|Applied Energistics: Beginnings|
That's the basics of an Applied Energistics (AE) system in a room decorated with some funky Chisel blocks. AE has some fairly significant startup requirements, but once you put the basics in place, it gives you some great auto-crafting and storage capabilities. My system isn't complete, it just has the bare essentials in place and doesn't have any storage, but I can now make everything I need to add those features.
|AE's Other Half: Crystal Growth|
- A Charger that turns regular Certus Quartz into Charged Certus Quartz
- An Inscriber that lets me create processor parts from raw materials
- An ME Controller that expands the channels available on the ME network
- An Energy Acceptor to turn RF into AE energy
- Crystal Growth Accelerators that speed up the creation of (you guessed it), crystals
- A Steve's Factory Manager (SFM) system to handle crystal creation
The SFM also deals with power control for the Crystal Growth Accelerators, turning them off when they're not in use. Speaking of power, I upgraded that system a bit too.
Since I don't feel like spending a lot of time hunting down Endermen for pearls, I turned my half-assed Ender-lily farm into a real farm. Pearl production is now automated using an MFR Planter and Harvester, and Ender-lilies are growing on End Stone, which speeds up growth. It also gives a chance of dropping extra seeds. Eventually, I should have a full grid of pearl producing plants.
|Ender Pearl Production|
Making End Stone required some new machinery, a Magma Crucible to melt pearls and a Fluid Transposer to inject Resonant Ender into sandstone, creating End Stone. I also added a few more bits of hardware to the shop. The Slice'n'Splice lets me create more advanced item filters for my conduit system, and the painting machine lets me cover up conduits with painted covers that match the walls. The Forestry Squeezer, Carpenter and Centrifuge let me build Apiaries for bees, which are Coming Soon (TM).
There's also a Cyclic Assembler in the shop, which is processing melons into seeds, which go to the Squeezer and make Seed Oil, a vital material for bees. Even my four-plant melon farm is producing enough seeds to meet my demands.
Hmm, what did I miss? Oh yeah, ore automation! Ores are now transferred back to base using an Ender Chest. That connects to the conduit system, which ships ores directly to the Sag Mill/Alloy Smelter setup for doubling and smelting. That's why I needed advanced item filters. I also built an Experience Obelisk to reduce the impact of unexpected deaths and a coke oven, just because I could.
This week I plan on adding to the AE system. It needs storage and interfaces. I also need a bunch of cables, which may mean a manual mining trip for extra crystals and nether quartz. I do have some basic Apiaries up and running, so I'll probably go bee hunting and maybe add some automation to that system too. Until next week, happy Minecrafting!