A Component is an essential construction item within Space Engineers. Created in an Assembler, Components are the parts and pieces that compose every Block in the game, giving them structure and functionality. Components can vary from commonly-used (Steel Plate) to highly specialized (Reactor Components), but all of them will be used at one point or another for any mature Survival build.
The various types of ammunition are also classified as Components.
Components are seldom used in Creative Mode due to the fact that block placement in that mode is instant and does not use resources.
Life Cycle of a Component
Components have a fairly hefty infrastructure requirement before they can be made. Ores must be processed within a Refinery first and foremost. This will extract the Materials which can then be placed into an Assembler. The Assembler can then be instructed to create the desired Component in the desired amount, limited only by the resources on hand.
For any Block to be placed, an Engineer must have at least one of the Block's basic structural Component to start with. After it is placed, a Welder can be used to weld the remaining required Components until the Block is complete (or at least functioning). See Building for more information.
If a Block is damaged but not destroyed, Components making up the structure may be obliterated, requiring additional copies of those Components to repair the Block. For this reason, it is always a good idea to keep a few extra copies of some of the more exotic Components in the cargo hold of your exploring ships--a few extra Displays won't hurt, and they just might save your life when your Cockpit has a few too many chunks blasted out of it.
List of Components
Here is a generated list of all the Components currently within the Space Engineers Beta.
|Name||Icon||Mass (kg)||Volume (l)||Description|
|200mm Missile Container||45||60||Standard mid-sized rocket-propelled explosives used in Rocket Launchers, Reloadable Rocket Launchers, and Missile Turrets. Guaranteed to give someone a bad day.|
|25x184mm NATO Ammo Container||35||16||Standard-sized light projectiles used in Gatling Guns and Gatling Turrets. Pound for pound, nothing scratches paint quite like a few magazines of the ol' 25mm rounds.|
|5.56x45mm NATO Magazine||0.45||0.2||Standard-sized personal rifle rounds. Because sometimes the best scientific argument is an ad hominem.|
|Bulletproof Glass||15||60||8||Thin wafers of silicon interwoven into a tough, nearly-transparent barrier. 60% of the time, it stops bullets every time.|
|Canvas||15||8||Consumed by Parachute Hatches when deploying parachutes.|
|Computer||0.2||1||1||A collection of easily programmed high-tech general-purpose processing cores. Still can't run Crysis.|
|Construction Component||8||30||2||A collection of standard-sized, general-purpose doohickeys and thingamabobs that no engineering project can go without.|
|Detector Components||5||4||6||An array of high-fidelity sensors designed to scan along many frequencies for intruders and friendlies alike.|
|Display||8||5||6||A standard-sized screen flexible enough to output a variety of information. Even comes in color!|
|Explosives||2||5||2||A complex, sturdy series of compartments holding highly volatile material. Use at your own risk.|
|Girder||6||15||2||A sturdy beam that can be used to frame or reinforce less resilient materials.|
|Gravity Generator Components||800||500||200||Extremely complex bleeding-edge tech that manages to actually create a manipulable gravity field around itself.|
|Interior Plate||3||15||5||Thin sheets of steel used to reinforce more delicate inner areas.|
|Large Steel Tube||25||60||38||A broad, thick, sturdy hollow cylinder. An integral component to many structures.|
|Medical Components||150||70||160||Extremely large, extremely heavy boxes containing all sorts of emergency sutures, bandages, and needles.|
|Metal Grid||6||30||15||Sturdy pieces of interwoven steel that can double as electrical interfaces.|
|Motor||24||40||8||A standard high-power rotational mechanical motor. Turns electricity into a surprising number of different movements.|
|Power Cell||25||50||45||A dense, high-efficiency battery array. Can store electricity for an above-average length of time.|
|Radio-Communication Components||8||15||70||Various broadcasting, receiving, and security modules wired together to keep remote systems in contact.|
|Reactor Components||25||20||8||High-density regulatory machinery that can harness the power of the atom.|
|Small Steel Tube||4||15||2||Small, pliable, surprisingly resilient tubing that can protect more fragile components.|
|Solar Cell||8||1||20||A small array of light-sensitive wafers that can help harness the energy of the sun.|
|Steel Plate||20||100||3||Basic structural component used in a wide variety of components.|
|Superconductor Component||15||5||8||It conducts electricity really well, so well it's called a superconductor.|
|Thruster Components||40||30||10||Reinforced and hardened mechanical parts that can withstand and direct the intense heat and energy of rocket boosters.|