I tried to install Stepup in Freecad without success.
If I try via Tools -> Addon Manager, it tries to download a list of workbenches/macro’s that never finishes. Same problem at work and at home. Internet connection is fine.
My Freecad version is:
OS: openSUSE Leap 15.2
Word size of OS: 64-bit
Word size of FreeCAD: 64-bit
Build type: Release
Python version: 3.6.10
Qt version: 5.12.7
Coin version: 3.1.3
OCC version: 7.3.0
Locale: English/United States (en_US)
I tried also to install Stepup manually by cloning the Stepup repo and copying it into /usr/share/FreeCAD/Mod/ as described here
Then I restarted Freecad but nothing has been added, I can’t find Stepup in Freecad.
GitPython not installed! Cannot retrieve macros from git
Unable to fetch the code of this macro.Traceback (most recent call last):
File "D:\Data\Downloads\FreeCAD-0.18.4.980bf90-WIN-x64-portable\conda-0.18.4\Mod\AddonManager\addonmanager_macro.py", line 147, in fill_details_from_wiki
code = code.replace(b'\xc2\xa0'.decode("utf-8"), ' ')
AttributeError: 'list' object has no attribute 'replace'
During handling of the above exception, another exception occurred:
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "D:\Data\Downloads\FreeCAD-0.18.4.980bf90-WIN-x64-portable\conda-0.18.4\Mod\AddonManager\AddonManager.py", line 852, in run
File "D:\Data\Downloads\FreeCAD-0.18.4.980bf90-WIN-x64-portable\conda-0.18.4\Mod\AddonManager\addonmanager_macro.py", line 149, in fill_details_from_wiki
FreeCAD.Console.PrintWarning(translate("AddonsInstaller", "Unable to clean macro code: ") + code + '\n')
TypeError: must be str, not list
This is of course “interesting” because I’ve been using this version and the addOnManager for a while without problems, it may be a temporary outage.
Thank you everybody for trying to help.
I managed to install Stepup in Freecad.
I made the error to install it in /usr/share/FreeCAD/Mod/.
After I did a
git clone --depth 1 https://github.com/easyw/kicadStepUpMod.git
I opened the model in Freecad, activated Stepup, and opened the Kicad footprint.
Now I was able to see in Freecad both the 3D model and the footprint/pcb.
It was also obvious now that there’s a big offset between the two of them.
Now I have to learn how to move the model near the pcb/footprint.
If, in the meantime, somebody wants to explain it here in “for dummies” style,
I would be gratefull. I’m a complete noob with Freecad.
Thanks anyway for pointing me in the right direction.
However there is a drawback with the way you solve it, next time you want to use the model you will need to center it again, if you make all the alignments in FreeCAD and then export it, it will always appear where it should be