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How to Download and Use 3D Models in KiCad




KiCad is a popular, free, and open-source software suite for creating electronic circuit schematics, printed circuit boards (PCBs), and associated part descriptions. One of the features that makes KiCad stand out is its integrated 3D Viewer, which allows you to inspect your PCB design in an interactive 3D view. In this article, we will show you how to download and use 3D models in KiCad, as well as how to view and export your PCB design in 3D.


What is KiCad and why use 3D models?




KiCad is an open-source software suite for electronic design automation




KiCad supports an integrated design workflow in which a schematic and corresponding PCB are designed together, as well as standalone workflows for special uses. KiCad also includes several utilities to help with circuit and PCB design, such as a PCB calculator, a Gerber viewer, a 3D viewer, and a