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13x9 Micro Factory

Posted: Mon Oct 14, 2019 6:50 pm
by DaveMcW
I built a 13 by 9 tile factory using Recursive Blueprints. It produces 0.26 science per minute.

Watch it in action:

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Or download the map: 13x9-micro-factory.zip


The factory loops through 32 blueprints to produce all 7 science packs.

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Circuit Network

Here is the basic circuit design used to control it.

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Tick 1: The construction trigger (decider combinator) detects that the supply of items is full, and outputs a constuction signal.
Tick 2: The deconstruction trigger (inserter) detects the construction signal, and removes an item from the chest.
Tick 3: The inserter outputs a 1-tick pulse of its hand contents, which is a construction robot, to the deployer chest with the deconstruction planner.
Tick 4: The construction signal stays on, but the deconstruction signal turns off.

The two deployer chests from Recursive Blueprints read the signals and apply the deconstruction planner and blueprint book on top of the factory.


Rocket Silo

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The rocket silo blueprint operates with very limited space, so I use some tricks to reduce the circuit count.
  • Construction settings combinator is removed. The settings are construction-robot=1, which is provided by the deconstruction trigger. This builds the first blueprint in the blueprint book. The rocket silo blueprint is strategically located at the end of the blueprint book.
  • Deconstruction settings combinator is removed. The settings are W=3, which is provided by the roboport.
  • Construction trigger is removed.
  • Deconstruction chest is removed. The construction robot is picked up out of the roboport.

Re: 13x9 Micro Factory

Posted: Mon Oct 14, 2019 6:52 pm
by DaveMcW
Advanced oil processing

It is difficult to handle the 3 outputs from advanced oil processing in a 9x9 area. My solution is to deconstruct the refinery to destroy unwanted liquids. I replace the refinery with a chemical plant to process the liquids left in pipes. When the pipes are empty, I rebuild the refinery, and the loop repeats.

Rocket fuel:
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Electric engine unit:
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Skipping science packs

It is common for infinite techs to only require 6 science packs. So I added a way to skip some steps if one science pack is already full. The chemical science factory skips ahead 3 blueprints if there is already 1000 production science. And the utility science factory skips ahead 2 blueprints if there is already 1000 military science.

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Skipping production science leads to the problem of overproducing ingredients. So I have some arithmetic combinators that count production science packs as plastic bars and advanced circuits to keep the inventory balanced.

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Re: 13x9 Micro Factory

Posted: Tue Oct 15, 2019 9:39 am
by Koub
This guy is totally insane :shock:
@Dave : I don't remember seeing a creation of yours in here that didn't blow my mind

Re: 13x9 Micro Factory

Posted: Tue Oct 15, 2019 10:25 am
by booter
awesome. thanks for sharing!

Re: 13x9 Micro Factory

Posted: Tue Oct 15, 2019 4:03 pm
by theolderbeholder
*blinks*
:shock:
*blinks some more*
:o

I´m oot. :arrow:

Re: 13x9 Micro Factory

Posted: Tue Oct 15, 2019 5:15 pm
by EnDeRBeaT
Why did you decide to use 2 deployer chests? I remember that you used a constant combinator for the deconstruction.

Re: 13x9 Micro Factory

Posted: Tue Oct 15, 2019 5:47 pm
by DaveMcW
I need a 2nd deployer chest to hold the deconstruction planner. Filtered deconstruction makes it easy to avoid important buildings like the roboport and steam turbine.

There is one point where I want to deconstruct the steam tubine, so I have to use a constant combinator to do that.

Re: 13x9 Micro Factory

Posted: Tue Oct 15, 2019 11:33 pm
by nafira
Wait a minute, I'm grabbing my jaw that fell on the floor :shock:

Re: 13x9 Micro Factory

Posted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 5:01 am
by AustraliumEngineer
Lol, no reason for me to play Factorio anymore.

Re: 13x9 Micro Factory

Posted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:16 pm
by Inglonias
The sad part is that at 28 hours, this STILL launches its first rocket faster than me, and I really don't know what to say to that.

Re: 13x9 Micro Factory

Posted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 1:10 pm
by ShutEye_DK
Absolutely fascinating! I'm going watch that video quite a few times I think :)

Also (from your sig) brilliant tech tree!

Re: 13x9 Micro Factory

Posted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 1:55 pm
by greenyaptec
Awesome!

I guess I can just copy-paste the setup 3847 times and have a 1k SPM base.

Re: 13x9 Micro Factory

Posted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 2:57 pm
by Ironhair
This is so mindblowing that I wasn't even sure if I should reply saying a simple wow....
but seriously
Wow!

Re: 13x9 Micro Factory

Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 9:28 am
by akulla
You're an inspiration!

Keep doing you, Dave.

Re: 13x9 Micro Factory

Posted: Sun Oct 27, 2019 10:00 am
by RoadRunnerLTR
Hi,

Liked the video and I have downloaded your map to see the workings upclose.
Unfortunately it doesnot do anything except showing the elapsed time.
Is there something I didnot do?

Re: 13x9 Micro Factory

Posted: Sun Oct 27, 2019 10:24 am
by DaveMcW
Play -> Load Game -> Sync mods with save

It is the double arrow folder button in the top right.

Re: 13x9 Micro Factory

Posted: Wed Nov 27, 2019 9:46 am
by Bizz Keryear
With or without mod, I could not do this.
But at least I feel less stupid now that I realized I never could have done this ... cause I basically only play vanilla.

Re: 13x9 Micro Factory

Posted: Wed Nov 27, 2019 1:33 pm
by movax20h
That is really cool.

I see you are using just pipes as a storage for some fluids, instead of using storage tanks. Way smaller capacity, but less space used, and for things like lubricant it appears to be sufficient, especially if you switch back and forth between blueprints. Fascinating.