Icon Block Drill

Category:Functional Block

Fits small ship
Mass:830 kg
Capacity:3,375 L
Power:-2 kW

Fits large ship and station
Mass:6,837 kg
Capacity:23,437.50 L
Power:-2 kW

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The Icon Block Drill Drill is a block in Space Engineers. It can be used as an industrial miner, instead of using the Hand Drill.


Drills produce a hole about three small blocks in diameter and one or two blocks deep, depending on how far the Drill is from the surface. Drills apply a counter-force to the ship when active, throwing it around and rotating it while the drill heads rotate.

This can be mitigated in two ways. Ships with more mass won't be moved as much by the force of the Drills. Placing more thrusters and activating Inertial Dampeners will allow the ship to counteract this force and hold itself steady. Another way to stabilize the ship is to set a Gyroscope's override control on with rotation settings at 0 RPM to preemptively dampen unwanted torque.

Drills have a secondary mode that simply clears out rock quickly without collecting it. This is mainly useful for getting past the outer rock "shell" of an asteroid to get to a specific ore within without having to mine out and collect lots of otherwise useless stone.


The drills have a built-in inventory with a capacity of 3,375L on small ships and 23,437.5L on large ships and stations. This inventory will only accept ore type items. Drills will send push requests for all of their contents through Conveyor systems.[1]


The drill can be placed on large ships, small ships, and stations.

The small ships' drill is 3x3x6 mini-cubes, while the large is 1x1x3 cubes (meaning they are the same overall size). The gap between the drills is important: two small drills can be separated by a single space without problem, but with the large drill any gap is enough to allow an unground rock spur to get between the drills, preventing them from boring deeper - or even damaging them.


A single Drill uses 2 kW of power while it is running. It does not matter if it is in contact with rock or not.


Icon Block Drill Drill
ComponentLarge Ship/Station
Large Ship/Station
Small Ship
Small Ship
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Icon Item Motor Motor51
Icon Item Large Steel Tube Large Steel Tube124
Icon Item Small Steel Tube Small Steel Tube248
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Official video of Update 01.034 when Drills were made available for large ships.

Space Engineers - Space suit color selection, large ship drills, spectator mode

Space Engineers - Space suit color selection, large ship drills, spectator mode

Official video of Update 01.008.004 when the Drill was released for small ships. Some features shown may be outdated.


01.008.004 Video


  1. Explanation of pull & push principles in conveyor system

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