Only one technology can be researched at once in single player. In multiplayer research progress is shared between forces. The technology that labs will research is changed using the technology screen which can be accessed by pressing T.
Research progress for a technology is divided into units. Each unit has a time and a science pack cost. When research is in progress labs with the required amount of science packs for one unit will consume the amount and contribute towards research progress.
The time a technology will take to research can be calculated using this function:
time = (time cost * units / labs) seconds
Crafting science packs by hand is not feasible because of the amount of resources and time needed to craft them. They may act as an incentive to automate which continues on throughout the game.
The following screenshot shows how all four types of science packs can be inserted from two conveyor belts.
- Main article: Achievements
- Tech maniac
- Research all technologies
- Technology tree
- Science Pack Production vs. Number of Laboratories - about the needed number of assemblies for each type of science pack.