A few months back we asked you, the readers of the Alignex blog, to take a survey regarding your favorite engineering-related websites, forums and social media accounts. The goal was to assemble the best answers in hopes of providing engineers and designers more resources to help make their jobs easier. We received an overwhelming amount of fantastic responses, and one terrible one (I'm looking at you guy who suggested Myspace).
After compiling all of your suggestions, we have determined the top websites every engineer and designer should be using today. So without further ado, here they are. Enjoy!
MatWeb is a searchable database of material properties. Looking for the critical temperature of Argon or the electrode potential of Cobalt? It's here.
The mission of efunda is to create an online destination for the entire engineering community, where you the working professional can quickly gain access to things like design ideas, production processes, unit conversions and even mathematical principles. Need help calculating the proper dimensions of a wide flange I-beam? Look no further.
3D Content Central is a free service for locating, configuring, downloading and requesting 2D and 3D parts and assemblies, 2D blocks, library features and macros. If you are looking for common components for your CAD designs this is your one-stop-shop.
Are you into 3D printing? Then this site is for you. Thingiverse is a living design community for discovering, making and sharing 3D printable things. Its creators believe that everyone should be encouraged to create and remix 3D designs, no matter their technical expertise or previous experience. If it can be 3D printed, it's here.
HACKADAY offers exactly what it's name suggests. A hack a day. It's creative, fun and full of unique and different ways to make your life easier. Check it out, you won't regret it.
Fantastic up-to-date forums that offer a ton of different threads to dive in and ask questions on all topics involving engineering. Looking for a quick solution to a problem? Ask away.
The SOLIDWORKS forums.....pretty much all you need to know. Have a question about SOLIDWORKS? This is the place to be.
So there you have it. Some of the top websites recommended by you, the readers. Thanks again to all who contributed and I hope at least a few of these help make your production processes a little easier.
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Written by Kevin Breindel
Kevin Breindel is a Digital Marketing Coordinator at Alignex, Inc. When Kevin isn't working on content creation and SEO, you can find him enjoying the outdoors, watching the game, or losing another 3 days of his life to whatever the new Netflix original is at the time.