Just in case you needed another reason to be on your phone (or to finally upgrade to a smartphone); here are the best applications for welders with smartphone technology. Start using your smartphone to do, well – smart things.
Welding Parameters Set-up Guide
Brought to you by ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, the app will help you identify the parameters for a job. Enter the metal to be welded and fillers; the application determines welding machine settings. The free application can be downloaded at www.esabna.com/apps
Weld Design for Android
The weld design app for novice fabricators will let you calculate weld strength. You'll find welding symbols lists and info on TIG, FCAW, and MIG welding. Calculate MIG wire speed by entering plate thickness and burn rate.
A great general-purpose business app is Scan2PDF by Burrotech. Use your phone's camera to scan receipts, contracts, or other documents. You can then email full-color PDFs to yourself for use at your desktop. App works with iPhone and Android. Price is $14.99
RealCalc Scientific Calculator for Android
The calculator looks and works like the real thing. The app will save your last 10 calculations. Conversions between distance, speed, pressure, and area are easy. Trig functions work in degrees, radians, or grads. Read the details in the Android Market.
Blender 3D Design for iPhone
An introduction to CAD modeling and animation, this app covers basic mesh modeling, texture application, lighting, and rendering. This is a free download from www.blender.org, but you'll need Blender 2.5X software to follow the tutorial course. Learn how to split and join, scale, rotate, and move objects.
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Welding Fundamentals Quiz
For the novice, students, those interested in trivia, and anyone looking to learn a thing or two about welding, try the Welding Fundamentals Quiz. For $1.99 you get 300 quizzes, flash cards, and a welding dictionary. Full of content, the app is simple and straight forward.
AWS Event App
Scan the QR code below to get the latest events from the American Welding Society or search the App Store for AWS Fabtech. The free app provides you with a dashboard, show information, schedule organization, real-time updates, built-in Twitter feed, and you can rate or comment on sessions.