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1 Automatic Rubber Tree Planting! on Mon Mar 30, 2015 11:23 am

Hexus_One

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So, I've made a machine to automatically plant RedPower rubber trees. It looks like this:



But why is it so complicated, Hexus_One?
The RedPower rubber tree - the really big one - needs a 3x3 space to grow. The rubber tree sapling needs to be plant right in the middle that space. The big challenge is making a machine that can place a rubber sapling in that spot and get out of the way so the sapling can grow. This machine does exactly that.

So how does it work?
At the bottom of the picture is an iron block with a button on it. When I hit the button, a pulse former turns the signal from the button into a shorter pulse - but you can build a machine without a pulse former and it won't make much a difference.
The signal immediately sets off the transposer to pull a rubber sapling from the duplicator to the deployer.
The duplicator (the black block with a diamond texture) is only available in creative mode, and duplicates whatever item you put into it. In survival mode, you would replace it with a normal chest full of saplings.
The deployer basically "uses" whatever item is inside it whenever it receives a pulse, meaning that it will do whatever happens if you were to right click whilst holding the item. In this case, it will place the sapling in front of it when it receives a pulse.

After this first signal, the left repeater at the bottom (set to 1 tick) sets off the left frame motor, which moves the frames, transposer and deployer to the right.



The repeater at the top (set to 8 ticks) pulses the deployer to place the sapling. After that, the right repeater at the bottom (set to 16 ticks) sets off the right frame motor, moving the frames, transposer and deployer back to their original place.

That's it! All you have to do now is wait 6 hours for the tree to grow (but a Fertilizer from MineFactory Reloaded will lower the waiting time down to about 3 seconds).
Obviously there are lots of different ways to do this, and this machine itself could be made more compact. However, it's useful for automatically planting rubber trees, which will help a lot in rubber and rubberwood production.


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2 Re: Automatic Rubber Tree Planting! on Mon Mar 30, 2015 4:45 pm

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Is there a planter underneath that fertilizers it?


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3 Re: Automatic Rubber Tree Planting! on Mon Mar 30, 2015 8:36 pm

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I think you mean the fertilizer - that would be placed to the side instead of underneath.
The planter would normally be placed underneath the grass bed, however it plants a 3x3 grid of saplings which we don't want.


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4 Re: Automatic Rubber Tree Planting! on Thu Apr 02, 2015 9:50 am

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tyvm


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