Information on how to use the Brix Model platform. Select parts from any construction set and place them onto the work space. Copy and edit parts to build your model.

Build

Set select: Choose from any of the available construction sets.
Kit select: A subset of parts within some sets.
Left click part: Select part for placement on work space.
Left click work space: Place part in the work space. Hold Shift for multiple part placement.
Left click and drag: Adjust position of selected part(s). Use Caps-Lock for finer movement.
Keys:←/→, Up/Dn, ↑/↓ Move selected item along X, Y or Z axis. Use Caps-Lock for finer movement. Some keyboards: Fn + ↑/↓ = Up/Dn
B + Keys:←/→, Up/Dn, ↑/↓ Scale selected item along X, Y or Z axis. Use Caps-Lock for finer scaling.
Shift + Keys:↑/↓, Up/Dn, ←/→ Rotate selected item around X, Y or Z axis. Use Caps-Lock for finer rotation.
B + Keys:+/- Resize selected item up or down in 3D. Use Caps-Lock for finer resizing.
Snap to Grid Items snap to position with 0.05 precision. Use Caps-Lock for finer snap & Shift for free style.

Edit

Mouse Hover: Target a part or group for editing.
Left Click: Select part or group for editing.
Shift + Left Click: Select/Unselect parts or groups for editing.
Esc: Unselect all parts or groups.
Del: Delete all selected parts & groups.
B + A: Select all parts.
B + C: Copy selected part(s) or group.
B + G: Groups all selected parts into a single group.
B + R: Return selected part to original size and rotation.
B + U: Ungroup selected group.
B + O: Set Orbit centre to another part.
B + L: Toggle Lock status of selected parts/groups to prevent accidental moves.
Left double click, Right double click: Hold X, Y or Z to rotate part 90° clockwise or counter-clockwise.
Ctrl + Z: Undo last move, rotation or deletion.

View

Left click mouse and drag work surface: Rotate viewing position up, down and around.
Right click mouse and drag work surface: Pan left, right, in and out.
Mouse scroll wheel: Zoom in and out.
Left Arrow: Move viewing position to the left. Model appears to move right.
Right Arrow: Move viewing position to the right. Model appears to move left.
Up Arrow: Move viewing position forward. Model comes towards you.
Down Arrow: Move viewing position backward. Model recedes.
G: Toggle Grid Lines On/Off.
I or K: Increase or decrease brightness.

Shuffle

B + Shift + H: Set Home position and rotation for all parts.
B + H: Return all parts to their Home position & rotation.
B + M: Mix and rotate all parts in 3D.
B + J: Jumble all parts in 3D.
B + F: Fan all parts out across table in 2D.

File

B + N: Start New model.
Shift + Del: Move model to TRASH folder.
B + E: Empty TRASH folder.
B + P: Toggle Protected status of model to prevent saves.

Right Click Selected Object

Group: Group selected parts.
UnGroup: Ungroup selected group.
Copy: Copy selected part(s)
Flip: Hold X, Y or Z to flip 180°.
Dynamics: Enter data to setup dynamic motion control. Use Play control to activate.
Handle: Enter offsets for handle control.
Face Color: Apply a color to the target face.
Face Image: Apply image to the target face.

Touch Controls

Touch to open selector. Rotate:Single finger, Zoom:Two finger pinch, Pan:Two fingers, Restore:Double touch.
Select Main, Position, Rotation or Scale touch panels.
Set Shift to select multiple parts, set Home positions, delete open model.
⬩ ❖ Ungroup or group selected parts.
X Delete selected part. Use Shift to delete open model.
Return all parts to their Home position & rotation. Enable Shift to set Home position & rotation for all parts.
Copy selected parts or groups.
Undo last move, rotation, scale or deletion
⇧⇩⇦⇨⬀⬃ Adjust Rotation, Position, Scale in 3D.
Toggle Lock status of part/group to prevent accidental moves.
↻↺ Rotate selected part clockwise or counter-clockwise around y axis.
⇱ ⇲ Adjust scale in all 3 directions.

Orientation: X axis:left/right, Y axis:up/down, Z axis:front/rear.

Position Snap: Use Grid Div to adjust position snap values. Use Caps-Lock for finer snaping:Mouse/4, Keys/10. Hold Shift to disable snapping for flush assembly.

Spin Animation: Specify the 'RPM' for any axis.

Rotate Animation: Rotate part back and forth by specifying the 'RPM' and 'Travel' angle for any axis.

Travel Animation: Move part back and forth along any axis by specifying a 'Travel' distance and 'Speed'.

Orbit Animation: Specify ellipse 'R1', 'R2', Period, Angle of orbit plane X/Y/Z, Orbit center position X/Y/Z.

Run: Use 'R' key or 'Run' button to start/stop animations.

Adjustments: Rotate the viewing position to move parts in tight locations. Alternatively, set the position property in the 'Part Properties' area.

Groups: When a group is created, the first part selected will indicate the position of the group. The group assumes the properties of the first part added to the group. This means that the group location, position and animation is based on the first part in the group.

Images: Add images to selected part(s) or right click selected surface. Images can also be added to the Horizon or Surface.

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