Crafting is the main way to obtain different materials needed for other items in the game. Crafting converts either raw materials or other crafted components into different products, which can either be usable items such as weapons, armor and tools, or materials required for other crafting or industrial processes such as smelting.
Some basic materials such as wooden tools can be produced without a crafting station. More complex items require different crafting station, which are unlocked from the technology fields.
In order to start the crafting process, all required materials need to be present in the inventory and the player needs to be in range of the crafting station. If requirements are met, then the field of the crafted material in the workstation menu turns blue. Once the crafting process has started, all required materials are removed from the inventory and the products are placed in the inventory as they are finished. The player can move away from the crafting station and carry out other tasks while this happens. A crafting queue is displayed on the left hand side of the screen.
Performing any crafting will contribute EXP to the crafting skill.