Thursday, November 22, 2012

Holiday Gift Ideas for Engineers

It’s time to buy the CAD user or engineer you know something special for the holidays. No matter what you celebrate, it’s a great feeling to give someone a gift. Listed below are my recommends of what to get an engineer as a present. Some of these I personally use in my job as a CAD engineer and other items are on my wishlist.


CAD/Engineering Books

Stuff You Don't Learn in Engineering School: Skills for Success in the Real World: Great advice for young engineers - all the things they don’t teach you in school!

VB Scripting for CATIA V5: Shameless self plug here. Learn how to write macros for CATIA V5.

Excel 2010 Bible by John Walkenbach: One of the best Excel resources out there.

Best eReader for Engineers

Windows RT Surface 32 GB Tablet: The best eReader or tablet device to use for engineering. One reviewer said, “I decided I wanted to get some work done on an engineering project, so I flipped out my Surface, popped the stand and keyboard, and got to work. I was halfway through crunching some large datasets in Excel when I realized that with any other tablet (including the keyboard-equipped Transformer TF300T, in my opinion the closest rival as a "productive" tablet), I would not have even considered trying to do my engineering work.”


Toys for Engineers (because you know we love to play and tinker with mechanical things)

Syma S107/S107G R/C Helicopter: The Syma S107 is so easy to control that on my first flight I had it tour my whole apartment, zooming in and out of closets and never touching an obstacle until I deliberately landed it.

Other Suggestions

engineer christmas present idea
Engineer's Motto T-shirt: If it isn’t broke, take it apart and fix it!

Tip: Don’t buy any 2D CAD software - simply download Dassault’s free version called “DraftSight.”

Give Yourself a Raise: My free report on how to make a residual income from the internet in your spare time (second edition).

What gifts are you getting your fellow CAD user for the holidays? Please let me know by commenting below!