Ore processing

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Ore processing in IC² is a multi-stage process, requiring several machines in order to get the maximum possible yield from each individual ore.

Processing chain

The best ore yield comes from a three-stage process. The first stage is a necessity; the second or third may optionally be skipped, but will reduce yield.

Stage 1

A Macerator processes ore - iron, gold, copper, tin, lead, and uranium - into 2x crushed ore of the corresponding type.

It does not process (as of 2.6.130-ex110) ores for coal, lapis, diamond, redstone, emerald, or nether quartz.

Grid Iron Ore.png


Grid Crushed Iron Ore.png

Crushed Iron Ore

Crushed Iron Ore


Crushed ore can be smelted into ingots (except for uranium).

Stage 2

An Ore Washing Plant processes crushed ore into purified crushed ore (using 1000 mB of water in addition to EU), with tiny ore dust and Stone Dust as byproducts.

Water Bucket

Bucket

Crushed Iron Ore

Purified Crushed Iron Ore

Tiny Pile of Iron Dust

Stone Dust

Tiny Pile of Iron Dust

Tiny Pile of Iron Dust




Purified crushed ore can also be smelted into ingots (again, except for uranium).

Stage 3

A Thermal Centrifuge processes purified crushed ore into dust (except for uranium yet again), with another secondary product.


Grid Purified Crushed Iron Ore.png



Grid Tiny Pile of Gold Dust.png


Grid Iron Dust.png






Dust is the final pre-smelting state and requires no further processing, though it may have other uses (creating alloys like Bronze for example).

Specific yields

Ore washing (stage 2) may be skipped (the red final column below), in which case the centrifuge (stage 3) will also yield Grid Stone Dust.png Stone Dust in addition to its usual products (which the ore washer would normally have produced). However, the tiny ore dusts from stage 2 will be lost in doing so, and in some cases other yields will be reduced as well.

Full 3-stage processing is therefore highly recommended in order to get the most out of your ore.

Note that silver ore is not generated by IC²; however, any properly defined oreSilver can probably be macerated into crushed silver ore and processed accordingly. (If it can't, perhaps you should let a dev know. Politely.)

Input Ore Stage 1
Grid Macerator.png
Stage 2
Grid Macerator.png + Grid Ore Washing Plant.png
Stage 3 (Full)
Grid Macerator.png + Grid Ore Washing Plant.png + Grid Thermal Centrifuge.png
Stage 2 Skipped
Grid Macerator.png + Grid Thermal Centrifuge.png only
Grid Iron Ore.png Iron Ore Grid Crushed Iron Ore.png Crushed Iron Ore (x2) Grid Purified Crushed Iron Ore.png Purified Crushed Iron Ore (x2)
Grid Tiny Pile of Iron Dust.png Tiny Pile of Iron Dust (x4)
Grid Stone Dust.png Stone Dust (x2)
Grid Iron Dust.png Iron Dust (x2)
Grid Tiny Pile of Iron Dust.png Tiny Pile of Iron Dust (x4)
Grid Tiny Pile of Gold Dust.png Tiny Pile of Gold Dust (x2)
Grid Stone Dust.png Stone Dust (x2)
Grid Iron Dust.png Iron Dust (x2)
Grid Tiny Pile of Gold Dust.png Tiny Pile of Gold Dust (x2)
Grid Stone Dust.png Stone Dust (x2)
Grid Gold Ore.png Gold Ore Grid Crushed Gold Ore.png Crushed Gold Ore (x2) Grid Purified Crushed Gold Ore.png Purified Crushed Gold Ore (x2)
Grid Tiny Pile of Gold Dust.png Tiny Pile of Gold Dust (x4)
Grid Stone Dust.png Stone Dust (x2)
Grid Gold Dust.png Gold Dust (x2)
Grid Tiny Pile of Gold Dust.png Tiny Pile of Gold Dust (x4)
Grid Tiny Pile of Silver Dust.png Tiny Pile of Silver Dust (x2)
Grid Stone Dust.png Stone Dust (x2)
Grid Gold Dust.png Gold Dust (x2)
Grid Tiny Pile of Silver Dust.png Tiny Pile of Silver Dust (x2)
Grid Stone Dust.png Stone Dust (x2)
Grid Copper Ore.png Copper Ore Grid Crushed Copper Ore.png Crushed Copper Ore (x2) Grid Purified Crushed Copper Ore.png Purified Crushed Copper Ore (x2)
Grid Tiny Pile of Copper Dust.png Tiny Pile of Copper Dust (x4)
Grid Stone Dust.png Stone Dust (x2)
Grid Copper Dust.png Copper Dust (x2)
Grid Tiny Pile of Copper Dust.png Tiny Pile of Copper Dust (x4)
Grid Tiny Pile of Tin Dust.png Tiny Pile of Tin Dust (x2)
Grid Stone Dust.png Stone Dust (x2)
Grid Copper Dust.png Copper Dust (x2)
Grid Tiny Pile of Tin Dust.png Tiny Pile of Tin Dust (x2)
Grid Stone Dust.png Stone Dust (x2)
Grid Tin Ore.png Tin Ore Grid Crushed Tin Ore.png Crushed Tin Ore (x2) Grid Purified Crushed Tin Ore.png Purified Crushed Tin Ore (x2)
Grid Tiny Pile of Tin Dust.png Tiny Pile of Tin Dust (x4)
Grid Stone Dust.png Stone Dust (x2)
Grid Tin Dust.png Tin Dust (x2)
Grid Tiny Pile of Tin Dust.png Tiny Pile of Tin Dust (x4)
Grid Tiny Pile of Iron Dust.png Tiny Pile of Iron Dust (x2)
Grid Stone Dust.png Stone Dust (x2)
Grid Tin Dust.png Tin Dust (x2)
Grid Tiny Pile of Iron Dust.png Tiny Pile of Iron Dust (x2)
Grid Stone Dust.png Stone Dust (x2)
Grid Lead Ore.png Lead Ore Grid Crushed Lead Ore.png Crushed Lead Ore (x2) Grid Purified Crushed Lead Ore.png Purified Crushed Lead Ore (x2)
Grid Tiny Pile of Sulfur Dust.png Tiny Pile of Sulfur Dust (x6)
Grid Stone Dust.png Stone Dust (x2)
Grid Lead Dust.png Lead Dust (x2)
Grid Tiny Pile of Sulfur Dust.png Tiny Pile of Sulfur Dust (x6)
Grid Tiny Pile of Copper Dust.png Tiny Pile of Copper Dust (x2)
Grid Stone Dust.png Stone Dust (x2)
Grid Lead Dust.png Lead Dust (x2)
Grid Stone Dust.png Stone Dust (x2)
any oreSilver Grid Crushed Silver Ore.png Crushed Silver Ore (x2) Grid Purified Crushed Silver Ore.png Purified Crushed Silver Ore (x2)
Grid Tiny Pile of Silver Dust.png Tiny Pile of Silver Dust (x4)
Grid Stone Dust.png Stone Dust (x2)
Grid Silver Dust.png Silver Dust (x2)
Grid Tiny Pile of Silver Dust.png Tiny Pile of Silver Dust (x4)
Grid Tiny Pile of Lead Dust.png Tiny Pile of Lead Dust (x2)
Grid Stone Dust.png Stone Dust (x2)
Grid Silver Dust.png Silver Dust (x2)
Grid Stone Dust.png Stone Dust (x2)
Grid Uranium Ore.png Uranium Ore Grid Crushed Uranium Ore.png Crushed Uranium Ore (x2) Grid Purified Crushed Uranium Ore.png Purified Crushed Uranium Ore (x2)
Grid Tiny Pile of Lead Dust.png Tiny Pile of Lead Dust (x4)
Grid Stone Dust.png Stone Dust (x2)
Grid Uranium 238.png Uranium 238 (x10)
Grid Tiny Pile of Lead Dust.png Tiny Pile of Lead Dust (x4)
Grid Tiny Pile of Uranium 235.png Tiny Pile of Uranium 235 (x4)
Grid Stone Dust.png Stone Dust (x2)
Grid Uranium 238.png Uranium 238 (x8)
Grid Tiny Pile of Uranium 235.png Tiny Pile of Uranium 235 (x2)
Grid Stone Dust.png Stone Dust (x2)