More Useful Apps for Machinists
Thursday, July 17, 2014

A few months ago, we wrote about useful apps for machine shops. Well, we’re back at it this month to give you information on the next set of apps that we think will make a machinist’s work much less stressful.

Below we have gathered some machinist apps available for iPhones and Android phones that were developed by machinists or shop owners for people in the industry to use. With technology constantly changing, the way we use tools is also changing. But don’t let that stop you from utilizing these apps that can be helpful along the way.

Developer: The_Evil_Machinist
Platform: iPhone
Price: Free
What is does: Don’t let the app’s icon fool you; this isn’t a video game. iMachinist is machining and engineering calculator that has formulas for lathes, spot drill chamfers, CNC tapping, and many others that are useful to CNC programmers. It also includes a section for conversions and shop math.
Notable: As far as we’ve seen, this app hasn’t received a single one-star review on iTunes. Download it for great quality that most apps make you pay for. Get it here.

Hobby Machinist Calculator
Developer: My Hobby
Platform: Android
Price: Free
What it does: This app includes calculations for milling and turning. Not to mention it also has a scrolling imperial chart for tap and drill size. When doing calculations, simply type in the numbers, and the app will do the calculations for you.
Notable:  It does not have a chart for metric sizes, yet. The developers say a metric chart will be available in the next update, but no word on when that update will be. Again, this is another app that has zero negative reviews by users. Reviewers say they like this app because there are multiple standard tap sizes included in the app. Others say the navigation could use some updates as people have found out hitting next after filling out one formula will take you to a completely unrelated page. Download it here.

Machining Mate
Developer: Arkatek Studios
Platform: Android
Price: Free
What it does: This app was designed by machinists with the idea that beginners and experts could both get great use out of it. The varieties within the calculator include: spindle speed calculator, cutting speed calculator, unit converter and standard CNC codes among other calculator options and codes.
Notable: If you already have this app and haven’t updated, it would be best to do so. The 2.0.2 version (out since March 2014) is the first version to have both imperial and metric measurements in the drill tap chart. The app does not have anything for two-way reference for drill sizes. Machining Mate has received a 4.1 on Google Play. Download it here.

Drill Chart
Developer: A La Carte Apps
Platform: iPhone
Price: $1.99
What it does: As the name states, this app is a drill and tap chart available on your phone. A new update has a built-in micrometer to allow users to see what values will look like. Unlike other machinist apps out there, Drill Chart has drill diameters available in both imperial and metric measurements. There are eight different modes in this app, involving a mode pad in the shape of a wheel to enable users to switch from mode to mode without any complications. 
Notable: The only complaint reviewers have had is the text is a bit too small to read on a phone. It will be bigger on an iPad, however. The downside to this app is that it is only available on iTunes, not on Google Play for Androids. Download from iTunes here

FSWizard Pro Speed & Feed Calc
Developer: Zero_Divide (Eldar Gerfanov)
Platform: Android and iPhone
Price: $18.90 Google Play, $18.99 iTunes
What it does: With the pro version of this app, there is no need to know any numbers; it will automatically fill them in based on cutting speed and chipload. There are calculations for milling tools, drilling tools and turning tools all included in FSWizard. The app covers every and any material you are looking for including, but not limited to: low-carbon steels, magnetic steels, high-strength hardened steels, plastics, nylon, nickel, cast iron and even wood. If you are wary of FSWizard’s price, there is a lite version available on iTunes and GooglePlay.
Notable: The price tag seems like a lot. However, reviewers on both Google Play and iTunes insist that this app is worth the money. Until v1.29 was released, there was no scientific calculator included in the app, so it would be cumbersome to switch back and forth from app to calculator. However, the developers are quick to respond to any quandaries, so if you have a problem let them know. Click for the Android app or the iPhone app.

Is there a specific app you use as a machinist or just for a hobby? Let us know which apps you use and what your opinion is on the apps we’ve found.


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