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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.
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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