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Join Jeff Bartels as he covers the most important features of this industry-standard drafting and design application in AutoCAD 2011 Essential Training. This course begins with a tour of AutoCAD's interface and the tools used to create basic shapes. It then focuses on the methods used to modify and refine geometry while emphasizing accuracy and good habits to build a solid design foundation. The course covers using layers, line types, and colors to organize a drawing file and explains how to efficiently annotate a design and prepare it for final output. Throughout the title, Jeff shares industry techniques used in production and reinforces concepts using practical examples. Exercise files are included with the course.
Sometimes, our design may require a beveled or angular corner. In cases like this, we can use AutoCAD's Chamfer command. Chamfer works the exact same way as Fillet, except that it results in a beveled corner. On my screen, I have an architectural example. This is a floor plan of a single family home. We're going to use the Chamfer command to make some modifications to this geometry. Let's start by zooming in on the Kitchen area. I'd like to focus our attention on this island. So, I'm going to zoom in a little bit closer.
Currently, the outside corners of this island are a sharp 90 degrees. There is usually a lot of traffic in the kitchen area. I'd like to avoid as many sharp outside corners as I can. So, I'd like to chamfer these corners much like the example that we see here. To do that, I'll use the Chamfer command. Chamfer is located in the Modify panel of the Ribbon. I'm going to click this fly-out. Notice that Chamfer and Fillet share the same menu. In fact, whichever command we use last, that will become the default icon right here.
Now, Chamfer works just like Fillet. All I have to do is select two objects. But before I do that, I'm going to enter some values. If we look at the command Line, we can see there are two ways to create a Chamfer, the Distance method and the Angle method. Let's look at the Angle Method first. I'm going to right-click and select Angle from the menu, and then for my first Chamfer length, I'm going to type 5 inches, don't forget to use the quotes, this is an architectural example. For my Chamfer Angle, I'm going to type 45, and hit Enter.
Now, here's how it works. When I click my first line, AutoCAD is going to find a point 5 inches back from the intersection. Then when I select my second line, it's going to rotate 45 degrees from that first point to create the chamfer. Now, just like the Fillet command, AutoCAD drops me after I create my chamfer. To chamfer these remaining three corners, I'm going to press my Spacebar to re-enter the command. Notice that AutoCAD remembers my previous values. also note that I have a suboption of Multiple.
I'm going to right-click and select Multiple. Then I can select this line and this line to create a chamfer. I'll chamfer this corner and I'll chamfer this corner. When I'm finished, I'll hit Esc. This was an example of the Angle method. Now, let's take a look at the Distance method. I'm going to zoom out a little bit. Let's pan over the Master Bedroom area. I'll center this geometry on screen. I am in the process of creating a tray ceiling in this room, and I've already chamfered two of the corners of my ceiling.
Notice that these corners are chamfered using two distances. Let's use the Distance method to finish these remaining two corners. I'm going to re-launch the Chamfer command. I'll right-click and select Distance from the Menu. For my first Chamfer Distance, I'll type 3 feet, Enter. For my second Chamfer Distance, I'll type 1 foot 6 inches, Enter. Here's how the Distance method works. When I select my first line, AutoCAD is going to measure back from this intersection, my first distance, which was 3 feet.
Then when I select the second line, AutoCAD is going to measure back the second distance, which was 1 foot 6 inches, and it will use those two points to chamfer the corner. Let's take care of this last one. I'm going to press the Spacebar to go back into the Chamfer command. To keep this symmetrical, I'm going to click this line first, this line would represent my 3 foot measurement. Then I'll select this line to finish my chamfer. The Chamfer command gives us yet another choice when dealing with intersecting geometry. If a sharp or a rounded corner isn't acceptable for our design, we can always use the Chamfer command to achieve a beveled corner.
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