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Kicad StepUp: New exporter for 3D MCAD collaboration

Discussion in 'KiCad Discussion' started by easyw, Nov 21, 2015.

  1. easyw

    easyw New Member

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    for the ones interested in mechanical collaboration and enclosure design with kicad, I developed a 3D MCAD tool for converting kicad ECAD board and assemblies to STEP mechanical model.
    'Kicad StepUp' is a tool set to easily export your kicad pcb EDA (board and 3D parts) to STEP model.
    The artwork can be used for MCAD interchange and collaboration, and for enclosure design.

    The 3D visualization of components on board assemblies in kicad 3dviewer, will be the same in your mechanical software, because of the STEP interchange format.
    here there is a video tutorial of the script:
    http://sourceforge.net/projects/kicadstepup/

    Moreover, KiCad StepUp tool set will let you to load the kicad footprint inside FreeCAD and align the 3D part with a visual real time feedback of the 3d model and footprint reciprocal position.

    With this tool is possible to download a part from on-line libraries (e.g. 3dcontentcentral, grabcad, etc), align the model to kicad footprint and export the model to wrl, for immediate 3d-viewer alignment in pcbnew.

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    Maurice
     
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    Hi @easyw,

    Thanks for sharing this info with us. We will take a look at it and also we will share the news around as well. Do you have any tutorials or blog that we can share with others?

    Thanks,
    Tom
    Nuamto Lab
     
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    thank you for your reply...

    to see some video tutorial have a look here:
    basic howto

    3d model aligner tool

    the Starter Guide
    http://sourceforge.net/projects/kicadstepup/files/kicadStepUp-starter-Guide.pdf/download
    and a self containing demo
    http://sourceforge.net/projects/kicadstepup/files/latest/download

    There is also a nice review with a description of the workflow at Hackaday
    https://hackaday.com/2015/11/08/kicad-script-hack-for-better-mechanical-cad-export/
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    and a forum topic at kicad.info
    https://forum.kicad.info/t/kicad-stepup-new-exporter-for-3d-mcad-feedbacks-are-welcome/1048

    If I can be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me
    Maurice
     
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