Where to start creating 3D models?
I looked around here on the forum a bit, but didn’t quite see what I’m looking for.
I just started using KiCAD and am slowly getting the hang on of it.
My questions involve 3D models to go with custom parts.
My first project includes 2 parts for which I had to create the schematic symbol and the footprint.
- a simple pad with a hole for connecting and soldering 18 gauge wire to exit the PCB and housing
- a Song Chuan 103T-1CH-S-12VDC dual relay
I would like to be able to add the 3D models for these items as well. In that vein I have a few questions:
- Do I need to do anything for the hole and pad or will the copper and the hole show on the 3D model based on the footprint?
- Where do I start with the model for the relay? Specifically:
- I have access to Solidworks and Inventor and know how to use them, I am not asking how to do the actual modeling.
- Do I need to create the model as one piece (a single part) out of one material, or can it be an assembly? (Plastic housing and metal pins.)
- How do I go about getting the model into KiCAd once I have created it? Is there a step by step out there already?
I would like to add that I am not a coder and I am using the stable version of KiCAD.
I could download a free modeling software, but learning to use something that is very likely clunky in comparison seems counter productive since I have access to commercial software.
I have been using the CentextualElectronics “GettintToBlinky4.0” videos to teach myself how to use KiCAD and I am getting the hang of it pretty quickly.
Thanks for any tips and pointers!!!
I would love to upload my custom schematic symbols and footprints here after I get home if anyone wants to give them a look and give me some feedback…