The handy-dandy, all-in-one, self-cleaning metal maker.”
— Total Annihilation website • CORE Floating Metal Maker
A floating version of the always popular metal maker.”
— Total Annihilation website • ARM Floating Metal Maker
The Floating Metal Maker is a level 1 naval structure available to both the CORE and the ARM. When active it provides +1 metal in return for -60 energy per second, which is quite high at the early stages of the game. It is generally an inferior substitute to the Underwater Metal Extractor and should only be considered when underwater metal deposits are rare or mostly occupied by the enemy. The CORE Metal Maker also submerges underwater when inactive but can still be detected by radar, while the ARM Metal Maker stays on the surface regardless of status.