Originally Posted by JediAthos
The crafting system irritates me to no end. I've decided that I'm simply not going to do it but instead have taken the role of providing materials to those in my fleet that are.
The best way to get to 7k for that first level is to get some Mark II shield arrays and photon torpedoes and shields. You only need to upgrade a few of those (since the end result is work about 1k each) in order to open up the next level. Those items can be bought in Starbase 1. It beats converting hundreds of medium shield charges to large ones.