BeamDown: Frequently Asked Questions

BeamDown FAQ

What is BeamDown?

BeamDown is a browser based terrain building platform that allows users to create custom 3D printable terrain, specifically used for tabletop wargaming and RPG games. Depending on the sets a user has access to, they can access up to 2,000 construction assets designed by Saucermen Studios. These assets can be combined in the free-form or quick-frames (templates) tool-sets to create custom terrain that is saved and exported as STL files.

See more about BeamDown here.

Does BeamDown have any subscription or Export Limits?

No, You can build as much as you like, save your projects and export it without any additional costs or limits.

How can I get access to BeamDown?

We’re working on a separate asset store for BeamDown but currently it’s only available as a bundle purchase on the website (Grid City + Sci-fi Building Generator) or as a Kickstarter Add-on. Buy BeamDown here.

What can I export from BeamDown?

Currently BeamDown exports STL files that are best suited to FDM printing.

What experience do I need to use BeamDown?

BeamDown does all of the heavy lifting for you, so you don’t need any previous experience in 3D modelling or design. The tools and interface have been designed to be incredibly easy to use. See examples of BeamDown being used here.

Whats the difference between a BeamDown set and Stand-alone/Kickstarter sets such as Zectonium or Grid City?

Where a set is available as both a stand-alone/Kickstarter set (such as Zectonium or Grid City) and a corresponding BeamDown set, it is important to understand that although they are compatible in their modular set-up, they are both aesthetically different products. BeamDown does not include the pre-built models from the standalone Set.

Many of the features or components appearing in the pre-built STL buildings may not be available or have the same aesthetic in BeamDown, it has an alternative library of components. Eg. the Grid City standalone Kickstarter STLS could not be made exactly the same in the BeamDown version of Grid City, however you can design and export compatible buildings that can be combined with the standalone SLT sets – They would just have different visual features such as different windows, alternative greebles, etc.

BeamDown does not include any of the stretch goals or scatter terrain from the standalone sets or Kickstarters, only the main building, structures and/or walkways from their relevant Core Sets. 

What are the building methods used in BeamDown?

BeamDown uses two different building methods, these are specific to the set:

  • Free-Form Builder – Drag components from the pallet onto the work area, mount features and snap components together.
  • Quick Frames – Build off pre-defined templates of specific sizes and add auto-filtering components. Snap rooftops and building sections together.

Can I sell or share the designs I create in BeamDown?

No, BeamDown grants you a PERSONAL use licence. Saucermen Studios retain all of the intellectual property, so you cannot share, modify or sell the STL files or printed exports from BeamDown. If you wish to sell physical 3D PRINTED copies of the exported models from BeamDown, you must have an active commercial licence subscription.

What sets have been made for BeamDown

The sets that have been designed for BeamDown are:

  • Sci-fi Building Generator – A Free-form building system based on a 1 inch grid system.
  • Grid City – A template building system that is based on 3 inch buildings in various configurations. It is compatible with the Grid City Core Set.
  • Zectonium Prison Mines – A template system that creates custom structures compatible with the Zectonium Mines Core Set.
  • Deserts Houses – A template system that creates custom desert, sci-fi buildings in various configurations.
  • Modern Buildings – A template system that creates custom modern, urban buildings in various configurations.
  • Bits Box – A collection of useful bits such as doors, reference miniatures, etc

Can I import STL Files into BeamDown?

No, currently you cannot import any STL files or your own assets into the software.

Where does BeamDown save my projects?

BeamDown saves your projects to our cloud-based server. Each user has their own, private storage area. We will eventually enable project sharing across the BeamDown community.