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Blocks of solid slate. A dull-looking rock that chips easily.
The only advantage of slate blocks is that they are the least heavy. If for some reason you need to carry stone chunks or blocks in a caravan in bulk, slate might be the best choice.
This section is transcluded from Stonecutting maximization.
Stonecutting is control by the cutting pawn's General Labor Speed stat, which is determined by a pawn's stats and capacities rather than any skills. Thus maximization is based on improving that stat and removing process inefficiencies rather than grinding. General labor speed is decreased by manipulation and sight values below 100%, and increased by both manipulation above 100% and improved Global Work Speed. Manipulation can be improved with bionic or archotech arms, or with drugs that improve Manipulation or Consciousness (as it directly affects Manipulation) such as Go-juice or Wake-up. Global work speed is only improved by certain traits, such as Industrious, and the drug Wake-up, which stacks with the drug's manipulation improvement. Additionally, like many other production tasks, lack of light or excessive temperatures will negatively affect rates and up to two tool cabinets will improve rates.
- Sufficient haulers are present to bring chunks to them.
- The bill is set to drop the blocks on the ground.
If there are insufficient haulers, removing the shelves and instead positioning the cutting table next to the chunk stockpile is ideal.
Placing an armchair or other chair will not improve production rates, but will ensure that the pawn remains comfortable and happy while cutting.