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Introduction

A Klein Tower is a vertical factory that produces Klein Star Omegas.  Automating the process with such a factory is useful because crafting the klein star omega is a fairly labor-intensive process, in addition to costing ridiculous amounts of EMC.  Properly fed by a Mass-Fab Macerator or Power Flower, a klein tower can supply a whole team of players with Klein Star Omegas with considerable ease.

Klein Tower Stage One and Two

Both forms of Klein Towers: Stage One (left) and Stage Two (right).

The Klein Tower comes in two forms.  A Stage One tower is slower and requires more components, but doesn't require that you have a Klein Star Sphere pre-built.  Once you do have a Sphere though (built by the first tower), you can build a Stage Two tower if you want.  Stage Two is notably shorter and significantly faster; the trouble is, such speed is almost always entirely unnecessary (who needs thousands of Klein Star Omegas?).  It's just neat, and you can disassemble the first tower to re-use its components elsewhere.

A player can skip building a Stage One if desired.  This process is described in a later section.

Stage One: Standard Tower

The standard tower is easy enough to construct, and produces Omegas at a very respectable rate.  With a timer that fires every 0.2 seconds driving the factory, a Klein Star Omega can be produced as fast as every 3.5 to 4 minutes.  However, this assumes the factory is being fed sufficient EMC during this period to remain at maximum production speed (requiring massive EMC storage, or one or more Mass-Fab Macerators feeding the factory).

Once you produce your first Klein Star Sphere, you can consider moving on to Stage Two below, or simply leaving the tower as it is (since no group of players realistically needs to produce more than a few omegas).

Needed Components

The following machines and components are needed to build the Klein Tower at Stage One, and should be constructed in advance:


The components below will be needed to "program" the automatic crafting tables, but they can be grabbed from the tables themselves as the factory starts up (you don't need to build them right now).  Each time the factory advances to the next stage of production, grab the produced item (for example, Klein Star Zwei) and use it to program the filter containing it to produce the next item up.  This process will be described later.

  • 1x Klein Star Ein
  • 1x Klein Star Zwei
  • 1x Klein Star Drei
  • 1x Klein Star Vier
  • 1x Klein Star Sphere

Assembly

Now that you have all the necessary machines and components built, it's time to assemble the tower.  Note that it helps to use dirt stairs or a ladder while working on the tower, as it's very tall.

Step 1: Build the base

Place an Automatic Crafting Table Mk II.  On its left and right, place filters.  Then place an energy condenser on each side.  Use the screwdriver to orient the filters toward the crafting table (so they will pump items out of the condensers and into the table).

Step 2: Build the tower

Above the crafting table, place a filter.  Orient it with the screwdriver to pump items upward.  Then place another crafting table mk II above the filter.  Continue alternating filters and crafting tables until you run out of both.

If you want the chest to sit at the top of the tower, just place it on top of the filter.  Otherwise use pneumatic tubes to pipe the output from the filter back down to ground level and place the chest down there.

Step 3: Wiring

If you're afraid of redstone wiring, fear not.  This task is actually extremely simple.

WIth red alloy wire selected in your inventory, click the front of the top filter to place it on the filter.  Repeat on the crafting table below it.  Continue placing red alloy wire in this way until you cover the bottom crafting table.

Next place one more red alloy wire on the ground in front of the table.  Next, place the timer in front of that.  Use the screwdriver to orient the timer so that one of its pulse outputs goes to the red alloy wire.

Place the switch on the control side of the timer so that you can turn the timer on and off.  It's convenient to turn it off for now.

Programming

Now we need to "program" the condensers, crafting tables, and 2 filters.  By program I just mean tell them what they're making/pumping.  This is easy.  The Klein Star Ein is crafted with 8 Mobius Fuel and 1 Diamond.  Both these items are condensable.  For crafting tables above the first, each stage of Klein Star are simply built with 4 of the previous stage.

Note: In fact, Klein Stars up to Sphere are condensable, but they're a pain to build manually (requiring 256 Klein Star Eins).  Once one is made though, the factory can be collapsed down to a simpler and smaller one.  This is discussed in the Stage Two section below.

Step One: Klein Star Ein at the Base Level

First right-click on the lowest crafting table.  Pick up a diamond from your inventory, and click in the center of the bottom-left grid of the crafting table's interface.  Put the diamond down and pick up the mobius fuel.  Click every outer slot in the crafting grid.  It should now show a diamond surrounded by mobius fuel.  Note that you got to keep the diamond and mobius fuel.

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Mobius Fuel

Mobius Fuel

Mobius Fuel

Mobius Fuel

Diamond

Mobius Fuel

Mobius Fuel

Mobius Fuel

Mobius Fuel

Klein Star Ein


Next right-click on the condenser on the left.  Place a diamond in its upper slot so it will convert items placed in it into diamond.  Right-click on the filter on the left and place a diamond inside. Finally right-click on the condenser on the right.  Place a mobius fuel in its upper slot.  Then right-click on the filter on the right and place a mobius fuel inside.

Step Two: Timer

Right-click on the timer and set it to 0.2 seconds (or the lowest speed allowed on your server).  Flip on the lever to tell the timer to start pulsing.

Note that we haven't set up the crafting tables above the base level.  That's because we don't have those stages of Klein Star yet.  But don't worry: the factory will produce those for us, and we can program each stage as the factory ramps up.

Feeding the Factory

Now you need to pour vast quantities of EMC into your factory.  If you don't have an MFM or Power Flower, this will be a pretty manual process of bringing items to the tower and stuffing them into each condenser.  Each Omega requires 25,165,824 EMC, or about 54 Red Matter.

If you DO have an MFM or Power Flower (or several), then you can set it up to pump EMC into the condensers automatically and let the tower run itself.  To do this, attach pneumatic tube to the output of the MFM or Power Flower and lead them toward your Klein Tower.  Split the pneumatic tube two ways, taking one path to each condenser on the base level.

An MFM is significantly faster than a Power Flower, but even the power flower will help a great deal in automating the production of Klein Star Omegas for you and your friends.

Final Programming

Once the factory has been fed enough to produce its first Klein Star Ein, right-click on the crafting table above the base.  Pick up the Ein and use it to build a 2x2 grid of Eins in the crafting table interface in the bottom-left.  Place the ein back in the crafting table's storage.  Now it will produce the next stage of Zwei whenever it has 4 Eiens.

Once you have a Zwei built in the crafting table above that one, repeat the process with it.  Continue this with each stage until you've produced an Omega.


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Klein Star Ein

Klein Star Ein

Klein Star Ein

Klein Star Ein

Klein Star Zwei


Crafting GUI.png

Klein Star Zwei

Klein Star Zwei

Klein Star Zwei

Klein Star Zwei

Klein Star Drei


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Klein Star Drei

Klein Star Drei

Klein Star Drei

Klein Star Drei

Klein Star Vier


Crafting GUI.png

Klein Star Vier

Klein Star Vier

Klein Star Vier

Klein Star Vier

Klein Star Sphere


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Klein Star Sphere

Klein Star Sphere

Klein Star Sphere

Klein Star Sphere

Klein Star Omega


It has to be said though, each stage gets slower and slower.  In fact, 4 times slower than the stage below it.  It takes 1024 Eins to produce an Omega, so obviously you're going to be waiting a while before doing the final programming.  If you're feeding the factory enough EMC to produce at full speed, this will only be a few minutes.  Otherwise, just leave and come back later, periodically checking on the tower as players or the MFM or Power Flower feed it more EMC.

Note that once you produce your first Klein Star Sphere, you can actually skip to Stage Two if you want.

Speeding Up

The timer can only tick so fast.  If you have tons of EMC to burn through and/or multiple MFMs producing it at high speed, the rate at which diamonds and mobius fuel is pumped into the system starts to matter.  To speed up the machine, open up the filters on the left and right side of the base and increase their item count to 8 diamonds and 64 mobius fuel.  By pumping in more items at a time, you're making the most out of each pulse from the timer.

Adding a Gem of Eternal Density to your condensers will make sure the MFMs or other EMC source don't fill the condensers faster than they can consume material.  This is only necessary if you're pumping low-EMC materials into the condensers, and/or you're pumping items in at a very high rate.

However, if you really care about speed, switching to Stage Two below is the way to go.

Stage Two: Simpler Construction, Faster Production

The klein tower is neat, but it can be made faster and simpler.  All you need is to build up to the Klein Star Sphere, and you can then disassemble the tower (or build a second one in parallel) to shorten the process.  The reason is the Klein Star Sphere is condensable.  It requires 256 Klein Star Eins to build, so the first tower we built served a very valuable purpose.  Now that one sphere is built however, we can construct a much simpler tower.
Klein Tower Stage Two

A close-up of a Stage Two Klein Tower.

Needed Components

All of these can be salvaged from your first tower, with parts to spare:


Step 1: Build the Tower

Place a condenser on the ground.  Place a filter above the condenser, and point it upward to pump out of the condenser.  Place an automatic crafting table above the filter.  Place another filter above that, pointing it upward.  Place a chest at the top of this tower.

Step 2: Programming

Right-click on the crafting table and use the Klein Star Sphere to make a 2x2 block in its programming slot, so it will produce Klein Star Omegas.

Right-click on the condenser, and place the Klein Star Sphere in its top slot.  It will now convert any EMC pumped into it into spheres.

Step 3: Wiring

The wiring for this factory is just like the normal tower, on a smaller scale.  Build a line of red alloy wire from top to floor, then add a timer and a switch.  Note that red alloy wire won't travel over a condenser, so place a dirt or other block next to the condenser to give a path for the wire.

Step 4: Feeding

Feed this tower similar to how you fed the taller one.  In this case, there's only one condenser, so it's simpler.

Maximum Speed

Klein Tower with Five Redstone MFMs

A Stage Two Klein Tower being fed by 5 Redstone MFMs. This completely self-contained and automated factory requires no external power or maintenance, and produces a Klein Star Omega about every 12 minutes. Adding more or fewer MFMs scales predictably.

A Stage Two tower will produce Klein Star Omegas about as fast as you can pump EMC into it... though to be fair, no one needs that many Omegas.  Increasing speed beyond one every hour is purely for entertainment.

To that end, consider what it would take to produce one Klein Star Omega each second using Redstone MFMs.  If each MFM produced about 400000 EMC/minute (which is slightly over what their output), you would need nearly 3800 such MFMs!

25,165,824 EMC/Omega / 400000 EMC/minute = 62.9 minues/Omega per MFM (just over an hour for one MFM).  To get this down to one minute per Omega, you need 63 MFMs.  To get it down 1 second per Omega, you would need 60 times that (60 rows of 63 MFMs).  Get a team of friends together and start building!

Skipping Stage One

It's possible to build only a Stage Two Klein Tower, skipping Stage One entirely.  This requires some manual crafting on the player's part.  Build the Stage Two tower as described above, but without the Klein Star Sphere.  We will use the tower to produce the sphere iteratively.  Turn OFF the timer for the tower, and turn off any MFM or Power Flower feeding the condenser (they could mess us up).

Once your tower is built and turned off, you need 8 mobius fuel and a diamond.  Use the crafting table to turn these into a Klein Star Ein.  Now remove the Ein (placing it in your inventory) and right-click on the Energy Condenser.  Place the Ein  in the top slot of the condenser, then add enough EMC to the condenser (dumping items inside) to produce 3 more Eins, but not any more than that.  Remove all 4 from the condenser.

Now return to the crafting table.  Use one of the eins to program the table to produce the next stage (by building a 2x2 ein grid in its bottom grid), and put all 4 Eins in the table's storage area.  They will then produce a Zwei.

As you may have guessed, we're going to repeat this process until we have our Klein Star Sphere.  Take that Zwei back to the condenser and pour in EMC to make three more.  Keep in mind that each time we do this for a new stage of star, we need 4x as much EMC as before.  You'll have to iterate like this 5 times.

Once you produce a Sphere you're set.  Place that in the top slot of the condenser, turn on the timer and the MFM or Power Flower (or dump tons of EMC into the condenser), and let the Stage Two Tower produce Omegas normally.

Blasphemy

Good Behavior and Empathy

Many players will dislike the idea of a Klein Tower fed by MFMs, because it trivializes one of the greatest challenges of the game.  The Klein Star Omega nearly represents the pinnacle of Tekkit Crafting; it's one of the most difficult items to create, and is used in the recipes for the most difficult items.  So in a sense these people are right: this is potentially game-breaking.  It takes a lot of challenge out of the game, at least for players who play for that challenge.

I personally feel the Klein Tower and MFM represent one of the greatest feats in Tekkit, building awesome factories to solve problems.  But not all players will agree with that sentiment.  You should exercise discretion in your use of such factories.  Show respect and try to not trample over people's feelings and the spoken and unspoken rules of the servers you visit.

Wickedness

The alternative is, of course, heaping on the blasphemy in the glorious name of evil.  I'm guilty of such a wicked act myself.  True story: I once maximized the output of a Klein Tower using multiple MFMs, then piped the resulting Klein Star Omegas into a Recycler that fed our Mass Fabricator farm.  When the guy who ran our server saw this, he said he cried a little.

I, on the other hand, was entitled to a hearty evil laugh.  Note that evil laughs and acts can get you banned from some servers, and for good reason; but everywhere else, I say do evil and laugh heartily.  It's quite fulfilling.

Video Tutorials

Klein Tower Tutorial-Making Omega Stars in minutes!12:07

Klein Tower Tutorial-Making Omega Stars in minutes!

Klein Tower Tutorial

Silentstrike46 made a tutorial video showing how to make both a stage 1 and stage 2 Klein Tower.

Start a Discussion Discussions about Tutorial/Klein Tower

  • WHY DOE?

    5 messages
    • Can't you just produce klein stars in the transmutation table and/or condenser? I mean the stars really aren't that insane to cr...
    • 76.178.140.112 wrote:Can't you just produce klein stars in the transmutation table and/or condenser? I mean the stars really aren't t...
  • Kline Tower

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    • Awesome.  Have you checked the roof for Omegas?  ;)
    • Lol i see what you did there XD

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