From Datasheet to KiCad Component – Part Two

3D model of PCB in KiCad

Following on from From Datasheet to KiCad Component – Part One, I had got as far as making the footprint in KiCad the Footprint Editor,

Finished Footprint
Finished Footprint

The layers I have built it out of look like this:

Now we have the footprint finished for Type C (I also did Type A and D), its time to work on putting 3D model on the PCB, we go to the “Edit” menu “Footprint Properties” and in the box that opens goto the “3D settings”, you can then import the step file, and position it using the controls in the lower left:

Controls for moving the 3D model on the left
Controls for moving the 3D model on the left

All of this allows you to do magic like this (the PCB tracking for the switches is mentioned here):

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