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Re: KiCad roadmap - import 3D model from STEP files?


On 03/02/2012 09:26 AM, Bob Cousins wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I am interested in using CAD data from STEP/IGES files, in the 3D viewer.
> I am developing a standalone tool to help with this. So far I can read
> STL, AMF and VRML with varying degrees of support, and generate a VRML
> file which is compatible with KiCad. I am looking at using OpenCASCADE
> to provide the ability to read STEP files. As a trial I have used the
> OCC based FreeCAD to load a STEP file and export to VRML. It then
> needs a bit of cleaning to import to KiCad.
> I note that the OHR have something related to STEP and CAD models on
> the list of desired features for KiCad, but I haven't been able to
> find whether they have defined any work packages yet. If KiCad is
> extended with new features, then it may mean I am wasting my time a
> bit, but I guess it may not be for a while and an external would be
> useful in the interim.
> So I would be interested to know if there is anything in the roadmap,
> and whether anyone is working on this type of stuff, or maybe no one
> is.
> Cheers

Hi Bob,

I am not aware of any such work in progress.
Are you working in a language or environment which would make integration into KiCad
difficult or impossible, and if so, why?



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