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Chem Lab
Informational Guide on the Duskwork's Chem Lab and trivia on previous usage from the Ad Astra Landings.
The Industrial Chemical Laboratory originally deployed on Mars during the Ad Astra landings were pivotal in the creation of the Polyvinyl chloride plastic. This plastic was originally used in the creation of solar arrays and buildings in the original colonization. The process of creating Polyvinyl chloride is manufactured by extracting, combining, and polymerization of methane, hydrogen, and water.
While the original Ad Astra chemistry laboratories were more generalized and capable of manufacturing other chemicals besides polyvinyl chloride, they were slower than the Duskwork's chemical laboratory that we use now. The Duskwork's chemical laboratories are especially efficient in the polyvinyl chloride production.
The Chem Lab's Red Planet manufacturing process has recently been upgraded with the ability to fabricate Potassium Perchlorate, PLA (Polyactic Acid) and Empty Power Cells in addition to its original use to create PVC.
PVC
PLA
Potassium Perchlorate
Empty Power Cells
Input
Output
5 Methane
2-5 PVC (100%)
5 Hydrogen
1-10 PVC (11.11%)
5 Water
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20 Power
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3 Stamina
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Input
Output
20 Fermented Sorghum
5-10 PLA (100%)
5 Carbon Dioxide
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20 Power
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1 Stamina
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Input
Output
4 Halite
1-3 Perchlorate (100.00%)
5 Water
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20 Power
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2 Stamina
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Input
Output
4 Halite
2 Empty Power Cells (100%)
5 Water
1-3 Empty Power Cells (10.00%)
1 Iron Ore
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1 PVC Pipe
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2 Stamina
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Fabricate Electrical Grade Silicon
Additional Note from Researcher Sam: The grade of silicon used within the solar panels on Mars are electrical grade polycrystalline silicon with a purity of 99.9999% (otherwise known as six nine).
Input
Output
4 Raw Silicon Crystals
2 Electrical Grade Silicon (100%)
60 Power
1 Electrical Grade Silicon (11.11%)
1 Stamina
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Battery Conditioning
Make Circuit Component
Disassemble Power Cells
Discharge and recharge batteries over a few dozen cycles to monitor their health and to improve your electrical skills. This operation isn't necessary for the usage of power cells however.
I'm sure its like a... spa for the power cells?
- Katherine Collins
Battery Conditioning I
Input
Output
3 Full Power Cells
3 Empty Power Cells
1 Energy
35-77 Electrical XP
1 Electrical Tools
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20 Power
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5 Electrical Level
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Battery Conditioning II
Input
Output
6 Full Power Cells
6 Empty Power Cells
2 Energy
80-160 Electrical XP
2 Electrical Tools
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40 Power
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15 Electrical Level
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Battery Conditioning III
Input
Output
9 Full Power Cells
9 Empty Power Cells
3 Energy
80-160 Electrical XP
3 Electrical Tools
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60 Power
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25 Electrical Level
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Duskworks' electrical engineers fabricate a handy multi-purpose PCB from materials completely and only obtained from the Mars surface, just one of the cornerstones of the self-suffienecy pyramid that the programme will accomplish. With the advent of 3D printing and precise machining possible within the low gravity of the sister planet, there is little that Duskworks can't create on the Mars surface.
- Katherine Collins
Input
Output
5 Electronic Bits
1 Circuit Component (100%)
6 Rover Wires
1 Circuit Component (10%)
1 Raw Silicon Crystal
35-77 Electrical XP
1 Electrical Tools
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10 Power
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2 Stamina
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15 Electrical Level
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Ever since the powerful magnetic storm caused by a record-breaking coronal mass ejection event on 3/20/2062, power cell malfunctions had increased in staggering numbers until firmware upgrades fixed the majority of malfunctions. However, these power cells are still on occasion breaking down, and it is in great interest of Leon Dusk and Velma to get to the bottom of this mystery. Duskworks engineers have been dismantling power cells in hopes of finding a cause, however, it is a good source of experience for the time being.
- Katherine Collins
Input
Output
3 Empty Power Cells
12-20 Rover Wires
2 Electrical Tools
12-20 Electronic Bits
20 Power
2-5 Halite
2 Stamina
12-20 Metal Bits
30 Electrical Level
225-338 Electrical XP

Alternate Recipes

Duskworks prides itself on its redundancy, whether it be the several silly straws you get with every cup of nitrogen-infused coffee served from the local Grind n' Brew, or the several hundred ancient Atlas bots used for low-level security, key resource creation is no different. Below, are the current alternate recipes fabricated within the chemical laboratories.
Rover Wires Alt.
Electronics Parts Alt.
Power Cell Alt.
A different method of manufacturing rover wires, from a single ingot of shaped copper wrapped in durable electrical rubber, takes electrical skill in order to manufacture these wires.
While they're known as rover wires, these wires can be used in all sorts of electronics, as the naming is just the standard at which they adhere to, much like 'military-grade'. They've been rated to work and endure Martian weather and conditioning, which is why they can be found littered across the landscape in near perfect condition from malfunctioning rovers.
Won't someone think of the poor rovers?
- Katherine Collins
Input
Output
3 Empty Power Cells
12-20 Rover Wires
2 Electrical Tools
12-20 Electronic Bits
20 Power
2-5 Halite
2 Stamina
12-20 Metal Bits
30 Electrical Level
225-338 Electrical XP
Electronic Parts are heavier duty circuit boards, typically created radiation resistant in order to prevent single event upsets are used in a multitude of manufacturing processes. The most prominent of course, being the rovers, their brains are made out of these electronics parts. They need to be incredibly resilient to damage and hostile Martian weather.
Rather than being created from scratch, this process combines multiple circuit components in order to create the electronic parts.
- Katherine Collins
Input
Output
5 Circuit Components
1-2 Electronics Parts
3 Electrical Tools
1-2 Electronics Parts
20 Power
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5 Stamina
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20 Electrical Level
100-300 Electrical XP
Ah, the power cell, a remarkable feat of standardization. Everything from the small scavenging tools to the largest AADZ skyscraping mega-plex on the Mars surface takes a form of these power cells. They aren't the most complicated power cell, water, salts, and electrical components incased within a metal shell can hold a charge for a reasonably long time while being durable. However, since the magnetic field storm, they've come to be a bit more fragile. We've yet to find a solution, but this planet will need more power cells, and such a new alternative way of crafting them has been made available to all settlers.
- Katherine Collins
Input
Output
3 Halite
4 Empty Power Cells
3 Water
2-6 Empty Power Cells (10%)
1 Circuit Component
250-500 Electrical XP
3 Electrical Tools
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20 Power
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2 Stamina
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Electrical Level 35
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Chem Lab Building Size
Task Slots
Chem Lab Rarity
Chem Lab Size
Common
20
Uncommon
25
Rare
30
Epic
25
Legendary
20
Mythic
15
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