BeamDown Quick-Start Guide

BeamDown Quick Start Guide

Introduction

Thanks for joining us as a BeamDown user! This is an evolving platform that we aim to grow and implement new features. We’ve designed BeamDown to be intuitive and for users to be able to build custom terrain with very little introduction and zero 3D modelling experience.

As a brand-new platform, you may encounter some minor bugs as we expand the functionality and asset library.

Latest News

We’re working on a LOT of new BeamDown features behind the scenes. Below are the features current in development:

  • Asset Store (for smaller packs & more sets)
  • Project Sharing
  • Back-end user management systems

Please see the Dev Roadmap for more.

Accessing BeamDown

Log into BeamDown at https://beamdown.saucermenstudios.com.au

New accounts will need to reset their password here

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Basic Usage Guide

Key Principles

All assets are accessed from the pallet on the right hand side:

From the palette:

  1. Click a set
  2. Click a subheading to expand it
  3. Select an asset

When in BUILD MODE, There are TWO main building methods. these are specific to the set being used:

Freeform Builder

Drag and drop from the pallet to the build platform. Compatible parts will highlight GREEN & SNAP.

BeamDown Freeform

Used in the ‘Sci-fi Building Generator’ set

Quick Frames

Frames and roof sections are dragged from the pallet to the build platform.

BeamDown QuickFrames

Used in sets such as ‘Grid City’, ‘Modern Buildings’ and ‘Desert Houses’.

Snapping

Freeform items can be snapped to compatible objects – You should never need to ‘manually’ attach objects. To automatically connect objects such as walls and floors :

  1. Drag an item from the palette
  2. Compatible objects will now display snap points (glowing white orbs)
  3. Hovering over a snap point will turn green to indicate it will connect
  4. Use the Q & E keys to rotate the object
  5. Click to attach the objects.
Snapping points

Mount Points

Once Freeform or Quick-Frame objects are placed on the build platform, you can select them to display ‘mount points’.

Black dots are mount points – Hover over a mount point to see what can be attached to it. Click it to display all compatible components in the palette. Click the component in the asset to attach it. Attached objects may have their own mount points to.

SELECTING SIMILAR MOUNT POINTS – Click on a mount point twice to select all similar Mount Points on that selection.

BeamDown Mount Points

How to build

  1. Log in to BeamDown here
  2. Ensure the ‘Build’ mode is active at the top of the screen
  3. Using the palette window on the right hand side, click on a set (EG ‘Grid City’), then click a title such as ‘Frame’ or ‘Wall’. This will show you all of the assets for that category.
  4. Click and drag an asset from the pallet onto the main grid area. You can also right click to clear your mouse.
  5. Click on the asset you placed onto the grid – Dots will appear. Hover you mouse over the dots to see what they are.
  6. Click on any of the dots (Mount Points) to reveal the assets that can be placed onto it. They will appear in the pallet where you can click them to place them (no need to drag and drop these).
  7. Drag items onto snap points from the pallet – Hover your mouse over the white orbs until they turn green.

Floorbuilder (Freeform)

Sets using the Freeform builder such as the ‘Sci-fi Building Generator’ can use the Floorbuilder which automatically adapts to the connected wall shape so that you build conforms to a 1in grid.

  1. Within a compatible set, select the Floorbuilder from the palette
  2. Drag your chosen floor style onto the build plate or snap to a compatible wall (it will turn green when snapped)
  3. The floor model will adapt to the snapped wall – Use the Q/E keys to rotate the floor and R key to change it’s theme
  4. Some floor pieces can be selected when placed to mount additional details

Note – Floor models have different styles and sizes

Floorbuilder

Editing Sockets:

Many walls and other components have areas for connection sockets such as magnets, pegs, OpenLock Clips etc. Not all models have sockets

  1. Select a model(s)
  2. Switch to ‘Socket’ mode at the top of the screen
  3. Click on a Mount Point to see the available sockets in the pallet. Select all Mount points by clicking twice on a Mount Point.
  4. Click on your chosen socket in the pallet.
BeamDown Sockets


Usage Controls

Selecting Models

  • You can drag a box around multiple models to select them all-together
  • To select an object mounted onto another, click multiple times on the area to move through the hierarchy

Keyboard & Mouse Controls

  • Q/E – Rotate selected object
  • LMB – Select object or Mount Point
  • RMB – Orbit view / Menu / Clear mouse
  • MMB – Pan view
  • Wheel – Zoom view
  • DEL – Delete selected object
  • F1 – Auto rotate around scene

Right-Click Menu

Radial Menu
  • Group (top) – Combine the selected models into one group for moving, exporting and saving
  • Copy (right) – Duplicate the selected models
  • Delete (bottom) – Trash the selected models
  • Move (left) – Move the selected objects to a new position
BeamDown Right Click Menu short

Saving Layouts (Blueprints)

Saving your build to the cloud is easy:

  1. Select all your models by dragging a box around them
  2. Right click your selection
  3. Choose ‘Group’ from the right click menu (top option)
  4. Switch to ‘Export’ mode at the top of the screen
  5. Name your build
  6. Click Save
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Please noteSaucermen Studios hold no responsibility for missing saved files

Loading your Builds

Saved files are known as ‘Blueprints’. To load these from the cloud:

  1. Click the ‘Blueprints’ button at top right of the screen
  2. Select ‘My Builds’ in the popup window (top right)
  3. Locate your file and click Load
Loading Your Builds

Exporting STL Files

Downloading an STL file of your build is done in a similar way to saving:

  1. Select all your models by dragging a box around them
  2. Right click your selection
  3. Choose ‘Group’ from the right click menu (top option)
  4. Switch to ‘Export’ mode at the top of the screen
  5. Name your build
  6. Click Save
Exporting STL 1

Tips

  • Use the blue ‘Points’ button (top, left of screen) to edit sockets (Filled, OpenLock, magnets, etc) – There will otherwise be cavities.
  • Right click for MENU: move / group / copy / del
  • Hover mouse over white orb to snap objects – Object turns green when auto-aligned
  • Right Click to clear dragged object
  • If you have issues loading BeamDown, clear your browser cache

Pre-Release Demo Videos:

Getting support

Contact alex@saucermenstudios.com.au or join the BeamDown community at Discord.