Crates are items that contain items that are printed from Printers or from using a Packager on items.
Crates of different sizes come from different printers:
Each crate is one tier smaller than the item it contains. Small crates contain Medium items, medium crates contain Large items, and large crates contain Extra Large items.
The Packager can be used to repackage items that the player may wish to move to another location. Placing the packager on any non-attachment slot part of an item and using the Use Key will package the item into a crate.
Crates allow the player to easily construct a base, either at their current location or for creating one at a different location on the same or a new planet. They may be placed in attachment slots on the backpack, rovers and shuttles, depending on crate size, allowing the player to move around large amounts of modules easily.
Crates also may be used for storage of items that the player might not need anymore, such as smaller shuttles once larger ones are available or large amounts of debris and research items, to keep them out of the way until needed.
Crate containing Large Platform
Crate containing Medium Printer
Crate containing Soil Centrifuge