I have a problem with a 3d model not showing up in the 3d properties in kicad footprint editor. This is a machine-pin socket that I am hacking into an array. I got a file from samtec and extracted a single pin in win/solidworks, then made an assembly with a linear array of pins, and saved as step ap214 format. The step file opens fine in sw.
Then I moved it to my linux/kicad box. It also opens fine here on freecad:
But trying to add it in kicad footprint editor properties (which I have done for many other step files I have scrounged or made) it does not appear:
I am clearly doing something wrong. Here is the step file:
J_header_6P_1x6_100mil-machine-recessed.step (64.6 KB)
And before someone says why don’t you just use the strip versions of those machine-pin sockets: this is for when I need a low-profile connector, and I cut the machine-pins out of a strip or ic socket, nip off the bottom pin, and the barrel fits down into fat pads in the board. Not a production application, but has its uses. Anyway, the step file is a mystery and perhaps is due to it being an array of individual parts.