Are UPBs (universal polymer bases) reusable?
In my mind, I'm envisioning a versatile and creative Android mechanic using his integrated custom rig for not only item creation from UPBs but disassembly, as well. It's only after spending a couple weeks growing attached to the idea that I've come to realize there's nothing explicitly stated that says something constructed from or with UPBs can be disassembled, its components returned to their default state.
On one hand, it seems like the whole point of such a commodity would be its versatility and customization potential. On the other hand, "I made this grenade out of a thousand pairs of underwear" kind of speaks for itself.
Has anything been officially ruled one way or the other? I've looked around a bit, but haven't had much luck. It's times like that I always find myself back here, perfect answer in hand, so here's to hoping that trend continues.
The UPB is the basis for most technology in Starfinder. Each UPB is
a tiny multifunction component, not much larger than a grain of rice, capable of being configured to act as a brace, capacitor, circuit, diode, fastener, insulator, lens, modulator, pipe, resistor, and dozens of other constituent parts.
According to the book, they can be
spun out into fabric, broken down into component chemicals, reconstituted into new chemicals, or supplemented with base materials
for other, larger projects.
Emphasis regarding chemicals mine. That bit was what got me thinking about all of this in the first place.