Quote from moonra
About the pipes: what's the point of automation that isn't automated?
Not sure if serious.
Obviously there is a point that is too automated. You wouldn;t want to be able to craft a wooden button and stick it on the wall, and pushing it would give you a full jar of each essentia.
You wouldn't want that because the challenge _is_ the fun. Pipes are too good. They solve every problem. They make it so there is nothing to do in the essentia lab.