Drill

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Drill Icon.png
Large Ship Icon.png
Large Ship / Station
Drill
 
Components
Required

 

 
 
5
 
 
Mass (kg):
6837
 
Integrity:
32485
 
Build time (seconds):
20
 
Storage Capacity (L):
(only ores) 23437,50
 
Airtight:
Yes - depends on orientation
 
Power Consumer Group:
Defense
 
Dimensions (W x H x D):
1 x 1 x 3
Drill Icon.png
Small Ship Icon.png
Small Ship
Drill
 
Components
Required

 

 
 
1
 
 
Mass (kg):
860.2
 
Integrity:
3841
 
Build time (seconds):
20
 
Storage Capacity (L):
(only ores) 3375
 
Airtight:
No
 
Power Consumer Group:
Defense
 
Dimensions (W x H x D):
3 x 3 x 6

Overview

The Drill is a block used to acquire Stone and other more useful Ores. Once attached to a ship and powered, it can be activated from the Toolbar like any other tool or interactable block.

Usage

Both large and small drill variants can only be attached at the base third of the drill (e.g. the 3 x 3 x 2 furthest away from the business end of the drill head for the small drill). As a result the drill heads will always extend forwards, and it is good design to position the rest of the ship components behind the profile of any drills you have (so as to not have any "wings" get sheared off while mining).

To use the drill, activate it and then push it into the material you wish to mine. As the drill bits grind into the ore, the mined material will be deposited into the internal inventory space of the drill. If this space is not sufficient (on realistic settings, 3,375 L on small ships and 23,437.5 L on large ships/stations), it can be augmented by connecting the drill to a Conveyor system and the drill will automatically send push requests for the ore into it. This is necessary for larger setups to extend the time that the drill can be used before emptying.

Ore debris

Due to the spinning drill heads, not all ore will be deposited in the drill; some loosened rocks will float away into space. To compensate for this, Gravity Generators and/or Collectors can be added to a sophisticated setup. This same spinning motion will adversely affect the stability of lighter ships; this can be combated by adding weight to your ship, either with Heavy Armor blocks or more compact Artificial Mass blocks.

The small ship drill variant is rather weak, and has a tendency to be destroyed when rammed into things, including asteroids. Therefore, caution is advised when mining with the small drill, lest the block is destroyed from ramming it into the asteroid too hard.

Media

Drill Drilllargeship1.jpg
Drill Drillsmallship1.jpg

Tips

Known Issues

Related Items

Programming

Update History

Update 01.014.010
  • Drill can be turned on/off
Update 01.008.004
  • Small ship drill enabled in-game
Update 01.007.005
  • Updated drill texture