back in 1.5 i had sort of a nervous breakdown rush to try and create what i called the great wall- the optimal large-scale regenerating cobble castle wall. of course in the mod this was a crazy task (especially since i never used redstone)- and eventually life got in the way 9_9 with my papers sitting on my desk.
but screw life cos 1.7's here with vanilla pistons so im going to pick (carefully) back up my quest, and the first order of business is to create the fastest feed. fortunately these pistons are less **** so it didnt take long to make this- a 4-tick feed
i highly doubt a faster feed could be made, even though the pistons can function with only 1 tick of power (mod was 3), it still takes 2 ticks to finish operating. i have a few ideas but theyre outlandish so ill shelve them and move straight to the second order of business (piston wall)
its 4-tick per cobble. 2 out, 2 reload.
takes 15 ticks for lava to flow (in total) + 1 tick for piston (oddly since it should take 2 to function, but 15 was unstable so 16 it is)
16 tick cycle divided by 4 tick output = 4 outputs per cycle = 4 generators
here made in 2 double generators (easy to build vertical)
the output piston is a 1 tick fed into a 4-tick loop (saves on redstone)
obviously its not the final design but this is the machine. ideas or feedback would be awesome- thanks
here is the generator stacked vertically. i figured out that the only way to beat the glitch where powered wire from repeaters will power sticky pistons from a distance for no reason is to integrate that into the timing of the thing. now if you look closely at the cycle of the pistons it seems like every fourth piston is moving twice, but since the indirect timing is not an official tick's length or time, it rounds out into acting like the earlier power it receives and then it feigns the second. im very very very lucky this somehow worked out to not cause any stability problems for the outgoing pistons which need to be tick-perfect and retract instantly to allow for the reload.
as usual, comments or critiques (or ideas) are appreciated