When R&D is implamented will all factions and characters be able to use it?
Can someone add a Medical Room to a Lamdba Shuttle or a Hanger Bay to a Sabaoth Destroyer? With R&D will you be able to Create entities ( and Datacards) and use them like the ones currently in the game?
As Ceso said, pretty much anything regarding upcoming features can change before its introduced. We know it will be a tech tree. Pretty much beyond that its anyones guess.
However, as a guess, datacards are only owned by factions at the moment. R&D creates new datacards. Putting those together would imply that it would be restricted to factions. However personal inventories have a DC section, so it maybe that players can own DCs personally, which could mean no, factions are no needed.