Someone requires a 3D model of the board I working on, they asked for a .step file.
After trying various things for 2 hrs I gave up and sent the person a .wrl, .emn and .anything else I could export.
Unfortunately he cant open these uncommon formats in MCAD, he needs step or IGES format.
Additionally it seems the .wrl file only creates a file with the PCB (from what I can see from opening it freecad), no components.
How do you create a 3D file which contains the components too?
So having tried opening the .kicad_pcb in FreeCAD-PCB... All I got was about 10% of the board, some pads and silkscreen text nothing else.
I tried opening the .wrl model in FreeCAD-PCB, the board looks nice but has no components. I tried to just export that as step file and it says "... is not a shape, export will be ignored... google it and got this... "You have to convert the STL file to a shape before you try to convert it to IGES etc.. First open the mesh (stl) file, you then have to "create a shape from mesh" (Part Workbench, Part menu, 6th item down).
" But the create shape from a mesh option is greyed out for me... so dead end there.
I tried KiCad Step-Up to export a step file. When I run:
"C:\Program Files\FreeCAD 0.15\bin\FreeCAD.exe" kicad-StepUp-tools.FCMacro MyProjectName
I get a bunch errors saying...
But it exists but as .wrl file. Don't know why its assuming a .step file?
Click okay and only a PCB outline load, not even a silkscreen.
So I can't export board with components, or convert it to a common step or iges format. I feel when I follow tutorials I end up getting nowhere. I think it would be really great if KiCAD step up could be incorporated into the main build.
Mere mortals such as myself get nowhere trying to use these scripts.
How to convert a KiCAD 3D file to step up?
Thanks for any help!