Factorio blueprint information: The perfect Factorio blueprints
Looking for a Factorio Blueprint Guide? If you set up your manufacturing metropolis on the alien planet of Factorio, problems can quickly arise. Many of the game’s assembly lines and processes are so closely interlinked that you can easily get caught in an angry tangle of conveyor belts, pipes, and electrical cables.
This is where the ingenious Factorio blueprint system comes into play. Blueprints allow you to copy, save, and share the layout of part of your factory. These plans can then be placed on the land on which you want to build and will help you precisely expand your factory, making it clearer, easier to navigate and most importantly, more efficient.
In short, a good Factorio blueprint will help fix even the messiest builds. But how exactly do you create, save and share blueprints and what are the best blueprints to keep in your library? Time to get back to the drawing board.
How to create, edit and save blueprints in Factorio
To create blueprints in Factorio, you must first switch the game to Blueprint mode (ALT + B). You should see a blue square at the bottom right of the cursor, indicating that Factorio is now in blueprint mode.
To create a design, click and drag over the area of your factory you want to be included in. When you release the mouse button, you should see a menu box with an animated image of the area you selected. This is where you can give your blueprint a name and description, and play around with parameters like snapping the blueprint into the grid or choosing an icon to represent the blueprint in your inventory. You can also edit the design by right-clicking the image to remove unwanted objects such as transportation belt sections or power poles (left-clicking will also restore deleted objects).
When you have finished tinkering with your blueprint, click Save Blueprint. This will be shown in your inventory. The selected icon is highlighted with a blue background.
If you are creating a blueprint that you plan to use on a regular basis, make sure to add it to your blueprint library. To do this, open the library by clicking the Blueprint Library button at the top left of the screen. Then click on the blueprint in your inventory and transfer it to the library. Note that there are two menu tabs to choose from. “My Blueprints” save a blueprint and make it available for all single player storages. “Game Blueprints” is a library that is bound to current memory and is mainly used for sharing blueprints in multiplayer mode.
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Using Factorio Blueprints
To deploy a Factorio blueprint, simply click it in your inventory, then left click to place it like any other object. Note: The blueprint provides an overview of what to build and where the actual construction is not being done for you. Later in the game, you can instruct drones to automatically create structures that are identified by blueprints. Early on, however, you’ll need to do the grunt work yourself. Boo.
For assembly lines or structural layouts that you either add or use multiple incidents, it is a good idea to create a design early so you can keep your design consistent. Good areas for early blueprints are:
- Your drilling and melting configurations for iron, steel and copper etc.
- Power generators (such as steam engines and solar parks).
- Certain mounting configurations, such as For example, electronic circuits that you need many of or inserters that you need many of which are an important part of other assembly lines, such as B. Science packages and other types of inserters.
Import and export blueprints
One of the most important features of Factorio’s blueprints is that they aren’t limited to your game. You can share your blueprints with other players and use their blueprints to improve your own factory.
Outside of Factorio, blueprints are stored as strings. To export a design, right-click the design and click the “Export to String” button. To import a blueprint, find the string online, copy it, click the “Import String” button to the right of your hotbar, paste it and then click “Import”.
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The best Factorio blueprints
While you should definitely try to make your own blueprints, sometimes the best way to learn from others is to learn from them. Here is a selection of the most useful blueprints for Factorio. All of these and many more are available at factorioprints.com:
Basis in a book
Arguably the ultimate blueprint book, Nialus’ Base-in-a-Book contains all of the blueprints used in its accompanying Youtube series to guide you from a stranded interstellar explorer to the master of the manufacturing floor.
Tileable Sciences is one of the best Factorio blueprints out there, and it gives you a beautifully compact and efficient layout for any science package in the game.
This blueprint book by Ranzolger provides complete blueprints for all of the circuits you will need to make as you progress through the game.
Another blueprint book dedicated to the wonderful world of power generation. This book covers plans for every type of power generation that will lead you from steam power to solar power to creating your own nuclear power plants.