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 × 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. Each requires Stuff 150 Stuff (Metallic), Steel 100 Steel, Component 10 Components, 5,000 ticks (1.39 mins) of work modified by the construction speed of the builder and the work to build factor and offset of the material, and a construction skill of 6.

Once constructed, they cannot be re-installed, they can only be deconstructed.


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. 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.

They require electricity to function and can not be used when unpowered.

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.
    • Linking a multi-analyzer gives a +10% buff to the research bench. This buff is additive with the research bench, and then multiplied by other factors.
  • A ×0.7 work multiplier for being in "Bad Temperature" - below 10 °C (50 °F) or above 35 °C (95 °F) - like most production facilities.
  • A ×0.9 work multiplier for being outdoors. [Verify]
  • The Cleanliness of the room. The modifier is ×0.75 for very dirty (-5 or lower), ×1 for clean (0), and ×1.09 for sterile (0.6). Being outdoors gives a ×0.75 multiplier for Cleanliness (in addition to the penalty for being outdoors).

Some research projects require either the hi-tech research bench, or both the bench and the multi-analyzer. 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.

Maximum multi-analyzer distance

Unlike the simple research bench and multi-analyzer, 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. You can also place half of the available researchers on a night shift, allowing them to effectively share hi-tech benches.


Compact, 5x6 lab with 2 research benches. Vents or open doors can be used to bring temperature in.
Pawns may not like the tight space.

Because research is a long term task, it is advised to please researchers:

Research rooms can be kept small and out of major thoroughfares, to minimize the amount of cleaning time and sterile tile used. For example, the lab on the right uses 30 sterile tile, which costs Steel 90 steel and Silver 360 silver (plus the costs of the benches themselves, etc.). Alternatively, you can combine the research room with a hospital, as both take full advantage of Cleanliness.

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.

Stats table

  • Hi-tech research bench Hi-tech research bench Beauty Work to Build HP Flamma­bility Market
    Bioferrite Bioferrite Content added by the Anomaly DLC 0 012,500 ticks (3.47 mins) 500 75% 665 Silver
    Gold Gold 20 004,500 ticks (1.25 mins) 150 40% 15,525 Silver
    Plasteel Plasteel 0 011,000 ticks (3.06 mins) 700 0% 1,900 Silver
    Silver Silver 6 005,000 ticks (1.39 mins) 175 40% 2,030 Silver
    Steel Steel 0 005,000 ticks (1.39 mins) 250 40% 815 Silver
    Uranium Uranium 0 009,500 ticks (2.64 mins) 625 0% 1,445 Silver
  • Version history[edit]

    • 0.13.1135 - added.
    • 1.5.4062 - Storing books in bookcases increases the beauty of a room, makes nearby research benches faster.