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This page lists useful gadgets for mechanical engineers. These are all handy items that can be helpful to have at your desk or out on the shop floor.
All items are linked to Amazon for purchase.
Calipers are always helpful to have around, whether you're inspecting dimensions of parts, or you just need to get your bearings on a size as your're designing a part.Buy on Amazon
A surface finish comparator can be useful to help you decide what surface finish to call out on a part.Buy on Amazon
Even though Excel is always close at hand, it can still be incredibly helpful to just reach for a calculator when you need it. The TI-89 is a powerful, top-of-the-line graphing calculator.Buy on Amazon
The TI-36X Pro is a scientific calculator that is approved by NCEES for use on the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam. There are a handful of approved calculators, but this one is a great choice.Buy on Amazon
This is a useful reference that includes bolt size data, drill/tap sizes, hole tolerances, sheet metal bend radii, beam deflection equations, weld symbols, GD&T symbols, surface finish reference, and more.Buy on Amazon
This is helpful for quickly checking the sizes of bolts, nuts, drill bits, and thread pitch.Buy on Amazon
This is useful for quickly measuring the width of a gap.Buy on Amazon
This is useful for quick measurements or as a straight edge.Buy on Amazon
It can be helpful to have a magnifying glass on hand for inspecting drawings and parts. This one has a nice large viewing area with LED illumination.Buy on Amazon