Armor block

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These blocks are the icon of Space Engineers. They are the most basic building block in the game.

Armor Properties

All armor blocks 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). Each block has a PCU cost of 1 (2 on Xbox).

Block

A basic cube shape, airtight on all sides.

Light Armor Block Icon.png
Heavy Armor Block Icon.png

Half Block

Half-sized, combines well with the 2x1x1 Slope pieces.

Half Light Armor Block Icon.png
Half Slope Light Armor Block Icon.png

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. Never airtight.

Light Armor Corner Icon.png
Heavy Armor Corner Icon.png
Light Round Armor Corner Icon.png
Heavy Round Armor Corner Icon.png

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. Airtight on its two backsides.

Light Armor Slope Icon.png
Heavy Armor Slope Icon.png
Light Round Armor Slope Icon.png
Heavy Round Armor Slope Icon.png

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". Airtight on it's three square sides.

Light Armor Inverted Corner Icon.png
Heavy Armor Inverted Corner Icon.png
Light Round Armor Inv Corner Icon.png
Heavy Round Armor Inv Corner Icon.png

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.

Light Armor Corner 2x1x1 Base Icon.png
Heavy Corner 2x1x1 Base Icon.png
Light Armor Corner 2x1x1 Tip Icon.png
Heavy Corner 2x1x1 Tip Icon.png
Light Inv Corner 2x1x1 Base Icon.png
Heavy Inv Corner 2x1x1 Base Icon.png
Light Inv Corner 2x1x1 Tip Icon.png
Heavy Inv Corner 2x1x1 Tip Icon.png
Light Slope 2x1x1 Base Icon.png
Heavy Slope 2x1x1 Base Icon.png
Light Slope 2x1x1 Tip Icon.png
Heavy Slope 2x1x1 Tip Icon.png

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.

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.

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).

Stats

Large Armor Blocks

Large Armor Block Mass Integrity Deformation Ratio Is Airtight
CornerSquare Icon.png Light Armor Corner Square Block  140 kg
140,000 g
140,000,000 mg
0.14 t
 
700    Depends on orientation
CornerSquareInverted Icon.png Light Armor Corner Square Inv. Block  380 kg
380,000 g
380,000,000 mg
0.38 t
 
1,900  100 %
1
 
Depends on orientation
HalfCorner Icon.png Light Armor Half Corner Block  120 kg
120,000 g
120,000,000 mg
0.12 t
 
600  100 %
1
 
Never
HalfSlopeCorner Icon.png Half Slope Corner Light Armor  60 kg
60,000 g
60,000,000 mg
0.06 t
 
300  100 %
1
 
Never
HalfSlopeCornerInverted Icon.png Half Slope Corner Inv. Light Armor  460 kg
460,000 g
460,000,000 mg
0.46 t
 
2,300  100 %
1
 
Depends on orientation
HalfSlopeInverted Icon.png Half Slope Inv. Light Armor  440 kg
440,000 g
440,000,000 mg
0.44 t
 
2,200  100 %
1
 
Depends on orientation
HalfSlopedCorner Icon.png Light Armor Half Sloped Corner  220 kg
220,000 g
220,000,000 mg
0.22 t
 
1,100  100 %
1
 
Depends on orientation
HalfSlopedCornerBase Icon.png Light Armor Half Sloped Corner Base  220 kg
220,000 g
220,000,000 mg
0.22 t
 
1,100  100 %
1
 
Depends on orientation
SlopedCorner Icon.png Light Armor Sloped Corner  260 kg
260,000 g
260,000,000 mg
0.26 t
 
1,300  100 %
1
 
Depends on orientation
SlopedCornerBase Icon.png Light Armor Sloped Corner Base  400 kg
400,000 g
400,000,000 mg
0.4 t
 
2,000  100 %
1
 
Depends on orientation
SlopedCornerTip Icon.png Sloped Corner Light Armor Tip  100 kg
100,000 g
100,000,000 mg
0.1 t
 
500  100 %
1
 
Never
HeavyCornerSquare Icon.png Heavy Armor Corner Square Block  890 kg
890,000 g
890,000,000 mg
0.89 t
 
4,450  16 %
0.16
 
Depends on orientation
HeavyCornerSquareInverted Icon.png Heavy Armor Corner Square Inv. Block  2,260 kg
2,260,000 g
2,260,000,000 mg
2.26 t
 
11,300  32 %
0.32
 
Depends on orientation
HeavyHalfCorner Icon.png Heavy Armor Half Corner Block  772 kg
772,000 g
772,000,000 mg
0.772 t
 
3,860  16 %
0.16
 
Never
HeavyHalfSlopeCorner Icon.png Half Slope Corner Heavy Armor  264 kg
264,000 g
264,000,000 mg
0.264 t
 
1,320  100 %
1
 
Never
HeavyHalfSlopeCornerInverted Icon.png Half Slope Corner Inv. Heavy Armor  3,050 kg
3,050,000 g
3,050,000,000 mg
3.05 t
 
15,250  40 %
0.4
 
Depends on orientation
HeavyHalfSlopeInverted Icon.png Half Slope Inv. Heavy Armor  2,930 kg
2,930,000 g
2,930,000,000 mg
2.93 t
 
14,650  32 %
0.32
 
Depends on orientation
HeavyHalfSlopedCorner Icon.png Heavy Armor Half Sloped Corner  930 kg
930,000 g
930,000,000 mg
0.93 t
 
4,650  16 %
0.16
 
Depends on orientation
HeavyHalfSlopedCornerBase Icon.png Heavy Armor Half Sloped Corner Base  990 kg
990,000 g
990,000,000 mg
0.99 t
 
4,950  16 %
0.16
 
Depends on orientation
HeavySlopedCorner Icon.png Heavy Armor Sloped Corner  1,650 kg
1,650,000 g
1,650,000,000 mg
1.65 t
 
8,250  16 %
0.16
 
Depends on orientation
HeavySlopedCornerBase Icon.png Heavy Armor Sloped Corner Base  2,780 kg
2,780,000 g
2,780,000,000 mg
2.78 t
 
13,900  40 %
0.4
 
Depends on orientation
HeavySlopedCornerTip Icon.png Sloped Corner Heavy Armor Tip  86 kg
86,000 g
86,000,000 mg
0.086 t
 
430  100 %
1
 
Depends on orientation

Small Armor Block

Small Armor Block Mass Integrity Deformation Ratio Is Airtight
CornerSquare Icon.png Light Armor Corner Square Block  20 kg
20,000 g
20,000,000 mg
0.02 t
 
100    Depends on orientation
CornerSquareInverted Icon.png Light Armor Corner Square Inv. Block  20 kg
20,000 g
20,000,000 mg
0.02 t
 
100  100 %
1
 
Depends on orientation
HalfCorner Icon.png Light Armor Half Corner Block  20 kg
20,000 g
20,000,000 mg
0.02 t
 
100  100 %
1
 
Never
HalfSlopeCorner Icon.png Half Slope Corner Light Armor  20 kg
20,000 g
20,000,000 mg
0.02 t
 
100  100 %
1
 
Never
HalfSlopeCornerInverted Icon.png Half Slope Corner Inv. Light Armor  20 kg
20,000 g
20,000,000 mg
0.02 t
 
100  100 %
1
 
Depends on orientation
HalfSlopeInverted Icon.png Half Slope Inv. Light Armor  20 kg
20,000 g
20,000,000 mg
0.02 t
 
100  100 %
1
 
Depends on orientation
HalfSlopedCorner Icon.png Light Armor Half Sloped Corner  20 kg
20,000 g
20,000,000 mg
0.02 t
 
100  100 %
1
 
Depends on orientation
HalfSlopedCornerBase Icon.png Light Armor Half Sloped Corner Base  20 kg
20,000 g
20,000,000 mg
0.02 t
 
100  100 %
1
 
Depends on orientation
SlopedCorner Icon.png Light Armor Sloped Corner  20 kg
20,000 g
20,000,000 mg
0.02 t
 
100  100 %
1
 
Depends on orientation
SlopedCornerBase Icon.png Light Armor Sloped Corner Base  20 kg
20,000 g
20,000,000 mg
0.02 t
 
100  100 %
1
 
Depends on orientation
SlopedCornerTip Icon.png Sloped Corner Light Armor Tip  20 kg
20,000 g
20,000,000 mg
0.02 t
 
100  100 %
1
 
Never
HeavyCornerSquare Icon.png Heavy Armor Corner Square Block  46 kg
46,000 g
46,000,000 mg
0.046 t
 
230  16 %
0.16
 
Depends on orientation
HeavyCornerSquareInverted Icon.png Heavy Armor Corner Square Inv. Block  86 kg
86,000 g
86,000,000 mg
0.086 t
 
430  32 %
0.32
 
Depends on orientation
HeavyHalfCorner Icon.png Heavy Armor Half Corner Block  46 kg
46,000 g
46,000,000 mg
0.046 t
 
230  16 %
0.16
 
Never
HeavyHalfSlopeCorner Icon.png Half Slope Corner Heavy Armor  46 kg
46,000 g
46,000,000 mg
0.046 t
 
230  100 %
1
 
Never
HeavyHalfSlopeCornerInverted Icon.png Half Slope Corner Inv. Heavy Armor  106 kg
106,000 g
106,000,000 mg
0.106 t
 
530  32 %
0.32
 
Depends on orientation
HeavyHalfSlopeInverted Icon.png Half Slope Inv. Heavy Armor  106 kg
106,000 g
106,000,000 mg
0.106 t
 
530  16 %
0.16
 
Depends on orientation
HeavyHalfSlopedCorner Icon.png Heavy Armor Half Sloped Corner  66 kg
66,000 g
66,000,000 mg
0.066 t
 
330  16 %
0.16
 
Depends on orientation
HeavyHalfSlopedCornerBase Icon.png Heavy Armor Half Sloped Corner Base  66 kg
66,000 g
66,000,000 mg
0.066 t
 
330  16 %
0.16
 
Depends on orientation
HeavySlopedCorner Icon.png Heavy Armor Sloped Corner  66 kg
66,000 g
66,000,000 mg
0.066 t
 
330  16 %
0.16
 
Depends on orientation
HeavySlopedCornerBase Icon.png Heavy Armor Sloped Corner Base  106 kg
106,000 g
106,000,000 mg
0.106 t
 
530  32 %
0.32
 
Depends on orientation
HeavySlopedCornerTip Icon.png Sloped Corner Heavy Armor Tip  46 kg
46,000 g
46,000,000 mg
0.046 t
 
230  100 %
1
 
Depends on orientation

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 01.017.010
  • Heavy Armor rebalanced
Update 01.016.003
  • Heavy Armor introduced
Update 01.010.008
  • Fixed missing edges on block cubes
Update 01.002.014
  • fixed crash during deformation