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How to Use Build Craft Pipes and Machines for Efficient Mining and Building

Build Craft: A Minecraft Mod for Automation and Industrialization

If you are a fan of Minecraft, you might have heard of Build Craft, a popular mod that adds machines, pipes, power, and blueprints to the game. Build Craft allows you to automate many tasks, such as mining, crafting, building, and transporting items and fluids. In this article, we will explain what Build Craft is, how to install it, and how to use it.

What is Build Craft?

Build Craft is a mod that uses machines to mine resources, craft items, and sort resources. It also has machines that can automatically build structures based on blueprints. The mod also includes pipes to transport items, liquids, and power.

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The main features of Build Craft

Build Craft has four main features: pipes, machines, power, and blueprints. Let's take a look at each one in more detail.


Pipes are used to transport items, fluids, and mechanical energy between inventories/machines. There are many different types of pipes, each with a unique function. For example, wooden pipes can extract items from chests or machines, cobblestone pipes can transport items without connecting to adjacent pipes, iron pipes can change the direction of items, and diamond pipes can sort items based on filters. Pipes can also be combined with pipe sealant to make fluid pipes or with redstone to make kinesis pipes.

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Machines are devices that perform various tasks using power or items. Some examples of machines are the quarry, which can mine a large area of land; the builder, which can place blocks according to a blueprint; the filler, which can fill or clear an area with blocks; the refinery, which can process oil into fuel; and the assembly table, which can craft complex items using lasers. Machines can be powered by engines or kinesis pipes.


Power is the energy that is used to run machines and kinesis pipes. Power is measured in Minecraft Joules (MJ) and can be generated by engines or other mods. There are four types of engines in Build Craft: redstone engine, which produces a small amount of power using redstone signals; stirling engine, which produces more power using coal or other fuels; combustion engine, which produces even more power using oil or fuel; and creative engine, which produces infinite power for testing purposes. Power can be transmitted by kinesis pipes or wirelessly by lasers.


Blueprints are items that store the layout of a structure. They can be created by using a blueprint library or an architect table. Blueprints can be used by builders or robots to automatically place blocks according to the blueprint. Blueprints can also be copied, modified, or shared with other players.

How to install Build Craft?

If you want to try out Build Craft for yourself, you will need to install it on your Minecraft client and server. Here are the steps you need to follow:

Requirements and compatibility

Before installing Build Craft, you will need to have Minecraft Java Edition version 1.12.2 installed on your computer. You will also need to have Forge version or higher installed on your Minecraft client and server. Forge is a mod loader that allows you to run multiple mods at once. You can download Forge from [here].

Build Craft is compatible with many other mods that use the same power system as Build Craft, such as Thermal Expansion, Industrial Craft 2, and Redstone Flux. However, some mods may have conflicts or compatibility issues with Build Craft, so it is recommended to check the mod's website or forum for any known issues before installing.

Download and installation steps

Once you have Forge installed, you can download Build Craft from [here]. You will need to download the latest stable version of Build Craft for Minecraft 1.12.2, which is Build Craft as of June 2023. You will also need to download the Build Craft Compat mod, which adds compatibility with other mods and features. You can download it from [here].

After downloading the files, you will need to copy them to the mods folder in your Minecraft directory. If you don't have a mods folder, you can create one. The default location of the Minecraft directory is:

  • Windows: %appdata%\.minecraft

  • Mac: /Library/Application Support/minecraft

  • Linux: /.minecraft

Once you have copied the files, you can launch Minecraft and select Forge as your profile. You should see Build Craft and Build Craft Compat in the list of mods on the main menu. If everything is working correctly, you can join or create a world and start playing with Build Craft.

How to use Build Craft?

Now that you have installed Build Craft, you might be wondering how to use it. Build Craft is a complex mod that has many features and possibilities, so it might be overwhelming at first. However, with some basic knowledge and practice, you will be able to master it in no time. Here are some tips on how to use Build Craft:

Getting started with Build Craft

The first thing you need to do is to gather some resources and craft some basic tools and blocks. You will need wood, stone, iron, gold, redstone, diamonds, clay, sand, gravel, glass, and coal. You will also need some oil or fuel to power your engines and machines.

Crafting the basic tools and blocks

To craft the basic tools and blocks of Build Craft, you will need a crafting table and a furnace. You will also need some gears, which are essential components of many machines and pipes. Gears can be crafted from wood, stone, iron, gold, or diamond. Here are some examples of how to craft some basic tools and blocks:


Wooden gear

Stone gear

Iron gear

Gold gear

Diamond gear


Wooden pipe

Cobblestone pipe

Iron pipe

Diamond pipe

Redstone engine

Stirling engine

Combustion engine





Assembly table

Blueprint library

Architect table

You can find more recipes and information on the official Build Craft wiki [here].

Setting up a power network

To power your machines and pipes, you will need to set up a power network. A power network consists of engines, kinesis pipes, and machines. Engines generate power from various sources, such as redstone, coal, oil, or fuel. Kinesis pipes transmit power from engines to machines or other pipe


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