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Every time I try to create a footprint and embed an .stl file of the actual mechanical CAD of the part, the color information seems to get lost.

When I select the footprint in the .PcbLib file, under Display >> 3D Color I do see the color that I want but the model still shows up glaring white.

I can move on, but this seems to be an issue for a while now and at some point it'd be nice to fix, especially as I ship off screenshots of the model.

I'm attaching an example of a voltage regulator.

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I'm using Altium 2010 I believe.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ I never got the "3D Color" to do anything either; I'd like to know what the heck its for. \$\endgroup\$
    – dext0rb
    Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 22:44
  • \$\begingroup\$ Can you export the 3d model from your mechanical CAD package as a step file (the AP 214 version), and import that into Altium? \$\endgroup\$
    – gbmhunter
    Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 20:36
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    \$\begingroup\$ AP214 version .step file solved the problem!!! Thank you @gbmhunter. I'll have to be more careful about what I grab from grabcad now I guess. If you post your comment as a question I can mark it as the answer to close this thread \$\endgroup\$
    – tarabyte
    Commented Dec 6, 2013 at 18:33
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    \$\begingroup\$ @tarabyte Have done, glad to of helped :-) \$\endgroup\$
    – gbmhunter
    Commented Dec 6, 2013 at 22:38

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Can you export the 3d model from your mechanical CAD package as a step file (the AP 214 version), and import that into Altium?

These seem to retain colour information when importing into Altium.

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