I am using 5.0 stable under a Win10 Pro x64 VM.
Using the default libraries only, I have noticed that not all components are shown in the 3D view, mainly connectors. I have investigated things a bit, and the following list of questions came up:
how is the association between a footprint and its 3d model handled? (to my understanding is just identical filename, only the extension changes; correct?) In other words: correspondence between a symbol and a footprint is handled by the Eeschema itself or CvPCB, but there is nothing such for correlating a footprint with its 3d model.
each 3d model is made of a .step and a .wrl file pair. I could not find a way inside KiCad of editing either of them (maybe it will be implemented in the future?). How can i edit them if needed? What is the .step file? and the .wrl file?
if it is true that 3d model must have the same filename of the footprint, maybe it is not displayed because it is scaled 2.54:1 instead of 1:1? In this case the object is there, how can i adjust the scaling and “recover” it?
Are there 3rd party websites providing Kicad libraries? maybe including the 3d models?
Differently from what the manuals say, i found only an automatic downloader from Kicad Github repository for the 3d models, but nothing such for symbols and footprints. Maybe it will be implemented in the future, but for the time being is there a way to do so? If i have to install some git client etc i couldn’t find instructions on what client, what settings etc? If somebody has already posted these instructions i missed them, sorry!
Thanks and regards