Copper is a refined resource in Astroneer. It is used a lot in the production of electrical items. Copper can be obtained quite early in the game by smelting Malachite at a furnace.
How Do You Get Copper?
In order to get glass, you will need to find some Malachite. This is normally found in the rocky mountain areas or deep beneath the ground. Once you have some Malachite, you will be able to take it to a smelting furnace in order to produce copper for crafting.
|Smelting Furnace||1 Malachite||1 Copper|
What is Copper Used For?
Copper is primarily used for the production of items and structures based around the generation of power or electricity. For those looking to make their structures work faster, this will be the first resource that you start hunting for before the hunt for lithium becomes the biggest struggle of your power generation needs.
The table below will give you a full list of items and structures that you can create using copper.
|Creation Method||Input||Output Item/Structure|
|Backpack Printer||1 Copper||Worklight|
|1 Copper||Small Solar Panel|
|Small Printer||1 Copper, 1 Glass||Medium Solar Panel|
|1 Copper, 1 Graphite||Splitter|
|1 Copper, 1 Zinc||Power Sensor|
|Large Printer||1 Copper, 1 Glass, 1 Plastic, 1 Graphene||Solar Array|
|Chemistry Lab||1 Aluminum, 1 Copper||Aluminium Alloy|