In VRML, the result is the same as this view seen through View3DScene and through the kicad 3D browser. However the exported module doesn’t show under the 3D viewer of Pcbnew.
Under FC, after reimporting the step file, it looks like this and, of course, no tracks. Not working at all in kicad.
At this point, I’m completely lost.
I read a ton of posts, spent lots of time trying to understand. I give up.
Barely difficult to ask any question because everything is A question !
What I noticed is that when wrl files are imported in FC, there’s no mean to convert them to solid, the object can’t be selected, hence can’t be grouped with something else or moved. and of course can’t be converted to step. Blender and Meshlab are a PITA (by the way, FC as well ! but there is a gateway to kicad).
Is there a proper simple procedure to produce wrl and step modules with tracks and holes and import them in Pcbnew as normal 3D packages ?
Thank ou for your patience.
wrl is a mesh file format, step is parametric -> step to mesh destroys information so the other way round is not possible. (there are hacky tricks but the result is not something that anybody would understand as a valid step file)
Silks import is OK so, as a first attempt, I gave a try importing the track outlines only, from the dxf like I did with the silk. It successfully ended. After adjusting, I got something almost acceptable (tracks aren’t filled). Exporting to step and wrl is OK.
But, doing it through KSU tools “export to kicad step & vrml scaled” didn’t succeed:
why are you using FC 0.16?
The latest stable is FC 0.18.3 and you can download from here: https://github.com/FreeCAD/FreeCAD/releases/tag/0.18.3
To get KSU version you can just press the ‘?’ button in the KSU main tool.
The latest is kicad StepUp version 22.214.171.124 and can be directly installed through the ‘Addons manager’ available since FC0.17
You made my day!
I followed your recommendation, upgrading FC and KSU, I then imported the tracks and they magically aligned with the PCB.
Re-exporting the module from KSU to kicad, both step and wrl formats ended with an excellent rendering.
About the silk, it’s no more importing however ! any idea ?