Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Fillet and chamfer lines, part of Cert Prep: AutoCAD Certified Professional (2015).
- AutoCAD has excellent filleting and chamfer tools as part of the basic drawing toolkit within AutoCAD. So let's have a look at enhancing your basic drawing skills by way of adding fillet and chamfer to your skill set, to allow you to use those in your AutoCAD Professional Certification Exam. We're sticking with the landscaping theme, in the 2_Basic Drawing Skills_HOUSE_Complete drawing, so check your Layers up on here in the Home tab on the ribbon, and make sure that you're using the appropriate Layer.
If you're not, you go down the list like so, and if I scroll down here, you can see there's the LANDSCAPING Layer, make sure that's the current Layer. What we're going to do now is zoom in on the little patio, and the steppy stones that we set up earlier. So I'll zoom in nice and close, and this is a rectangle, now one of the nice things about AutoCAD is you can fillet or chamfer a rectangle all in one go, because that's a Polyline, so a rectangle is in essence a 2D Polyline.
So what I can do there is I can actually add a filleted corner to each corner of that rectangle using the Fillet command. Now the Fillet command again is on the Home tab on the ribbon, but it's in the Modify panel here, and it's this one here, click on the little flyout, and you've got a choice of Fillet or Chamfer. So what we're going to go for is the Fillet command here, like so, so I click on it, come into the drawing area, and you'll notice there's some options there on the command line. I can also right-click there to bring them up on the shortcut menu on the mouse.
Now we need to specify a radius of our fillet to go on each corner first. Now bear in mind, if you haven't used the Fillet command in your drawing session, it will be defaulted to 0, so you need to specify a Radius. So I'm going to click there, and the radius of my fillet is going to be 6", like so, and then I just press enter to confirm that on the dynamic input. Now it prompts me to Select the first object, now you've got to select two objects to do a fillet or a chamfer.
So if I want to fillet each corner of that rectangle, I would have to go around and do each corner. So I'd have to select that object, and then that object. But it's a Polyline, and you'll notice on the command line there, and if I right-click, there is a Polyline option. So if I select Polyline now, I can select a 2D polyline like so, and it gives me a lovely little preview of the little filleted corners there. If I click once, it does all of the corners for me, like that.
So all of those corners now have been filleted to that 6" radius for me. Now a chamfer is very, very similar. Now a chamfer can be set up by way of an angle, so what I'm going to do now is I'm going to go up and undo the fillet, like so, and then I'm going to do the same thing with the Polyline again. I go to the Modify panel, click on the fly out here, this time select Chamfer, like so, and I come into the drawing area, and I've got an option, Select first line or, if I right-click I can now select tools are available to me for chamferering.
So I can specify a Distance or an Angle. I can also specify the mEthod, because there's two methods, I can do an Angle method, or a Distance method. I'm just going to go for a Distance method in this case, and the first chamfer distance will be 1', like so, I press enter. And then the second chamfer distance will also be 1', so they're equal, so that will be a 45 degree chamfer. Now I need to select either first line and second line and do it individually, or, like I did previously, I can right-click and do the Polyline method and just select the Polyline, and then there's the chamfers kicking in there on the preview, so I just click, and they're nicely trimmed.
Now, be aware, when you're filleting and chamfering, if I look at this corner here, and zoom in, you can see that the corner of the walls there aren't joined. Now, I've set a radius and a chamfer distance, so if I did a filet or a chamfer at the moment I would either get an angled corner with a chamfer, or I would get a filleted radius going around that corner. How do I override that? Well, there's a very neat trick in either the Fillet or the Chamfer command.
Now I'm going to do this individually, because there's no Polyline involved. So I'm just going to go and select either Filet or Chamfer here, it doesn't matter which. I'm going to select Fillet, I come into the drawing area, and it prompts me to Select first object. If I hold down the shift key and then click once here, and then on the second object click there, it automatically forms a right angled corner, joining those two lines up where they intersect, perpendicularly, like so. It automatically applies either a 0 fillet, or a 0 chamfer there, allowing me to form that nice corner on the wall.
So that's how you can utilize your Fillet and your Chamfer commands in AutoCAD when you're preparing for your Professional Certification Examinations.
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