It's come to my attention that the replicator in the DOFF menu is alright. Convenient way to not hit the I key. But there is still the issue that whenever I talk to one of my Department Heads, they will disappear once I get the Replicator up. Something about having two chat screens active.
So how about acquiring the materials through the replicator if they are not already in the player's inventory? To save on time.