In addition can't we use the energy to mater conwerters to make the needed materials to build ships. for enough energy couldn't we build a shipyard offworld being powered by like 20-30 NIGs and use energy to matter replication beems from the asgard database to construct the ship from scatch? Then when the ship was comleter from a engeneering point we would only need to program the computers to do the desired specification of the class of ship.
Think of it this way. You build one ship in 10-12 months by hand and 1 ship in 1-2 monts by replicating with asgard energy ot matter beams + 1-2 weeks for software installation (for BC-304). If I recall right the O'Neills hulls were made in the same manner and not by hand melting and mixing of mettals to produce the alloy.
If we could use these in conyunction with the asgard database we could probably add a couple of asgard point deffence energy turrets and keep all of our rail-guns in the process (thinking of replicator like aliens).
Let me know if I make any sense at all with this! If I doo we would never again need to rely on ofworld mining to build ships. Or build ships faster with the ore + replicating/beaming rechnology combined!