KiCad + FreeCad 3D workflow

3D modeling using KiCad and FreeCad is working very well. The process is:

  • add models to all your parts in KiCad. Most manufacturers now provide models on their web site. The import process in KiCad is really slick with +/- buttons where you can bump your model around until it is in the right place.
  • export model of PCB from KiCad in STEP format
  • pull PCB and enclosure models into FreeCad. Move/rotate them until everything is aligned. Again, use the +/- buttons to bump things around. And you get something like below.

It is a lot of fun, give it a try!

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