You could use the bulk crafting method as MasterBlaster9 said. Don't think you can automate it though, as you need to move your mouse around while doing it.
Easiest way I find for Bulk crafting is to fill a double chest with the start item, make sure you only have the hotbar slots empty (1-9) or (1-4) if you're creating a 2x2 item, then break the chest and craft away till you're out of items (for a 3x3 recipe, a double chest should give you 6 stacks of output I think.
One day, when I get some spare time, I'm going to make a mod that will add an Auto-crafter. Basically a specialised crafting table that can have items fed into it by hoppers and extracted by hoppers. This would allow me to make little automated production lines and auto craft things like slime balls or gold/iron nuggets/ingots into block form for better storage. Not sure if anyone has already made a mod like that yet, maybe they have.
Not sure if anyone has already made a mod like that yet, maybe they have.
An "auto-crafter" wouldn't really be practical because many recipes use the same materials. 2 sticks and 3 diamonds are both a diamond pick and a diamond axe, 5 iron ingots is both an iron helm and a minecart.
An "auto-combiner" would probably be helpful for what you mentioned though, primarily combining ore into blocks. I've never heard or seen of anyone making a mod for it though.
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I would recommend playing around with mouse macros. There are a lot of free to use macro programs out there. I set one up that click and drags left mouse over the nine slots and then collect the results. I don't actually use it as it doesn't save any time in my opinion.
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I think it would be possible, but tricky to get it to be able to craft any recipe (particularly shaped recipes). Initial version would probably just be for unshaped, maybe with a UI toggle for 2x2 or 3x3 mode. The auto-combiner would be pretty easy to make I think. Just need to get around to doing it one day.
I've thought about the full crafter a little bit, it would require several lines of input hoppers and much circuitry to be able to automatically craft a complex item (such as a Pick), a combination of timed pulses and specific strength input signals to the auto-crafter might be able to be used to place items in the desired slots. The idea would be to make it possible to create anything, but you would need a significant amount of redstone knowhow and infrastructure to do so. Another approach would be to just let the user choose the desired recipe to produce and the auto-crafter would only accept items that are part of the recipe and pop out a finished item once the full set is in, any items not part of the recipe would be put straight into the output that could be sucked out using a hopper. Think that would make it a bit too easy though. So I want to keep it in line with how Vanilla MC works, but allow the inputs and outputs to be done via hoppers.
Would agree that the Auto-Crafter in its full glory wouldn't be very practical for general use. But for something like a Guardian farm, auto crafting Sea Lanterns would be cool :-).
If you need to craft a lot of iron blocks for example, you could fill up your inventory with something else, except for your hotbar, and then destroy a chest full of iron ingots and use the bulk crafting method as described above. If you stand on a pile of ingots so to speak, your hotbar will automatically refill all the time.
Sorry to but in on an old thread, but I had the same question, and I apparently don't understand MasterBlaster9's instruction (sorry... I followed what I thought he was saying, but it just copied the entire stack to the one slot in the crafting table that my mouse was hovering over, which isn't really what I wanted). What I'd really like to know (and what I think the OP was asking as well) is:
Is there any quicker way (vanilla, or using a mod) to fill recipes that specifically call for the same item to be placed in all 9 slots on the crafting table (nuggets -> ingots, ingots -> blocks, redstone -> redstone blocks, gems -> blocks, melon slices -> melon blocks, etc.), than by doing the following:
1) click on the stack in your inventory/hotbar or hit the hotbar key
2) move it to the crafting table slots and left-click-drag the item over all nine slots
3) drag the remaining one item (since 64/9 is 7 remainder 1) back to your inventory
4) continue that until you reach 63 (or run out of stacks), then move the results to your inventory and begin again.
That can get really tedious when you're working with a lot of stacks. And by "a lot," I mean it can get really tedious after, say, the third stack.
(Oh, I see. You fill your hotbar with the stacks and then follow MasterBlaster9's instruction for each stack in your hotbar, filling in a different slot in the crafting table each time. But this still leaves huge amounts of work, both rearranging your hotbar/inventory, and filling each of the 9 slots in the crafting table. And what if you're working with 8 stacks, or 13 stacks, or any number of stacks that isn't divisible by 9?)
What I'd really like to see is a mod (or even vanilla), where, when working with the crafting table interface, if you, say, Ctrl+Shift+click on any stack (of any number) in your inventory, it evenly fills all 9 slots with that item, and any remainder is left in your inventory right where you left it. Just like doing the above, except it's one step instead of 12. Since there are so many recipes that call for even distribution over all 9 slots, I think it would be worthwhile to pursue, if it's possible.
Does anybody know if there's already something out there? I haven't found anything in my quick search, so I thought I'd ask in case anybody else knew of something.
The reason I didn't respond on this thread was because none of the answers really provided a working solution. I am grateful for the responses but it appears that the answer to my question is that no, there isn't a way of doing this.
It's a shame because, as you rightly say, it gets tedious very quickly.
The only way I know of to do this is to have NEI installed. say for example you wanted to make iron blocks out of iron ingots. you would open NEI and left click block of iron. it would then show you all the recipes for for block of iron, find the one using 9 ingots...then shift left click the question mark... It will auto fill the crafting station with the max amount of iron ingots you have to a max of 64 blocks... hope this helps, its not the perfect solution, but is the best i know how to do
Pressing one through nine will put the item your mouse I'd hovering in into the corresponding spot. One is the top left corner, two is the top middle slot, and so on. This way you don't have to drag things up to the spot needed, but just press the number for where you want the item.