The new crafting system seems ripe for experimentation and creativity. I thought it would be nice to share things we learn about it here.
I don’t have much currently, I didn’t get to play around with it a lot yet. The one thing I tested, I tested out of necessity. Since the terrain manipulator was guzzling ferrite dust in obscene amounts, I decided to measure how more efficient it actually is to power it with magnetised ferrite, which is two refining tiers above ferrite dust.
To fill up the TM completely, you need 200 ferrite dust. ferrite dust converts 1 to 1 to pure ferrite. I haven’t actually measured how much pure ferrite is needed to fill the TM, it was just an intermediary step. In any case, pure ferrite converts to magnetised ferrite in a 2 to 1 ratio. I.e. you get half as much magnetised ferrite as you had pure ferrite, which by extension means half as much as you had ferrite dust.
But get this - it takes a lousy 20 magnetised ferrite to fill up the TM. The stuff is a full 10 times more efficient than ferrite dust. Which in the end means that you’re getting 5 times the ooomph if you refine your dust.
Do your inventory and your mining laser the favor. Believe me, the time it takes to refine is less than gathering 5 times more dust, and the carbon it takes is a lot less than your mining laser will eat to gather it.
Speaking of carbon, I imagine a similar rule applies there. Haven’t measured it yet, though.