Any aspiring engineer knows that when it comes to working on projects, it’s the gadgets at their disposal that can really make all of the difference. Over the past few years we have seen an increase in the amount of resources available for engineers, from apps to accessories, you can really take your creativity to the next level. Here are our top picks for any aspiring engineer looking to improve their current kit.
Let’s go back to basics with this one, if you’re working on an important project, the last thing you want is to get home and realise that it has fallen to pieces or become damaged in your bag. We really like Lady Ada’s Bento Box, a sturdy project box that is crush proof, water proof and also drop proof. The box combines the Otterbox 3000 with a storage tin and also a half sized breadboard, there is also a spot for attached your PCB and there is plenty of clearance for wires and parts.
Apps have transformed the way that many engineers work, with a range of tools at our disposal. One of the best loved engineering apps is Circuit Playground, designed to work on the iPhone and iPad. The app works to simplify electronics reference and calculations, leaving you free to concentrate on actually working on your project. The app calculated power, resistance, current and voltage along with deciphering resistor and capacitor codes quickly and easily. App users can also store and view their PDF Datasheets and access exclusive content at Adafruit industries, including deals and discounts.
How about an oscilloscope that you can fit in your pocket? As an essential tool for engineering, the rise of portable devices has led to the creation of the SDO Nano V2. Easier to use than a bench top scope, this is ideal for field debugging and in scenarios where a floating ground is needed. It might not be as fast as others, but when it comes to analog projects, it’s a must have device.
Those in the mechanical engineering field will appreciate the Mechanical Engineer app, again available for iPhone and iPad. This is the ideal choice for any engineering student and contains over 300 vital mechanical engineering conversion formulas that cover the majority of the major engineering areas.
With the rise of single board computers, the availability of gadgets for aspiring engineers is also going to skyrocket. From accessories to boards and shields, the scope for working on your projects is about to broaden, make sure you take advantage of everything at your disposal.
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