3D KiCAD Parts using OpenSCAD and Wings3D

in tutorials by DP | 2 comments

Christopher Woodall from HappyRobotLabs wrote to us with a short tutorial on how to use OpenSCAD and Wings3D to make 3D component models for KiCAD:

I personally find it convenient to utilize OpenSCAD to make 3D models of most eletrical components, which are simple and easily defined parametrically in OpenSCAD’s language. OpenSCAD allows you to write code that translates directly to a 3D model and export this to an STL. However, KiCAD expects VRML files which can be easily generated in Wings3D (which can import STL files). On the plus side Wings3D will allow us to add color elements and surfaces for nice rendering by KiCAD.

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  1. fcobcn says:

    Nice! it would be great to be able to do the reverse process: kicad pcb -> OpenSCAD
    Maybe something like the IDF import capabilities of solidworks.

  2. oh, this tutorial is a VERY nice idea! thanks, I’ll be able to 3D-populate my boards now!

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