Hi-tech research bench

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Hi-tech research bench

Hi-tech research bench

A high-tech bench with computers and electronic measurement equipment. Allows more rapid research, and unlocks advanced research projects.

Base Stats

20 kg
5 ˣ 2
Cover Effectiveness


Required Research
Skill Required
Construction 6
Work To Make
5,000 ticks (1.39 mins)
Stuff tags
Resources to make
Buildingmats.png 150 + Steel.png 100 + Component.png 10
Deconstruct yield
Buildingmats.png 75 + Steel.png 50 + Component.png 5

A hi-tech research bench is a Production bench at which your colonists can research new technology. Once you've selected a project in the Research tab, your research-capable colonists will operate the bench when not otherwise occupied. Multiple researchers can contribute toward a project at the same time, so long as sufficient research benches are available and/or double shifts.

Building research benches outdoors imposes a x0.75 penalty to research speed. Indoors, the cleanliness of the room the bench is in comes into play, granting modifiers ranging from x0.75 for very dirty rooms to x1.09 for sterile (which requires a room covered in sterile tiles). Opposed to their simple research bench counterpart, these cannot be reinstalled. Because research projects are such long-term projects, it is strongly advised you place dining chairs or armchairs at each bench to keep your researchers comfortable.


It is built with Building Material (steel, wood, plasteel, etc.) 150 Stuff (Metals), Steel.png 100 Steel, Component.png 10 Component in 5,000 ticks (1.39 mins) after the research Microelectronics has been completed.


Hi-tech research benches can only be produced after researching Microelectronics and require more space and resources to construct than simple research benches, as well as electricity to operate. However, with a research rate of 100% instead of the simple benches' 75%, they produce results significantly faster, and are capable of working on advanced projects simple benches can't touch. They can also benefit from the addition of a multi-analyzer, producing even faster results. Most colonies will eventually need to replace their simple benches with hi-tech ones to keep up with progression.

Material Table

  • Material Stuff cost Beauty Work Mass HP Flammability Market Value
    Golden Hi-tech research bench Gold.png 1500 20 4,500 ticks (1.25 mins) 20 150 40% 15525 Silver
    Plasteel Hi-tech research bench Plasteel.png 150 0 11,000 ticks (3.06 mins) 20 700 0% 1900 Silver
    Silver Hi-tech research bench Silver.png 1500 6 5,000 ticks (1.39 mins) 20 175 40% 2030 Silver
    Steel Hi-tech research bench Steel.png 150 0 5,000 ticks (1.39 mins) 20 250 40% 815 Silver
    Uranium Hi-tech research bench Uranium.png 150 0 9,500 ticks (2.64 mins) 20 625 0% 1445 Silver
    Assuming Normal quality, for the effect of other qualities, see Quality.
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