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

Path Cost


5 ˣ 2
pass through only
Cover Effectiveness
Terrain Affordance
-250 W


Required Research
Skill Required
Construction 6
Work To Make
5,000 ticks (1.39 mins)
Stuff tags
Resources to make
Stuff 150 + Steel 100 + Component 10
Deconstruct yield
Stuff 75 + Steel 50 + Component 5
Destroy yield
Stuff 37 - 38 + Steel 25 + Component 2 - 3

A hi-tech research bench is a production bench at which your colonists can research new technology.

It is the more advanced version of the simple research bench, providing faster research speeds and allowing access to more advanced technologies. It is also the only bench that can be linked to the Multi-analyzer.


Hi-tech research benches can be constructed once the Microelectronics research project has been completed. They require Stuff 150 Stuff (Metallic), Steel 100 Steel, Component 10 Component, 5,000 ticks (1.39 mins) of work, and a Construction skill of 6.


Maximum multi-analyzer distance

Once a project has been selected in the Research tab, colonists assigned to Research work type will work at a hi-tech research bench to complete the project.

The rate of research depends on the following factors:

  • The research speed stat of the researcher
  • The type of research bench and facilities used. Hi-tech research benches have ×1 multiplier to this research rate, and can be linked to a multi-analyzer for an addition 10% buff. Some research projects require either the hi-tech research bench, or both the bench and the multi-analyzer to be researched. Multi-analyzers link to all hi-tech research benches within 4 tiles. Only linked benches can be used to research projects that require the multi-analyzer.
  • Whether the bench is outdoors and, if indoors, the cleanliness of the room. Building research benches outdoors imposes a ×0.75 penalty to research speed. Indoors, the cleanliness of the room the bench is in comes into play, granting modifiers ranging from ×0.75 for very dirty rooms, ×1 for clean, to ×1.09 for sterile.

Multiple researchers can contribute toward a project at the same time, so long as sufficient research benches are available, and benches can be freely swapped between researchers.

Unlike the simple research bench, these cannot be un/reinstalled, only deconstructed.


Once they are unlocked, hi-tech research benches are 33.33% faster at researching than the simple research bench. As soon as Microelectronics is researched and the colony has sufficient power and resources to construct them, simple benches should be replaced. This is also required to unlock projects beyond Microelectronics. Multiple research benches can be used concurrently; as soon as you have the resources and manpower to spare, you may want to have 2 researchers operating at once.

If resources are tight but several researchers are available, simple research benches can be retained in order to research less complex technologies. Simple and hi-tech research benches may be used together, though pawns will automatically abandon any simple benches when hi-tech is required.

Because research is a long term task, it is advisable to place dining chairs or armchairs at each bench to keep your researchers comfortable. If resources are limited, placing half of the available researchers on a night shift allows them to share benches. Research benches should ideally be placed in their own room, called a Laboratory, and outside of major thorougfares to help keep them clean. Flooring the room is also highly recommended - placing down steel or sterile tile will even slightly increase research speed, but is less of a priority due to their cost. Sculptures and other beautiful items will keep the researchers happy. If investing any significant amount of resources into a laboratory, it is recommended to build it such that it will fit the multi-analyzer that will eventually be required.

Material table

  • Material Stuff cost Beauty Work to Build HP Flamma­bility Market Value
    Golden Hi-tech research bench 1500 Gold 20 004,500 ticks (1.25 mins) 150 40% 15,525,00 Silver
    Plasteel Hi-tech research bench 150 Plasteel 0 011,000 ticks (3.06 mins) 700 0% 01,900,00 Silver
    Silver Hi-tech research bench 1500 Silver 6 005,000 ticks (1.39 mins) 175 40% 02,030,00 Silver
    Steel Hi-tech research bench 150 Steel 0 005,000 ticks (1.39 mins) 250 40% 00,815,00 Silver
    Uranium Hi-tech research bench 150 Uranium 0 009,500 ticks (2.64 mins) 625 0% 01,445,00 Silver