The quickest way to farm raw materials is to use the Crystalline Shards.
CRYSTALLINE SHARD PLANETS
Various planets contain Crystalline Shards. This is the fastest way to collect G5 raw materials which you can then trade down. Total time is roughly 1-2 hours per planet.
You simply fly to each planet and find a Biological Point of Interest site, then farm in your SRV, shooting each Crystalline Cluster to obtain the materials from the following planets:
HIP 36601 C 1 a: Polonium
HIP 36601 C 1 d: Ruthenium
HIP 36601 C 3 b: Tellurium
HIP 36601 C 5 a: Technetium
When each bin is filled (It takes 150 units per material) return to your favourite Materials Broker (The nearest may be Hinz Hub @Ngobe) and trade them down to fill as many low grade bins as you can.
Rinse and repeat till all the Mats below are full then you need to fill the Selenium bin as this is the only high grade material for which a shard has so far not been discovered.
This item alone will take two trips as the exchange rate is 6:1
Outotz LS-K D8-3 B 5 c: Antimony
Outotz LS-K D8-3 B 5 a: Yttrium
You will need:
- a ship with a decent jump range
- no cargo space – materials don’t take up inventory
- it’s wise to take 2 SRVs in case you get stuck/forget and go AFK and it explodes; a little Sulphur and Phosphorous in your inventory will allow you to synth more fuel, and Nickel I believe to repair your hull
Before you depart, if you have any Grade 5 raw materials data, its worth trading them down for lower grade materials to ensure your G5 bins are completely empty