Fragments are broken pieces of advanced technology that can be analyzed by the to create . They are found inside , and strewn across certain around the . Depending on the technology being analyzed, a different number of Fragments might be needed to form the blueprint. Scanning a Fragment that already has a complete blueprint will convert the Fragment into .
In order to attain certain blueprints, like the one for the , the player has to scan the object in question, rather than a Fragment safe. Some of the objects, however, may be in a very bad condition or rusty, which makes them harder to recognize as Fragments. Almost all Fragments appear as safes, notable exceptions to this are , , , , and Fragments, which have actual models