One of the handiest tools in your AutoCAD arsenal is the “fillet” command. Why is it so handy? Well, if you have two lines that you want to join that are at different angles to a junction point, it does this and also lets you to draw an arc between two intersecting lines or adjacent polyline segments. It even rounds off the ends of two parallel lines.
Here’s how to use it:
- First you have to have two lines to fillet. So draw one line horizontal and another vertical. They don’t have to intersect.
- Either click on the button in your “Modify” icons as shown above or type fillet at you command prompt.
- Pick one line towards the center, and then the other one. The two ends will join together as shown below.
To make a radius at the end of these two lines, after you’re in the fillet command, type “R” for radius, and then type in the size of the radius you’re wanting at the junction of these two lines. then pick each individual line where your radius will appear.
To round the ends of two parallel lines, just draw them and using the fillet command with zero radius, the command function will make the end radius the exact distance that separate the two lines.
You’ll have to play around a bit so you’re comfortable with it.
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