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Hard Drive
Hard Drive.png
A hard drive with Ficsit data. Analyze it in the M.A.M. to salvage its contents.
Unlocked at M.A.M. - Hard Drive Research
Stack Size 100
Blueprint Path

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

A choice of blueprints after researching the hard drive

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 M.A.M..

Each Hard Drive can be researched in the M.A.M. and results in a choice of one of 3 alternate blueprints, chosen from the pool below.

There are 89 Crash Sites, which means a total of 89 Hard Drives can be theoretically obtained. Four of them, however, require unreleased components to unlock ( Quantum Computer and  Superposition Oscillator), reducing the number to 85.

Two Hard Drives can be used for engineer inventory expansions, leaving 83 for alternate recipes. Currently, there are 70 Alternate Recipes, leaving 13 unused.

Total
Crash Sites
Requires
Unreleased items
Used for
Inventory expansion
Number of
Alternate Recipes
Unused Hard Drives
remaining
89 4 2 70 13

Alternate Recipes[edit | edit source]

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 on the beginning of the scan and are only shown to the player after the research concludes.

The selected alternate recipes is 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 in order to unlock the prerequisites blocking their intended alternate recipes.

Note: It appears that there are several alternate recipes that can be unlocked at Tier 3, despite involving a fluid (Water) making them Refinery recipes, which is not unlocked before Tier 5.

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 Ore 30.0Tier 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 Coal 7.5
Sulfur.png Sulfur 15.0
Alternate Recipe - Compacted Coal
Caterium WireWire.png WireCaterium Ingot.png Caterium Ingot 15.0120.030.0Copper Ingot.png Copper Ingot 15.0Caterium 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 Ingot 12.0Caterium 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 Ingot 15.0Caterium Research - Caterium
Tier 2 - Part Assembly
Fine ConcreteConcrete.png ConcreteSilica.png Silica 7.5
Limestone.png Limestone 30.0
25.015.0Limestone.png Limestone 45.0Quartz Research - Quartz
Tier 2 - Part Assembly
Radio Control SystemRadio Control Unit.png Radio Control UnitHeat Sink.png Heat Sink 12.5
Supercomputer.png Supercomputer 1.3
Quartz Crystal.png Quartz Crystal 37.5
3.82.5Heat Sink.png Heat Sink 10.0
Rubber.png Rubber 40.0
Crystal Oscillator.png Crystal Oscillator 2.5
Computer.png Computer 2.5
Quartz Research - Radio Control Unit
Caterium Research - High-Speed Connector
Cheap SilicaSilica.png SilicaRaw Quartz.png Raw Quartz 11.3
Limestone.png Limestone 18.8
26.337.5Raw Quartz.png Raw Quartz 22.5Quartz 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 Powder 15.0
Steel Pipe.png Steel Pipe 30.0
Sulfur Research - Nobelisk Explosives
Quartz Research - Quartz Crystals
Tier 5 - Industrial Manufacturing
Casted ScrewScrew.png ScrewIron Ingot.png Iron Ingot 12.550.040.0Iron Rod.png Iron Rod 10.0Tier 1
Iron WireWire.png WireIron Ingot.png Iron Ingot 12.522.530.0Copper Ingot.png Copper Ingot 15.0Tier 1
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 Ore 30.0Tier 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 Plate 30.0
Screw.png Screw 60.0
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 Plate 30.0
Screw.png Screw 60.0
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 Plate 3.0
Iron Rod.png Iron Rod 12.0
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 Rod 20.0
Screw.png Screw 100.0
Tier 2 - Part Assembly
Steel RodIron Rod.png Iron RodSteel Ingot.png Steel Ingot 12.048.015.0Iron Ingot.png Iron Ingot 15.0Tier 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 Plate 3.0
Iron Rod.png Iron Rod 12.0
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 Rod 20.0
Screw.png Screw 100.0
Tier 3 - Basic Steel Production
Steel ScrewScrew.png ScrewSteel Beam.png Steel Beam 5.0260.040.0Iron Rod.png Iron Rod 10.0Tier 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 Ore 45.0
Coal.png Coal 45.0
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 Ore 45.0
Coal.png Coal 45.0
Tier 3 - Basic Steel Production
Alternate Recipe - Compacted Coal
Signal 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 Plate 22.5
Iron Rod.png Iron Rod 7.5
Wire.png Wire 112.5
Cable.png Cable 15.0
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 Limestone 45.0Tier 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 Ore 30.0Tier 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 Ingot 20.0Tier 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 Ore 30.0Tier 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 Ore 45.0Tier 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 Quartz 37.5Tier 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
25.0Tier 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 Beam 24.0
Concrete.png Concrete 30.0
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 Stator 2.5
Cable.png Cable 50.0
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 Pipe 15.0
Wire.png Wire 40.0
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 Rotor 10.0
Stator.png Stator 10.0
Tier 4 - Advanced Steel Production
Quartz Research - Quartz Crystals
Tier 5 - Industrial Manufacturing
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 Frame 10.0
Steel Pipe.png Steel Pipe 30.0
Encased Industrial Beam.png Encased Industrial Beam 10.0
Screw.png Screw 200.0
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 Frame 10.0
Steel Pipe.png Steel Pipe 30.0
Encased Industrial Beam.png Encased Industrial Beam 10.0
Screw.png Screw 200.0
Tier 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 Board 25.0
Cable.png Cable 22.5
Plastic.png Plastic 45.0
Screw.png Screw 130.0
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 Board 25.0
Cable.png Cable 22.5
Plastic.png Plastic 45.0
Screw.png Screw 130.0
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 Wire 60.0Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Rubber CableCable.png CableWire.png Wire 45.0
Rubber.png Rubber 30.0
100.030.0Wire.png Wire 60.0Tier 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 Sheet 15.0
Plastic.png Plastic 30.0
Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Rubber ConcreteConcrete.png ConcreteLimestone.png Limestone 50.0
Rubber.png Rubber 10.0
45.015.0Limestone.png Limestone 45.0Tier 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 Residue 20.0Tier 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 Ingot 30.0Tier 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 Ingot 30.0Tier 5 - Oil Processing
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 Fuel 40.0
Empty Canister.png Empty Canister 40.0
Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Recycled PlasticPlastic.png PlasticRubber.png Rubber 30.0
Fuel.png Fuel 30.0
60.020.0Polymer Resin.png Polymer Resin 60.0
Water.png Water 20.0
Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Polymer ResinPolymer Resin.png Polymer ResinCrude Oil.png Crude Oil 60.0130.0Tier 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 Plate 30.0
Screw.png Screw 60.0
Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Recycled RubberRubber.png RubberPlastic.png Plastic 30.0
Fuel.png Fuel 30.0
60.020.0Crude Oil.png Crude Oil 30.0Tier 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 Plate 2.0
Rotor.png Rotor 2.0
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 Ore 45.0
Coal.png Coal 45.0
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 Frame 2.5
Steel Beam.png Steel Beam 30.0
Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Tier 5 - Industrial Manufacturing
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 Turbofuel 20.0Tier 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 Turbofuel 20.0Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Alternate Recipe - Compacted Coal
Quickwire CableCable.png CableQuickwire.png Quickwire 7.5
Rubber.png Rubber 5.0
27.530.0Wire.png Wire 60.0Tier 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 Sheet 15.0
Plastic.png Plastic 30.0
Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Caterium Research - Caterium Ingots
Silicone 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 Quickwire 210.0
Cable.png Cable 37.5
Circuit Board.png Circuit Board 3.8
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 Mycelia 15.0
Biomass.png Biomass 75.0
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
A.I. Limiter.png A.I. Limiter 1.9
1.91.0Quartz Crystal.png Quartz Crystal 18.0
Cable.png Cable 14.0
Reinforced Iron Plate.png Reinforced Iron Plate 2.5
Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Quartz Research - Crystal Oscillator
Caterium Research - Caterium Electronics
Silicone Circuit BoardCircuit Board.png Circuit BoardCopper Sheet.png Copper Sheet 27.5
Silica.png Silica 27.5
12.57.5Copper Sheet.png Copper Sheet 15.0
Plastic.png Plastic 30.0
Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Quartz Research - Quartz
Heat ExchangerHeat Sink.png Heat SinkAlclad Aluminum Sheet.png Alclad Aluminum Sheet 37.5
Copper Sheet.png Copper Sheet 56.3
13.110.0Alclad Aluminum Sheet.png Alclad Aluminum Sheet 40.0
Rubber.png Rubber 70.0
Tier 7 - Advanced Aluminum Production
Turbo Rigour MotorTurbo Motor.png Turbo MotorMotor.png Motor 6.6
Radio Control Unit.png Radio Control Unit 4.7
A.I. Limiter.png A.I. Limiter 8.4
Stator.png Stator 6.6
2.81.9Heat Sink.png Heat Sink 7.5
Radio Control Unit.png Radio Control Unit 3.8
Motor.png Motor 7.5
Rubber.png Rubber 45.0
Tier 7 - Advanced Aluminum Production
Caterium Research - Caterium Electronics
Pure Aluminum IngotAluminum Ingot.png Aluminum IngotAluminum Scrap.png Aluminum Scrap 144.036.080.0Aluminum Scrap.png Aluminum Scrap 240.0
Silica.png Silica 140.0
Tier 7 - Bauxite Refinement
Electrode - Aluminum ScrapAluminum Scrap.png Aluminum ScrapAlumina Solution.png Alumina Solution 90.0
Coal.png Coal 30.0
150.0360.0Alumina Solution.png Alumina Solution 240.0
Petroleum Coke.png Petroleum Coke 60.0
Tier 7 - Bauxite Refinement
Electromagnetic Connection RodElectromagnetic Control Rod.png Electromagnetic Control RodStator.png Stator 10.0
High-Speed Connector.png High-Speed Connector 5.0
10.04.0Stator.png Stator 6.0
A.I. Limiter.png A.I. Limiter 4.0
Tier 7 - Nuclear Power
Caterium Research - A.I. Limiter
Infused Uranium CellUranium Cell.png Encased Uranium CellUranium Pellet.png Uranium Pellet 20.0
Sulfur.png Sulfur 22.5
Silica.png Silica 22.5
Quickwire.png Quickwire 37.5
17.510.0Uranium Pellet.png Uranium Pellet 40.0
Concrete.png Concrete 9.0
Tier 7 - Nuclear Power
Caterium Research - Caterium Ingots
Quartz Research - Quartz
Sulfur Research - Sulfur
Nuclear Fuel UnitNuclear Fuel Rod.png Nuclear Fuel RodUranium Cell.png Encased Uranium Cell 10.0
Electromagnetic Control Rod.png Electromagnetic Control Rod 2.0
Crystal Oscillator.png Crystal Oscillator 0.6
Beacon.png Beacon 1.2
0.60.4Uranium Cell.png Encased Uranium Cell 10.0
Encased Industrial Beam.png Encased Industrial Beam 1.2
Electromagnetic Control Rod.png Electromagnetic Control Rod 2.0
Tier 7 - Nuclear Power
Quartz Research - Quartz Crystals

Total alternate recipes: 70


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

Alternate Name Effect Prerequisites
Expanded Pocket Dimension +5 Inventory Slots
Inflated Pocket Dimension +5 Inventory Slots Tier 5 - Industrial Manufacturing

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 you research a Hard Drive, and there is nothing more available to unlock, the Hard Drive will be returned to your inventory 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.".

Alternate recipe analysis[edit | edit source]

The analysis below is based on the target production of the following items, which is normally achievable in the late game, see this link for detailed production list->[1]. This amount is chosen to maximize the Coupon farming rate, while maintaining reasonable amount of parts on hands for building additional buildings. All resources on the map are fully utilized.

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.

  • Bolted Frame: Significantly improved production speed with negligible amount of Iron Ore loss.
  • Casted Screw, Steel Screw: "Casted 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 "Casted Screw" first for increased production speed. "Steel Screw" is ultimately more resource-efficient, producing nearly 5 times as many Screws per Iron Ingot when combined with "Solid Steel Ingot", at the cost of more steps in the production chain.
  • 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 abundant, using it to reduce the load in Raw Quartz is almost a necessity.
  • Compacted Coal: Not an alternative really. Used for Compacted Steel Ingot and Gun Powder to improve resource usage and production speed, and mandatory for the production of Turbofuel using either recipe.
  • Copper Rotor: Increased production speed by mixing Copper into it.
  • Diluted Packaged 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".
  • Electrode Aluminum Scrap: Relieves the Crude Oil consumption. It also has a better conversion rate.
  • 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.
  • Gun Powder: All-round winner.
  • Fused Quickwire: Caterium is much more precious than Copper, so yes.
  • Heat Exchanger: Saves Crude Oil and Bauxite.
  • Heavy Encased Frame: All-round winner; only requires a little more Limestone.
  • Heavy Oil Residue: *Substantially* improves the Crude Oil -> Heavy Oil Residue conversion ratio. Combine with "Diluted Packaged 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.
  • Iron Wire mixed with original recipe. The original recipe is slightly more resource-efficient and is preferred, unless Copper is fully utilized. Can be used with Stitched Iron Plate for the most efficient Iron-only Reinforced Iron Plate production.
  • Nuclear Fuel Unit mixed with original recipe: The alternate recipe is preferred, unless Crystal Oscillators are insufficient.
  • Polyester Fabric: Necessary to automate the production of Filters.
  • Pure Caterium Ingot, Pure Copper Ingot, Pure Iron Ingot, Pure Quartz Crystal: Substantial increase in conversion ratio by just adding Water. Requires using Refineries for ore processing, though. Recommend using "Copper Alloy Ingot" over "Pure Copper Ingot" until Copper Ore is fully utilized, due to production footprint and _substantially_ reduced production speed per building.
  • Radio Control System: Although Supercomputers seem to be difficult to produce, this recipe is actually an all-round winner.
  • Recycled Plastic, Recycled Rubber: More complex, but way better than original recipe. Use both along with Heavy Oil Residue and Diluted Packaged 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)
  • Silicone Circuit Board: Actually better than "Caterium Circuit Board" since no Oil is involved.
  • 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.
  • 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 Packaged 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 Rigour Motor: Necessary for large scale Turbo Motor Production. The key point is to reduce the need for Radio Control Units which are also not easy to be mass-produced.
  • Wet Concrete: Double the conversion ratio just by adding water. Requires using Refineries for processing, though.

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

You probably going to use a few of these recipes during the mid-game. They may provide 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 Woods are in excess. However it is recommended to craft wood into biomass for other uses instead.
  • Bolted Iron Plate: A substantial boost in speed compared to original recipe, at the cost of ~10% more Iron Ingots per Plate. "Stitched Iron Plate" is a more resource efficient alternative.
  • Caterium Circuit Board: Can be useful in mid game, however Silicone Circuit Board is more efficient in the late game.
  • Quickwire Stator, Fused Wire: Useful in mid-game where Caterium is plenty. Just remember Caterium is rarer 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 later 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 a Recycled Plastic/Recycled Rubber combo for producing Plastic and Rubber (see above).
  • Pure Aluminum Ingot: Simplified recipe, better power consumption, diminished conversion rate.
  • Rigour Motor: Useful in mid-game. In late game, Crystal Oscillators are to be spent in more important recipes.
  • Silicone High-Speed Connector: Use 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.
  • 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 6 times as many rods per Iron Ingot if using the "Solid Steel" alternative recipe, at the cost of requiring 1 Coal per 6 Iron Rods produced.
  • Steel Rotor: Shares the same types of ingredients as default Stator, which can simplify 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. Although this is far less resource efficient compared to the original Turbofuel recipe, it is much simpler to be set up.

Inefficient recipes[edit | edit source]

You should avoid using these as their disadvantages are far greater than the advantages they provide. None of these recipes are resource effective.

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. This improved fuel ratio is then combined with Recycled Plastic and Recycled Rubber to produce 3 Plastic or Rubber per 1 Crude Oil input.

The fuel conversion can alternatively be used with Turbofuel and Compacted Coal to greatly improve 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. 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.2's.

Nuclear Fuel[edit | edit source]

The base conversion rate of Uranium to Nuclear 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 Nuclear 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 Nuclear 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 Nuclear Fuel Unit converts Encased Uranium Cells to Nuclear 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 1 Ingot per Ore input. Iron Alloy Ingot increases yield to 2.5 Ingots per 1 Iron Ore, at the cost of requiring an equal amount of Copper Ore. Copper Alloy Ingot increases yield to 2 Ingots per 1 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, 1 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 6 Iron Ore, 3 Coal, and 3 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.

History[edit | edit source]

  • 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 added
  • Patch 0.2.1.1: Clients should be able to see Hard Drives in Drop Pods again
  • Patch 0.1.14: Added 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:
    • Added 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]

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