Metal shaping

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Metal shaping in IC² is the process whereby raw metal inputs are transformed into a variety of output products.

Using shaped metal instead of bare ingots in crafting recipes allows for more depth in the process; however, it does require the appropriate tool(s) for the job.

Requirements

The first necessity for metal shaping is, naturally, metal. Dust (or other ore processing products) must be smelted into ingots (and depending on the recipe, possibly crafted into blocks as well) before being worked into other forms.

The second necessity is the appropriate tool for the desired product.

Machine shaping allows for additional recipes not possible with manual tools.

Manual recipes

All the recipes using manual tools are shapeless, meaning they can also be crafted in the player's 2x2 inventory grid when a crafting table is not available. Copper is used for example purposes.

Plate Item casing Cable
Grid Forge Hammer.png


Grid Copper Ingot.png




Grid Copper Plate.png

Grid Forge Hammer.png


Grid Copper Plate.png




Grid Copper Item Casing.png

Copper Item Casing

Copper Item Casing


Grid Cutter.png


Grid Copper Plate.png




Grid Copper Cable.png

Copper Cable

Copper Cable


Shaped products

Blank cells in the table indicate a recipe that does not exist[2.6.133-ex110], e.g. bronze ingots cannot be extruded into bronze cables and tin blocks cannot be extruded into tin shafts.

Mode or Machine Input
Item
Manual
Tool Also?
Output (based on metal used)
Iron Gold Copper Tin Lead Bronze Steel
Rolling Grid Forge Hammer.png Grid Iron Ingot.png Ingot Yes Grid Iron Plate.png Grid Gold Plate.png Grid Copper Plate.png Grid Tin Plate.png Grid Lead Plate.png Grid Bronze Plate.png Grid Steel Plate.png
Grid Iron Plate.png Plate Yes Grid Iron Item Casing.png (x2) Grid Gold Casing.png (x2) Grid Copper Item Casing.png (x2) Grid Tin Item Casing.png (x2) Grid Lead Item Casing.png (x2) Grid Bronze Item Casing.png (x2) Grid Steel Item Casing.png (x2)
Cutting Grid Cutter.png Grid Iron Plate.png Plate All but iron Grid HV Cable.png (x4) Grid Gold Cable.png (x4) Grid Copper Cable.png (x2) Grid Tin Cable.png (x3)
Grid Iron Item Casing.png Item Casing No Grid Industrial Credit.png (x2)
Extruding Grid Copper Cable.png Grid Iron Ingot.png Ingot No Grid HV Cable.png (x4) Grid Gold Cable.png (x4) Grid Copper Cable.png (x3) Grid Tin Cable.png (x3)
Grid Iron Plate.png Plate No Grid Fuel Rod (Empty).png
Grid Iron Item Casing.png Item Casing No Grid Iron Fence.png Grid Tin Can.png
Grid Block of Iron.png Block No Grid Shaft (Iron).png Grid Shaft (Steel).png
Grid Block Cutting Machine.png Block Cutting Machine Grid Block of Iron.png Block No Grid Iron Plate.png (x9) Grid Gold Plate.png (x9) Grid Copper Plate.png (x9) Grid Tin Plate.png (x9) Grid Lead Plate.png (x9) Grid Bronze Plate.png (x9) Grid Steel Plate.png (x9)
Grid Compressor.png Compressor Grid Iron Plate.png Plate (x9) No Grid Dense Iron Plate.png Grid Dense Gold Plate.png Grid Dense Copper Plate.png Grid Dense Tin Plate.png Grid Dense Lead Plate.png Grid Dense Bronze Plate.png Grid Dense Steel Plate.png

Note that extruding a copper ingot produces 3 cables, compared to 2 from cutting a copper plate (whether with a Cutter or in the Metal Former).