# Imported 3D Models are always white?

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.

I'm using Altium 2010 I believe.

• I never got the "3D Color" to do anything either; I'd like to know what the heck its for. – dext0rb Dec 4 '13 at 22:44
• Can you export the 3d model from your mechanical CAD package as a step file (the AP 214 version), and import that into Altium? – gbmhunter Dec 5 '13 at 20:36
• 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 – tarabyte Dec 6 '13 at 18:33
• @tarabyte Have done, glad to of helped :-) – gbmhunter Dec 6 '13 at 22:38