Whether you're in school to become an engineer, fresh out of college or a seasoned veteran of engineering, it's great to have an arsenal of tools at your disposal. That's why we've created a list of our engineers' most loved and frequently used websites for answers, tips and ideas. Read through the one's we've selected below and see if your favorite made our list.
Digikey is a great, easy-to-use resource. It features one of the largest selections of electronic components available. If you are searching for a part, it will show you its available stock and cost for various quantities. Along with ease of use, there are several free tools and technical resources for engineers. Our engineer Rod Hower uses this site quite often. He says that the ease of use makes it a great resource throughout his workday.
Edaboard is a great forum for electronic and electrical engineers. The site does ask that you register to post questions and answers on their forum, but it's free to sign up. This forum allows you to post any questions you have about electronics, and to connect with a community that can help you find the insights you want. There are several different ways to find information throughout the site including: teardown videos, bios, groups, and general forums.
ASME is a non-profit membership organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing, career enrichment and skill development across all engineering disciplines. In other words, the organization is your "go to" resource for careers, industry knowledge and news — and for connecting with other engineers outside of work or school. On their website, there are several different certifications, courses, standards and more to browse and review. While membership is not required, you do receive added benefits as a member.
4. SOLIDWORKS Forums
Solidworks forums are a great way to learn more about SOLIDWORKS and to get answers to your questions. There are several different groups to which to post your questions, and you can find answers to almost anything that's troubling you. If you use Solidworks software, you can register as already owning a copy of the software. If you're a student, perhaps your school provides the software. You can also register on the site without owning a software license key.
5. GlobalSpec/Engineering 360
Engineering 360, formerly known as GlobalSpec, is a free resource for standards, products and suppliers — and industry news. Many of the companies listed update content regularly to showcase their products and offerings. This allows you to visit one website to find all of the information you need. Their engineering community discusses anything from aerospace to electrical engineering as well as software and programming. This is truly a "come one, come all" engineering website.
Eng-Tips is a free forum that allows you to connect with thousands of other professional engineers to talk with members, conduct research and provide answers to forum questions. There are all types of engineering concentrations and groups to aid you in your research or questions. Some of these include chemical engineers, electrical/electronic engineers, mechanical engineers, codes, standards, certifications and more.
Thomasnet is a free platform providing CAD models, product sourcing, industry news and much more. You can download product information directly from the website and also send requests to suppliers if you're ready to purchase a product. Thomasnet is a useful tool for general company information. It allows visitors to learn more about different suppliers all in one place.