Most general crafting questions are covered in the Crafting Guide:
Q: I'm standing on an 87% concentration of [insert surveyed resource here] but it tells me that the resource density is too low to collect a sample. Why?
A: This is a known bug with newly spawned resources. Wait a few hours and try again. If you place a harvester, it will be able to draw the resource.
Q: I finally got my first harvester, but I can't place it anywhere. What do I do?
A: Move farther away from cities, lairs, and structures. Also, it is difficult to place harvesters on sloped terrain. It might take a while to find a spot.
Q: When I use my crafting tool it says there's already something in the hopper. What do I do?
A: You crafted something and your inventory was too full to hold it. First, clear inventory space for your new item. Next, click and hold on the icon for the tool. Move the cursor up to 'Start Crafting' and wait for the box to appear that says 'Remove item from output hopper'. Click on this choice and the item should find its way to your inventory.
Q: Every time I try to craft something, I get a message 'Failed to start crafting session'! How do I fix this?
A: Type in /stopcrafting or /stopcraftingsession. This issue has been adressed on test by adding a dump hopper button to the Harvester interface.
Q: I put too many credits into my harvester's maintenence fund. Is there a way to get some of them back?
A: No, however when you redeed the harvester, all additional power and maintenance (after the redeed cost) will remain in the harvester for the next time you use it.
Q: How do I survey for a fusion reactor? Is there a special survey tool?
A: It is using radioactive material, so any radioactive material will work. A normal mineral survey tool is all that is needed.
Q: Why is my bulky vendor so expensive to run?
A: Currently the vendor's maintinence is determined by the total value of items on that vendor. 1/1000 of the total value of those items is charged to you every 45 minutes. Get the Merchant profession and get an NPC vendor to avoid these astronomical vendor fees.
Q: How do I place items creatively around my house?
A: There are many tricks and commands useful in decorating your house.
First, if you don't have stairs then you cannot (as of September 03) place items higher than the ground. To place items higher on your walls ascend up some stairs and drop the item there. Then move the item into place anywhere in that room.
Second, to move and rotate items you can use the chat "commandline". These commands respectively move an item forward and back the maximum and then turn the item left & right (directions are opposite the item context menus. /move forward 40; /move back 40; /rotate right 90; /rotate left 90;
Every time you move forward/back the item's rotation angle is reset.
Third for expert stacking drop all of the items you are going to stack and move the items in series from the 3rd person perspective. Turn and resposition your character conservatively. Each movement you make inbetween /move commands will introduce error in the final positioning that is difficult to avoid.
Q: How do I color text?
A: Parts of SWG chat, item names, and most store signs use html-syntax color.
\#FF0000\This is RED
\#00FF00\This is GREEN
\#0000FF\This is BLUE
Q: Does potential energy matter when powering Harvesters? How does it work?
A: Great thread explaining it here - http://forums.station.sony.com/swg/board/message?board.id=artisan&message.id=17294
Q: I'm trying to redeed my harvester, but is says that I have to empty the hopper first. The $*%& thing is empty. What do I do?
A: Use /harvesterdiscardhopper
Q: What do the names on the weapons powerups mean?
A: Another great thread here:
Q: Why can I only get 900 credit survey missions when others are getting 1800 credits per mission?
A: Marksman skills determine maximum artisan payout (/boggle). You must have Box 4 in a given marksman line with a box 3 certified weapon equipped to see this.
Q: How do I open the optput hopper of a running factory?
A: When you get to the radial menu you will see the main "Options" menu. Click on this menu and not on any of the sub-items.
Q: I just gained a skill that says I can now craft Item X, but it doesn't show up in my crafting tool!
A: An item's complexity determines the tool(s) you need to craft that item:
- 0 -15: Generic crafting tool
- 16-20: Specialized crafting tool
- 21-25: Specialized crafting tool and public crafting station
- 26+: Specialized crafting tool and private crafting station
Example: You've just made it to Engineering IV in the Artisan profession, and you want to craft a Personal Chemical Extractor. This item has a complexity of 18, so your Generic Crafting Tool won't be sufficient -- you'll have to buy (or make) and use the specialized Structure and Furniture Crafting Tool to make this item. More complex items will require you to use a specialized crafting tool and stand next to an appropriate crafting station (more on this in the notes that follow).
Q: What are "specialized crafting tools?"
A: A "specialized crafting tool" is a device that is specific to the type of item you want to create:
- Food and Chemical
- Clothing and Armor
- Structure and Furniture
- Weapon, Droid, and General Item
Q: I'm using a Generic Crafting Tool, but I don't see any of this "experimentation" stuff.
A: The Generic crafting tool does not allow you to experiment to try to improve an item's features. To experiment, you'll need to use a specialized crafting tool.
Q: How do I use crafting stations?
A: To use public and private crafting stations, just stand next to one and use the similar type of specialized crafting tool. (You don't need to have the crafting station targeted.)
Q: What's the difference between public and private crafting stations?
A: Public crafting stations are located (surprise!) in public. You'll usually see them near marketplaces in cities. A private crafting station is purchased and can be stored in your inventory like other objects, then dropped in a house and used like a public crafting station. When you're ready to craft items of complexity 26 or above, or if you just want the convenience of having crafting stations in your home, buy the kind of private crafting station you want from a player or from the Bazaar, bring it to your home (you DO have a house, don't you?) and drop it where you want it. You'll want to /rotate and /move it some place far enough away from any other private crafting stations in your home so that you don't wind up using the wrong type in a crafting session.
Q. What are Master Artistan electronic cards and stuff used for.
A. Several pieces are used for droids, and gp cards make nice business cards as well. Some of these can also be used in repiar tools as optional components.
Q: Is there a set formula to find out how much resources can be harvested in one day? ( example: resource density % * Harvester size (small,med,large)*24 hours = the amount you harvest in one day )
A: The rate given by the harvesters (i.e. "2 kg") is in units per minute. So personals 2 / minute, medium 4 / minute, heavy 7 / minute. 1440 minutes in a day. So personal 2880 units / day, medium 5760 units / day, heavy 10080 units / day. This is on a 100% spot, for smaller percentages multiply by the fraction you find. So if you land on a 58% spot it's 2880 * 58 / 100 for personal harvester or 1670.4 units per day.
Please feel free to add your question or favorite Q&A to this thread, also any suggestions to make the thread more 'user friendly' is encouraged.