In the game files, it appears to have four Flat Conveyor inputs, two Pipe inputs, and one Flat Conveyor output. Presumably the lateral Flat Conveyor input is for Silicon Wafers and intermediate Microchips stages. The remaining inputs appear to be designed to accept Copper, Plastic, Gold, Acid, and Water. This would indicate that the main output is used for both intermediate stages and completed Microchips.
If this analysis is correct, the Microchip Machine would be the first machine unlocked which heavily incentivizes the application of sushi belts to allow the machine to re-process its own intermediate outputs. This type of belt system would greatly reduce the number of machines required versus building an array of separate machines for each recipe in the production chain. The Flat Sorter's proximity on the technology tree reinforces this theory and indicates the mechanic which will be used for the removal of completed Microchips from the sushi belt.
- Mafi.Base.dll > Prototypes > Machines > MicrochipMakerData > MachineProtoBuilder > ProductProto
- Mafi.Base.dll > Prototypes > Machines > MicrochipMakerData > MachineProtoBuilder > SetLayout