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Hard Drive
Hard Drive.png
A hard drive with FICSIT data. Analyze it in the MAM to salvage its contents.
Unlocked at MAM - Hard Drive Research
Stack size 100
Blueprint path

/Game/FactoryGame/Resource/Environment/CrashSites/Desc_HardDrive.Desc_HardDrive_C

Hard Drives are special parts obtained from Crash Sites used to unlock Alternate Recipes (see below). Crash Sites can be located using Object Scanner after Radio Signal Scanning has been researched in the MAM.

Each Hard Drive can be researched in the MAM and results in a choice of one of three alternate blueprints, chosen from the pool below. There is currently a bug that can result in lost hard drives if the player is modding the game. See Current Issue below for details and solutions.

There are 96 Crash Sites, which means a total of 96 Hard Drives can be obtained. Two Hard Drives can be used for pioneer inventory expansions, and 4 can only be obtained using Quantum Computers and Superposition Oscillators only obtainable during the timed event FICSMAS. This leaves 90 for alternate recipes without the event and 94 with the event. Currently, there are 89 Alternate Recipes, leaving 1 Hard Drive unused; 5 unused if the save participated in the FICSMAS event.

Total
Crash Sites
Used for
Inventory expansion
Number of
Alternate Recipes
Unused Hard Drives
remaining without FICSMAS
Unused Hard Drives
remaining with FICSMAS
96 2 89 1 5

Alternate recipes[edit | edit source]

Choices for alternate recipes granted by analyzing a Hard Drive

Alternate recipes generally require different input materials than the original, trading between raw material consumption, space, power, simplicity, and availability of material.

The set of blueprints to choose from is determined randomly at the beginning of the scan. Because of this, the player can keep re-rolling to get the desired blueprint by saving the game before researching a hard drive, then loading the save and waiting for another 10 minutes if the choices are undesirable. The recipes are determined at the beginning of the scan and are only shown to the player after the research concludes.

The selected alternate recipes are unlocked immediately after it is chosen. All alternate recipes can be only used in factory buildings, none in the Craft Bench; therefore, parts like Compacted Coal cannot be hand-crafted.

To allow an Alternate Recipe to be shown up after a Hard Drive research, the prerequisites as shown below must be fulfilled, whether it is Milestone, Research, or other Alternate Recipe. This means if a player builds a factory that requires certain alternate recipes that they have not yet unlocked, they may need to find more Hard Drives than they anticipated to unlock the prerequisites blocking their intended alternate recipes.

Note: It appears that several alternate recipes can be unlocked at Tier 3, Tier 4, or through the MAM, but cannot actually be made until Tier 5. These either involve a fluid (Water) or 3-4 parts, requiring the Refinery or Manufacturer respectively, both Tier 5 machines. Likewise, the two Alloy Ingot recipes are available by default but require Tier 3 Foundry.

In the table below, the Prerequisites are the conditions that are required for a recipe to be able to appear in the research result choices, while the Milestone in italic is the additional requirement that the recipe can actually be automated in a machine.

Alternate nameProductIngredients /minRate/minOriginal Rate/minOriginal Ingredients /minPrerequisites
Copper Alloy IngotCopper Ingot.png Copper IngotCopper Ore.png Copper Ore 50.0
Iron Ore.png Iron Ore 25.0
100.030.0Copper Ore.png Copper Ore30.0Tier 3 - Basic Steel Production
Fine Black PowderBlack Powder.png Black PowderSulfur.png Sulfur 7.5
Compacted Coal.png Compacted Coal 3.8
15.07.5Coal.png Coal7.5
Sulfur.png Sulfur15.0
Alternate Recipe - Compacted Coal
Caterium WireWire.png WireCaterium Ingot.png Caterium Ingot 15.0120.030.0Copper Ingot.png Copper Ingot15.0Caterium Research - Caterium
Fused QuickwireQuickwire.png QuickwireCaterium Ingot.png Caterium Ingot 7.5
Copper Ingot.png Copper Ingot 37.5
90.060.0Caterium Ingot.png Caterium Ingot12.0Caterium Research - Caterium Ingots
Tier 2 - Part Assembly
Fused WireWire.png WireCopper Ingot.png Copper Ingot 12.0
Caterium Ingot.png Caterium Ingot 3.0
90.030.0Copper Ingot.png Copper Ingot15.0Caterium Research - Caterium
Tier 2 - Part Assembly
Fine ConcreteConcrete.png ConcreteSilica.png Silica 7.5
Limestone.png Limestone 30.0
25.015.0Limestone.png Limestone45.0Quartz Research - Quartz
Tier 2 - Part Assembly
Cheap SilicaSilica.png SilicaRaw Quartz.png Raw Quartz 11.3
Limestone.png Limestone 18.8
26.337.5Raw Quartz.png Raw Quartz22.5Quartz Research - Silica
Tier 2 - Part Assembly
Seismic NobeliskNobelisk.png NobeliskBlack Powder.png Black Powder 12.0
Steel Pipe.png Steel Pipe 12.0
Crystal Oscillator.png Crystal Oscillator 1.5
6.03.0Black Powder.png Black Powder15.0
Steel Pipe.png Steel Pipe30.0
Sulfur Research - Nobelisk Explosives
Quartz Research - Quartz Crystals
Tier 5 - Industrial Manufacturing
Turbo Blend FuelTurbofuel.png TurbofuelFuel.png Fuel 15.0
Heavy Oil Residue.png Heavy Oil Residue 30.0
Sulfur.png Sulfur 22.5
Petroleum Coke.png Petroleum Coke 22.5
45.020.0Packaged Turbofuel.png Packaged Turbofuel20.0Sulfur Research - Sulfur
Tier 7 - Bauxite Refinement
Iron WireWire.png WireIron Ingot.png Iron Ingot 12.522.530.0Copper Ingot.png Copper Ingot15.0Tier 1
Cast ScrewScrew.png ScrewIron Ingot.png Iron Ingot 12.550.040.0Iron Rod.png Iron Rod10.0Tier 1 - Field Research
Iron Alloy IngotIron Ingot.png Iron IngotIron Ore.png Iron Ore 20.0
Copper Ore.png Copper Ore 20.0
50.030.0Iron Ore.png Iron Ore30.0Tier 1
Tier 3 - Basic Steel Production
Bolted Iron PlateReinforced Iron Plate.png Reinforced Iron PlateIron Plate.png Iron Plate 90.0
Screw.png Screw 250.0
15.05.0Iron Plate.png Iron Plate30.0
Screw.png Screw60.0
Tier 2
Stitched Iron PlateReinforced Iron Plate.png Reinforced Iron PlateIron Plate.png Iron Plate 18.8
Wire.png Wire 37.5
5.65.0Iron Plate.png Iron Plate30.0
Screw.png Screw60.0
Tier 2
Bolted FrameModular Frame.png Modular FrameReinforced Iron Plate.png Reinforced Iron Plate 7.5
Screw.png Screw 140.0
5.02.0Reinforced Iron Plate.png Reinforced Iron Plate3.0
Iron Rod.png Iron Rod12.0
Tier 2 - Part Assembly
Copper RotorRotor.png RotorCopper Sheet.png Copper Sheet 22.5
Screw.png Screw 195.0
11.34.0Iron Rod.png Iron Rod20.0
Screw.png Screw100.0
Tier 2 - Part Assembly
Steel RodIron Rod.png Iron RodSteel Ingot.png Steel Ingot 12.048.015.0Iron Ingot.png Iron Ingot15.0Tier 3 - Basic Steel Production
Steeled FrameModular Frame.png Modular FrameReinforced Iron Plate.png Reinforced Iron Plate 2.0
Steel Pipe.png Steel Pipe 10.0
3.02.0Reinforced Iron Plate.png Reinforced Iron Plate3.0
Iron Rod.png Iron Rod12.0
Tier 3 - Basic Steel Production
Steel RotorRotor.png RotorSteel Pipe.png Steel Pipe 10.0
Wire.png Wire 30.0
5.04.0Iron Rod.png Iron Rod20.0
Screw.png Screw100.0
Tier 3 - Basic Steel Production
Steel ScrewScrew.png ScrewSteel Beam.png Steel Beam 5.0260.040.0Iron Rod.png Iron Rod10.0Tier 3 - Basic Steel Production
Solid Steel IngotSteel Ingot.png Steel IngotIron Ingot.png Iron Ingot 40.0
Coal.png Coal 40.0
60.045.0Iron Ore.png Iron Ore45.0
Coal.png Coal45.0
Tier 3 - Basic Steel Production
Compacted Steel IngotSteel Ingot.png Steel IngotIron Ore.png Iron Ore 22.5
Compacted Coal.png Compacted Coal 11.3
37.545.0Iron Ore.png Iron Ore45.0
Coal.png Coal45.0
Tier 3 - Basic Steel Production
Alternate Recipe - Compacted Coal
Crystal BeaconBeacon.png BeaconSteel Beam.png Steel Beam 2.0
Steel Pipe.png Steel Pipe 8.0
Crystal Oscillator.png Crystal Oscillator 0.5
10.07.5Iron Plate.png Iron Plate22.5
Iron Rod.png Iron Rod7.5
Wire.png Wire112.5
Cable.png Cable15.0
Tier 3 - Basic Steel Production
Quartz Research - Quartz Crystals
BiocoalCoal.png CoalBiomass.png Biomass 37.545.060.0Tier 3 - Coal Power
CharcoalCoal.png CoalWood.png Wood 15.0150.060.0Tier 3 - Coal Power
Wet ConcreteConcrete.png ConcreteLimestone.png Limestone 120.0
Water.png Water 100.0
80.015.0Limestone.png Limestone45.0Tier 3 - Coal Power
Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Pure Copper IngotCopper Ingot.png Copper IngotCopper Ore.png Copper Ore 15.0
Water.png Water 10.0
37.530.0Copper Ore.png Copper Ore30.0Tier 3 - Coal Power
Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Steamed Copper SheetCopper Sheet.png Copper SheetCopper Ingot.png Copper Ingot 22.5
Water.png Water 22.5
22.510.0Copper Ingot.png Copper Ingot20.0Tier 3 - Coal Power
Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Pure Iron IngotIron Ingot.png Iron IngotIron Ore.png Iron Ore 35.0
Water.png Water 20.0
65.030.0Iron Ore.png Iron Ore30.0Tier 3 - Coal Power
Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Pure Caterium IngotCaterium Ingot.png Caterium IngotCaterium Ore.png Caterium Ore 24.0
Water.png Water 24.0
12.015.0Caterium Ore.png Caterium Ore45.0Tier 3 - Coal Power
Caterium Research - Caterium
Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Pure Quartz CrystalQuartz Crystal.png Quartz CrystalRaw Quartz.png Raw Quartz 67.5
Water.png Water 37.5
52.522.5Raw Quartz.png Raw Quartz37.5Tier 3 - Coal Power
Quartz Research - Quartz Crystals
Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Compacted CoalCompacted Coal.png Compacted CoalCoal.png Coal 25.0
Sulfur.png Sulfur 25.0
25.0N/AN/ATier 3 - Coal Power
Sulfur Research - Sulfur
Encased Industrial PipeEncased Industrial Beam.png Encased Industrial BeamSteel Pipe.png Steel Pipe 28.0
Concrete.png Concrete 20.0
4.06.0Steel Beam.png Steel Beam24.0
Concrete.png Concrete30.0
Tier 4 - Advanced Steel Production
High-Speed WiringAutomated Wiring.png Automated WiringStator.png Stator 3.8
Wire.png Wire 75.0
High-Speed Connector.png High-Speed Connector 1.9
7.52.5Stator.png Stator2.5
Cable.png Cable50.0
Tier 4 - Advanced Steel Production
Caterium Research - A.I. Limiter
Tier 5 - Industrial Manufacturing
Quickwire StatorStator.png StatorSteel Pipe.png Steel Pipe 16.0
Quickwire.png Quickwire 60.0
8.05.0Steel Pipe.png Steel Pipe15.0
Wire.png Wire40.0
Tier 4 - Advanced Steel Production
Caterium Research - Caterium Ingots
Rigour MotorMotor.png MotorRotor.png Rotor 3.8
Stator.png Stator 3.8
Crystal Oscillator.png Crystal Oscillator 1.3
7.55.0Rotor.png Rotor10.0
Stator.png Stator10.0
Tier 4 - Advanced Steel Production
Quartz Research - Quartz Crystals
Tier 5 - Industrial Manufacturing
Coated Iron CanisterEmpty Canister.png Empty CanisterIron Plate.png Iron Plate 30.0
Copper Sheet.png Copper Sheet 15.0
60.060.0Plastic.png Plastic30.0Tier 5 - Alternative Fluid Transport
Steel CanisterEmpty Canister.png Empty CanisterSteel Ingot.png Steel Ingot 60.040.060.0Plastic.png Plastic30.0Tier 5 - Alternative Fluid Transport
Heavy Encased FrameHeavy Modular Frame.png Heavy Modular FrameModular Frame.png Modular Frame 7.5
Encased Industrial Beam.png Encased Industrial Beam 9.4
Steel Pipe.png Steel Pipe 33.8
Concrete.png Concrete 20.6
2.82.0Modular Frame.png Modular Frame10.0
Steel Pipe.png Steel Pipe30.0
Encased Industrial Beam.png Encased Industrial Beam10.0
Screw.png Screw200.0
Tier 5 - Industrial Manufacturing
Heavy Flexible FrameHeavy Modular Frame.png Heavy Modular FrameModular Frame.png Modular Frame 18.8
Encased Industrial Beam.png Encased Industrial Beam 11.3
Rubber.png Rubber 75.0
Screw.png Screw 390.0
3.82.0Modular Frame.png Modular Frame10.0
Steel Pipe.png Steel Pipe30.0
Encased Industrial Beam.png Encased Industrial Beam10.0
Screw.png Screw200.0
Tier 5 - Industrial Manufacturing
Automated MinerPortable Miner.png Portable MinerMotor.png Motor 1.0
Steel Pipe.png Steel Pipe 4.0
Iron Rod.png Iron Rod 4.0
Iron Plate.png Iron Plate 2.0
1.0N/AN/ATier 5 - Industrial Manufacturing
Caterium ComputerComputer.png ComputerCircuit Board.png Circuit Board 26.3
Quickwire.png Quickwire 105.0
Rubber.png Rubber 45.0
3.82.5Circuit Board.png Circuit Board25.0
Cable.png Cable22.5
Plastic.png Plastic45.0
Screw.png Screw130.0
Tier 5 - Industrial Manufacturing
Caterium Research - Caterium Ingots
Crystal ComputerComputer.png ComputerCircuit Board.png Circuit Board 7.5
Crystal Oscillator.png Crystal Oscillator 2.8
2.82.5Circuit Board.png Circuit Board25.0
Cable.png Cable22.5
Plastic.png Plastic45.0
Screw.png Screw130.0
Tier 5 - Industrial Manufacturing
Quartz Research - Quartz Crystal
Coated CableCable.png CableWire.png Wire 37.5
Heavy Oil Residue.png Heavy Oil Residue 15.0
67.530.0Wire.png Wire60.0Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Insulated CableCable.png CableWire.png Wire 45.0
Rubber.png Rubber 30.0
100.030.0Wire.png Wire60.0Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Electrode Circuit BoardCircuit Board.png Circuit BoardRubber.png Rubber 30.0
Petroleum Coke.png Petroleum Coke 45.0
5.07.5Copper Sheet.png Copper Sheet15.0
Plastic.png Plastic30.0
Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Rubber ConcreteConcrete.png ConcreteLimestone.png Limestone 50.0
Rubber.png Rubber 10.0
45.015.0Limestone.png Limestone45.0Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Heavy Oil ResidueHeavy Oil Residue.png Heavy Oil ResidueCrude Oil.png Crude Oil 30.040.020.0Packaged Heavy Oil Residue.png Packaged Heavy Oil Residue20.0Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Coated Iron PlateIron Plate.png Iron PlateIron Ingot.png Iron Ingot 50.0
Plastic.png Plastic 10.0
75.020.0Iron Ingot.png Iron Ingot30.0Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Steel Coated PlateIron Plate.png Iron PlateSteel Ingot.png Steel Ingot 7.5
Plastic.png Plastic 5.0
45.020.0Iron Ingot.png Iron Ingot30.0Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Recycled PlasticPlastic.png PlasticRubber.png Rubber 30.0
Fuel.png Fuel 30.0
60.020.0Polymer Resin.png Polymer Resin60.0
Water.png Water20.0
Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Polymer ResinPolymer Resin.png Polymer ResinCrude Oil.png Crude Oil 60.0130.0N/AN/ATier 5 - Oil Processing
Adhered Iron PlateReinforced Iron Plate.png Reinforced Iron PlateIron Plate.png Iron Plate 11.3
Rubber.png Rubber 3.8
3.85.0Iron Plate.png Iron Plate30.0
Screw.png Screw60.0
Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Recycled RubberRubber.png RubberPlastic.png Plastic 30.0
Fuel.png Fuel 30.0
60.020.0Crude Oil.png Crude Oil30.0Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Plastic Smart PlatingSmart Plating.png Smart PlatingReinforced Iron Plate.png Reinforced Iron Plate 2.5
Rotor.png Rotor 2.5
Plastic.png Plastic 7.5
5.02.0Reinforced Iron Plate.png Reinforced Iron Plate2.0
Rotor.png Rotor2.0
Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Coke Steel IngotSteel Ingot.png Steel IngotIron Ore.png Iron Ore 75.0
Petroleum Coke.png Petroleum Coke 75.0
100.045.0Iron Ore.png Iron Ore45.0
Coal.png Coal45.0
Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Flexible FrameworkVersatile Framework.png Versatile FrameworkModular Frame.png Modular Frame 3.8
Steel Beam.png Steel Beam 22.5
Rubber.png Rubber 30.0
7.55.0Modular Frame.png Modular Frame2.5
Steel Beam.png Steel Beam30.0
Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Tier 5 - Industrial Manufacturing
Quickwire CableCable.png CableQuickwire.png Quickwire 7.5
Rubber.png Rubber 5.0
27.530.0Wire.png Wire60.0Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Caterium Research - Caterium Ingots
Caterium Circuit BoardCircuit Board.png Circuit BoardPlastic.png Plastic 12.5
Quickwire.png Quickwire 37.5
8.87.5Copper Sheet.png Copper Sheet15.0
Plastic.png Plastic30.0
Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Caterium Research - Caterium Ingots
Silicon High-Speed ConnectorHigh-Speed Connector.png High-Speed ConnectorQuickwire.png Quickwire 90.0
Silica.png Silica 37.5
Circuit Board.png Circuit Board 3.0
3.03.8Quickwire.png Quickwire210.0
Cable.png Cable37.5
Circuit Board.png Circuit Board3.8
Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Caterium Research - High-Speed Connector
Quartz Research - Quartz
Polyester FabricFabric.png FabricPolymer Resin.png Polymer Resin 80.0
Water.png Water 50.0
5.015.0Mycelia.png Mycelia15.0
Biomass.png Biomass75.0
Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Mycelia Research - Fabric
Insulated Crystal OscillatorCrystal Oscillator.png Crystal OscillatorQuartz Crystal.png Quartz Crystal 18.8
Rubber.png Rubber 13.1
AI Limiter.png AI Limiter 1.9
1.91.0Quartz Crystal.png Quartz Crystal18.0
Cable.png Cable14.0
Reinforced Iron Plate.png Reinforced Iron Plate2.5
Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Quartz Research - Crystal Oscillator
Caterium Research - Caterium Electronics
Silicon Circuit BoardCircuit Board.png Circuit BoardCopper Sheet.png Copper Sheet 27.5
Silica.png Silica 27.5
12.57.5Copper Sheet.png Copper Sheet15.0
Plastic.png Plastic30.0
Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Quartz Research - Quartz
Diluted Packaged FuelPackaged Fuel.png Packaged FuelHeavy Oil Residue.png Heavy Oil Residue 30.0
Packaged Water.png Packaged Water 60.0
60.040.0Fuel.png Fuel40.0
Empty Canister.png Empty Canister40.0
Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Tier 5 - Alternative Fluid Transport
Turbo Heavy FuelTurbofuel.png TurbofuelHeavy Oil Residue.png Heavy Oil Residue 37.5
Compacted Coal.png Compacted Coal 30.0
30.020.0Packaged Turbofuel.png Packaged Turbofuel20.0Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Alternate Recipe - Compacted Coal
TurbofuelTurbofuel.png TurbofuelFuel.png Fuel 22.5
Compacted Coal.png Compacted Coal 15.0
18.820.0Packaged Turbofuel.png Packaged Turbofuel20.0Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Alternate Recipe - Compacted Coal
Classic BatteryBattery.png BatterySulfur.png Sulfur 45.0
Alclad Aluminum Sheet.png Alclad Aluminum Sheet 52.5
Plastic.png Plastic 60.0
Wire.png Wire 90.0
30.020.0Sulfuric Acid.png Sulfuric Acid50.0
Alumina Solution.png Alumina Solution40.0
Aluminum Casing.png Aluminum Casing20.0
Tier 7 - Aeronautical Engineering
Electric MotorMotor.png MotorElectromagnetic Control Rod.png Electromagnetic Control Rod 3.8
Rotor.png Rotor 7.5
7.55.0Rotor.png Rotor10.0
Stator.png Stator10.0
Tier 7 - Aeronautical Engineering
Tier 8 - Nuclear Power
OC SupercomputerSupercomputer.png SupercomputerRadio Control Unit.png Radio Control Unit 9.0
Cooling System.png Cooling System 9.0
3.01.9Computer.png Computer3.8
AI Limiter.png AI Limiter3.8
High-Speed Connector.png High-Speed Connector5.6
Plastic.png Plastic52.5
Tier 7 - Aeronautical Engineering
Tier 8 - Advanced Aluminum Production
Caterium Research - Supercomputer
Super-State ComputerSupercomputer.png SupercomputerComputer.png Computer 3.6
Electromagnetic Control Rod.png Electromagnetic Control Rod 2.4
Battery.png Battery 24.0
Wire.png Wire 54.0
2.41.9Computer.png Computer3.8
AI Limiter.png AI Limiter3.8
High-Speed Connector.png High-Speed Connector5.6
Plastic.png Plastic52.5
Tier 7 - Aeronautical Engineering
Tier 8 - Nuclear Power
Caterium Research - Supercomputer
Sloppy AluminaAlumina Solution.png Alumina SolutionBauxite.png Bauxite 200.0
Water.png Water 200.0
240.0120.0Packaged Alumina Solution.png Packaged Alumina Solution120.0Tier 7 - Bauxite Refinement
Alternate: Alclad CasingAluminum Casing.png Aluminum CasingAluminum Ingot.png Aluminum Ingot 150.0
Copper Ingot.png Copper Ingot 75.0
112.560.0Aluminum Ingot.png Aluminum Ingot90.0Tier 7 - Bauxite Refinement
Pure Aluminum IngotAluminum Ingot.png Aluminum IngotAluminum Scrap.png Aluminum Scrap 60.030.060.0Aluminum Scrap.png Aluminum Scrap90.0
Silica.png Silica75.0
Tier 7 - Bauxite Refinement
Electrode - Aluminum ScrapAluminum Scrap.png Aluminum ScrapAlumina Solution.png Alumina Solution 180.0
Petroleum Coke.png Petroleum Coke 60.0
300.0360.0Alumina Solution.png Alumina Solution240.0
Coal.png Coal120.0
Tier 7 - Bauxite Refinement
Diluted FuelFuel.png FuelHeavy Oil Residue.png Heavy Oil Residue 50.0
Water.png Water 100.0
100.040.0Heavy Oil Residue.png Heavy Oil Residue60.0Tier 7 - Bauxite Refinement
Radio Control SystemRadio Control Unit.png Radio Control UnitCrystal Oscillator.png Crystal Oscillator 1.5
Circuit Board.png Circuit Board 15.0
Aluminum Casing.png Aluminum Casing 90.0
Rubber.png Rubber 45.0
4.52.5Aluminum Casing.png Aluminum Casing40.0
Crystal Oscillator.png Crystal Oscillator1.3
Computer.png Computer1.3
Tier 7 - Bauxite Refinement
Instant ScrapAluminum Scrap.png Aluminum ScrapBauxite.png Bauxite 150.0
Coal.png Coal 100.0
Sulfuric Acid.png Sulfuric Acid 50.0
Water.png Water 60.0
300.0360.0Alumina Solution.png Alumina Solution240.0
Coal.png Coal120.0
Tier 7 - Bauxite Refinement
Tier 7 - Aeronautical Engineering
Radio Connection UnitRadio Control Unit.png Radio Control UnitHeat Sink.png Heat Sink 15.0
High-Speed Connector.png High-Speed Connector 7.5
Quartz Crystal.png Quartz Crystal 45.0
3.82.5Aluminum Casing.png Aluminum Casing40.0
Crystal Oscillator.png Crystal Oscillator1.3
Computer.png Computer1.3
Tier 7 - Bauxite Refinement
Tier 8 - Advanced Aluminum Production
Cooling DeviceCooling System.png Cooling SystemHeat Sink.png Heat Sink 9.4
Motor.png Motor 1.9
Nitrogen Gas.png Nitrogen Gas 45.0
3.86.0Heat Sink.png Heat Sink12.0
Rubber.png Rubber12.0
Water.png Water30.0
Nitrogen Gas.png Nitrogen Gas150.0
Tier 8 - Advanced Aluminum Production
Heat ExchangerHeat Sink.png Heat SinkAluminum Casing.png Aluminum Casing 30.0
Rubber.png Rubber 30.0
10.07.5Alclad Aluminum Sheet.png Alclad Aluminum Sheet37.5
Copper Sheet.png Copper Sheet22.5
Tier 8 - Advanced Aluminum Production
Heat-Fused FrameFused Modular Frame.png Fused Modular FrameHeavy Modular Frame.png Heavy Modular Frame 3.0
Aluminum Ingot.png Aluminum Ingot 150.0
Nitric Acid.png Nitric Acid 24.0
Fuel.png Fuel 30.0
3.01.5Heavy Modular Frame.png Heavy Modular Frame1.5
Aluminum Casing.png Aluminum Casing75.0
Nitrogen Gas.png Nitrogen Gas37.5
Tier 8 - Advanced Aluminum Production
Tier 8 - Particle Enrichment
Turbo Electric MotorTurbo Motor.png Turbo MotorMotor.png Motor 6.6
Radio Control Unit.png Radio Control Unit 8.4
Electromagnetic Control Rod.png Electromagnetic Control Rod 4.7
Rotor.png Rotor 6.6
2.81.9Cooling System.png Cooling System7.5
Radio Control Unit.png Radio Control Unit3.8
Motor.png Motor7.5
Rubber.png Rubber45.0
Tier 8 - Leading-edge Production
Tier 8 - Nuclear Power
Electromagnetic Connection RodElectromagnetic Control Rod.png Electromagnetic Control RodStator.png Stator 8.0
High-Speed Connector.png High-Speed Connector 4.0
8.04.0Stator.png Stator6.0
AI Limiter.png AI Limiter4.0
Tier 8 - Nuclear Power
Caterium Research - AI Limiter
Infused Uranium CellEncased Uranium Cell.png Encased Uranium CellUranium.png Uranium 25.0
Silica.png Silica 15.0
Sulfur.png Sulfur 25.0
Quickwire.png Quickwire 75.0
20.025.0Uranium.png Uranium50.0
Concrete.png Concrete15.0
Sulfuric Acid.png Sulfuric Acid40.0
Tier 8 - Nuclear Power
Caterium Research - Caterium Ingots
Quartz Research - Quartz
Sulfur Research - Sulfur
Uranium Fuel UnitUranium Fuel Rod.png Uranium Fuel RodEncased Uranium Cell.png Encased Uranium Cell 20.0
Electromagnetic Control Rod.png Electromagnetic Control Rod 2.0
Crystal Oscillator.png Crystal Oscillator 0.6
Beacon.png Beacon 1.2
0.60.4Encased Uranium Cell.png Encased Uranium Cell20.0
Encased Industrial Beam.png Encased Industrial Beam1.2
Electromagnetic Control Rod.png Electromagnetic Control Rod2.0
Tier 8 - Nuclear Power
Quartz Research - Quartz Crystals
Instant Plutonium CellEncased Plutonium Cell.png Encased Plutonium CellNon-fissile Uranium.png Non-fissile Uranium 75.0
Aluminum Casing.png Aluminum Casing 10.0
10.05.0Plutonium Pellet.png Plutonium Pellet10.0
Concrete.png Concrete20.0
Tier 8 - Particle Enrichment
Fertile UraniumNon-fissile Uranium.png Non-fissile UraniumUranium.png Uranium 25.0
Uranium Waste.png Uranium Waste 25.0
Nitric Acid.png Nitric Acid 15.0
Sulfuric Acid.png Sulfuric Acid 25.0
100.050.0Uranium Waste.png Uranium Waste37.5
Silica.png Silica25.0
Nitric Acid.png Nitric Acid15.0
Sulfuric Acid.png Sulfuric Acid15.0
Tier 8 - Particle Enrichment
Plutonium Fuel UnitPlutonium Fuel Rod.png Plutonium Fuel RodEncased Plutonium Cell.png Encased Plutonium Cell 10.0
Pressure Conversion Cube.png Pressure Conversion Cube 0.5
0.50.3Encased Plutonium Cell.png Encased Plutonium Cell7.5
Steel Beam.png Steel Beam4.5
Electromagnetic Control Rod.png Electromagnetic Control Rod1.5
Heat Sink.png Heat Sink2.5
Tier 8 - Particle Enrichment
Turbo Pressure MotorTurbo Motor.png Turbo MotorMotor.png Motor 7.5
Pressure Conversion Cube.png Pressure Conversion Cube 1.9
Packaged Nitrogen Gas.png Packaged Nitrogen Gas 45.0
Stator.png Stator 15.0
3.81.9Cooling System.png Cooling System7.5
Radio Control Unit.png Radio Control Unit3.8
Motor.png Motor7.5
Rubber.png Rubber45.0
Tier 8 - Particle Enrichment


Non-recipes from Hard Drives[edit | edit source]

Besides Alternate Recipes, two inventory expansions can be unlocked:

Name Effect Prerequisites
Inflated Pocket Dimension +6 Inventory Slots Tier 2
Inflated Pocket Dimension +6 Inventory Slots Tier 5

Important notes[edit | edit source]

  • The Hard Drive research is repeatable, as long as there are remaining alternate recipes to unlock.
    • Each alternate recipe can only be unlocked once, it will never appear in the selection screen again once it has been selected.
  • If a Hard Drive is researched, and there is nothing more available to unlock (either due to every recipe being unlocked or no more recipes being currently available due to milestone/MAM research progress), the Hard Drive will be returned after it is analyzed with the following message: "The analysis of Hard Drive is completed! No new research is available. Try again later after further progress. Your Hard Drive has been returned to you.".
  • The game does not list what recipes were unlocked in one place, the Codex has to be searched for that.

Alternate recipe analysis[edit | edit source]

The next section below is scheduled to be removed and replaced by a more mathematical approach and transparent calculation. Refer to the individual item pages for more detail. Some of the notable parameters are:

  • Weighted Point: the weighted consumption rate which is calculated by: (resource consumption rate / maximum extraction rate) * 10,000. The lower the better.
    • For example, if a certain recipe path requires 10 Iron Ore / min, and the max mining rate of Iron Ore is 70380 / min, then
    • WP = 10 / 70380 * 10000 = 1.42. The 10,000 multiplier is arbitrary chosen to make the numbers more readable, since most of the WP values fall in 1e-4 to 1e-5 ranges.
    • As water is almost everywhere, it is set to WP = 0.
    • A low WP indicates low amount of weighted resources is needed.
  • Energy per item: how much power is consumed for the entire production chain. The lower the better.
    • Energy is the product of Power and time. It is the summed every steps involved, normalized at 60 / min of the final product.
    • The energy spent for mining each type of ore or raw resources is also included in per-ore basis. Each ore has a specific mining energy, calculated as if the entire map is fully mined with appropriate overclocking.
    • The energy for extracting water is also included.
    • If more than 1 alternate recipes are involved to produce the upstream ingredient, the energy for that alternate recipe path is included in the calculation.
  • Space: refers to building space, excluding belts and pipes. The lower the better.
    • It is summed for all buildings for every steps involved for the production, including all alternate recipes. The building space, or building area is calculated by L x W, in m2, which can be found in individual building page.
    • The areas for belts, pipes, Power Lines, etc are not included since they are subjective to player's design.
    • The areas for miners and extractors are not included.
  • Alternate recipes for ingredient: if there are multiple ways to produce its ingredient, the recipe with the lowest WP is chosen.
    • For example, to craft Iron Wire, Pure Iron Ingot is chosen.
    • If exception is to be made, it will be mentioned under this section.
      • This is when the reduction in WP is too small compared with the increasing complexity, or if large amount of rarer resources are involved.
      • For example, Quickwire Cable has the lowest WP, but the default recipe will be used nonetheless, when Cable is used as an ingredient for other items.
  • The best trait for each of the recipe will be highlighted in bold for visibility.
  • The crafting speed of a particular alternate recipe is not considered, as it can be breakdown into space saving or power saving when the production rate is normalized at 60 / min.
  • If there is only a sole recipe, whether it is alternate or not, to automate a certain product, then analysis will be skipped for that item, unless new recipes are added for it.
    • Similarly, alternate recipes for coal will not be analyzed as both recipes can never be fully automated.

Resource-efficient recipes[edit | edit source]

You should use these recipes when progressing towards the end game. These recipes are highly resource-efficient, they get the most product out of every single raw resource input. Or if not, they usually are to be used in conjunction with other alternative recipes to be useful as a 'group'. Sometimes, these recipes can be very difficult to be set up due to their complexity, and usually, that also means you need to provide a strong power grid before using them. Besides that, you probably need a lot of building space.

  • Alclad Casing: Reduces Bauxite cost by 33% using Copper.
  • Cast Screw, Steel Screw: "Cast Screw" has the same ratio of Iron Ingots to Screws, but removes the need to make Iron Rods first, and produces 25% faster as well. Prioritize "Cast Screw" first for increased production speed. "Steel Screw" is ultimately more resource-efficient, producing nearly five times as many Screws per Iron Ingot when combined with "Solid Steel Ingot", at the cost of more steps in the production chain and requiring coal.
  • Caterium Computer: mixed with original recipe: The alternate recipe is preferred, however, Caterium can get used up quickly and this is where the original recipe comes in handy to make up for it.
  • Cheap Silica: Limestone is much more common than Quartz, and this creates more silica per Quartz deposit at the cost of increased power consumption and transport of Limestone.
  • Classic Battery: Cuts down Sulfur, is faster, doesn't need Alumina Solution to be provided and doesn't output byproduct Water. However, requires Plastic and Wire. When compared to the standard recipe chain, "Classic Battery" uses 50% less Bauxite and 40% less Sulfur, while using more Coal, Quartz, Copper, and Crude Oil. Use "Electrode Aluminum Scrap" with the byproduct from manufacturing Plastic for this recipe chain for maximum efficiency and to get rid of Coal.
  • Cooling Device: Halves the required Nitrogen Gas and replaces Water and Rubber with Motors. Slightly increases demand for power and Heat Sinks.
  • Compacted Coal: Not a real alternative, because it allows you to make a new item. Used for Compacted Steel Ingot and Fine Black Powder to improve resource usage and production speed, and mandatory for the production of Turbofuel using either recipe. Compacted Coal can be used directly in a Coal Generator to convert Sulfur into electricity but Turbofuel is more efficient overall, at the cost of being more complicated to set up.
  • Copper Rotor: Increased production speed and less Iron and power per part at the cost of adding Copper.
  • Diluted Packaged Fuel, Diluted Fuel: Adds Water to *triple* the Heavy Oil Residue -> Fuel conversion ratio. Combine with "Heavy Oil Residue" for extremely efficient Crude Oil -> Fuel conversion ratios. This recipe is part of a loop that maximizes the utilization of Crude Oil for power using "Turbofuel", and "Compacted Coal", or for Rubber and Plastic using "Recycled Rubber" and "Recycled Plastic". Non-packaged Diluted Fuel is all-round better, as it is simpler and more power-efficient.
  • Electrode Aluminum Scrap: Better conversion rate of Alumina Solution to Scrap and exchanges Coal for a minimal amount of Crude Oil.
  • Encased Industrial Pipe: Uses ~33% fewer Steel Ingots per unit, but produces 33% fewer beams per minute as well. Saving on steel is worth the additional Assemblers. Stators, Steel Rotors and many other recipes also use Pipes rather than Beams, which can simplify production.
  • Fertile Uranium: The efficiency of this recipe varies dependent upon the Nuclear Power system goals:
    • Maximum Power (Plutonium Fuel Rods are burned in a Nuclear Power Plant): This recipe is produces more power per unit uranium because Plutonium Fuel Rods produce more power than Nuclear Fuel Rods. This is because they are consumed by reactors at half the rate for the same amount of power. This also uses no Silica and less Sulfuric and Nitric Acid per unit Non-Fissile Uranium produced. Couple "Fertile Uranium" with "Instant Plutonium Cell" and "Plutonium Fuel Unit" to increase the yield of Plutonium Fuel Rods by 2.29x per unit Uranium, relative to the standard recipe chain.
    • Zero Waste (Plutonium Fuel Rods are sunk in an Awesome Sink): This recipe uses 2.5x the Sulfuric Acid and 1.5x Nitric Acid to convert the same amount of Nuclear Waste to Non-Fissile Uranium, while also using more Uranium that could otherwise be converted to Nuclear Fuel Rods for power. The downstream resource requirement to then convert the larger amount of Non-Fissile Uranium to Plutonium Fuel Rods makes this recipe extremely inefficient for this purpose. Use the standard recipes for Non-Fissile Uranium, Plutonium Pellets, and Plutonium Fuel Rods to maximize nuclear waste consumption and minimize resources required to make Plutonium Fuel Rods.
  • Fine Black Powder: Requires less of each resource and power per part compared to the original recipe.
  • Fused Quickwire: Caterium is much more precious than Copper, so yes.
  • Heat Exchanger: Uses 20% less Aluminum Ingots (if combined with Alclad Casing), 25% less power and produces 33% more items per minute by adding Crude Oil.
  • Heat-fused Frame: Doubles crafting speed and reduces Aluminum Ingot cost by 25% but increases Nitrogen Gas cost by 28% by requiring conversion to Nitric Acid, as well as adding the requirement for Fuel.
  • Heavy Encased Frame: Requires slightly more limestone than the original, but is otherwise much more resource-efficient.
  • Heavy Oil Residue: Substantially improves the Crude Oil -> Heavy Oil Residue conversion ratio. Combine with "Diluted Fuel" for extremely high Crude Oil -> Fuel ratios, which can be used for very efficient Turbofuel or Plastic/Rubber (via "Recycled Plastic"/"Recycled Rubber") production.
  • Infused Uranium Cell: mixed with original recipe: The alternate recipe is preferred, use the original recipe to boost the production if Quartz and Caterium are insufficient.
  • Insulated Crystal Oscillator: A little bit of Crude Oil is worth it to save on Quartz.
  • Instant Plutonium Cell: Slightly reduces Non-Fissile Uranium cost, while greatly reducing overall per unit Uranium cost of Plutonium Fuel Rods by removing the Nuclear Waste allocation for Plutonium Pellet production.
  • Iron Wire: Removes the need to utilize Copper in many recipes, but is slightly less resource-efficient than the original. Can be used with Stitched Iron Plate for the most efficient Iron-only Reinforced Iron Plate production.
  • Uranium Fuel Unit mixed with original recipe: The alternate recipe is preferred, unless Crystal Oscillators are insufficient.
  • Polyester Fabric: Necessary to automate the production of Fabric and its products, such as Filters.
  • Pure Aluminum Ingot mixed with original recipe: Removes the need for Silica (Raw Quartz) and decreased power consumption at the cost of 25% fewer ingots from the same amount of Scrap. Quartz and aluminium are the most valuable resources, so the right balance needs to be found with these recipe (somewhere around 50-50, depending on your production scenario).
  • Pure Caterium Ingot, Pure Copper Ingot, Pure Iron Ingot, Pure Quartz Crystal, Wet Concrete: Substantial increase in conversion ratio by just adding Water. Requires using Refineries for ore processing, though. "Copper Alloy Ingot" may be "Pure Copper Ingot" until Copper Ore is fully utilized, due to production footprint and substantially reduced production speed per building.
  • Plutonium Fuel Unit: Produces 1.5x more Plutonium Fuel Rods per input Plutonium Cells, at the cost of very expensive pressure conversion cubes.
  • Radio Connection Unit: Simpler setup than Radio Control System but uses more Caterium. Raw Quartz used is compensated by the Bauxite reduction.
  • Recycled Plastic, Recycled Rubber: More complex, but way better than original recipe. Use both along with Heavy Oil Residue and Diluted Fuel for extremely efficient Crude Oil to Plastic/Rubber production (~3 Rubber/Plastic per Crude Oil, compared to original 0.67 Rubber/Plastic per Crude Oil)
  • Silicon Circuit Board: More parts per minute, less power, and no Oil involved, at the cost of adding rare Quartz.
  • Sloppy Alumina: Slightly improves the Aluminum Ingot per Bauxite ratio (from 83.3% to 90%), while also simplifying the setup by eliminating the Silica byproduct.
  • Solid Steel Ingot: Produces approximately 67% more Steel per Iron Ore (if also using Pure Iron Ingot).
  • Steamed Copper Sheet: Half the Copper Ingots per Sheet just by adding Water. Requires processing in a Refinery rather than a Constructor, however.
  • Stitched Iron Plate: The most resource-efficient recipe. Combining with "Iron Wire" removes the need for Copper Ingots, at the cost of a very small reduction in raw resource efficiency.
  • Turbo Blend Fuel: Removes the need for Coal and saves Sulfur, but uses more Crude Oil due to requiring Petroleum Coke. Combine with "Diluted Fuel" for maximum efficiency. Compared to "Diluted Fuel" + "Compacted Coal" -> "Turbofuel", this recipe chain uses 66.7% more Crude Oil, 37.5% less Sulfur, and 72.2% less water. It has a drastically simplified setup due to no need for any "Compacted Coal" Assemblers or as many Water Extractors, and it requires less than half as many buildings. The severe reduction in buildings also makes it more power efficient than the equivalent "Heavy Oil Residue" -> "Diluted Fuel" -> "Turbofuel" chain. "Turbo Blend Fuel" is more resource-efficient because Sulfur is much scarcer than Crude Oil, and more valuable in higher-tier recipes, such as Batteries and Nuclear Power.
  • Turbofuel: Useful for pre-nuclear setup. "Turbofuel" is preferred over "Turbo Heavy Fuel", as it has a better conversion rate from Heavy Oil Residue. Combine with "Heavy Oil Residue" and "Diluted Fuel" for extremely efficient Fuel Generator supply, with the ability to run ~148 Fuel Generators (22,222 MW) from just 300 Crude Oil per minute.
  • Turbo Electric Motor: Useful for large scale Turbo Motor production. Removes the need for Cooling Systems (therefore, Nitrogen Gas) reduces Aluminum Ingot cost. However, requires some Caterium and more Steel.

Situationally useful, but not resource efficient recipes[edit | edit source]

You're probably going to use a few of these recipes during the mid-game. They may provide a small boost or even slightly worse resource conversion ratio compared to the base recipe, but their recipe simplicity, space compactness, or power reduction can prove them to be useful to save you in certain situations.

  • Biocoal, Charcoal: Useful if Coal is in shortage and Biomass and Wood are in excess. However, it is recommended to craft Wood into Biomass for other uses instead.
  • Caterium Circuit Board: Can be useful in mid-game, however Silicon Circuit Board is more efficient in the late game.
  • Quickwire Stator, Fused Wire: Useful in mid-game where Caterium is plenty. Take note that Caterium is a bit more rare than Copper, so in the long run these recipes will hurt your efficiency.
  • Coke Steel Ingot: A method to get rid of excess Heavy Oil Residue. Safety precaution such as an overflow system is recommended to prevent jamming the Oil production upstream.
  • Crystal Computer: Useful in mid-game where Quartz is still in excess. Caterium Computer is a more resource-efficient alternative.
  • Iron Alloy Ingot, Copper Alloy Ingot: When paired together, they produce more ingots compared to separated production chains. In late-game, pure ingot recipes are more efficient. On their own, "Copper Alloy" is much more useful than "Iron Alloy", as Iron is more than twice as common as Copper, so effectively turning Iron into Copper is extremely useful mid-game.
  • Plastic Smart Plating: Involves Oil which is a limited resource, hurting its utility in late-game, but can be useful in mid-game as it is 5x faster and twice as efficient per Reinforced Iron Plate and Rotor used.
  • Polymer Resin: Greatly increases Crude to Polymer ratio and Polymer production speed, at the cost of Heavy Oil Residue or Fuel output. Can be useful for supplying a Polyester Fabric factory, but is substantially less efficient compared to the Recycled Plastic/Recycled Rubber combo for producing Plastic and Rubber (see above).
  • Instant Scrap: Although it requires Sulfur, its bauxite efficiency is tied with using both Sloppy Alumina and Electrode Aluminum Scrap for most efficient. Also increases power but decreases number of machines. Also allows for a slightly more simple setup than one using Alumina Solution; can setup the Sulfuric Acid 1:1 with the Instant Scrap Blenders.
  • Rigour Motor: Useful in mid-game. In late-game, Crystal Oscillators are to be spent in more important recipes.
  • Silicon High-Speed Connector: Uses Raw Quartz instead Caterium Ore. Useful for mid-game where Quartz is still in excess.
  • Compacted Steel Ingot: Can be used to reduce Coal demand, as it requires only 45% as much Coal per Steel Ingot, at the cost of requiring an equal amount of Sulfur and an Assembler making Compacted Coal for every 2.22 Foundries. However, Sulfur may be required for other, more important recipes.
  • Steel Rod, Steeled Frame: Useful if Coal is plenty. Steel Rod, in particular, produces 3.2x as many Iron Rods per minute for the same number of Constructors and produces six times as many Rods per Iron Ingot if using the "Solid Steel" alternative recipe, at the cost of requiring one Coal per six Iron Rods produced.
  • Steel Rotor: Shares the same types of ingredients as the default Stator recipe, which can significantly simplify the production setup. Utilizes less than half of the overall Iron at the cost of a little bit of extra Coal if combined with "Iron Wire". Faster production speed than the base recipe.
  • Turbo Heavy Fuel: Useful for pre-nuclear setup. Much simpler to set up than the normal Turbofuel recipe, however, it is far less resource-efficient. Additionally, the default recipe can be greatly combined with more alternate recipes that aren't compatible with this one.
  • Coated Iron Canister: Replaces Plastic with Iron Plates and Copper Sheets. Although it saves on valuable Crude Oil, Iron and Copper might be needed elsewhere.
  • Steel Canister: Replaces Plastic with Steel Ingots. Can be used if there is little Crude Oil and excess Steel.
  • Automated Miner: Useful if large amounts of Portable Miners are required, otherwise it is significantly cheaper to craft them manually.
  • Electric Motor: Similar complexity to original recipe. Saves on Steel using Caterium and Copper, which could make it useful based on raw resource availability.

Inefficient recipes[edit | edit source]

These recipes should generally be avoided as their disadvantages are greater than the advantages they provide, and they are not resource-efficient. They may still have good uses in niche situations, however.

  • High-Speed Wiring: The complexity involved does not justify the speed boost.
  • Bolted Frame, Bolted Iron Plate: Improved production speed conserving power, but both are less resource efficient, which means less parts are produced in the end.
  • Caterium Wire: This removes the need for Copper Ore in Wire creation, but at the cost of rarer Caterium Ore. Fused Wire and Iron Wire (see above) are generally preferred.
  • Coated Cable, Insulated Cable, Quickwire Cable: All involve Oil which is a limited resource. The usage of Refineries also means they will eat away a good chunk of your power capacity.
  • Coated Iron Plate, Steel Coated Plate, Adhered Iron Plate: All involve Oil which is a relatively rare resource.
  • Electrode Circuit Board: This recipe will use up your Crude Oil quickly, but removes the need for copper.
  • Electromagnetic Connection Rod: Increased production speed comes at the cost of adding Crude Oil and increasing usage of Caterium (or adding Quartz if using alternate Silicon High-Speed Connector recipe).
  • Fine Concrete, Rubber Concrete: Limestone is abundant and there is rarely a good reason to use alternate recipes involving rarer resources.
  • Heavy Flexible Frame: Less Coal and Iron per item at nearly double the rate, but at the cost of adding Oil, which is a much rarer resource than either.
  • OC Supercomputer: There is no reason use so much aluminium to produce supercomputer.
  • Flexible Framework: Involves Oil which is a limited resource.
  • Seismic Nobelisk: Crystal Oscillators are used in more important recipes.
  • Crystal Beacon: The requirement for Quartz and Coal does not justify its speed boost. Also, the original Beacon recipe can be purely Iron-based if Iron Wire is used.
  • Electromagnetic Connection Rod: Being faster and only saving one Stator, it adds the requirement for Manufacturers and the usage of Plastic and extra Cables or Silica, making it all-round worse over the default recipe.
  • Turbo Pressure Motor: Uses a lot of Nitrogen Gas, as well as increasing the requirement for most raw resources, especially Bauxite and Coal. More complex than the default recipe or Turbo Electric Motor, giving no reason to use it over either recipe.

Detailed analysis and powerful combinations[edit | edit source]

Diluted Packaged Fuel cycle[edit | edit source]

This combination uses Heavy Oil Residue -> Diluted Packaged Fuel to increase the Crude Oil -> Fuel conversion ratio by 4.5x. Combining this fuel conversion with Compacted Coal to yield Turbofuel greatly improves energy generation, allowing a single oil node to supply over 11x as many Fuel Generators at maximum usage, compared to the normal Crude Oil to Fuel recipe. Even relative to directly using the Fuel produced by the Diluted Fuel combination, Turbofuel increases the number of generators that can be supplied by 2.78x, at the cost of requiring Coal and Sulfur input for the Compacted Coal. The final ratio is 148.15 Fuel Generators (22,222 MW) for 300 Crude Oil and 480 Sulfur and Coal per minute, which can be accomplished, via overclocking, off of a single Oil node of normal or pure quality, and a single node each of Sulfur and Coal at pure quality, or two each at normal quality, using Miner Mk.2s.

The Diluted Fuel recipe skips the packaging and unpackaging by mixing the Water and Heavy Oil Residue directly in a Blender, it is also more energy-efficient.

Recycled Plastic/Rubber[edit | edit source]

In addition to power generation, combining the above recipe with Recycled Plastic and Recycled Rubber will improve your ratio per crude oil. The idea is to have half the output of Recycled Plastic feeding the Recycled Rubber production, and vice versa. This does require the system to be "primed" which can be sped up by sending the full output of one side to the other initially. With the system equalized you can achieve 12 resources per crude oil ( [2.667 recycled plastic + 3.333 residual plastic] x 2 for the rubber ). The original recipes yield 0.667 resources per crude oil, plus the need to remove Heavy Oil Residue from the system for continuous production.

A major benefit of this recipe: If one resource of the combined recycler system is not fully utilized, the usable output of the other will increase as the unused side overflows. Thus, there is no need to build the system asymmetrically.

Uranium fuel[edit | edit source]

The base conversion rate of Uranium to Uranium Fuel Rods is 100:1. Uranium Ore converts to Uranium Pellets at 1:1, Uranium Pellets convert to Encased Uranium Cells at 4:1 and Encased Uranium Cells convert to Uranium Fuel Rods at 25:1. In total, this allows a single normal Uranium node (600/m using a Mk.3 Miner at 250%) to supply 30 Nuclear Power Plants, for a total of 75,000 MW of power. The alternate recipes Infused Uranium Cell and Uranium Fuel Unit drastically improve this ratio. Infused Uranium Cells convert Uranium Pellets to Encased Uranium Cells at an 8:7 ratio (compared to 4:1, a 250% improvement), and Uranium Fuel Unit converts Encased Uranium Cells to Uranium Fuel Rods at a 50:3 ratio (compared to 25:1, a 50% improvement). This increases the number of fuel rods generated by 5.25x, allowing a single normal Uranium node to supply 157.5 Nuclear Power Plants, for a total of 393,750 MW of power. This increases the maximum sustainable nuclear power output from 225 GW to 1181 GW.

Alloyed ingots[edit | edit source]

Using Iron Alloy Ingot and Copper Alloy Ingot together can yield significant increases in both for the same input. Normal smelting yields one Ingot per Ore input. Iron Alloy Ingot increases yield to 2.5 Ingots per one Iron Ore, at the cost of requiring an equal amount of Copper Ore. Copper Alloy Ingot increases the yield to two Ingots per one Copper Ore, at the cost of requiring half as much Iron Ore. If used together, the net number of Ingots is increased by 2-2.5x, depending on ratios of usage between the two recipes.

Solid Steel Ingots[edit | edit source]

Using the normal recipe, one Steel Ingot is produced per Iron Ore and Coal input. Using Solid Steel Ingot combined with Pure Iron Ingot can increase this yield to 39 Steel Ingots for 14 Iron Ore and 26 Coal input. This is 2.79x as efficient with regards to Iron Ore, and 1.5x as efficient with regards to Coal.

Compacted Steel Ingot combined with Compacted Coal can be used instead to ease the demand on Coal at the cost of overall yield (relative to the Solid Steel Ingot recipe) and Sulfur. It provides 10 Steel Ingots for six Iron Ore, three Coal, and three Sulfur. Relative to the normal Steel Ingot recipe, this is 1.67x as efficient on Iron Ore, and 3.33x as efficient on Coal. Relative to the Solid Steel Ingot recipe, this produces only ~60% as many Steel Ingots per Iron Ore input, but requires only 45% as much Coal *per Ingot* (at the cost of requiring an equal amount of Sulfur).

As part of the Heavy Encased Frame chain, use Pure Iron Ingot -> Solid Steel Ingot -> Encase Industrial Pipes -> Heavy Encased Frame to see the cascading effect of resource-saving. See Heavy Modular Frame#Tips for more info.

Iron Wire[edit | edit source]

Best paired with Stitched Iron Plate and default Beacon recipes to see its usefulness.

Usage[edit | edit source]

AWESOME Sink[edit | edit source]

 Hard Drive cannot be sunk into the AWESOME Sink.png AWESOME Sink and will clog the input.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Research within the MAM continues regardless of a MAM being present on the map, also multiple MAMs may be constructed. Therefore, when a Hard Drive has been acquired, the player may build a MAM at the crash site, load the Hard Drive in, and then remove the MAM, continuing their search for further drives without building a backlog of Hard Drives to research (or, if they acquire drives faster than a rate of one per 10 minutes, can significantly reduce the amount of drives in their backlog). Only one Hard Drive can be researched at a time, meaning multiple MAMs cannot be used to research more than one Hard Drive at a time.
Quick reference for alternate recipes, created by Reddit user oldshavingfoam.

External links[edit | edit source]

Current issues[edit | edit source]

  • If the player is modding and the game is saved while a Hard Drive is being scanned, loading that save will result in the Hard Drive disappearing from the MAM without giving any recipes or inventory upgrades.
    • It is advised to not quit the game while a Hard Drive is being scanned to avoid losing any Hard Drives.
    • If a Hard Drive has been lost this way, they can be edited into the save using a save editor.
      • Using a save editor can allows the user to spawn as many hard drive as the user intended, into a spawned container, or
      • Using the save editor to instantly unlock desired, if not all, alternate recipes.
    • Details on a permanent fix should be directed at the modding community.

History[edit | edit source]

  • Patch 0.4.0.0:
    • Rebalanced alternate recipes in Tier 7
    • Implemented new alternate recipes: Alclad Casing, Automated Miner, Classic Battery, Cooling Device, Diluted Fuel, Electric Motor, Fertile Uranium, Heat-Fused Frame, Instant Plutonium Cell, Instant Scrap, OC Supercomputer, Plutonium Fuel Unit, Radio Connection Unit, Radio control System, Silicon High-Speed Connector, Sloppy Alumina, Super-State Computer, Turbo Blend Fuel, Turbo Pressure Motor
    • Removed Radio Control System
    • Both Inventory expansions now give 6 slots instead of 5
  • Patch 0.3.6:
    • Introduced two alternate recipes for the Empty Canister
    • Can no longer be trashed with the inventory trash slot
  • Patch 0.3.1.0: The 30 new alternate recipes added in 0.3 can now actually be unlocked
  • Patch 0.3:
    • Almost all recipes (including alternate recipes) have been adjusted
    • 30 new alternate recipes have been introduced (but aren't properly implemented and cannot be actually unlocked)
    • Renamed Expanded Pocket Dimension to Inflated Pocket Dimension, unlock requirement is now Tier 5, not Tier 5 - Industrial Manufacturing
  • Patch 0.2.1.1: Clients should be able to see Hard Drives in Drop Pods again
  • Patch 0.1.14: Introduced a few alternate recipes
  • Patch 0.1.7:
    • Adjusted the Alternate Recipe for Compacted Coal
      • Old: 2 Coal + 2 Sulphur
      • New: 3 Coal + 3 Sulphur
    • Adjusted the Alternate Recipe for Turbo Fuel
      • Old: 5 Fuel + 2 Compacted Coal
      • New: 5 Fuel + 4 Compacted Coal
  • Patch 0.1.5:
    • Introduced several new alternate recipes
    • Alternate recipes can no longer be hand-crafted
    • Fixed the milestone cost of the Alternate Heavy Modular Frame
    • Reduced the Quickwire cost of Quickwire alternate recipes
  • Patch 0.103: Fixed the Hard Drive research crash
  • Patch 0.1: Adjusted a few alternate recipes
  • Patch Closed Alpha 4: Now researchable and gives Alternate Recipes

See also[edit | edit source]