10 responses to “Awesome Tools For Every Mechanical Engineer”

  1. D

    The machinist at my university always repeated – “buy a set of calipers and bring it to your [mechanical eng] job on the first day.” Best advice that I’ve never followed and I’m always late to buying them. As a new grad/hobbyist I’d suggest Mitutoyo’s beautiful plastic calipers for 3o or 40 USD (better than 200-300 for their professional ones).
    To add to the list, I find it difficult to work without a calculator. I use an HP-50g but it’s vastly overpowered for most of my work.

  2. Donough

    In my line of work, a thermocouple and indicator is always a good bet to have lying around. Sometimes reactions can go a bit haywire. Along the same lines; pH paper is also useful.

    Measuring tape is always useful; I often have to move equipment around; big (3m) and small (30cm). Piping and wiring these up especially for insulated lines is always neater and better if excessive amounts are not used.

  3. Jason

    I’m an EE, so I’ll leave most of this discussion to you MEs. I just wanted to make two quick points. First, the Chapman set is ok, but if you want something that will last you much longer without bit damage, I’d go with the Snap-On set: http://buy1.snapon.com/catalog/item.asp?P65=&tool=all&item_ID=643059&group_ID=681249&store=snapon-store&dir=catalog

    Second (in response to D), the plastic calipers are ok, but they damage much easier eventually become less accurate. If i were you, I’d go out and spend a few hundred bucks on a better tool. After all, engineers don’t have to make much of a tool investment. You might as well spend a little extra and get the better tools.

  4. Taylor Michaels

    I am a Chemical Engineer, but I do have those things. I also have two metal lathes. My favorite tools are the Dremel hand grinder (and all) and the oscillating saw (several brands available.) The Bosch laser Distance Measurer (good for over 100 feet) is also a winner. Accurate to one sixteenth of an inch.

    I used to have chemical engineering tools, but I nearly killed myself too many times and gave it up. I have nearly killed myself a few times with electrical tools also. Maybe, that’s why I have so many mechanical tools (toys).

  5. Measure instruments

    it’s very important that you use these Measure instruments correctly, as you don’t want to have to spend double if they are incorrect and you have to build all your components again!

  6. Joe

    Magnifying glass. I keep a little folding pocket magnifier in my desk and you won’t believe how useful it is – reading the fine print, looking for cracks, whatever.
    As fo rthe dial caliper, go to Enco or somewhere. I got a nice (not great, but nice) stainless dial caliper and I think it was $25.

  7. jim

    I invested in a thread counter, a high power magnifying loupe for my work with the application of silicone gaskets on very small details with robots. Then a magnifier hood gave me stereo vision, vastly improving that task. A magnetic flashlight was always appreciated in times of need. But my fave is my cordless drill. Don’t waste money on a cheapie with a poor battery, it WILL give out at the wrong time (Murphy’s Law).

  8. Kevin C.

    Hi I’m another EE. Jason you’re right it’s way better to spend a little more and to buy something you’ll use for years. I do it all the time 😉
    I actually use the Snap-On set for a while and it’s really worth the money.

  9. Mechanical Engineering

    Hey i am also a mechanical engineer. You said it right :) These are must have tools for all mechanical engineers. Especially leatherman is a must have tool at all times for mechanical engineers. It helps a lot.

  10. jay krishna jha

    hay i am jay krishna jha mechanical engineer so i m intrested to all type of mechanical tools and parts and motivation and all parts of mechanical body so i am very happiness for life.take care