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October 03, 2017

Top Websites and Apps for Engineers


Even the smartest engineers need back-up sometimes. So where do the experts go when they have a question? We checked in with our engineering team to ask their go-to sites and got some great answers, so we've compiled our list of Top Websites and Apps for Engineers. 

Ready? Let’s go!


ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) | The U.S. association for folks in the mechanical engineering profession, this site includes the latest news in certifications and standards.

Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) | Another engineering site that includes answers to basic questions, news and information.

The Engineering Toolbox | A helpful collection of tools and basic information for design, engineering and construction of technical applications. 

Solidworks Forum | If you use Solidworks computer-aided design software (or some other type of CAD software), you can swap stories, challenges and solutions with other users on this message board. 

Online Conversion | This site includes conversion tables for everything from area to volume. 

XE The World’s Trusted Currency Authority | Working with overseas companies often means converting currencies. This currency converter includes a table with live exchange rates. 

Engineer Edge | Especially good for Design for Manufacturability questions.

ENG-TIPS (Forum) | Another great forum with a diverse group of engineering disciplines. 

TEC-Ease | Get it? Techies? I don’t know if that’s what this site was going for, but if so, I applaud you! This site has an excellent glossary of General Dimension & Tolerances (GD&T). 


Circuit Net | Offers a great aggregation of news stories of interest to engineers. 

EE Times | Electronic Engineering Times has covered the industry for nearly five decades. 

IEEE | An international organization of technology and engineering professionals, the IEEE is considered the “trusted voice for engineering, computing and technology information around the globe. 

Wolfram Alpha | How about a search engine just for engineering? Check out Wolfram Alpha. 

HACKADAY | One of the quirkier suggestions, I’m not quite sure how to describe it. Perhaps you should just check it out for yourself. 


Piping Design | Features, drawings, articles, dimensional tables and AutoCAD drawings to help piping designers and engineers.  

Pitfalls in Molding  | Not only does the site answer molding questions, it includes links to additional molding topics in a table at the bottom of the page.


Most of us carry around a “hand held computer” (AKA a smartphone). One of our engineers has three helpful engineering apps on his phone. He suggests downloading:

iEngineer | (iPhone only) This app has some helpful tools for screw and drill dimensions that allow the user to quickly check dimensions for assemblies in metric or English units.

ISO Tolerance | (Also available for Android on Google Play) This app provides standard tolerance practices and information on GD&T for creating drawings.

Finally, any good unit conversion app is a must-have to change units depending on what information comes in or what supplier you’re dealing with. There are a ton of these and they cover many different unit conversions for any technical field.

What about you? Do you have a favorite app or go-to site that would help your fellow engineers? Please add in the comments below.

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