Protoss plasma shields have finally given us the ability to fit the tech lab and the reactor into a single structure add-on. This new add-on, known as the tech reactor, replaces the old tech lab and reactor add-ons, and allows us to train two of any unit type simultaneously.
All structures repair themselves to 50% life. All structure fires are automatically put out.
This all-in-one safety system automatically dispatches robotic drones to put out any fires and perform basic repairs on damaged structures. Although these drones are effective at doing basic repairs, they do not have a strong enough AI to perform the more delicate repairs needed to restore a structure past half life.
The balance between team color and metal was the focus of factory development in StarCraft II. During development, artist Phill Gonzales hid posters of "fat chicks" on the back wall of the factory. However, they were spotted during a Q&A session and he was forced to remove them.
As of April 2012, Blizzard was experimenting with a wide range of new terran units for Heart of the Swarm. Many of these originated from the factory, the structure being a "little light" on its unit options.