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A Miner is a type of resource extractor that automatically extracts solid resources when built or placed on top of a resource node. There are 4 types of miners available: Portable Miner, Miner Mk.1, Miner Mk.2 and Miner Mk.3.

Portable Miner (see below) is an equipment that has to be held in the hand slot in order to be placed on a resource node. Multiple Portable Miners can be placed on the same node, as long as there is space for them.

Miner buildings (mark 1 to 3) are constructed with the Build Gun instead. Only one Miner building can be built on a resource node, and the resource node must be free of obstruction caused by resource deposit or crackable boulders. Miner buildings require power to operate. They output mined resources to a connected Conveyor Belt, which allows the process to be fully automated.

Miner buildings[edit | edit source]

Miner Mk.1
Miner Mk.1.png
Extracts solid resources from the resource node it is built on.
The normal extraction rate is 60 resources per minute.
The extraction rate is modified depending on resource purity. Outputs all extracted resources onto connected conveyor belts.
Unlocked at Tier 0 - HUB Upgrade 5
Category Production
Subcategory Miners
Power Usage 5 MW
Overclockable Yes
Inputs 0
Outputs 1
Dimensions
Width 8 m
Length 14 m
Height 18 m
Required Items
Portable Miner.png
1
Iron Plate.png
10
Concrete.png
10
Miner Mk.2
Miner Mk.2.png
Extracts solid resources from the resource node it is built on.
The normal extraction rate is 120 resources per minute.
The extraction rate is modified depending on resource purity. Outputs all extracted resources onto connected conveyor belts.
Unlocked at Tier 4 - Advanced Steel Production
Category Production
Subcategory Miners
Power Usage 12 MW
Overclockable Yes
Inputs 0
Outputs 1
Dimensions
Width 8 m
Length 14 m
Height 18 m
Required Items
Portable Miner.png
2
Encased Industrial Beam.png
10
Steel Pipe.png
20
Modular Frame.png
10
Miner Mk.3
Miner Mk.3.png
Extracts solid resources from the resource node it is built on.
The normal extraction rate is 240 resources per minute.
The extraction rate is modified depending on resource purity. Outputs all extracted resources onto connected conveyor belts.
Unlocked at Tier 7 - Advanced Aluminum Production
Category Production
Subcategory Miners
Power Usage 30 MW
Overclockable Yes
Inputs 0
Outputs 1
Dimensions
Width 8 m
Length 14 m
Height 18 m
Required Items
Portable Miner.png
3
Heavy Modular Frame.png
4
Steel Pipe.png
20
Turbo Motor.png
5
Computer.png
5

Building placement[edit | edit source]

Building upgrades[edit | edit source]

  • Once the higher tier of Miners are unlocked, you can upgrade (and downgrade, if you wish) the existing Miner in-place.
  • Aim the hologram of the higher-mark Miner at the existing Miner and Left to upgrade it.
  • The Power Line and Conveyor Belt connected to it will remain connected. However, its stored ores and Power Shards will be returned to the engineer's Inventory.
    • Take note when upgrading Uranium miner, as the Uranium ore is strongly radioactive when carried.
    • A Conveyor Lift directly connected to a Miner will become disconnected after the Miner upgrade, observe the flexible connector of the lift become retracted as an indication. Rebuild the Conveyor Lift.
  • In case the Engineer's Inventory is full when upgrading the Miner, the returned material will still be stored in the Dismantle Crate, which will be hidden below the Miner. Dismantle the Miner to find it.

Foundations[edit | edit source]

A Miner can be built on a resource node even if the entire node is covered by Foundations. This does not apply to Portable Miners.

  • This is provided the foundations laid are not too high above the resource node.
  • If desired to cover foundations higher, consider using corner ramps as they lacks collision box, and thus allow clipping.

Starting time[edit | edit source]

A Miner, once it receives power, requires 10 seconds to start up. During the startup period, it consumes power, but no ore will be mined.

Mining speed[edit | edit source]

(Mining Speed) in item/min = (Purity Modifier) * (Overclock percentage) / 100 * (Default Mining Speed) item/min
where
Purity Modifier: Impure = 0.5, Normal = 1, Pure = 2 and
Default Mining Speed: Mk.1 = 60, Mk.2 = 120, Mk.3 = 240

  • Mining speed can also be set by typing a desired number in the "parts per minute" under the "Target production rate:" instead of the sliding bar, or percentage.

Miner mining speed by resource node purity
Miner Mark Impure Node Normal Node Pure Node
Miner Mk.1 30 60 120
Miner Mk.2 60 120 240
Miner Mk.3 120 240 480

Miner mining speed by resource node purity
Miner Mark Impure Node Normal Node Pure Node
Miner Mk.1 45 90 180
Miner Mk.2 90 180 360
Miner Mk.3 180 360 720

Miner mining speed by resource node purity
Miner Mark Impure Node Normal Node Pure Node
Miner Mk.1 60 120 240
Miner Mk.2 120 240 480
Miner Mk.3 240 480 780*/960

Miner mining speed by resource node purity
Miner Mark Impure Node Normal Node Pure Node
Miner Mk.1 75 150 300
Miner Mk.2 150 300 600
Miner Mk.3 300 600 780*/1200

Overclocking[edit | edit source]

Miners can be overclocked up to 250% speed, at the cost of greatly increased power consumption.

Power Consumption by Miners vs Overclocking Speed (MW)
Miner 50 % 100 % 150 % 200 % 250 %
Miner Mk.1 1.6 5.0 9.6 15.2 21.7
Miner Mk.2 4.0 12.0 23.0 36.4 52.0
Miner Mk.3 9.9 30.0 57.4 90.9 130.0

When aiming for higher mining rate, using a higher mark miner is preferred over overclocking, as per example below:

  • Running a Miner Mk.2 at 100% has the same mining rate as a Miner Mk.1 at 200% with reduced energy consumption (12 MW instead of 15.2 MW).
  • Running a Miner Mk.3 at 100% has the same mining rate as a Miner Mk.2 at 200% with reduced energy consumption (30 MW instead of 36.4 MW).
  • Running a Miner Mk.3 at 50% has the same mining rate as a Miner Mk.1 at 200% with reduced energy consumption (9.9 MW instead of 15.2 MW).

Miner Mk.3 extraction limit[edit | edit source]

The Miner Mk.3 extraction speed on a pure node is limited by the throughput of Conveyor Belt Mk.5. As it currently stands, the Mk.5 conveyors have a transportation rate of 780 units per minute. In contrast, the Miner Mk.3 can produce 1,200 units per minute on a pure resource node when overclocked to 250%. The maximum clock rate the Miner Mk.3 should be set at on a pure node is calculated as follows:

(mining speed) = 480 * (overclock percentage)

(mining speed) = 780

(overclock percentage) = 162.5%

Rounded up to 163% for maximum efficiency.

This will overproduce by 2.4 units per minute, filling up the Miner's output cargo slot in 41 Minutes and 40 seconds.

Maximum ore throughput with Miner Mk.3 on every ore node[edit | edit source]

Iron Nodes
Node
purity
Number
of nodes
Mk.3
mining rate
Mk.3 mining rate
at 250 %
Impure 33 3960 9900
Normal 41 9840 24600
Pure 46 22080 55200
Total 120 35880 70380* / 89700
Copper Nodes
Node
purity
Number
of nodes
Mk.3
mining rate
Mk.3 mining rate
at 250 %
Impure 9 1080 2700
Normal 28 6720 16800
Pure 12 5760 14400
Total 49 13560 28860* / 33900
Limestone Nodes
Node
purity
Number
of nodes
Mk.3
mining rate
Mk.3 mining rate
at 250 %
Impure 12 1440 3600
Normal 47 11280 28200
Pure 27 12960 32400
Total 86 25680 52860* / 64200
Coal Nodes
Node
purity
Number
of nodes
Mk.3
mining rate
Mk.3 mining rate
at 250 %
Impure 6 720 1800
Normal 29 6960 17400
Pure 15 7200 18000
Total 50 14880 30900* / 37200
Caterium Nodes
Node
purity
Number
of nodes
Mk.3
mining rate
Mk.3 mining rate
at 250 %
Impure 0 0 0
Normal 8 1920 4800
Pure 8 3840 9600
Total 16 5760 11040* / 14400
Quartz Nodes
Node
purity
Number
of nodes
Mk.3
mining rate
Mk.3 mining rate
at 250 %
Impure 0 0 0
Normal 11 2640 6600
Pure 5 2400 6000
Total 16 5040 10500* / 12600
Sulfur Nodes
Node
purity
Number
of nodes
Mk.3
mining rate
Mk.3 mining rate
at 250 %
Impure 1 120 300
Normal 7 1680 4200
Pure 3 1440 3600
Total 11 3240 6840* / 8100
Bauxite Nodes
Node
purity
Number
of nodes
Mk.3
mining rate
Mk.3 mining rate
at 250 %
Impure 3 360 900
Normal 5 1200 3000
Pure 5 2400 6000
Total 13 3960 7800* / 9900
Uranium Nodes
Node
purity
Number
of nodes
Mk.3
mining rate
Mk.3 mining rate
at 250 %
Impure 0 0 0
Normal 3 720 1800
Pure 0 0 0
Total 3 720 1800
S.A.M. Nodes
Node
purity
Number
of nodes
Mk.3
mining rate
Mk.3 mining rate
at 250 %
Impure 9 1080 2700
Normal 5 1200 3000
Pure 0 0 0
Total 14 2280 5700

*Limited by Conveyor Belt Mk.5 speed which is 780 item/min.

Portable Miner[edit | edit source]

Portable Miner
Portable Miner.png
Can be set up on a resource node to automatically extract the resource. Very limited storage space.
Unlocked at Tier 0 - HUB Upgrade 1
Stack Size 1
Sink Value 60
Blueprint Path

/Game/FactoryGame/Resource/Equipment/PortableMiner/BP_ItemDescriptorPortableMiner.BP_ItemDescriptorPortableMiner_C\

We don’t want you to harm yourself mining for ore bare-handed
~ Caterina Parks's assistant Steve

A Portable Miner is a small, portable version of a Miner. As the first available mining machine, it is used to semi-automate the mining process in the early-game. It can be crafted at the Equipment Workshop after completing the Tier 0 Milestone - Hub Upgrade 1. It requires no fuel nor power. It has no Conveyor Belt connections which means its mining process cannot be fully-automated.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

RecipeIngredientsBuildingProductsPrerequisites
Portable Miner
2 × Iron Plate.png
Iron Plate
 
4 × Iron Rod.png
Iron Rod
 
Equipment Workshop
Manual crafting.png × 10
1 × Portable Miner.png
Portable Miner
 
Tier 0 - HUB Upgrade 1

Mining Speed[edit | edit source]

A Portable Miner mines at a speed of 20, 40, and 80 items per minute for impure, normal, and pure nodes respectively, although its interface will always say "1 per second".

Dismantle[edit | edit source]

As a Portable Miner is considered an equipment, not a building, you cannot dismantle it with F. Manually approach it E and press the 'Pick Up Miner' button to remove it, including its contents.

Usage[edit | edit source]

Open the inventory Tab ↹ and Double Left the Portable Miner to equip it in hand. Then find a resource node with the Resource Scanner V, such as an Iron Ore node. At any location on the deposit where you have the prompt to pick up ore, Left to deploy the miner. It will display a deploy animation, but will begin mining as soon as it leaves your hand.

It only hold one stack of ore (usually 100). When the miner is full, it will stop mining, displaying an animation and making noise, and you can interact E with it and click 'Grab All' to take out the ores.

It is advised to place several Portable Miners in an arc shape so that the engineer is not required to move around when interacting with the next portable miner. As soon as the  Storage Container is unlocked, build it next to the mining site for ore-buffering.

Used to craft[edit | edit source]

RecipeIngredientsBuildingProductsPrerequisites
Miner Mk.1
1 × Portable Miner.png
Portable Miner
 
10 × Iron Plate.png
Iron Plate
 
Build Gun
1 × Miner Mk.1.png
Miner Mk.1
 
Tier 0 - HUB Upgrade 5
10 × Concrete.png
Concrete
 
 
Miner Mk.2
2 × Portable Miner.png
Portable Miner
 
10 × Encased Industrial Beam.png
Encased Industrial Beam
 
Build Gun
1 × Miner Mk.2.png
Miner Mk.2
 
Tier 4 - Advanced Steel Production
20 × Steel Pipe.png
Steel Pipe
 
10 × Modular Frame.png
Modular Frame
 
Miner Mk.3
3 × Portable Miner.png
Portable Miner
 
4 × Heavy Modular Frame.png
Heavy Modular Frame
 
20 × Steel Pipe.png
Steel Pipe
 
Build Gun
1 × Miner Mk.3.png
Miner Mk.3
 
Tier 7 - Advanced Aluminum Production
5 × Turbo Motor.png
Turbo Motor
 
5 × Computer.png
Computer
 
 


History[edit | edit source]

  • Patch 0.3.4.10: Portable Miner's cost changed to 2 Iron Plates and 4 Iron Rods
  • Patch 0.2.1: Made the Miner Mk.3 available.
  • Patch 0.1.5: Miner Mk.2 cost changed from 1 Portable Miner, 4 Encased Industrial Beam, and 10 Cable to 2 Portable Miners, 5 Encased Industrial Beam, and 15 Cable.

Gallery[edit | edit source]