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Kind of a wacky suggestion, but I think it would be cool to have a crane as a new type of vehicle.

Using the crane would be unique from other types of vehicles since it would allow you to actually build while driving the crane.

  • The crane would have two modes: transport and construction.
  • In transport mode you can drive around like normal. The crane's speed would be a little slower than the truck's.
  • In construction mode, you deploy the boom and are no longer able to drive around.
  • When deployed, the camera would zoom way out to give you a large overview of the area to allow for more accurate building placement.
  • You would be given a discount on the materials required to construct any given building. So, for example, instead of a foundation costing 6 concrete, it might cost 4.
  • The materials for buildings would be taken from the crane's built-in storage container as well as the driver's personal inventory. (The crane's storage would have the higher priority.)
  • The crane would be unlocked at later tiers, like 6 or 7.
I think, as wacky as this sounds, would be a fun new way to make large/tall factories in addition to making construction cheaper and more efficient.
by (1.5k points)
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You cant add a vehicle just for the aesthetics, it needs a unique purpose, such as being needed to build some of the bigger machines like the Manufacturer, or higher tech machines that use the S.A.M., or it could provide the different point of view that would allow for construction downwards.   

Alternately it could provide something of a mass building option that allows you to build your foundation in LxW squares, where you can edit those numbers with the arrow keys up to a reasonable number...

Try to flesh out ideas for new features like this a bit more. The more work you do for the developement team, the easier it is for them to implement.

Edit: Similar to this idea would be those huge tower cranes used in vertical construction, it would be like a tall watchtower with an arm reaching out that your cockpit can move along to provide a top down perspective for construction on a large scale.
by (240 points)
This is merely to add to this idea. The crane idea could be used to make modular machines, or to fine to already built machines. Secondly the addition of a lift truck... a basic utility lift. As in moves slower than the tractor for the birds eye view. It could provide more cooperation. A crane operator working with a foreman on a lift.
by (230 points)
Hmmmm, perhaps this crane could be used to make, and then recreate blueprints? Like if you have a repeating pattern of machines that were difficult or tedious to belt up, you could make a blueprint of the whole machine, belts and all, and then just paste it where you need it.
by (1.5k points)
oh now we are talking! I like the idea of blueprints.  

You can make your factory modular so that it is much easier to build/expand.  There are plenty of basic modular designs for resource harvesting, which use miner, smelter, and constructor, that get annoying to build on every node.

If you use towers then you can design the floors to be identical and just copy paste additional floors.

Love the idea!
by (230 points)
Thank you, I thought of it when building my 4 floor (soon to be 6) fuel generator plant. The belt work is kinda fancy, and I’m working under tight tolerances to reduce its size, but I’m already tired of building it and I haven’t finished the 3rd floor.
by (230 points)
Yes, blueprints would be useful, with or without a new vehicle (i'd prefer without :) )
by (360 points)
the idea is defintly more interisting than what i am about to say but what about a large drone it would allow you to move freefly around and build to the side of your factory and what not
(afcorse the drone cannot enter recepies or cant even place belts down and cant go to fra from your charcter without losing concetion maybe in conjunction with the radar tower

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+1 vote
by (3.8k points)
Loved the idea, maybe they can use it as a requirement to unlock a feature like bulk construction.
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