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Creating chamfers

From: AutoCAD 2011 Essential Training

Video: Creating chamfers

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.

Creating chamfers

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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AutoCAD 2011 Essential Training

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  1. 2m 8s
    1. Welcome
      1m 29s
    2. Using the exercise files
      39s
  2. 23m 33s
    1. Understanding model space
      3m 44s
    2. Accessing AutoCAD's tools
      3m 2s
    3. Leveraging dockable palettes
      3m 1s
    4. Monitoring the Status bar
      1m 28s
    5. Understanding the anatomy of a command
      2m 14s
    6. Customizing AutoCAD's preferences
      3m 13s
    7. Accessing help
      3m 38s
    8. Saving a workspace
      3m 13s
  3. 19m 42s
    1. Opening an AutoCAD drawing
      3m 2s
    2. Understanding mouse functions
      2m 44s
    3. Zooming, panning, and regenning
      4m 24s
    4. Working in a multiple-document environment
      2m 39s
    5. Saving your work
      2m 29s
    6. Saving time with templates
      4m 24s
  4. 14m 35s
    1. Constructing lines
      2m 20s
    2. Locking angles with the Ortho and Polar modes
      4m 49s
    3. Drawing circles
      4m 10s
    4. Activating the Heads-Up Display
      3m 16s
  5. 14m 48s
    1. Defining a unit of measure
      6m 28s
    2. Constructing geometry using architectural measurements
      4m 6s
    3. Working with metric units
      4m 14s
  6. 23m 45s
    1. Understanding the Cartesian coordinate system
      4m 53s
    2. Locking to geometry using object snaps
      7m 42s
    3. Automating object snap selection
      7m 26s
    4. Using temporary tracking to find points in space
      3m 44s
  7. 19m 30s
    1. Drawing rectangles
      4m 56s
    2. Drawing polygons
      3m 4s
    3. Creating an ellipse
      5m 9s
    4. Organizing with hatch patterns
      6m 21s
  8. 29m 46s
    1. Making geometric changes using the property changer
      3m 38s
    2. Moving and copying elements
      4m 28s
    3. Rotating elements
      3m 48s
    4. Trimming and extending geometry
      5m 10s
    5. Creating offsets
      6m 16s
    6. Erasing elements
      2m 46s
    7. Undoing and redoing actions
      3m 40s
  9. 11m 52s
    1. Selecting objects using windows
      3m 46s
    2. Adding and removing from selections
      3m 43s
    3. Using keyboard shortcuts
      4m 23s
  10. 51m 12s
    1. Creating fillets
      3m 52s
    2. Creating chamfers
      3m 51s
    3. Copying objects into a rotated pattern
      4m 20s
    4. Copying objects into a rectangular pattern
      4m 58s
    5. Stretching elements
      4m 4s
    6. Creating mirrored copies
      2m 12s
    7. Scaling elements
      5m 0s
    8. Leveraging grips
      7m 20s
    9. Exploding elements
      5m 47s
    10. Joining elements together
      3m 44s
    11. Editing hatch patterns
      6m 4s
  11. 32m 19s
    1. Understanding layers
      2m 43s
    2. Creating and adjusting layers
      7m 20s
    3. Using layers to organize a drawing
      9m 17s
    4. Changing popular settings using the layer control
      3m 30s
    5. Understanding the BYLAYER property
      3m 37s
    6. Restoring previous layer states
      3m 42s
    7. Using existing geometry to set the current layer
      2m 10s
  12. 37m 43s
    1. Creating single-line text
      3m 11s
    2. Justifying text
      5m 18s
    3. Controlling appearance using text styles
      6m 10s
    4. Annotating with multi-line text
      5m 10s
    5. Editing text
      4m 32s
    6. Creating bulleted and numbered lists
      3m 29s
    7. Incorporating symbols
      5m 28s
    8. Correcting spelling errors
      4m 25s
  13. 28m 37s
    1. Creating general dimensions
      4m 13s
    2. Creating continuous and baseline dimensions
      2m 13s
    3. Controlling appearance using dimension styles
      4m 57s
    4. Modifying dimensions
      6m 6s
    5. Creating multileaders
      2m 53s
    6. Controlling appearance using multileader styles
      3m 23s
    7. Modifying multileaders
      4m 52s
  14. 25m 19s
    1. Inserting blocks
      4m 34s
    2. Creating blocks
      6m 41s
    3. Leveraging blocks
      5m 39s
    4. Redefining blocks
      3m 1s
    5. Building a block library
      5m 24s
  15. 13m 50s
    1. Querying a drawing using rollover tooltips
      2m 9s
    2. Taking measurements using the Distance command
      3m 2s
    3. Modifying properties using the Quick Properties tool
      4m 25s
    4. Automating calculations using the Quick Calculator feature
      4m 14s
  16. 36m 6s
    1. Creating quick plots
      6m 4s
    2. Selecting a pen table
      5m 48s
    3. Choosing line weights
      4m 32s
    4. Creating a layout, pt. 1: Choosing a paper size
      2m 42s
    5. Creating a layout, pt. 2: Inserting a title block
      2m 29s
    6. Creating a layout, pt. 3: Cutting viewports
      6m 9s
    7. Reusing layouts
      4m 3s
    8. Organizing layouts
      4m 19s
  17. 16m 49s
    1. Using the Annotative property to automatically size text
      4m 13s
    2. Using the Annotative property to automatically size dimensions
      4m 34s
    3. Using the Annotative property to automatically size multileaders
      3m 58s
    4. Changing the scale assigned to annotations
      4m 4s
  18. 6m 56s
    1. Saving drawings to other formats
      2m 27s
    2. Plotting to the Design Web format
      2m 15s
    3. Plotting to PDF
      1m 20s
    4. Sending drawings via email
      54s
  19. 22s
    1. Goodbye
      22s

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