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Sculpted blocks are simply structural blocks that do not occupy an entire cube or rectangular prism of space. These blocks all have at least two triangular faces.
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The four basic sculpted blocks.

Uses

Sculpted blocks are crucial for hydrodynamics, and are often used to "speed tweak" a ship, or make it move more quickly by decreasing water resistance. Sculpted blocks are also used for asthetic purposes.

Types

Sculpted blocks are named according to what fraction of the volume of a full block of the same dimensions they constitute (typically 5x5x5 meters, with the exception of the 10x10x10 meter 1/2 Large Hull). There are four basic shapes of sculpted blocks.

1/6 block

This type of block is availabe as Hull and 400mm Lightweight Armor. Its form can be geometrically constructed by connecting any four adjacent vertices of a cube and filling the bounded areas and volume. This forms a right tetrahedron. It is often used in conjunction with 5/6 blocks. The 1/6 block occupies a space of approximately 20.833 cubic meters.

1/3 block

This type of block is only available as Hull. Its form can be geometrically constructed by extending all points on one face of a cube to a non-coplanar vertex. This forms a square-based pyramid with one leg perpendicular to the base. The 1/3 block occupies a space of approximately 41.667 cubic meters.

1/2 block

This type of block is available as Hull, Large Hull, Ballast, Deck, and 400mm LIghtweight Armor. Its form can be geometrically constructed by shearing a cube diagonally with respect to two opposing faces, along opposing edges, or by transcribing s right isosceles triangle perpendicular to its plane by the length of one of its legs, then connecting the two iterations. This forms a right isosceles triangular prism. Typical 1/2 blocks occupy 62.2 cubic meters. The 1/2 Large Hull has doubled dimensions with respect to other 1/2 blocks and therefore occupies eight times the volume, or 500 cubic meters.

5/6 block

This type of block is available as Hull and 400mm Lightweight Armor. It can be geometrically constructed by connecting three vertices of a cube that are all adjacent to the same fourth vertex, then filling in everything within the cube on the side of the aforementioned three vertices that contains a greater volume. The 5/6 block is equivalent to the empty space within the cube used to form the 1/6 block, with which it is often used. The 5/6 block occupies a space of approximately 104.167 cubic meters.

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