AutoCAD 2009 Essential Training
Illustration by Don Barnett

AutoCAD 2009 Essential Training

with Jeff Bartels

Video: Creating fillets

Quite often sharp corners aren't acceptable for all of our intersecting line work. In some cases we may need to create rounded corners at our intersections. We can easily create rounded corners using AutoCAD's Fillet command. Now I have got a drawing open on my screen, if you'd like to open the same drawing it's located inside the Chapter 09 folder inside the Exercise Files director and this drawing is the 02_Fillet drawing. Now I have got some abstract geometry on my screen. We are going to use this line work to use how to learn how the Fillet command works. Now the Fillet command will take two intersecting lines and create a nice rounded corner.
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  1. 3m 14s
    1. Welcome
      1m 5s
    2. Introduction to this course
      1m 31s
    3. Using the example files
      38s
  2. 22m 7s
    1. Understanding the model space
      1m 31s
    2. Using the ribbon
      3m 14s
    3. Using the menu browser
      2m 52s
    4. Using the command line
      1m 46s
    5. Activating the toolbars
      1m 41s
    6. Leveraging dockable palettes
      2m 53s
    7. Reading the Status bar
      1m 41s
    8. Saving your workspace
      2m 24s
    9. Customizing AutoCAD
      4m 5s
  3. 20m 30s
    1. Opening an AutoCAD drawing
      3m 37s
    2. Exercising mouse functions
      2m 11s
    3. Zooming, panning, and regenning
      5m 5s
    4. Working in a multiple-document environment
      3m 21s
    5. Saving your work
      2m 25s
    6. Saving time with templates
      3m 51s
  4. 18m 19s
    1. Drawing lines
      3m 32s
    2. Maintaining accuracy with the Ortho and Polar modes
      6m 21s
    3. Drawing circles
      4m 53s
    4. Activating the heads-up display
      3m 33s
  5. 16m 1s
    1. Defining units of measure
      5m 44s
    2. Drafting with architectural units
      4m 50s
    3. Working with metric units
      5m 27s
  6. 19m 47s
    1. Understanding Cartesian coordinates
      5m 33s
    2. Maintaining accuracy with object snaps
      9m 59s
    3. Automating object snaps
      4m 15s
  7. 22m 6s
    1. Drawing rectangles
      4m 44s
    2. Drawing ellipses
      5m 10s
    3. Organizing with hatch patterns
      8m 21s
    4. Drawing polygons
      3m 51s
  8. 22m 46s
    1. Moving and copying elements
      6m 18s
    2. Rotating elements
      5m 5s
    3. Creating offset lines
      6m 16s
    4. Erasing elements
      1m 54s
    5. Undoing and redoing actions
      3m 13s
  9. 11m 26s
    1. Selecting elements with windows
      4m 38s
    2. Removing elements from selections
      3m 13s
    3. Using key-ins
      3m 35s
  10. 55m 6s
    1. Trimming and extending elements
      6m 11s
    2. Creating fillets
      4m 53s
    3. Creating chamfers
      4m 55s
    4. Creating patterned copies with arrays
      6m 45s
    5. Creating mirror images
      4m 53s
    6. Stretching elements
      4m 54s
    7. Scaling elements
      5m 47s
    8. Leveraging grips
      6m 50s
    9. Exploding elements
      3m 41s
    10. Joining elements
      6m 17s
  11. 23m 56s
    1. Understanding layers
      2m 48s
    2. Organizing with the Layer Properties Manager
      8m 34s
    3. Using layer control
      3m 49s
    4. Understanding the ByLayer property
      5m 23s
    5. Using the Layer Previous command
      3m 22s
  12. 42m 53s
    1. Annotating with single-line text
      3m 54s
    2. Justifying text
      6m 43s
    3. Creating text styles
      7m 24s
    4. Annotating with multi-line text
      5m 40s
    5. Editing text
      3m 30s
    6. Creating bulleted and numbered lists
      4m 48s
    7. Inserting symbols
      5m 36s
    8. Correcting spelling errors
      5m 18s
  13. 26m 9s
    1. Creating dimensions
      7m 11s
    2. Creating dimension styles
      6m 4s
    3. Inserting callouts
      7m 7s
    4. Modifying dimensions
      5m 47s
  14. 14m 6s
    1. Using the Distance command
      3m 14s
    2. Modifying elements with the property changer
      5m 54s
    3. Using the quick calculator
      4m 58s
  15. 25m 18s
    1. Creating and inserting blocks
      9m 37s
    2. Leveraging blocks
      5m 25s
    3. Redefining blocks
      3m 35s
    4. Building your block library
      6m 41s
  16. 56m 18s
    1. Creating quick plots
      7m 36s
    2. Selecting a pen table
      5m 21s
    3. Using layouts pt. 1: Choosing paper size
      4m 37s
    4. Using layouts pt. 2: Inserting a title block
      4m 20s
    5. Using layouts pt. 3: Cutting viewports
      8m 49s
    6. Importing layouts
      5m 7s
    7. Calculating scale factors
      3m 54s
    8. Sizing model space text
      7m 34s
    9. Sizing model space dimensions
      5m 39s
    10. Scaling linetypes
      3m 21s
  17. 9m 27s
    1. Saving in other formats
      2m 34s
    2. E-transmitting drawings
      3m 8s
    3. Plotting to the Design Web Format
      3m 45s
  18. 16s
    1. Goodbye
      16s

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AutoCAD 2009 sports cutting-edge features and a brand new interface, making it the perfect opportunity for those with no prior drafting experience to learn AutoCAD from the ground up. In AutoCAD 2009 Essential Training, Jeff Bartels gives a thorough explanation of the interface and explains the commands in the same order they would be encountered in a typical workflow. He discusses each concept using simple line work, and then applies it to a real-world example. The course is "industry neutral," meaning the skills and techniques can be applied to any drafting discipline: architectural, mechanical, civil, or design. Example files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Learning the fundamentals of drawing
  • Mastering specialized draw commands
  • Controlling units and accuracy
  • Making modifications to existing geometry
  • Annotating and dimensioning
  • Creating reusable content
  • Plotting drawings using layouts
  • Sharing data with others
Subject:
CAD
Software:
AutoCAD
Author:
Jeff Bartels

Creating fillets

Quite often sharp corners aren't acceptable for all of our intersecting line work. In some cases we may need to create rounded corners at our intersections. We can easily create rounded corners using AutoCAD's Fillet command. Now I have got a drawing open on my screen, if you'd like to open the same drawing it's located inside the Chapter 09 folder inside the Exercise Files director and this drawing is the 02_Fillet drawing. Now I have got some abstract geometry on my screen. We are going to use this line work to use how to learn how the Fillet command works. Now the Fillet command will take two intersecting lines and create a nice rounded corner.

To launch the Fillet command I'm going to come up to the Modify panel. The command is right here. Now notice the Fillet command has a flyout. That's because Fillet and Chamfer are together in the same place. If for some reason you don't see the Fillet icon, you can grab it from the flyout. Let me click to launch the command. Notice AutoCAD is saying Select first object. When we run the Fillet command that's essentially what AutoCAD wants. It's just say, hey man, click one object and then click the other object and I will create the Fillet. Let's try it. I will click one object, I will click the other object and AutoCAD creates the Fillet. Now you are probably saying that was supposed to create a rounded corner and it didn't. That's right. We did leave one thing out. We didn't set a Radius. Let's do it again. I'm going to Undo. Let me launch the Fillet command again.

This time let's take a look at the Command Line. Notice I have got a sub-option for Radius. Let me right click, select Radius and I'm going specify a Radius of 3 inches. So I'm going to type 3 inches and hit Enter. Now I'm going to pick my two objects. Let me click my first one, I will click my second one and AutoCAD creates the rounded corner. Now the area on the line where you click makes a difference. When you are creating a Fillet the part of the line that you click is the part of the line that you are going to keep. Let me show you want I mean.

This X is identical to what we used to have over here. I want to launch the Fillet command again. AutoCAD remembers my Radius. Let me click my first object and I'm going to click my second object. Notice where I'm clicking, notice which lines were capped. Let's try and use the Fillet command in a practical example. I'm going to zoom out by rolling my wheel back. Let me hold the wheel down on my mouse to pan. Let's zoom in on this kitchen sink. I have got to finish the Fillets on this basin.

Let's launch the Fillet command. I'm going to come up and click the icon. Let's set our Radius. I'm going to right click and select Radius from the menu. Now the Radius that I'd like to use is 3.5 inches. Since this is an architectural example, I'm going to type 3-1/2 inches. We always separate the whole and the fractional with a dash. Let me hit Enter. Now I will select my first object and my second object. Now here is the problem. When we run a Fillet, AutoCAD assumes we only want to do one. In this case I still have some more I want to do. Let's look at how we can do this a little bit faster.

Once again I'm going to launch the Fillet command. AutoCAD remembers my 3.5 inch Radius. This time I'm going to use the Multiple sub-option. This will allow me to create multiple Fillets. I'm going to right click to select Multiple from the menu. Let's finish this guy up. I'm going to click this line and this line to create a Fillet. We will click this line and this line and then we will click this line and this line. When I'm finished I'm going to click my Escape key to cancel out. I have got one more Fillet that I want to create, right over here. That guy is going to have a Fillet Radius of 4 inches. So let's launch the Fillet command. I'm going to right click, I'm going to grab Repeat FILLET from the menu. Let's right click and select the Radius sub-option and we will set this to 4 inches.

Let me hit Enter and we will finish this up. I'm going to click this line and this line to complete my Radius. I'm going to roll the wheel on my mouse back. We will zoom out just a little bit. Take a look at this area right here. I'd like to finish my counter top. I'd like this to be a nice sharp corner. We can use the Fillet command to create sharp corners as well. Let's try that. I'm going to launch the Fillet command. Watch this I'm going to come up and click my first object even though my Radius is still set to 4 inches. When I click this guy, AutoCAD says Select second object or Shift+Select to apply corner.

It means if I hold my Shift key when I click the second object AutoCAD will create a sharp corner regardless of what the current Radius is. Fillet is a tool that gives us more control over our intersecting geometry. Whether our design requires a rounded corner or even a sharp corner we can always use the Fillet command.

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