurate, and more efficient.

Apps can help engineers do simple tasks quicker, allowing more time for involved calculations and creative innovations. Regardless of what type of device you prefer, these are some of the best mobile apps on the market for engineers today.

iPad Apps for Engineers

Graphing Calculator

Every engineer and scientist needs a good graphic calculator, and this app turns phones and iPods into high-resolution function plotters. You can download this useful app for $1.99, and the Version 1.4.5 supports the iPhone 5’s larger screen.

HVAC Professional

Another useful app is HVAC Professional, which includes all 200 of the HVAC Formulator, adds 18 charts, and includes the complete International Mechanical Code. This is a great app for engineers who deal with boilers, BTU conversions, energy in BTU and joules, heating design, humidity, loads, piping, refrigeration, and steam. You can download this app for $7.99.

Engineering Unit Conversion

Engineers, scientists, and even students can make use of this handy app, which converts dimensions that professionals need on a regular basis. You can also input negative values for temperatures and gauge pressures and values with exponents instead of a bunch of zeros. Download version 2.0 for $1.99 from the iTunes app store.

TurboViewer X

View, markup, and share 2D and 3D DWG and PDF drawings and documents with this app that was specifically optimized for smart devices. This app won a Macworld/iWorld Top 5 App award and is available banner-free for $6.99. You can upgrade to the TurboViewer Pro for a limited time special of $19.99.

Android Apps for Engineers

CAD View 3D MFC

For $4.99, you can download this excellent 3D data file viewer app designed for CAD users. It supports STL, DXF, and JT CAD formats that are commonly used by 3D applications like AutoCAD, CATIA, SolidWorks, ProEngineer, IDEAS, and UG II. This is a great tool for engineers because users can take 3D files with them on the job and view rotating models directly on a phone or tablet.

Fluid Mechanics Converter

If you work in the field of fluid mechanics and occasionally need to translate different units of measure, download this free app to make conversions a little easier. You can use converters for dynamic, oil & water, or kinematic viscosity or flow rate for volume or mass with this app. It’s also available in English, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, and Portuguese.

Audodesk ForceEffect Motion

This is a useful app for engineers who need to develop moving mechanical systems because it allows users to do so while in the field on their phones. This app does simulations and calculations right on the mobile device instead of needing to pull out paper, a pencil, and a calculator. This app is currently free to download from Google Play.

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