Armor block

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These blocks are the icon of Space Engineers. They are basic building blocks, and no ship or station, small or large, can be built without them.

Armor Properties

Block

It is the most basic cube block. It conducts control commands, electricity and has randomly generated texture, that connects to other blocks. On small ships it has an edge length of 0.5 meters (0.125 m³ volume); on large ships its edge length is 2.5 meters (15.625 m³ volume).

Corner

This is 1/6 of a default armor block and can be rotated to make more aesthetically pleasing ships or stations. They match up (as in, without seams) to slope armor blocks and inverted corner armor blocks, but not with standard armor blocks. This block is the most limited in terms of ability to weld to other blocks, as it can only be connected on three sides.

Slope

Half of an armor block, these blocks can double as steep, 45º angle ramps on stations or large ships. The blocks will match up (as in, without seams) to corner blocks and inverted corner blocks on its sides and match up to the default armor blocks its two square faces. This block can be welded to other blocks on four of its five sides.

Inverted Corner

This is 5/6 of an armor block. These oddly shaped blocks allow for the completion of slanted ship designs, able to integrate with standard armor blocks on three sides, and slope or corner armor blocks from the other three sides. By using corners and inverted corners you can create bevelled corner "faces".

Rounded Blocks

These blocks are similar to the regular blocks except the have a rounded face instead of being flat. They provide a different look to having flat surfaces. Four round(ed) slops will form a circle, eight round(ed) corners will make a sphere.

Smooth Blocks

These blocks will "pull" their surrounding blocks towards themselves when created. It's possible to create different angles and slopes by using a combination of smooth blocks. (More investigation is required.)

Coloring Blocks

The default color patterns for blocks.

All blocks are able to be colored, and have a default color of Gray. The other presets, Red, Green, Blue, Yellow, White, and Black (in two different shades each), can be selected when placing a block using the "Prev. Color" and "Next Color" keys (defaults: '[', ']'). See Building#Color for more information about coloring blocks.

2x1x1 Blocks

Corners, slopes and inverted corners made of 2 blocks to create an angle of 25.656° instead of 45°. This allows objects to look better but also fits to blocks of half height like the air vent or small ship rotor.

Deformation

deformation and block integrity are factors in determining the relative strength and resistance to damage.

explosion/collision resist = integrity / deformation

The lower the deformation ratio, the stronger the block is against impact damage such as collisions and weapons. [Citation Needed]

See Weapons

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Light Armor

The light armor block is (as the name says) light, cheap and not very resistant. They are mostly used as a foundation for the ship/station, or for aesthetics, because connected faces at the same angle are seamless. For firepower protection, Heavy Armor is preferred.

Name Icon Small block mass (kg) Large block mass (kg) Description
Light Armor Block Light Armor Block Icon.png 20 500 Basic light armor cube block.
Light Armor Corner Light Armor Corner Icon.png 20 80 Basic light armor corner block
Light Armor Corner 2x1x1 Base Light Armor Corner 2x1x1 Base Icon.png 20 200 Basic light armor corner slope block.
Light Armor Corner 2x1x1 Tip Light Armor Corner 2x1x1 Tip Icon.png 20 80 Basic light armor corner slope block tip.
Light Armor Inverted Corner Light Armor Inverted Corner Icon.png 20 420 Basic light armor inverted corner block
Light Armor Slope Light Armor Slope Icon.png 20 260 Basic light armor slope block.
Light Inv Corner 2x1x1 Base Light Inv Corner 2x1x1 Base Icon.png 20 440 Basic light armor inverted corner slope block.
Light Inv Corner 2x1x1 Tip Light Inv Corner 2x1x1 Tip Icon.png 20 320 Basic light armor inverted corner tip block.
Light Round Armor Corner Light Round Armor Corner Icon.png 20 80 Basic light armor round corner block, useful for edgeless corners.
Light Round Armor Inv Corner Light Round Armor Inv Corner Icon.png 20 420 Basic light armor inverted round corner block.
Light Round Armor Slope Light Round Armor Slope Icon.png 20 260 Basic light round armor block.
Light Slope 2x1x1 Base Light Slope 2x1x1 Base Icon.png 20 380 Basic light armor two-part base piece of slope block.
Light Slope 2x1x1 Tip Light Slope 2x1x1 Tip Icon.png 20 140 Basic light armor two-part tip piece of slope block.


Heavy Armor

As the name says, it's the heavier, sturdier and more expensive counterpart of Light Armor. Because of its mass, en masse usage is not recommended, as you will need to build more thrusters to maintain the acceleration power of the ship. For stations, the only downside remains its Steel Plate cost. To differentiate it from the light armor blocks, it has a camo pattern texture (see below).

Name Icon Small block mass (kg) Large block mass (kg) Description
Heavy Armor Block Heavy Armor Block Icon.png 112 3,300 Basic heavy armor cube block
Heavy Armor Corner Heavy Armor Corner Icon.png 46 560 Basic heavy armor corner block
Heavy Armor Inverted Corner Heavy Armor Inverted Corner Icon.png 86 2,800 Basic heavy armor inverted corner block
Heavy Armor Slope Heavy Armor Slope Icon.png 66 1,650 Basic heavy armor slope block
Heavy Corner 2x1x1 Base Heavy Corner 2x1x1 Base Icon.png 66 1,190 Heavy Corner 2x1x1 Base
Heavy Corner 2x1x1 Tip Heavy Corner 2x1x1 Tip Icon.png 46 416 Heavy Corner 2x1x1 Tip
Heavy Inv Corner 2x1x1 Base Heavy Inv Corner 2x1x1 Base Icon.png 20 500 Heavy Inv Corner 2x1x1 Base
Heavy Inv Corner 2x1x1 Tip Heavy Inv Corner 2x1x1 Tip Icon.png 20 500 Heavy Inv Corner 2x1x1 Tip
Heavy Round Armor Corner Heavy Round Armor Corner Icon.png 20 500 Heavy Round Armor Corner
Heavy Round Armor Inv Corner Heavy Round Armor Inv Corner Icon.png 20 500 Heavy Round Armor Inv Corner
Heavy Round Armor Slope Heavy Round Armor Slope Icon.png 20 500 Heavy Round Armor Slope
Heavy Slope 2x1x1 Base Heavy Slope 2x1x1 Base Icon.png 20 500 Heavy Slope 2x1x1 Base
Heavy Slope 2x1x1 Tip Heavy Slope 2x1x1 Tip Icon.png 46 736 Heavy Slope 2x1x1 Tip


Update History

Update 01.056
  • Fixed unable to place sloped light armor blocks (texture crash)
Update 01.054
  • Fixed placing light armor block under interior light on platform
Update 01.048
  • Fixed armor models
Update 01.044
  • High quality armor textures (on 64-bit version)
Update 01.010.008
  • Fixed missing edges on block cubes
Update 01.002.014
  • fixed crash during deformation