Rust Research Table

by Apr 17, 20180 comments

Research Table

What Is A Rust Research Table?

A research table in Rust is a craftable item that you can use to research items you have obtained while you are playing the game.Rust Research Table

When you research an item at the research table, you can create a blueprint for it. A blueprint, in Rust, allows a player to craft items they couldn’t previously craft.

It is important to note that you can’t research items that you already know how to craft.

For example, the wooden bow is a default item that you already know how to craft. As such, you won’t be able to research it any further.

Rust Bow Research

How To Research In Rust

As mentioned above, the research table allows you to create blueprints of items you don’t know how to craft.

Before you get into researching an item, though, you need to have a research table.

You can craft a research table for your base or you can use the research tables that can be found at various monuments in the world, including the following.

  • Airfield
  • Industrial Train Yard
  • Power Plant
  • Satellite Dish Array
  • Mining Outpost
  • Abandoned Supermarket

If you are crafting your own research table, though, you will need 200 metal fragments and 75 scrap as well as a level 1 work bench.

From there, the crafting itself only takes 60 seconds to complete.

Rust Research Table

Now that you have your research table, let’s get into how to actually craft objects.

You will need an item that you don’t know how to craft and the required amount of scrap needed to research it.

The amount of scrap you will need will vary depending on the item you are researching.

Rust Research Ax

When you go to research an item, two slots will appear.

In the upper slot, you will want to place the item that you are researching.

Once again, it must be an item you don’t already know how to craft and you can only research one item at a time.

In the lower slot, you will want to place the amount of scrap needed to produce the blueprint.

Trying to use less scrap than needed will not work.

Scrap With Ax

Once you do this, the “research” button will become interactable and you can click it to start researching.

Researching takes 10 seconds each time.

Once these 10 seconds are up, the item you put in the upper slot will be replaced with a blueprint.

Hatchett Blueprint

If you entered more scrap than was needed, the extra scrap will be left in the lower slot.

If you put in the exact amount of scrap that you needed, though, the lower slot will be empty when you are finished researching.

The original item you used to create the blueprint, though, does get destroyed during the process.

Blueprint with scrap

Rust Workbenches

As noted a moment ago, you will need a workbench to craft a research table.

There are three tiers of workbenches labeled accordingly as workbench level 1, workbench level 2, and workbench level 3.

When you move up to workbench level 2, you are decreasing the time it takes to craft by 50%.

Moving up one more tier to workbench level 3 decreases this further to 75% less than the original crafting time with workbench level 1.

workbench with rock

To craft a research table, you will only need a workbench level 1.

With this workbench, as mentioned before, it will take 60 seconds to craft the research table.

However, if you have a higher level workbench you can, of course, use it.

As a result, the crafting time for the research table will be shortened.


For the purposes of this article, though, let’s stick to the basics. To craft a workbench level 1 to craft your research table on, you will need the following:

  • Wood – 500
  • Metal Fragments – 100
  • Scrap – 50

Once you have everything in place, it will only take a short amount of time to craft the workbench level 1: ranging between 15 seconds and a minute of crafting.

A Note On Blueprints

When you learn a blueprint when you are playing Rust, that action is tied to your player on the server that you are on. As such, if you switch servers, you will need to learn these blueprints again.

Mailbox Blueprint

However, you should also remember that admins who run their own servers can choose to do a blueprint wipe if they want at any time.

For the most part, though, they don’t unless their hand is forced.

Facepunch themselves, though, rarely forces a blueprint wipe unless something in the game is changed or glitched to cause a need for a total restart.

It is also worth noting that researching isn’t the only way to obtain blueprints in Rust.

You can also, for example, find them or trade for them(Vending Machine).

Researching, though, is one of the most reliable ways to learn the blueprints for exact items rather than leaving it up to chance that you will find or another player will have exactly what you need.

Rust Research Costs

Whenever you research something, you will need a certain amount of scrap as well as the item you are looking to research.

However, not every item that you research costs the same amount of scrap.

To help you keep track of how much scrap you need, though, below you will find a reference list including the item to be researched followed by the amount of scrap you will need to produce a blueprint.

This table has the research cost for every item in the game.

Make sure to bookmark this page and come back anytime you need to research the cost of an item.

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Thanks for checking out this article. Siphon King has many more rust lessons/tutorials. Make sure to check them out!

If you are new to Rust, make sure to read our Rust Beginners Guide

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