The Science Machine is the tier 1 Science station. It costs 1 Gold Nugget, 4 Logs, and 4 Rocks to craft, and it is available from the start of the game. Like other crafting stations, standing near the Science Machine allows prototyping new recipes. Prototyping items for the first time will grant the player 15 Sanity. Once prototyped, items can be crafted without being near a Science Machine.
See also: Crafting
In Don't Starve Together (DST), the Science Machine is a Prototyper, and will activate the Prototypers & Stations filter when stood next to.
- When Wickerbottom is near a Science Machine, it acts as an Alchemy Engine, as she is already able to craft tier 1 science items, thus making the Science Machine serve as a tier 2 Science station.
- Science machines may be hammered after an alchemy engine has been built to save resources.
- Wickerbottom should skip the Science machine when playing in DST to let others also use tier 2 science recipes.
- In the early Beta version of Don't Starve, the game used a "Research Points" system, instead of prototyping. When Wilson examines the Science Machine, he states that "It breaks down items into their scientific components", which is a leftover dialogue script from when the game used Research Points.
- Its old crafting description was "Probe the depths of the universe!".
- The main section of this machine bears a resemblance to the weighted storage cubes in Valve's Portal series.
- The Science Machine appears at the top of the screen when the game "Autosaves".
- There appears to be rope turning the wheels on the machine, while no rope is needed to build it.