Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Using fillets and chamfers, part of Cert Prep: AutoCAD Certified Professional (2015).
- You'll remember in one of the previous videos when we used the Offset command, we offset these green lines of our little control panel on our operation panel here. So this is our little control panel, so what you may have here is a little screen readout, maybe a little sort of keyboard idea to press some buttons. Now what we did was we offset all of these lines but we didn't tidy up the corners. We're going to utilize the AutoCAD Chamfer and Fillet commands to do that. And the way that we're going to do that is we're going to utilize the Radius setting in the Fillet command, and also utilize the Chamfer command to give us some nice, clean, beveled corners.
Now we're staying in the Modifying Objects Complete drawing, you'll be following along with the Modifying Objects.dwg file that you've been saving for each video. Zoom in nice and tight so that we can see what we're doing. Use the wheel on the mouse maybe, or the zoom controls, whichever way you want to do it. And what we're going to do, we're going to fillet using the radius of this and this and this and this first, so we need a radius value there, now we know that these are offset by 0.5.
So if we go for a 0.5 radius fillet, that'll tidy up these corners quite nicely. So let's look at that and see how that works. So we go up to the Modify panel on the Home tab on the Ribbon, and the Fillet and Chamfer are just here, so I'm going to select Fillet first of all. Now it prompts me to select the first object. Now because I haven't used Fillet in this drawing, if I just select here and then here, like so, on that bottom line, all I get is a right angle like that.
Now why do I get a right angle like that? Because I haven't specified a radius. So just jump up to the Undo here, on the quick access toolbar, and undo that step. Now I'm just going to pan up a little bit here, so that you don't get all of the words coming up off of the command line there. So I go back here now to the Modify panel, and I select Fillet, and before I do anything else, I right-click and make sure that I set my fillet radius, and that's going to be 0.5, like so.
Now it's prompted me to select the first object. Now I don't want to have to keep going back to the Fillet command, so I'll right-click again and make sure that I switch on, Multiple, which means I can go and do multiple fillets over and over again. So I select this line here as the first object, this line here as the second object, and there's my fillet, but because I've got Multiple on, I can just carry on going line after line, tidying up my little control panel. So as you can see, I've tidied those up nice and neatly like so, now what you might want to do is do the same on the inside, so I can just keep going using the Multiple setting.
That doesn't look quite right though, because that radius obviously is too big there, really, it doesn't sit nicely with that one. So you can just right-click and undo the last step that you did and if I zoom out, that keeps that nice, right angle corner. So I just press Enter now to finish the Fillet command. So you can see that we've tidied up those lines nice and neatly using a fillet. What about a chamfer? Let's zoom in on the top bit here, I'll just pan down to make that roughly central, and you can see there that we've got some lines, now I want these lines just purely to tidy up where they intersect.
So I could possibly use the Apparent Intersection snap, but there's a lot of fiddling about there. Now the good thing is is I can go the Chamfer command and I can also use the Fillet command for this if I want to. So if I click there on the flyout and select Chamfer, I can now place a chamfer using these lines here. So what I'll do is I'll right-click and make sure I've got Multiple switched on first. Now if I hold down the Shift key, it doesn't matter what value my chamfer values are set to. If I hold down Shift, it'll always set them to zero.
So if I click there and click there, I'll always get the intersection, if I click there and click there, I'll always get the intersection, which makes it nice and neat and tidy. So I just press Enter there to finish the Chamfer command. Now the good thing is there, those Chamfer commands have worked quite nicely but I've just set them to zero. What I do want to do now is chamfer the corners of these two polylines here by putting a value in. So I'll go back up to the Chamfer command now, and I'll right-click now, and I'll set a value using the Distance setting here.
Now I can specify an angle if I want to. There's two methods there, hence the Method on the shortcut menu, I can choose which method I want to use and you'll notice there if I pan up, I want to use the Distance method. So I'm going to right-click now and set it to Distance, and I'm going to specify my first chamfer distance. Now I'm going to make that one and then press Enter. And if I make the second chamfer distance one as well, which it defaults to already, picking the first value, that means I get a nice 45 degree chamfer.
Now I can select the first line or, bear in mind that those white lines on the outside are polylines, I can right-click and select the Polyline method for chamfer. Just select the polyline, it does all the corners for me, and then I can right-click and Repeat Chamfer. It remembers the distance, you'll see that there on the command line at the bottom of the screen, and what I'll do is I'll right-click again and select Polyline, and I'll do the same with this one, and as you can see and it's done all of that for me. So those polylines have now been neatly chamfered as well.
So I've now got my nice little control panel, so there's all my little instrumentation readout and so on, there's my dialer, there's my control buttons, there's my switches, all done and dusted using the Fillet and Chamfer commands. Now again, Fillet and Chamfer do come up regularly on the AutoCAD Professional Certification Exam, so make sure you practice the settings and practice what we've just looked at in this particular video so that you're ready for whatever comes up in the exam, so that you're not ill-prepared and you can't answer the question, for example.
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