Author Topic: kicad new tool: interactive align 3d model to pcbnew footprint in Altium style  (Read 2306 times)

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Offline easyw

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Hi,
I've made a tool to align the 3d model directly moving it over the pcbnew footprint.


here there is a small video tutorial:
https://youtu.be/O6vr8QFnYGw

With 'kicad-StepUp-tools' is possible to download a STEP part from on-line libraries (e.g. 3dcontentcentral, grabcad, etc), align the model to kicad footprint and export the model to wrl. That will produce a 3d VRML model exactly aligned to footprint as in mechanical CAD.

That will align EDA to MCAD 3d viewers. No need to reiterate the aligning process or empiric calculate offset and rotation to apply to VRML model.
You can also click on 'Create axis' button to have an other help in orienting the part.

TIP:
footprint aligner workflow:
- load the Macro
- open the 3d STEP model in FreeCAD
- click on 'load the footprint' button
- align the part to footprint
- click on 'scale to kicad VRML' button

This 3d tool is a part of the kicad StepUp MCAD exporter, a plugin for pcbnew to make ECAD MCAD collaboration available also in kicad.
and here the place to download the script:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/kicadstepup/
Maurice
 

Offline timofonic

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Thanks a lot for making EDA-MCAD integration easier on Linux!
 

Offline easyw

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thanks for giving me this nice feedback!  :D

PS it works also in Windows and OSX  ;)
 

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thanks for giving me this nice feedback!  :D

PS it works also in Windows and OSX  ;)
Well yes. I did mean FOSS electronics, but my main goal is the Free Open Source ecosystem and Linux is my main platform.
 


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