Top 10 Applications for Engineers

If you have been looking for some worthwhile engineering apps for some time now, then your search is over because today we have compiled a list of the best and all-encompassing engineering softwares available in the market. The softwares in the list range from a price tag of $5,000 to $0, yes, some are even free, opensource to be exact.

No 10. Maxima

Developer Macsyma group
Latest stable version 5.21.1
Programming language Common Lisp
Website http://maxima.sourceforge.net/

Maxima is a full featured Computer Algebra System or CAS that also offers numerical capabilities.

Some of its features are:

  • Arbitrary-precision arithmetic
  • Differentiation
  • Integration
  • Matrices
  • Tensors

Maxima is also compatible with MacOS X and Linux, apart from Windows.

No 9. MathCAD

Developer Mathsoft
Latest stable version 15.0
Website http://www.ptc.com/products/mathcad/

Software primarily for verification, validation, documentation and re-use of engineering calculations, MathCAD also features some CAS capabilities.

Here is a list of some of its features:

  • Solving differential equations, with several possible numerical methods
  • Graphing functions in two or three dimensions
  • Symbolic calculations including solving systems of equations
  • Vector and matrix operations including eigenvalues and eigenvectors
  • Curve fitting
  • Finding roots of polynomials and functions
  • Statistical functions and probability distributions
  • Calculations in which units are bound to quantities

And by the way Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company has selected MathCAD as a standard environment for performing, documenting and managing the structural calculations on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) programme.

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