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 2.6.107) ores for coal, lapis, diamond, redstone, emerald, or nether quartz.

Grid Iron Ore.png


Grid Crushed Iron Ore.png



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).

Processed forms

The table below shows the appearance of the main products of each ore at each stage of processing (uranium being a special case). 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.)

Iron Gold Copper Tin Lead Silver Uranium
Ore
Grid Iron Ore.png
Grid Gold Ore.png
Grid Copper Ore.png
Grid Tin Ore.png
Grid Lead Ore.png
Silver
Grid Uranium Ore.png
Crushed Ore
Grid Crushed Iron Ore.png
Grid Crushed Gold Ore.png
Grid Crushed Copper Ore.png
Grid Crushed Tin Ore.png
Grid Crushed Lead Ore.png
Grid Crushed Silver Ore.png
Grid Crushed Uran Ore.png
Purified Crushed Ore
Grid Purified Crushed Iron Ore.png
Grid Purified Crushed Gold Ore.png
Grid Purified Crushed Copper Ore.png
Grid Purified Crushed Tin Ore.png
Grid Purified Crushed Lead Ore.png
Grid Purified Crushed Silver Ore.png
Grid Purified Crushed Uranium Ore.png
Dust (and U-Products)
Grid Iron Dust.png
Grid Gold Dust.png
Grid Copper Dust.png
Grid Tin Dust.png
Grid Lead Dust.png
Grid Silver Dust.png
Grid Uranium 238.png
Grid Tiny Pile of Uranium 235.png

Specific yields

Ore washing (stage 2) may be skipped, in which case the centrifuge (stage 3) will also yield 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.

  • For lead ore, both sulfur and copper (stages 2 and 3) will be lost.
  • Likewise, for silver ore (if generated by another mod), both silver and lead (stages 2 and 3, not the main silver) will be lost.
  • For uranium ore, not only will the lead be lost, but both U238 and U235 yields will be reduced by 2 per ore (8 and 2 instead of 10 and 4).

Ore washing is therefore highly recommended.

Ore Main
Product
Stage 2 Stage 3
Grid Iron Ore.png
Grid Iron Dust.png

2

Grid Iron Dust.png

2

Grid Tiny Pile of Iron Dust.png

4

Grid Tiny Pile of Iron Dust.png

4

Grid Tiny Pile of Gold Dust.png

2

Grid Tiny Pile of Gold Dust.png

2

Grid Gold Ore.png
Grid Gold Dust.png

2

Grid Gold Dust.png

2

Grid Tiny Pile of Gold Dust.png

4

Grid Tiny Pile of Gold Dust.png

4

Grid Tiny Pile of Silver Dust.png

2

Grid Tiny Pile of Silver Dust.png

2

Grid Copper Ore.png
Grid Copper Dust.png

2

Grid Copper Dust.png

2

Grid Tiny Pile of Copper Dust.png

4

Grid Tiny Pile of Copper Dust.png

4

Grid Tiny Pile of Tin Dust.png

2

Grid Tiny Pile of Tin Dust.png

2

Grid Tin Ore.png
Grid Tin Dust.png

2

Grid Tin Dust.png

2

Grid Tiny Pile of Tin Dust.png

4

Grid Tiny Pile of Tin Dust.png

4

Grid Tiny Pile of Iron Dust.png

2

Grid Tiny Pile of Iron Dust.png

2

Grid Lead Ore.png
Grid Lead Dust.png

2

Grid Lead Dust.png

2

Grid Tiny Pile of Sulfur Dust.png

6

Grid Tiny Pile of Sulfur Dust.png

6

Grid Tiny Pile of Copper Dust.png

2

Grid Tiny Pile of Copper Dust.png

2

Silver
Grid Silver Dust.png

2

Grid Silver Dust.png

2

Grid Tiny Pile of Silver Dust.png

4

Grid Tiny Pile of Silver Dust.png

4

Grid Tiny Pile of Lead Dust.png

2

Grid Tiny Pile of Lead Dust.png

2

Grid Uranium Ore.png
Grid Uranium 238.png

10

Grid Uranium 238.png

10

Grid Tiny Pile of Lead Dust.png

4

Grid Tiny Pile of Lead Dust.png

4

Grid Tiny Pile of Uranium 235.png

4

Grid Tiny Pile of Uranium 235.png

4