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Holiday gifts engineers secretly want

10 Dec 2015  | Cabe Atwell

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Multisim

Multisim

(Source: National Instruments)

I really enjoy this software. Simulating what I am going to do before I start committing time and money to parts and PCB's goes a long way towards bolstering confidence in a design. Set up a sim and drag any naysayers over to it. They may argue with you but they usually won't argue with National Instruments. Multisim is a great way to check your own assumptions too. Drawing up circuits for record keeping that you can also simulate is awesome. I have been impressing clients and employers for years with that trick. The Pro version of Multisim will only set you back $4,140.

formlabs

(Source: formlabs)

Oh snap, I need a bracket to hold this LCD display and I need a strangely shaped holder for this Li-Po battery pack! No problem. A 3d printer is going to make near instant gratification for issues like this possible. A 3D printer is another one of those tools that I just wanted at first, but now that I have one, I keep finding more and more very real reasons why I actually need it. Oh and by the way, the LCD bracket and battery holders are true stories. The Form 2 (sticker price of $3,499) from Formlabs is exactly what you want.


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