I recently switched to KiCad 5 and noticed a few peculiarities in the STEP export. Well, first of all, let me thank everyone involved for the STEP export being built-in — it’s a major feature that is very important for me. Most of the work I do involves tight interaction between enclosure design and electronics design.
Anyway, here’s what I noticed and I though I’d ask whether these are well-known problems:
.wrl models do not seem to get exported at all. I had a lot of my library parts defined using an extremely useful
1box.wrl(unit black box, easy to scale and position in the footprint editor). These are visible in the 3D view, but do not appear in the STEP output.
I tried defining a STEP unit black box (
1box.step) and using that instead, but the net result was the same: it did not appear in the output.
in a board I’m working on right now, some STEP models (third-party) added in the footprint editor do not get exported. They are visible in the footprint editor, show up in 3D Viewer, but do not appear in the STEP output.
Are these well-known problems, or am I doing something wrong?
Version: (5.1.6-0-10_14), release build
libcurl/7.64.1 SecureTransport (LibreSSL/2.8.3) zlib/1.2.11 nghttp2/1.39.2
Platform: macOS Catalina Version 10.15.6 (Build 19G2021), 64 bit, Little endian, wxMac
wxWidgets: 3.0.4 (wchar_t,STL containers,compatible with 2.8)
OpenCASCADE Community Edition: 6.9.1
Compiler: Clang 9.0.0 with C++ ABI 1002