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Ore Processing
Location

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Metallurgist's paradise.

Access

Everybody


Ore Processing is the fine art of turning raw ores or metal bars into weird, fancy alloys and other interesting doohickeys using the arc smelter and nanofabs, typically in either the Refinery above Public Market or the mostly Miner-only derelict Mining Outpost.

Ore Processing
Location

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Metallurgist's paradise.

Access

Everybody


Turning raw ores or metal bars into weird, fancy alloys is possible with the help of an arc smelter. The public one (and the main subject of this guide) is located next to the cargo bay and above the warehouse. The mining department has access to another arc smelter tucked away in the derelict Mining Outpost.

Ore Processing
Location

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Metallurgist's paradise.

Access

Everybody


Turning raw ores or metal bars into weird, fancy alloys is possible with the help of an arc smelter. The mining department has access to one above their department and another smelter tucked away in the Mining Outpost.

Ore Processing
Location

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Metallurgist's paradise.

Access

Everybody


Turning raw ores or metal bars into weird, fancy alloys is possible with the help of an arc smelter. The "public" one (and the main subject of this guide) is tucked below the engine and the cargo bay. The mining department has access another arc smelter tucked away in the Mining Outpost.

Ore Processing
Location

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Metallurgist's paradise.

Access

Everyone


Ore Processing is the fine art of turning raw ores or metal bars into weird, fancy alloys using the public arc smelter in the Refinery near Cargo and all its myriad doohickeys and thingamajigs.

Ore Processing
Location

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Metallurgist's paradise.

Access

Everyone (go through the pod hangar)


Ore Processing is the fine art of turning raw ores or metal bars into weird, fancy alloys using the private arc smelter in Mining and all its myriad doohickeys and thingamajigs.

Ore Processing
Location

MantaMiningRefinery.png

Metallurgist's paradise.

Access

Miner


Ore Processing is the fine art of turning raw ores or metal bars into weird, fancy alloys using the private arc smelter in Sea Turtle's refinery area and all its myriad doohickeys and thingamajigs.

Ore Processing
Location

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Metallurgist's paradise.

Access

Everyone


Ore Processing is the fine art of turning raw ores or metal bars into weird, fancy alloys using the public arc smelter in Mining and all its myriad doohickeys and thingamajigs.

So fucking metal!

The devices scattered around the room are as follows:

Arc Smelter: This giant contraption in the back of the room is where dreams are made. Simply insert a material into the smelter by clicking it with the desired material in your hand, then click the smelter with an empty hand to refine that material into an alloy bar, then click it again to retrieve the bar. Up to two materials can be loaded to make a combination alloy that combines the functionality of both materials (i.e. combining a metal and a crystal will have it be recognized as both metal and crystal). Note that every use of the smelter causes slag to build up inside of it which, if not removed, will decrease the quality of each successive alloy and cause smoke to billow out of the smelter until it's fixed. Remove slag by clicking the smelter with the slag shovel. Most compatible materials are listed here, though you can also use obscure things like the removed slag, gold or even human flesh with a willing donor. Experiment!

Material Processor:The rectangular-looking thing with two little horizontal claws. This is where you can insert ores, gems, and other various raw materials, and get ingots, blocks, and clumps of processed materials for use in the smelter or nano-fab.

Nano-Fabricator: The thing with the 2 little upright limbs. This is where you insert your alloy bars to make stuff. Most schematics require either metal alloys, fabrics, rubber, leather or crystals. A single bar can be made to fill all needs.

Material analyzer: The hand-held devices on the table next to the general manufacturer can scan and tell you all sorts of info about a material such as its hardness, electric conductivity, etc. You can use it on most materials as well as most things made with the smelter and fabricators.

General Manufacturer: These are found all over the station, really. As you'd expect from the name they're supposed to be used for producing general objects, but in Ore Processing it's more for material storage so people don't dump a huge mess of materials all over the room. Comes with a couple bars worth of mauxite, pharosium and molitz to get you started.

Properties

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The material analyzer spits out a general description of the material and short list of properties and their specific numeric values.

Not all of these entries may be correct, be warned! If anyone has corrections to make, please do so!

Property Explanation Material Analyzer Descriptions
Radioactivity How much radiation the material puts off. The more radiation it emits, the more radiation damage you'll get when standing, holding, or wearing it. In power cells, this influences self-recharge rate.
Value Range Description
1 to 10 "slightly radioactive"
11 to 25 "somewhat radioactive"
25 to 50 "radioactive"
51 to 75 "very radioactive"
76 to 90 "extremely radioactive"
90+ "impossibly radioactive"
Neutron Radioactivity How much neutron radiation the material emits. Currently, only neutronium has this property. Neutron-emitting materials shift between shades of blue and have "It glows blue faintly." in their Examine description.

Just like Radioactivity, higher Neutron Radioactivity makes both small and large power cells recharge themselves faster, and it scales better than Radioactivity does. As you might imagine, if you pick up, move over, or carry materials with this property, you get bombarded neutron radiation, and more of it with higher Neutron Radioactivity.
Value Range Description
1 to 10 "glowing slightly blue"
11 to 25 "glowing somewhat blue"
25 to 50 "glowing blue"
51 to 75 "brightly glowing blue"
76 to 90 "brilliantly glowing blue"
90+ "blindingly glowing blue"
Electrical Conductivity How well electricity passes through the material.
Value Range Description
1 to 14 "highly insulating"
15 to 30 "insulating"
31 to 45 "slightly insulating"
46 to 65 "slightly conductive"
66 to 76 "conductive"
77 to 85 "highly conductive"
86+ "extremely conductive"
Thermal Conductivity TBA
Value Range Description
1 to 14 "very temperature-resistant"
15 to 30 "temperature-resistant"
31 to 45 "slightly temperature-resistant"
46 to 65 "slightly thermally-conductive"
66 to 76 "thermally-conductive"
77 to 85 "highly thermally-conductive"
86+ "extremely thermally-conductive"
Stability How likely the material is to break, safely or catastrophically, when struck by a regular attack.
Value Range Description
1 to 10 "very unstable"
11 to 25 "unstable"
25 to 50 "slightly unstable"
51 to 75 "slightly solid"
76 to 90 "solid"
90+ "very solid"
Hardness How much damage the material does if you whack someone with it.
Value Range Description
1 to 10 "very soft"
11 to 25 "soft"
25 to 50 "slightly soft"
51 to 75 "slightly hard"
76 to 90 "hard"
90+ "very hard"
Density How much damage the material does if you whack someone with it.
Value Range Description
1 to 10 "very light"
11 to 25 "light"
25 to 50 "somewhat light"
51 to 75 "somewhat dense"
76 to 90 "dense"
90+ "very dense"
Flammability How well a material can catch fire. Fibrilith for example is very fireproof, while combustibles like plasmastone, char, wood, and cotton are highly flammable.

Items made with materials of 50 or higher Flammability can burn when exposed to explosions, fire, or high temperatures. For clothing specifically, lowering Flammability (i.e. making it more fireproof) also raises the minimum temperature needed for its wearer to suffer damage from fire, allowing them to withstand hotter flames; the reverse is true too.

Higher Flammability also lowers melting point of walls and floors, making them more likely to disintegrate at a certain temp. Low Flammability material deposits can make a Blob more resistant to fire damage (and vice versa). While it is not possible to make canisters from custom materials, Flammability does affect the temperature at which the canister starts to takes damage from high heat.
Value Range Description
1 to 10 "very fireproof"
11 to 25 "fireproof"
25 to 50 "slightly fireproof"
51 to 75 "slightly flammable"
76 to 90 "flammable"
90+ "very flammable"
Corrosion Resistance How well a material can resist acids. This is rather hard to find. Viscerite, uqill, and dyneema are slightly corrosion-resistant, though the rarity of materials with any Corrosion Resistance at all puts them on the high-end, while raw blob material is on the very low end. Miraclium can have a very random amount of it.

Windows, grilles, and catwalks with high Corrosion Resistance are less vulnerable to being splashed with sulfuric acid or fluorosulfuric acid, and a Blob that absorbs something with good Corrosion Resistance takes less damage from poison.
Value Description
1 to 10 "very corroded"
11 to 25 "corroded"
25 to 50 "slightly corroded"
51 to 75 "slightly corrosion-resistant"
76 to 90 "corrosion-resistant"
90+ "highly corrosion-resistant"
Permeability How well the material lets through viruses, rather than chemicals. Viscerite for example is very permeable, while hauntium is very impermeable.

Lower Permeability gives space suits and space helmets better disease resistance, reducing the chance of contracting a virus. Walls and floors made of material with Permeability at 33 or higher can accommodate atmospherics mechanics, and Blob that absorbs something with high Permeability can reduce how much a poison spreads through neighboring tiles when a tile is destroyed.
Value Range Description
1 to 10 "very impermeable"
11 to 25 "impermeable"
25 to 50 "slightly impermeable"
51 to 75 "slightly permeable"
76 to 90 "permeable"
90+ "very permeable"
Reflectivity How well the material throws back light. Shiny metals like gold are of course highly reflective, as are certain crystals.

A material needs to have a Reflectivity of 50 or higher to qualify as a "Reflective Material" for manufacturers and fabricators, and lasers and similar energy projectiles also bounce off of things with 76 or higher Reflectivity. After all, a laser is just light at its core. Higher reflectivity does reduce focal strength for matsci lenses though.
Value Range Description
1 to 10 "very dull"
11 to 25 "dull"
25 to 50 "slightly dull"
51 to 75 "slightly reflective"
76 to 90 "reflective"
90+ "very reflective"
Unique properties Notes whether or not the material in question has anything special about it that doesn't fit under the other entries. This doesn't appear at all if there are no specialties to speak of. These can range from teleporting you randomly to color-shifting and so on. Experiment to see what does what! N/A

The Nano-Fabricator

At the top of the interface, there are 3 tabs.

  • Blueprints: A list of items the fabricator can make
  • Materials: This is where you can see all the components and supplies that are in the machine, available for your arts and crafts
  • Setting: Not much to it, but you can set it to automatically store crafted items into the Materials tab. This is useful when making components for more complex items.
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At the Nano-Fabricator you can make a lot of that cewl stuff.

Product Category Requirements Description
Spear Weapons (3) Metal
(1) Arrowhead
A simple spear with long reach. The Hardness stat of the arrowhead used determines the damage of the spear. Somewhat buggy to use: click on the tile directly in front of you on help intent to stab ahead with it.
Arrow Weapons (1) Arrowhead
(1) Metal
A simple arrow used as ammunition for bows. Can be poisoned. Arrows that hit people implant into their chest, so you can make i.e. cerenkite arrows that irradiate people, telecrystal arrows that cause people to teleport around, etc.
Bow Weapons (3) Metal or Organic A simple bow. Fired similarly to a standard gun, but you need to hold down the LMB on where you want to fire to get a more accurate shot. The material of the bow has seemingly no effect.
Quiver Weapons (2) Cloth or Rubber A quiver for arrows. Goes on your back(you'll need to have it there to use a bow properly).
Glasses Clothing (1) Crystal A pair of non-corrective glasses. Sadly do not change the color of your vision.
Jumpsuit Clothing (3) Cloth or Organic A custom made jumpsuit. Has no special properties.
Insulating gloves Clothing (2) Cloth or Organic Custom insulating gloves. Inherits thermally and electrically insulating properties.
Armored gloves Clothing (2) Cloth or Organic Custom armored gloves. Inherits physical properties like toughness and hardness.
Shoes Clothing (2) Cloth or Organic or Rubber, (2) Material, (2) Optional Materials Generic shoes. Material chosen for Sole (and optional Toe Tip) are just for style, but material for Upper Part influences certain properties; it can give an extra bonus to kicking attacks (regular kicks and dive kicks) based on (density * hardness)/2500, the shoes can protect you from protect you from 1.65 * (100 - thermal conductivity) and give you 0.1 * (100 - thermal conductivity) heat and cold resistance.
Flashlight Lights (1) Metal
(1) Lens
A simple flashlight. Light color is affected by lens color.
5 Light tubes Lights (1) Metal
(1) Lens
5 replacement light tubes. Lens color affects light color.
5 Light bulbs Lights (1) Metal
(1) Lens
5 replacement light bulbs. Lens color affects light color.
5 Tripod bulbs Lights (1) Metal
(1) Lens
5 replacement tripod light bulbs. Lens color affects light color.
Material Sheets (10) Tools (1) Metal or Crystal Ten sheets for construction purposes.
Small energy cell Tools (2) Energy A custom small power cell used in energy weapons. The more conductive the material used, the higher the capacity. Self-recharging cells are possible, though they will typically charge very slowly unless you get radioactivity high.
Large energy cell Tools (4) Energy A custom power cell, like those used in APCs and Cyborgs. As with small cells, higher conductivity creates higher capacity cells, and self-recharging cells can be crafted if radioactive materials are used, with higher radioactivity creating higher charge rate.
Small Coil Components (1) Metal A small coil used in various objects.
Large Coil Components (2) Metal A large coil with current no use.
Arrowhead Components (1) Metal or Crystal An Arrowhead that can be used for arrows or in other objects.
Lens Components (1) Crystal A Lens used as a component in various objects, such as the nano-fab bulbs and the antique laser gun.
Tripod Components (1) Metal A tripod. Like the ones at the Space Pod beacons.
Instrument body Miscellaneous (4) Material The body of an instrument.
Instrument neck Miscellaneous (3) Material The neck of an instrument.
Instrument mouthpiece Miscellaneous (2) Material The mouthpiece of an instrument.
Instrument bell Miscellaneous (4) Metal or Crystal The bell of an instrument. Not an actual bell.
Instrument bag Miscellaneous (4) Cloth or Organic The bag of an instrument.
Instrument rod Miscellaneous (3) Metal or Crystal A plain old hollowed out rod.
Infusion Refining (1) Chemical, (10) Unprocessed Material, (1) Starstone Whatever chemical you infuse the materials with causes items made of that material in the Nano-Fabricator to constantly inject that chemical into whoever is holding/wearing that item. Infuse omnizine or meth into clothing to give you a big advantage in combat, or something like Honkfartium to maintain its silly effects for an indefinite duration.
Space Suit Set Clothing (3) Cloth or Organic or Rubber, (3) Metal, (2) Crystal A space suit and helmet set, very much like the ones in EVA

Great! So what can I make with all that stuff?

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  • You can attach instrument pieces to each other in an attempt to make an actual instrument.
  • Small coils and lenses can be used in the construction of the antique laser gun, though as of yet large coils have no use.
  • Tripods and their respective bulbs can be used to make standalone light fixtures. They also double as a handy barricade.


So where do I get all the stuff I need?

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Good question! You can gain plenty of materials for your smeltery needs by asking the Miners for them, since their job is entirely about digging them up from rock. If there aren't any miners, don't worry. There's still plenty of materials that can be obtained through other means.

Alloys

Name Image Classification Description
Steel
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Sturdy Metal The processed equivalent of mauxite, made with char and mauxite.
Electrum
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Metal, High Energy Conductor A gold-cobryl alloy excellent at conducting electricity.
Soulsteel
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Metal, Power Source Steel alloyed with Discount Dan's secret ingredient: human souls! Or at least, a more malleable form of them in form of ectoplasm ran through the material processor. Objects made from soulsteel, as well as alloys of it (so long as the soulsteel isn't too "diluted") can be piloted by Ghosts.
Hauntium
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Cloth/Fabric, Metal, Power Source Blend steel with souls with eldritch koshmarite, and you get a cloth that's highly electrically insulating and very impermeable. Similar to soulsteel, Ghosts have a chance to possess and start piloting objects made from hauntium when moving over them.
Plasmasteel
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Metal, Dense Metal Steel combined with plasmastone, dramatically raising its density.
Dyneema
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Cloth/Fabric A futuristic spidersilk-carbonfiber polymer that offers dramatic protection from melee and ranged attacks.
Neutronium
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Extraordinarily Dense Crystalline Matter, Power Source Has excellent electrical conductivity and one of the densest materials out there, but it emits highly deadly neutron radiation. Recipe is secret. To make it, consider some of its properties, and how neutronium might form in real life... kinda.

Other

Name Image Classification Description
Starstone
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Extraordinarily Dense Crystalline Matter Extremely valuable, but can only be found in certain highly-dangerous Z5 asteroids, extremely rare starstone asteroids located by the quantum telescope, and the remains of meteor showers. Sell them to certain merchants to become an instant millionaire! Can also be used to infuse chemicals into metals and alloys.
Slag
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Metal, Sturdy Metal By-product of smelting and a low-quality substitute for mauxite.
Glass
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Crystal The processed equivalent of molitz.
Gnesis/Translucent Gnesis
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Dense Metal, Crystal, High Energy Conductor, Reflective Material Flockmind metal. As good a conductor as electrum, with a neat teal color too. Can be, obviously, obtained from smashing converted tiles, as well as somewhere in deep space.
Iridium Alloy
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Metal, Dense Metal, Sturdy Metal The Syndicate's pride and joy. Ridiculously strong (80 hardness and density); can be dropped from Nanite swarms in their respective asteroids, the Syndicate Weapon: Orion Retribution Device, and a certain secret source.
Carbon Nanofiber
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Conductor, Cloth/Fabric Jack of all stats, and nearly a master of all. Not only is it super dense and super hard, yet surprisingly permeable, but it's also excellent at conducting electricity and heat alike. Sec's armor vests can be reprocessed into these, and they can be found in nanite clusters, super-rare Quantum Telescope "asteroids" that house huge swarms of angry nanobots.
Ectofiber
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Conductor, Power Source, Cloth/Fabric Ghost hair. A surprisingly good material for custom power cells, but you need a special weapon to obtain it, and just finding it is a quest.
Coral
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Metal, Crystal, Fabric/Organic A surprisingly versatile mineral cut from the coral outside Oshan Laboratory. Makes a lovely, royal purple color.
Ectoplasm
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Power Source Don't think too hard about the implications of using a piece of a ghost for power. Its stats are abyssmal, but it's a relatively easy-to-obtain power source for manufacturer requirements and can used for neat stuff like soulsteel. Appears when enough ectoplasm reagent is poured onto a surface, when Wraiths choose to spawn ectoplasm through the Poltergeist ability, and when a ectoplasmic destabilizer successfully de-hairs a ghost.
Space Spider Silk
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Fabric/Organic Obtained by butchering spiders of any kind, ice, clown, cluwne, or just regular.
Beeswax
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Organic The result of putting honey into a material processor, beeswax is rather soft and not very dense.

Alright, I got all that. Now how do I become indestructible?

Indeed, no crafting system is without a few advanced tricks. Here are some things to know:

  • When you combine two materials, their stats average out. Let's say one material had a Hardness of 3 and another had 7; if you mixed them, the combined alloy would have a Hardness of 5.
  • Merged materials will take on a mix-and-match name of whatever you put in, starting with the name of the first material and ending with the second. Additives will have their full name prefixed before the alloy name.
    • If you're clever with the material order, you can cram all sorts of things into an alloy and then revert it to a base name. Make a jumpsuit out of starstone but prefix it with slag, no one can tell the difference without the Material analyzer! A very devious yet underused trick.
  • Once a material is smelted into an alloy bar, that bar will keep the material's typing and quirks forever regardless of how many reforges it goes through. You could fuse whatever you want into a telecrystal and it would always have its spastic warping properties, you could pump a hundred ultra-dense uqill into fibrilith and it would still be considered a fabric, etc.
    • This does not work with additives however, so make sure to apply the additive last!
  • Need one alloy for its typing/effect but desire another alloy's stats? Grab as much of the desired alloy as you can find and gradually pump it into the base alloy. The increasing stat average will push the numbers of the final product up to where you want them to be.
    • This doesn't work as well if you're doing this wanting the stats of more than one alloy, but some increases are still better than nothing!

Evil Blacksmith

So you're a traitor? Unfortunately, the days of blowing up huge chunks of the station with explosive pods and rampaging in nigh-impenetrable heavy armor are long, long gone, but that doesn't mean you can't use your blacksmithing skills for nefarious ends! This time, the true strength of material science is less about raw power and more about unique gimmicks you can pull off.

If you can somehow get your hands on erebite, you're in luck. Erebite is an evil blacksmith's best friend, because it's so damn useful. Erebite ore tends to make a powerful explosion from so much as being looked at wrong: the slightest impact, be it from smacking, throwing, heating, electrifying or explosion knockback has a chance to make it go off, and the chance increases as its durability decreases. This extends to anything you make out of it or mix with it, so smelting a single erebite bar into a stack of metal gives you ten easy pipe bombs (possibly more if you make the stack into floor tiles!).

...There's just one catch though: in addition to being the most radioactive material in the game, erebite can sometimes explode from being put in the smelter to begin with. That's how volatile this shit is. Make something that resists explosions and/or radioactivity before handling erebite, or your traitor round could end prematurely. Don't say we didn't warn you.

Explosive floor tiles and chairs aren't the only things you can make with the nano-fab. You can also craft spears and arrows, so you can go medieval on the crew's asses. By absolutely no means are they the deadliest or even the most reliable weapons you can wield (bows in particular are rather unpredictable), but there's still something hilarious about teleporting someone into Space with a telecrystal-tipped spear or blowing a poor schmuck into absolute smithereens with a carefully-aimed erebite arrow. You can even dip your arrows in up to three units of your favorite hellmix for extra hilarious effect.

Or, perhaps you want to be visible, but explosions are too crude for you, and you're not the kind to enjoy jabbing people with spears and arrows. There's an easy alternative: build some material sheets, replace a room/hallway, floor, windows, walls and all, with your alloy/material of choice, and make the station itself your weapon. Build them out of telecrystal for a chance to warp people to a random spot with every step, making the hallway of choice nearly impossible to navigate. Or make them out of erebite and cerenkite, so that each step they take douses them with a deadly dose of radiation. For extra fun, coat the floors into it with water or space lube or construct a graviton trap. The fun never ends!


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