FUE5 - Visualising Factorio Bases in 3D

If you’ve ever played Factorio and got a base to the point where it’s running smoothly, production is up, and everything is humming along nicely, then you’ve spent time imagining what your factory would look like if it were real.

FUE5 is an open-source project that aims to help Factorio players get to see their creations in virtual 3D. Using Unreal Engine 5 and a little effort, (and a whole lot of magic too, I think), you can now see your Factorio bases looking like this one:

FUE5 is a fan-made project with the goal to see what would Factorio look like and behave in 3D. This project has no affiliation with the official Factorio game.

This project is a 3D visualization environment which is able to import bases from the Factorio game and seemingly replicate their behavior. It contains no gameplay, however you can fly around and visit your base in 3D.

The instructions to get this running are fairly straightforward:

What you need to know to run this project:

  1. Download and install Unreal Engine 5.1
  2. Download this project. Either via GitHub Desktop app or just by getting the packaged .zip file.
  3. Unpack the project and run it by opening FUE5.uproject
  4. The project is set to load simple “Welcome” scene containing several buildings. Little heads-up - it’ll probably do something called “Compiling Shaders” on first startup and since there are thousand of shaders involved it might take around 10 minutes.
  5. Now you can use the FUE5-Exporter to export your Factorio base and transfer it to FUE5.

If anyone does actually try this out, please, please share the results with us here.