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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
lack of
man/hours ;-)

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.

Cheers :-)

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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