Creating nice renders with kicad-stepup as the go between

@maui , can’t thank you enough for the work you keep doing on improving StepUp.

Is there a way to import the “Solder mask” layers in FreeCAD via StepUp ?
I’m trying to play with ray tracing / rendering. I can import CU layers, and SILK layers, but can’t figure out how to get the MASK.

Ray Trace render from KiCad

Step Import in FreeCAD with CU and SILK layers

Render output using FreeCAD + LuxCoreRender

PS - Ignore that fact that I still have to figure out how to get textures and colors in FreeCAD+LuxCoreRender

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StepUp doesn’t import the solder mask, but it is emulating it applying colors to board, copper and pads…
Here the result in i.e. one of your OSHW board:

Do you have a link to your latest board to test it?

which is your KSU WB version?

Here’s the project repo :

kicad StepUp version

FreeCAD version
OS: Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS
Word size of OS: 64-bit
Word size of FreeCAD: 64-bit
Version: 0.17.13522 (Git) AppImage
Build type: None
Branch: releases/FreeCAD-0-17
Hash: 3bb5ff4e70c0c526f2d9dd69b1004155b2f527f2
Python version: 2.7.6
Qt version: 4.8.6
Coin version: 4.0.0a
OCC version: 7.2.0
Locale: English/India (en_IN)

I see you are on FC0.17…
would you please test it with the latest stable FC0.18.4 or with the daily build FC0.19?
here the result in FC 0.19 (or 0.18)

okay, will do it later tonight when I get back home.

@maui , works as expected by default.
Problem I faced was because I changed the top and bottom CU layer COLOR to GOLD. Bringing it back to DEFAULT doesn’t undo the effect, unfortunately, so one needs to delete CU layers and re-import them.


FreeCAD (with CU layer COLOR set to GOLD)

Render using POVRAY

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Something that I’ve noticed that seems to vanish in the translation to FreeCAD is the “W” in the OSHW logo. I’m sure this is just a minor thing, but if you are trying to get to a photo-realistic rendering, that bit of artwork isn’t realistic…

I believe that it is because the “W” and the background have almost the same color.

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