Simple research bench

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Simple research bench

Simple research bench

A simple bench with writing implements and simple measurement devices. Researchers work here to discover new things.

Base Stats

20 kg
pass through only
Path Cost
3 ˣ 2
Terrain Affordance
Cover Effectiveness


Work To Make
2,800 ticks (46.67 secs)
Stuff tags
Metallic, Woody, Stony
Resources to make
Buildingmats.png 75 + Steel.png 25
Deconstruct yield
Buildingmats.png 37 - 38 + Steel.png 12 - 13
Destroy yield
Buildingmats.png 18 - 19 + Steel.png 6 - 7

A simple research bench is a Production bench at which your colonists can research new technology. Once you've selected a project in the Research tab, your research-capable colonists will operate the bench when not otherwise occupied. Multiple researchers can contribute toward a project at the same time, so long as sufficient research benches are available and/or double shifts. Simple research benches are incapable of researching certain advanced technologies. Getting further along on the research tree requires using a hi-tech research bench. It produces research at only 75% the rate of the high-tech research bench.

Building research benches outdoors imposes a x0.75 penalty to research speed. Indoors, the cleanliness of the room the bench is in comes into play, granting modifiers ranging from x0.75 for very dirty rooms to x1.09 for sterile. You can reinstall them at convenience. Because research projects are such long-term projects, it is strongly advised you place dining chairs or armchairs at each bench to keep your researchers comfortable.


The simple research bench is built with Building Material (steel, wood, plasteel, etc.) 75 Stuff (Wood/Metals/Stone), Steel.png 25 Steel in 2,800 ticks (46.67 secs).


The simple research bench should be one of the first things to be set up in a new base, after building beds, a cookhouse, storage, and, possibly, a freezer.

If possible, simple research benches should be replaced with a hi-tech research bench as soon as you finish the Microelectronics research. While it requires more resources and power, it is also 33.33% faster and allows the player to rush the Fabrication research, as components can often a major bottleneck as more progress relies on them and ore veins of them are consumed. If resources are tight but several researchers are available, old simple research benches can be retained for the less effective researchers when researching projects that don't require the hi-tech bench. These too should eventually be replaced however.

Material Table

  • Material Stuff cost Beauty Work to Build Mass HP Flammability Market Value
    Wooden Simple research bench Wood.png 75 0 1,960 ticks (32.67 secs) 20 163 100% 145 Silver
    Granite Simple research bench Granite blocks.png 75 0 16,800 ticks (4.67 mins) 20 425 0% 176 Silver
    Limestone Simple research bench Limestone blocks.png 75 0 16,800 ticks (4.67 mins) 20 388 0% 176 Silver
    Marble Simple research bench Marble blocks.png 75 1 15,400 ticks (4.28 mins) 20 300 0% 170 Silver
    Sandstone Simple research bench Sandstone blocks.png 75 0 14,000 ticks (3.89 mins) 20 350 0% 165 Silver
    Slate Simple research bench Slate blocks.png 75 0 16,800 ticks (4.67 mins) 20 325 0% 176 Silver
    Jade Simple research bench Jade.png 75 10 14,000 ticks (3.89 mins) 20 125 0% 475 Silver
    Golden Simple research bench Gold.png 750 20 2,520 ticks (42 secs) 20 150 40% 7555 Silver
    Plasteel Simple research bench Plasteel.png 75 0 6,160 ticks (1.71 mins) 20 700 0% 745 Silver
    Silver Simple research bench Silver.png 750 6 2,800 ticks (46.67 secs) 20 175 40% 810 Silver
    Steel Simple research bench Steel.png 75 0 2,800 ticks (46.67 secs) 20 250 40% 200 Silver
    Uranium Simple research bench Uranium.png 75 0 5,320 ticks (1.48 mins) 20 625 0% 515 Silver
    Assuming Normal quality, for the effect of other qualities, see Quality.
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