Exporting footprint from Freecad to KiCad

Would anyone know how i can export a sketch to KiCad as a footprint ?

Application: KiCad
Version: (5.1.6)-1, release build
Libraries:
wxWidgets 3.0.4
libcurl/7.66.0 OpenSSL/1.1.1d (Schannel) zlib/1.2.11 brotli/1.0.7 libidn2/2.2.0 libpsl/0.21.0 (+libidn2/2.1.1) nghttp2/1.39.2
Platform: Windows 8 (build 9200), 64-bit edition, 64 bit, Little endian, wxMSW
Build Info:
wxWidgets: 3.0.4 (wchar_t,wx containers,compatible with 2.8)
Boost: 1.71.0
OpenCASCADE Community Edition: 6.9.1
Curl: 7.66.0
Compiler: GCC 9.2.0 with C++ ABI 1013

Build settings:
USE_WX_GRAPHICS_CONTEXT=OFF
USE_WX_OVERLAY=OFF
KICAD_SCRIPTING=ON
KICAD_SCRIPTING_MODULES=ON
KICAD_SCRIPTING_PYTHON3=OFF
KICAD_SCRIPTING_WXPYTHON=ON
KICAD_SCRIPTING_WXPYTHON_PHOENIX=OFF
KICAD_SCRIPTING_ACTION_MENU=ON
BUILD_GITHUB_PLUGIN=ON
KICAD_USE_OCE=ON
KICAD_USE_OCC=OFF
KICAD_SPICE=ON
Wurth_7443640150B.FCStd (6.2 KB)

kicad stepup plugin: Kicad StepUp: The Sketcher for Footprint generation

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For anyone not having FreeCAD installed, here is a screenshot of the thing:
image

And indeed, this looks like a job for StepUp:
FreeCAD / Tools / Addon Manager / Workbenches / kicadStepUpMod

For me it seems a little stupid to set pad dimension to 5,59mm. I think someone there (at Wurth) got the task to rewrite recommended footprint from mils to mm (220mils = 5,588mm).
I suppose the author of original didn’t even considered 215 so consiedered 210/220/230 so the step of 0,25mm and now someone writes it with 0.01mm precision :slight_smile:
I would do that footprint in KiCad and certainly this dimension in my footprint would be 5.6mm.
I like that from Wurth I can get 3D models of used elements.

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perfect ! thank you all.

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All the measurements look a bit “weird” (such as for example 10.51mm)

After thinking about it for a bit. It may have been that the footprint was drawn from a photograph of a part and there was simply no effort whatsowever to “round” the numbers, and just left to whatever dimension was first drawn with the mouse.