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Re: KiCad roadmap - import 3D model from STEP files?
The STEP format seems to be an standard file for the component manufacturers
that provide 3D models. That's a fact, and that's why I've been thinking
that STEP support could be very interesting to include into kicad, but we
On the other hand, most component manufacturers that give 3D models for
parts put a very restricting license on it. So in any case of step
the kicad library may be clean of licensed .step files from manufacturers.
2012/3/2 Bob Cousins <bobcousins42@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> On 2 March 2012 15:45, Dick Hollenbeck <dick@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > 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?
> I am working in C# on Windows, simply because that is the quickest
> environment for me to work in, and I envisaged it being a standalone
> tool. Rapid prototype, perhaps.
> I am not even sure what type of features should be added to KiCad. My
> gut feeling is keep it simple! KiCad is very good at what it does, and
> perhaps should be kept focused on that. As long as there is a way to
> import and export data via at least one format, then the CAD type
> stuff can be done in the general CAD domain, for which there are
> several tools available.
> So I would take a close look at what features might be useful for
> KiCad, and whether these are best done in KiCad or by interworking
> with other tools via an API. STEP for example is a pretty huge
> standard, I don't think we would want to implement support for all of
> it, but bits of it might be useful.
> One thing that I think would be useful is if KiCad was a bit more
> tolerant when reading VRML. My C++ is not great, but I could probably
> help with that.
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