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Create 3D Models of Components and Board Outlines in KiCad: Using the CadQuery Library for Python

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Article number1
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/03/2024
<mark>Journal</mark>Circuit Cellar
Issue number404
Number of pages6
Pages (from-to)4-9
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


KiCad [1] has rapidly become one of the most popular open-source and freely available packages for schematic entry and PCB layout. Every design package has its own quirks and characteristics. I have spent more than a few hours searching for solutions to problems with the software. In this article, I present two solutions solved by using 3D computer-assisted design (CAD). The CAD package presented is CadQuery [2], which is a library for Python. This library enables us to create complex CAD objects through code.