Yes, I could and did install the workbench. Using the StepUp workbench, I exported the files and the WRL file seems scaled correctly. I’ve switch the footprint’s reference to the WRL.
I finally installed the StepUp macro in the user area, but I had to create the folder. Fortunately, the folder name was shown in both the “Record Macro” and “Macros …” dialogs. It would improve the cheat-sheet for FreeCAD newbies to tell them where the Macros folder should be created. I still don’t know where FreeCAD’s System Macros are located.
I’m using v7180 from SourceForge.net. If 7180 is not current, I don’t know where to find a more recent version. Remember, I’m new at both KiCAD and FreeCAD.
Eventually I installed both the Workbench and the FCMacro, but the Workbench “solved” my WRL problem before I installed the macro as I hope is clear from the thread.
My comment on installing macros wasn’t a complaint that the Workbench didn’t solve the problem, it was more feedback on the CheatSheet described by pedro and hermit.
The instructions in the CheatSheet called for installing the macro OR the workbench (Step 3):
“KiCad StepUp tools can be installed as a FreeCAD Macro …” and later (Step 3 as well):
“KiCad StepUp tools can be also be installed as a FreeCAD WorkBench …”
So I was trying to do both (macro and workbench) to compare the experiences when I initially hit the issue of where to install the macro. If the macro is obsolete (doesn’t seem to be as it came with v7180), then perhaps the CheatSheet should reflect that.
It is suggested to install the StepUp WB which has more features, but both WB and Macro are fine.
If you install the WB it will help in checking also for updates.
Some ‘old’ users are used to the Macro way, so both are still available.
Concerning: “Just copy the kicad-StepUp-tools.FCMacro file and the kicad-StepUp-icon.svg to the FreeCAD Macro folder.” In my unpacked version of v7180, there are no .svg files. Where should I be looking? Is there a newer version of StepUp?
FreeCAD v0.17. I’ll do that, but it might be a couple of days.
UPDATE: Installed v0.17.13488. Got a non-repeatable exception and lost the details as I assumed I could reproduce it. Maybe corrupt heap when loading KiCAD-StepUp Workbench? Happened only once so far.
Other than the one exception, FreeCAD v0.17 using the “AddOn Manager” to retrieve and install KiCAD-StepUp worked well. The STEP and WRL models exported by the StepUp workbench both seemed to be scaled and placed properly.
Of some note: the STEP file was reduced from ~160KB to 70KB. The WRL file stayed at 31KB so I’ll use it until I find a reason to prefer the STEP file.
Hermit’s expertise ended with pointing to the FAQ and noting why you wouldn’t find this in the official documentation. It’s been a recent discussion on how much design capabilities an EE program should have built in vs leveraging existing solutions. Maui and taken the approach of building a bridge. Not just for the 3D models but also something that can be used for more complex footprints and edge cuts.