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This is one of those go-to designs I build in all of my games for producing plastic.
Who this aimed for New player to know how to make a slightly complex build in their game. It didn't mean to share good design, but how to make them. It also will not cover details of ranching technique. Minimum tech Hazard Protection tech and already have atmo-suit ready Recommended Insulated tile Radiant pipe Insulated pipe Planning To be successful in making a big result from drecko ranch, we need a minimum of 2 room. One main stable and the other one is shearing overflow. There is another room that can be added like a nursery, but this StepByStep didn't cover that. We will want max 96 tiles for stable so we can put as much drecko as possible. But for drecko, there is some other aspect that needs to be considered. Bigger room means a longer time for drecko to reach rancher. Their food (mealwood plants) also need to be scaled well with numbers of drecko. This StepByStep didn't cover that, we will use a simple design that may or may not efficient enough. Let's say we will make stable like pic below, with main stable on top and shearing room under the stable. It also has room for a supplier to supply farm pot from below, didn't need to enter stable. Few extra spaces here and there for the possibility to insert sweeper or decor items. Drecko only grows its fur when immersed in hydrogen. Meanwhile, mealwood need oxygen, polluted oxygen, or carbon dioxide to grow. For the final gas state, we will want non-hydrogen tiles as minimum as possible. We will choose CO2 for mealwood in this StepByStep. Something like this We will need to fill it with hydrogen first, then CO2 next. Digging and making outer wall To make it consist of hydrogen and CO2, we can make it vacuum first. But in this StepByStep we will follow normal digging method without making vacuum room. Using insulated tile is optional, but will help greatly to keep mealwood in desirable temperature. For early base insulated igneous rock is good enough, if you have mafic rock use that instead. Also, prepare piping for waterlock and atmosuit docks. Notice little pit under shearing room? We will use it to remove unwanted gas later. Filling waterlock and atmosuit dock Because we use U-type waterlock, it will take time to fill. Meanwhile, make atmosuit ready (start fill it with oxygen) and make gas pump inside just don't connect its power before waterlock complete Pump out gas inside After waterlock ready, start pumping gas inside the chamber to outside. It may take a few cycles with one gas pump, which can be accelerated using more pump. We didn't need to make it vacuum, under 100g per tile is good enough. Fill it with hydrogen Deconstruct gas pump inside then pump hydrogen in from your sources, probably hot one from electrolyzer or preferably around room temperature from storage. After this process, gas layout should shown that unwanted gas moving to the bottom area. Introducing Carbon Dioxide To decide how much we should put CO2 in, let's take a look at mealwood requirement and current pressure. We need at least 150g in top of each those farm tiles and have to be less than hydrogen above them (1800g). To simplify the remaining process, let's take 1000g per tile. It will be same with full packed gas pipe max capacity. Start constructing pipe from CO2 sources like pics below, wait until it backed up, then deconstruct gas pipe above farm tiles. After that, deconstruct the bridge, flip it around, and reconstruct the pipe. The remainder of CO2 inside the pipe ready to shipped back to where they belong. Because we want it to be one high tile of CO2, deconstruct tile below the door or even better if we have tech to make airflow we can put it there. At this state, gas will be moving around trying to find a place to settle. The one that didn't get a place will falls. While waiting, it is right time to deconstruct all gas pipes inside. Just in case If after 1-2 cycle there is excess CO2 that cannot find their way down (because it's moving randomly), we can force it out by introducing small pit like this. And then close it from inside. Planting mealwood and building inside stable After gas settle, now we can start planting and constructing, including reconstructing one tile under the door. Bring your drecko inside. Normal drecko can have good chance of laying glossy eggs when eating mealwood. Clean up gas inside the shearing room If we look at the shearing room, it should be like this. It turns out we don't have enough space to remove unwanted gas. We can add a few tiles as needed from outside. This example below in case so many unwanted gases. Then deconstruct (or dig) from inside After those guys out, close the gap Now build all buildings inside the shearing room. Cooling Because we use plants and machinery inside a sealed room, we need to keep the temperature inside in check. To do so, in early base we can use liquid pipes. If you can make radiant pipe (higher thermal conductivity is better, like aluminum), use it on certain area that need more strict check, rest of the pipe can be granite. But if you don't have that tech, just use granite pipes. You can always change it to radiant later, after researching related tech. I assume liquid will flow from left to right, where they cooling down plants first and taking heat from shearing stations the last. Extends that pipe to somewhere cool, preferably large body of liquid. Your water tank probably a good choice in early base. If you can make insulated pipe, use it between stable and water pool, especially for outgoing liquid from pool. Put one bridge on the route, then fill the pipe. After pipe full loop, detach it from the pump. Finishing our build Now we have completed our build, but how we can move their eggs? Depending on tech level: 1. Compactor with sweep only. We will need to sweep eggs from the stable from time to time, and dupe will carry it to compactor inside shearing room. After that we need to "drop" it to the ground by uncheck and re-checking critter egg inside compactor 2. Automatic dispenser with sweep only. This one need some research in solid material category. We still need to sweep eggs from time to time on this stable design to prevent dupe taking eggs from shearing room back to dispenser. Because this research just before conveyor chute, probably you can skip this one and just use sweeper arm with conveyor chute later. 3. Sweeper arm with conveyor chute. Probably I don't need to mention or explain it. Sweeper will take the eggs and drop it into shearing room without our or dupes interaction. More details I'll leave it to you to explore a bit. Good luck on getting stable plastic production early. Addition: How to determine how many plant/drecko
To celebrate @ruhrohraggy's triumphal return to the forums, I iterated on his spaghetti monster SPOM to integrate a Drecko ranch. I also am attempting to abuse@Neotuck's observation that Drecko's can jump from floor to ceiling when there is a 1 tile gap to speed up the grooming and shearing process. It's not the most efficient for scale growth, but it lets the rancher breathe while he's doing rancher stuff. Caveman Automation Leftmost oxygen sensor turns the pumps off when the oxygen backs up. Element sensors on the left and right set to oxygen and the top set to hydrogen. Hydrogen pump turns on when there is more than 1.2kg of pressure. Ventilation overlay Your old SPOM would have sent the non-hydrogen containing line (the currently empty one on the top left) back to the ranch room, and that would be fine to do here as well. I just vent it outside currently because it removes a little heat.