Construction Tool

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An engineer spinning a construction tool in their hand.
A construction hologram.

The Construction Tool is a placeholder name for a tool engineers can use to place and dismantle buildings.[1] It projects a hologram showing where the build-able structure will be placed,[2] and highlighting key features such as belt inputs, outputs and power sockets. Thick teal lines will be drawn if two buildings are aligned together. It is also the same tool that does resource scanning.[3] The engineer will equip the tool before exiting the drop-pod. The tool is not craft-able and will still be equipped even after the engineer respawns or dies.

Build menu[edit | edit source]

The build menu is unlocked after the engineer has hand-mined the Iron Ore for the first time.

The build menu is opened with the Q key by default. Here all the buildings the engineer has unlocked are sorted into tabs. Left-clicking a building will exit the menu and display a hologram version of the building. The engineer can then position it where they want and then left-click again to build.

Buildings can also be added to the To Do List from the build menu.

Dismantle mode[edit | edit source]

The construction tool can be brought out in dismantle mode by pressing the F key by default. Buildings that the player's cursor is over will be highlighted, and can then be deconstructed by holding down left-click for 1 second. A blinking red border will appear around the screen to indicate that dismantle mode is active. Highlighted building in this mode will show you its name and refund cost. Dismantle a building give full refund.

Technical details[edit | edit source]

Placement and dismantle range is 100 meters (12.5 foundation lengths). Buildings can be rotated with MOUSE WHEEL by default, in increments of 10°, or 90° when placed on foundations.

Mass building[edit | edit source]

There are currently no systems in the game equivalent to blueprints (from Factorio) allowing for building multiple structures together. A blueprint system may be added post alpha.[4]

Emote[edit | edit source]

Pressing the emote wheel and select 'twirl it' will display an animation showing engineer twirling the construction tool.

Numeric Hot Keys[edit | edit source]

The numeric hot keys have some initial defaults, but can be changed at anytime.

To add a building to hotkey, open the build menu, hover over the desired building then press a number key. The building is then mapped into that number.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • When exiting the drop pod at the start of the game, the engineer fastens a partly loose sticker on the Construction Tool/Resource Scanner. The sticker is a picture of Box Boy from Coffee Stain Studios' very first game, I Love Strawberries, released in 2010.[5]
  • The Construction Tool has numerous lines of text printed on its casing.
    • SN: 0987654321 [6]
    • RU1F-M40 [6]
    • 41PH4-BUILD 1.0 [7]
    • 54L-T [7]

References[edit | edit source]