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Copper cable

Intermediate product


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Total raw

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Stack size


Required technologies

None required

Produced by

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Consumed by

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Copper cables are an intermediate product made from Copper plates. They are very important for manufacturing circuits and electrical connections.

Copper cable can also be used to connect power poles. Select the Copper cable from your inventory, and connect it with a left click to two Electric poles. This way, you can manually wire some of the more complex systems, like making steam engines work only when accumulators are empty.



Copper wire is used nearly solely for Electronic circuits and Advanced circuits. Note, that one Copper plate is needed to craft two wires. This expansion is a problem because belts are normally not able to handle that load.

There are a number of good designs to handle this without belts:


  • 0.12.2:
    • Moved copper wire into the intermediate category in the recipes.