Relative Paths - Footprint Editor Not Showing 3D File [KiCad 7.0.0]

I’m using relative paths for 3D models and it was a success.

Something like this:
../../3dmodels/oxxxca.3dshapes/lexyon/Linear Regulator 3V3 and Switching Supplies 5V.wrl

But when I load it on 3D viewer the 3D model not showing

I know I must update the footprint in the layout but I’m using 3D viewer of footprint editor not on PCB editor.

Did I make some mistake?

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After you snap 3d models, save the export and open the 3d view

Using relative paths means the project is not easily portable. If the project is shared or if you move either it or your libraries to another location, the link will be broken. You would be better off defining a path substitution variable eg KICADUSER3DMODEL to point to where you store your models. Same is true for your personal symbol or footprint libraries.


It’s not work. I off course I save it first.
Right now if I open footprint editor, Kicad 7 will be force close.
I don’t know why…

But I like to use KiCad, it need more time to be stable in version 7.

This is how I store all of my custom footprint, 3D model and symbol

Outside project folders

7 should be stable. What is your OS?

There are also articles on personal libraries in the FAQ. Have you followed that procedure for storing footprints?

Application: KiCad x64 on x64
Version: (7.0.0), release build
Platform: Windows 11 (build 22621), 64-bit edition, 64 bit, Little endian, wxMSW

KiCad always closing if I open footprint editor, schematic, board, etc

The problem is exclusively your system

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