Research and Development
Research and Development
Research and Development (commonly called R&D or RnD) is the job of the scientists. The department typically lies behind purple and grey doors. In the department typically exists a set of Lathe and R&D machines. Often you will see lockers with lab equipment in them.
Research points can be acquired through a few different sources.
The most profitable form of point generation is Xenoarcheology, which is the process of analyzing and activating different randomly generated artifacts that can be found via events, salvage debris, and by ordering them from cargo. Most artifacts have more than one "Stimulus-Reaction" combination (known scientifically as Nodes), so make sure to scan and activate as many of them as you can before destroying the artifact for points, selling it to cargo, or keeping it around because it's effects are cool enough to warrant keeping.
Another highly valuable source of research points is anomalous research. Most R&D departments come equipped with an Anomaly Generator, Anomalous Particle Emitters (A.P.E.) and Anomaly Vessels, which are used to spawn, interact with, and generate points from anomalies respectively. Anomalies can come in different forms, ranging from raging balls of pink-hot matter, to electrically-discharging motes of light, to radioactive gravity wells, so make sure to wear some protective gear while studying them.
Points can also be acquired through research disks, which can be found in maintenance, salvaged from space, or given as a result of identifying a disease.
In the R&D computer new technologies can be unlocked via points. To research a technology, click on it if it's in the Unlockable technologies column. Technologies in the Future technologies are locked behind others, requiring you to research a previous technology (in the Unlockable technologies column). Technologies in the Unlocked technologies section have already been researched.
The Autolathe doesn't require any research but only makes engineering and salvage tools. Materials must first be inserted into the machine and cannot be extracted. 100 steel equates to 1 steel sheet.
|Airlock Painter||A tool used to change the color and/or appearance of airlocks.|
|Crowbar||A tool that is needed to pry open unpowered doors.|
|Gas Analyzer||A tool used to find the composition of gasses in the air. Can also detect gasses in pipes.|
|Global Positioning System||A hand-held device used to see what the GPS coordinates ware of your position in the map.|
|LV cable coil||A piece of wire that can be used to connect powerered objects to an APC. Refer to Power.|
|Multitool||A tool that can be used for Hacking.|
|Pickaxe||A tool that can be used by a Salvage Specialist for mining ore.|
|Screwdriver||A tool that is needed to open/close panels of devices such as doors. It is also needed when building some items.|
|T-Ray Scanner||A tool that shows underground wires and pipes.|
|Utility Belt||A belt that stores Engineering tools.|
|Welding Tool||A tool that enables objects to be welded open/closed. Welded items must need a Welding Tool to be unwelded. It is also needed when building some items.|
|Wirecutter||A tool that enables you to cut wires of powered devices such as doors and vending machines. Refer to Hacking. You may also need to cut wires of some objects as part of their deconstruction process.|
|Wrench||A tool that enables you to anchor / unanchored objects. Anchored objects cannot be moved until unanchored. Unanchored objects are unpowered.|
The Protolathe is a machine capable of printing most of what you've researched. It can make things such from beakers or ammo. Materials must first be inserted into the machine but can be extracted with the Material Sheet Printing research. 100 steel equates to 1 steel sheet.
Note that for some machines (such as the Cloner), higher quality parts can be used to improve the quality of the machine. For example low quality components for a Cloner results in a 50% chance of failure to clone. A low-capacity power cell has less charge than a high-capacity power cell. Yet higher quality parts require better research and more materials.
A lot of the parts available in the Protolathe are used to craft something. Use the Craft hotkey to open the Craft dialog. By default this should be 'G'.
Machine boards can be inserted into a Machine Frame whilst electronics can be inserted into computers or other machines built with Construction.
|Advanced Capacitor||A tier 2 machine part, commonly related to a reduction in the power consumption of machines.||Advanced parts|
|Advanced Matter Bin||A tier 2 machine part, commonly related to a reduction in material needed to print items out of machines.||Advanced parts|
|Advanced Scanning Module||A tier 2 machine part.||Advanced parts|
|Air Alarm Electronics||A component needed to make an air alarm.|
|APC Electronics||A component needed to make an APC (power unit).||Electromagnetic theory|
|Appraisal Tool||A tool used by Cargo Technicians to see how much each object can be sold for.|
|Bottle||A glass bottle container that can hold 30u of liquid. Used by a chemist to store chemicals. Can be drunk from. Does not shatter if dropped.||Chemistry technology|
|Bucket||Can contain 250u of liquid that is spilled if you trip. You can drink out of a bucket using Alt+click and extract liquid into it from other containers 50u at a time. Cannot be inserted into machines like the ChemDispenser. Used by a Botanist or Janitor.||Cleaning technology|
|Butcher's Cleaver||A tool that a Chef uses to butcher corpses for meat but also a Weapon.||Food and beverage technology|
|Capacitor||A tier 1 machine part, commonly related to power consumption.||Scientific technology|
|Cautery||A surgical tool used to cauterize open wounds.||Advanced surgery|
|Chemical Payload||A component needed to make a modular grenade.||Chemistry technology|
|Conveyor Belt||When connected to a lever, it can be used to move objects in a single direction as dictated by the lever. Commonly used in Cargo and the Disposal -> Recycling circuit, but also used in certain cargo systems.||Industrial engineering|
|Cryostasis Beaker||Can contain chemicals in low temperatures and ensure that they do not mix.||Chemistry technology|
|Drill||A surgical tool used to drill through bone.||Advanced surgery|
|Drone||A tool-equipped autonomous drone, currently disabled due to trolling.||Robotics|
|Dropper||A container that holds a tiny amount of liquid.||Chemistry technology|
|Fire Extinguisher||A device that sprays water to put out fires or used in Space Navigation.||Industrial engineering|
|Flashlight||Provides a cone of light infront of the holder that is much more illuminating than a PDA. Uses charge from a power cell. Left click to turn on and off.||Industrial engineering|
|Flourescent Light Tube||Light tube for lights on the walls of the station.||Electromagnetic theory|
|Glass||Extract some glass from the machine.||Material sheet printing|
|Handheld Crew Monitor||A tool used by the Chief Medical Officer and other medical staff to see the coordinates and vitals of crew staff that have turned on the associated sensors in their jump suits.|
|Hatchet||A tool used by Botanists used to cut down trees such as apple / banana trees to harvest wood and fruit.||Biological technology|
|Hemostat||A surgical tool used to clamp veins and arteries shut.||Advanced surgery|
|High-Capacity Power Cell||A battery used to power some tools like a flashlight. Chargeable by a Power Cell Charger. This one has a higher capacity than other cells.||Super powercells|
|High-Power Micro-Laser||A tier 2 machine part.||Advanced parts|
|Holofan Projector||A component needed to make a Holofan.|
|HV Cable Coil||High Voltage wire. Used to connect power generation to power storage by Engineers.||Electromagnetic theory|
|Incandescent Light Bulb||Light bulb for lights on the walls of the station.||Electromagnetic theory|
|Intercom Electronics||A component used to make intercom machines.||Industrial engineering|
|Kitchen Knife||A knife used by a Chef but also a Weapon.||Food and beverage technology|
|Large Beaker||A container that can hold 100u of liquid used by a Chemist or Chef that shatters when dropped.||Chemistry technology|
|Left Borg Arm||Used to create Bots such as the MedBot. Will have more uses in the future.||Robotics|
|LV Cable Coil||Low Voltage wire. Used to connect APC units to machines such as vending machines, chemistry machines, lights, auto-doors by Engineers.||Electromagnetic theory|
|Mailing Unit Electronics||A component used to create a mailing unit.|
|Matter Bin||A component used to craft some machines.||Scientific technology|
|Medium-Capacity Power Cell||A battery used to power some tools like a flashlight. Chargeable by a Power Cell Charger.||Advanced powercells|
|Metal Saw||A medical tool for surgery.||Advanced surgery|
|Micro-Laser||A tier 1 machine part used to craft some machines.||Scientific technology|
|Micro-Manipulator||A tier 1 machine part used to craft some machines. Commonly related to machine operating speed.||Scientific technology|
|Mining Drill||A drill used by a Salvage Specialist to mine rocks faster than a Pickaxe||Salvage Equipment|
|Minihoe||A tool that is used by a Botanist to remove weeds from a Hydroponics Tray||Biological technology|
|Mop||A tool used by a Janitor to mop up liquid spillages from floors.||Cleaning technology|
|MV Cable Coil||Medium Voltage wire. Used to connect power storage to APC units by Engineers.||Electromagnetic theory|
|Nano-Manipulator||Tier 2 machine part, commonly related with increased machine operation speed.||Scientific technology|
|Node Scanner||Shows you the specific node that an artifact is currently on||Scientific technology|
|Pill Cannister||A container that can hold up to 9 pills and used by a Chemist||Chemistry technology|
|Plant clippers||A tool used by Botanists to extract seeds from a growing plant||Biological technology|
|Plastic||Extract some plastic from the machine||Material Sheet Printing|
|RCD Ammo||Ammo for the RCD to create walls/floors|
|Reinforced Glass||Extract some reinforced glass from the machine||Material Sheet Printing|
|Remote Signaller||Electromagnetic theory|
|Right Borg Arm||Used to create Bots such as the MedBot.||Robotics|
|Scapel||A Surgical tool used to make incisions in the skin.||Advanced surgery|
|Scanning Module||A tier 1 machine part||Scientific technology|
|Scythe||A tool used by Botanists to harvest some types of plants from a Hydroponics tray||Biological technology|
|Shovel||A tool used by Botanists to clear a Hydroponics tray contents||Biological technology|
|Signal Trigger||A type of trigger for a bomb / grenade||Electromagnetic theory|
|Small-Capacity Power Cell||A battery used to power some tools like a flashlight. Chargeable by a Power Cell Charger||Basic powercells|
|Spade||A tool used by Botanists||Biological technology|
|Spray Bottle||Can hold a little liquid that can be sprayed onto a sentient or floor. Commonly used to hold space cleaner for a Janitor or weed killer for a Security Officer. A Chemist can fill this with the desired liquid. It sprays 5u of liquid at a time. Corrosive chemicals when sprayed on a person can eat through their gear and skin causing Caustic damage||Cleaning technology|
|Steel||Extract some steel from the machine||Material Sheet Printing|
|Syringe||A container that can hold up to 15u of liquid and can draw from / inject into people/animals||Chemistry technology|
|Timer Trigger||A type of trigger for a bomb / grenade. The default timer is 5 seconds.||Electromagnetic theory|
|Voice Trigger||A type of trigger for a bomb / grenade||Electromagnetic theory|
The Circuit Imprinter is a machine capable of printing machine boards used for creating machines and computers. They require steel, glass and sometimes gold.
|Air Alarm Electronics||A component needed to make an air alarm||Industrial engineering|
|Autolathe Machine Board||A component needed to make an autolathe||Industrial engineering|
|APC electronics||A component needed to make an APC||Electromagnetic theory|
|Booze Dispenser Machine Board||A component needed to make a Hotplate .||Food and beverage technology|
|Circuit Imprinter Machine Board||A component needed to make a Circuit Imprinter.||Industrial engineering|
|Door Electronics||A component needed to make a door||Industrial engineering|
|Fire Alarm Electronics||A component needed to make a fire alarm.||Industrial engineering|
|Firelock Electronics||A component needed to make a Firelock door.||Industrial engineering|
|Hotplate Machine Board||A component needed to make a Hotplate.||Chemistry technology|
|Intercom Electronics||A component needed to make an intercom.||Industrial engineering|
|Mailing Unit Electronics||A component needed to make a Mailing Unit.||Industrial engineering|
|Microwave Machine Board||A component needed to make an Ore Processor.||Food and beverage technology|
|Movable Wireless Camera Board||A component needed to make a Movable Wireless Camera.||Surveillance technology|
|Ore Processor Machine Board||A component needed to make an Ore Processor.||Salvage Equipment|
|Protoloathe Machine Board||A component needed to make a Firelock door.||Industrial engineering|
|Reagent Grinder Machine Board||A component needed to make a Reagent Grinder.||Chemistry technology|
|Substation Machine Board||A component needed to make a Substation .||Electromagnetic theory|
|Surveillance Camera Monitor Board||A component needed to make a Surveillance Camera.||Surveillance technology|
|Surveillance Camera Router Board||A component needed to make a Surveillance Camera.||Surveillance technology|
|Surveillance Camera Wireless Router Board||A component needed to make a Surveillance Camera.||Surveillance technology|
|Surveillance Wireless Camera <Monitor Board||A component needed to make a Surveillance Camera.||Surveillance technology|
|Soda Dispenser Machine Board||A component needed to make a Hotplate .||Food and beverage technology|
|Technology Disk Terminal Board||A component needed to make a Technology Disk Terminal.||Scientific technology|
|Television Board||A component needed to make a Television .||Surveillance technology|
|Uniform Printer Machine Board||A component needed to make a Uniform Printer.||Industrial engineering|
|Wireless Camera Board||A component needed to make a Wireless Camera.||Surveillance technology|
Plan of action
Your main priority at the start of the round is to use the RD computer to research medical machinery & basic parts manufacture , and then everything else. Then it's recommended that you build cloning pods for medbay , chemical dispensers and ChemMasters for chemistry
or just hoard them and hand out tricord foam bombs to clowns.
"I can't get any points/I can't print anything"
The likely cause is that the RD Computer/Protolathe isn't synced up with the RD server.
To fix this in the RD Computer/Protolathe click Server list, click on ID x || RDSERVER and then exist the window. Now when you click Sync it should (hopefully) work.