Hello everyone. I recently came across KiCad’s software (in January of this year), and have been absolutely delighted with it. It was a step up from ExpressPCB, and the learning curve was not bad at all–I’m getting very comfortable with it. At the moment, my project schematic is done (including custom parts), and the PCB routing and layout is complete (including custom footprints). Free GERBER files–oh, what can I say?
However…it seems that something has gone wrong with the 3D viewers. One is EEScheema’s ModView (EEScheema -> Component Properties -> Assign Footprint -> Show Footprint in 3D viewer); the other is PCBNew’s 3D Display feature (PCBNew -> View -> 3D Display). Interestingly, PCBNew’s 3D Display works correctly on KiCad’s example projects…but they also aren’t using the default KiCad libraries for anything. However, if I try with my project (or a new project), none of the component packages show up in the 3D viewer. The circuit board and footprints show up just fine, though–almost like KiCad can’t find the WRL file associated with a footprint. I seem to recall component packages working when I installed KiCad, but am not quite sure what has changed. (New users can’t upload pictures, so I can’t attach a screenshot.)
I have added components to a couple KiCad libraries (such as “regul”), but that has nothing to do with 3D packages, AFAIK. All of my custom PCB footprints are in a project library; no 3D packages on any of those. But those SMD capacitors, 1206 SMD resistors…no packages display!
The settings look fine, such as PCBNew’s environment variables (PCBNew -> Preferences -> Library Tables). KISYS3DMOD is specified as “C:\Program Files (x86)\KiCad\share/modules/packages3d”. The backwards slashes might be a problem, but I can’t seem to find a way to change that. Otherwise, the path looks good. (Note that I installed KiCad to “C:\Program Files (x86)\KiCad”)
FWIW, I am running Windows 7 Ultimate x64 on an Intel i3, 32-bit graphics. If anyone need more details to help, I will gladly provide what is needed for a diagnosis. Thanks in advance for any assistance.