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  1. #1 Oil production in space for lubricant, plastics, and rubbers 
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    So I was at work when I had an idea...
    This idea was thought up in response to a co-workers question
    How do you get oil in deep space for manufacturing when all oil is found on earth
    We can find carbon in astroids
    We can collect hydrogen and energy from the star for production
    What do I need to consider for production


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    If you've got raw hydrogen and raw carbon then why bother with the "oil stage" if you want plastic?
    Likewise for rubber.
    I'd also imagine that by the time we get around to manufacturing in space that requires lubricants we'd have other - better - options than oil.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dywyddyr View Post
    If you've got raw hydrogen and raw carbon then why bother with the "oil stage" if you want plastic?
    Likewise for rubber.
    I'd also imagine that by the time we get around to manufacturing in space that requires lubricants we'd have other - better - options than oil.
    I chose oil because I didnt know.
    Anyways certain oils are used for different reasons in production of various objects like cutting fluids
    Also I could use it as a fuel source for something or ship it back to the planet
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonicxfan83 View Post
    Anyways certain oils are used for different reasons in production of various objects like cutting fluids
    And, like lubricants, we have better alternatives (See final sentence below, too).
    Also I could use it as a fuel source for something or ship it back to the planet
    We also have much better alternatives for fuels (for space at least) and I sincerely hope that by the time we get round to manufacturing on any appreciable scale in space we'll have at least started to shift away from oil-based industry/ economy on Earth. (And, again, if we have raw hydrogen and raw carbon then the manufacture of oil becomes a viable proposition).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dywyddyr View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Sonicxfan83 View Post
    Anyways certain oils are used for different reasons in production of various objects like cutting fluids
    And, like lubricants, we have better alternatives (See final sentence below, too).
    Also I could use it as a fuel source for something or ship it back to the planet
    We also have much better alternatives for fuels (for space at least) and I sincerely hope that by the time we get round to manufacturing on any appreciable scale in space we'll have at least started to shift away from oil-based industry/ economy on Earth. (And, again, if we have raw hydrogen and raw carbon then the manufacture of oil becomes a viable proposition).
    Yes I do agree with you
    Also some things we can't replace yet because we don't know how, but it could change soon
    My main plan was to ask this for a concept so I could include it in a drawing of the colossal ship so I could design blueprints ,my hobby ,not have another idea destroyed by people
    I already have started on blueprints for a manufacturing plant in space that doesn't take superhuman amounts of research to plan and build after all I am only one person
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    Speaking of "destroying"...
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    so I could design blueprints... I already have started on blueprints
    You may well have started on the drawings, but they aren't "blueprints".
    Blueprint has a specific meaning (and they don't exist any more), it's only bad spy novels that use term nowadays.
    I've been a design engineer for well over 40 years (what used to be called a draughtsman) and in my entire life I've seen fewer than 10 blueprints (and those only while I was a drawing office apprentice in the early 70s).
    not have another idea destroyed by people
    Rather than seeing any response as "destroying" your ideas how about seeing them as valid points and incorporate them?
    for a manufacturing plant in space that doesn't take superhuman amounts of research to plan and build after all I am only one person
    Er, actually for a single person it would take superhuman amounts of research to plan (let alone build) given the vast and varied number of discplines involved: that's why engineers (design or otherwise) specialise - mechanical, electrical, stress etc.
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