Mining is used to extract resources from the world. Mining drills are the first step to automating manufacture, although most resources have to be smelted in a furnace for further usage.
Mining speed formula
The rate at which resources are produced is given by:
Mining speed / Mining time = Production rate (in resource/sec)
To calculate the time needed for one resource-item use this formula:
Mining time / Mining speed = Seconds for one resource item
Mining speed is a function of the miner while mining time is a function of the metal or mineral you are currently mining (you can place a miner over a mixed field).
Mining by hand
When mining by hand, the formula is modified slightly:
(1 + Mining Speed Modifier) * .5 / Mining time = Production rate (in resource/sec)
The output of the unmodified resource is the percentage yield of the tile currently used by the miner.
Output of unmodified field * ( Number of modules in miner * Bonus from module ) + Output of unmodified field * ( Number of beacons * ( Number of modules * Distribution efficiency ) * Bonus from module + Productivity research bonus + 1 ) = Raw output per second
(Raw output per second * Mining speed) / Mining time = Production rate (in resource/sec)
The mining drill or pumpjack will sum the production rate of all tiles below it and show that value in the tooltip.
|Item||Total raw||Mining speed||Mining power||Covered area||Max health|
|Player||-||1||-||1 × 1||250|
|Burner mining drill||0.25||300 kW (burner)||2 × 2||150|
|Electric mining drill||0.5||90 kW (electric)||5 × 5||300|
Note, that the Burner mining drill covers exactly its size (2×2, the covered area is also 2×2), while the Electric mining drill is one tile bigger (size is 3×3, but covered area is 5×5).
Mining drills can only be placed on resources.
|Resource||Burner M. Drill||Electric M. Drill|
|Speed: 0.25||Speed: 0.5|
The above figures are modified by Mining productivity technology, which adds to any bonus from productivity modules.