I continue exploring the gaps and crevices in Eve Lore. This time I was asked to build a Caldari shuttle by an industry career agent and noticed that its material list contained only tritanium. Obviously, shuttle production needs many more other materials but, on the surface, it looks like the ship is made from just one mineral. I couldn’t find any explanation in the lore so I invented my own. I’d appreciate if you could point out any inconsistencies with the official/prime fiction or any existing headcanons/player fiction.
"…the real material list for even a primitive shuttle contains thousands of parts. Almost all of those parts are standardised and are used in production of any ship, from shuttle to Titan. They can be easily premanufactured and stocked by the factory – that’s why you don’t need to procure them yourself. On the other hand, more than 90 percent of parts by volume are produced from minerals like tritanium. The parts manufactured from tritanium are varied and are bulky to store. Even raw minerals storage requires a lot of space which is extremely expensive at space stations. For that reason, factories ask industrialists to provide their own minerals and storage, like a personal item hangar, each time they hire a production facility.
“…I still don’t understand who pays for all those other materials and parts…”
“You pay for everything, Vladimir. You see, the amount of tritanium specified in the blueprint is actually excessive for the shuttle production. This is done on purpose; the factory will use the surplus to cover the cost of procuring all other parts.”
“Why don’t they simply ask for cash payment?” wondered I.
“This arrangement started very long ago, when first capsuleers had more ore and minerals than cash. It was convenient to barter at that time, and now no one wants to break the status quo.”