I am a trained welder and I am looking to help provide information (and help develop if I can) improvements to the welding mechanics in CDDA. I only know some basic programming and do not understand the complexities of Cataclysm. Which is why…
I need help understanding what is realistic to implement and how I can better shape welding to be included in the game.
Standard batteries (as opposed to car batteries) are currently something of a legacy feature. As far as I know they’re supposed to be a VERY rough approximation of normal batteries like you’d put in a flashlight. Very, very rough approximation. Even vehicle batteries are somewhat incomplete. I believe they still weigh several times more when they’re charged then when they’re “empty”.
A storage battery weighs 150,000 grams empty and can’t weigh more than 190,000 grams full. Now, I admit it is weird and wrong for electric charges to increase the weight of a storage battery, but it’s a roughly 25% increase, not several times.
Gas as in Oxy/acetylene, they both use 3’1(m) long stiff 1/16"(1.6mm) in diameter ferrous rods.
Each rod is ~32g, and take up ~5ml each, but come in tubes (holding ~16 rods) taking up ~500ml and weighing ~500g when full. They can full exist outside of tubes or boxes. The tubes and boxes come in different weights, 1, 3, 5, and 10lbs. The former described tube was 1lb.
Good question, I would guess it would take about 16 sheets of book paper or a 3 sheets of newspaper, as for glue I would mix it with water about (25ml each), I did this once a long time ago. I have found better recipes online and will see about adapting them to the game, if that works.
Also, coated steel rods (or shielded metal rods) are for “stick” welding, not “wire” welding.
Anything ferrous (iron based) really. Coat hangers are something I have seen used.
Not long, with materials ready (glue, water, rod [coat hanger], and paper), it should only take 5 to 10 minutes. After that, however it should be dried, either in an oven, in the sun, or over night. if the coating is wet, it will cut rather than weld.
Wire welding uses a spool of very thin wire (~0.8mm/0.035"). TIG uses metal rods, Stick uses coated metal rods (same rods, but coated and half the length). You can strip the coating off of Stick welding rods to use as half sized TIG welding rods.
You are correct, it doesn’t. The heat from the torch is enough to remove minor impurities.
I went through the recipes and descriptions in game to help with my evaluations following.
Given the resources, the time of 1 hour seems accurate.
Though, I am having trouble imagining this. Do you know what the metal sheeting is for though? “Metal bars” to me says it should just be out of pipe. Is this a wall of sheet metal with a metal pipe skeleton inside? is it a wall or a box?
I am having trouble understanding what this looks like, also. Is it literally a 3’x3’ sheet of metal, does it have supports, or is it a box?
3 hours seems excessive for putting 4 1/2" metal plates together. I would bring it down to 1h30m total.
If I am picturing this right, using 2 steel frames, already made, this shouldn’t take long at all, add in a requirement for metal cutting, and keep it at 2 hours.
30 minutes for bike basket sounds right, and 50 minutes seems quick, but I’d keep them where they are.
Getting tanks air tight isn’t easy in sheet metal, because of this you have to go slower with less power.
2L 30 seconds to 10 minutes
10L to 30 minutes
20L to 45 minutes
60L from 2 minutes to 1 hour
These have been a lot of great questions, and very enlightening.
I see I have a lot of confusing writing in my document, I will be sure to make sure things are more consistent and straight forward. I am also going to include more diagrams and images I find to give a better idea than my descriptions.
All measurements and quantities are generalizations or approximations to fit better with the units used in game. (ex. 456ml -> 500ml)
Thanks for the answers! I’m really interested in the energy, flux, and metal filler requirements for those tasks. I’d prefer energy requirements in MJ (or equivalent energy units if you have it in BTUs or kW-hrs or whatever) but if the answer is “it takes a motor welding cart running for 50 minutes, I don’t know much petrol that is” I can work with that.
As far as the weirdly described tasks go, I think the “build metal bars” task puts the pipes vertically and parallel to each other, and then welds the sheet metal as cross plates. Something like this: