Research Update: The Most Commonly Used Mechanical Engineering Tools

For the past 6 weeks, we’ve been distributing surveys amongst the Wevolver community with the aim of learning more about how engineers collaborate and the role that open hardware plays in their development process.

So far, over 500 participants have responded to our questionnaires shared on social media. We have also conducted face-to-face interviews with over 30 engineers both inside and outside of the Wevolver community. By doing so, we hope to gain deeper insights into the hardware development process and how it can be improved.

Below, we’ve shared some of our initial mechanical engineer research findings but there is much more information to come over the next few months:

Breakdown of Respondents by Industry

  • Other: Mechanical Engineer at “Other” (i.e. Student, Self-employed, etc.)

What engineering CAD tools do you use the most?

  • 44% of respondents via our social media channels use Solidworks.

What tools do you use to manage CAD file versions and revisions?

  • File naming convention (e.g. Part-Name_Numerical-Date_Version.File-Extension).
  • Logical folder system (e.g. Project > Concept > Design > Completed).
  • Cloud-based CAD system for CAD file management (e.g. Autodesk Fusion 360 Version Management).

What tools do you use to share design files with your team?

  • “Cloud-based CAD” was defined as “Cloud-based CAD system for CAD file sharing (e.g. Autodesk Fusion 360 Public Link)”.

How do you normally manage your project’s Bill of Materials?

  • Spreadsheet: Excel or Google Sheet.
  • CAD: Bill of Materials is managed by the user’s CAD software.
  • PLM: Product Life-cycle Management system or Enterprise Resource Planning system.
  • BOM Software: Bill of Materials Management Software.
  • Not Responsible: Another member of the team is responsible for Bill of Materials management.

What’s next?

We’re now focusing on learning more about mechanical engineers working in the industry. If this sounds like you, please fill out our three question survey and we’ll be in touch to share additional insights.